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LADYLALA7777 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/2/10 8:50 A

Love all the pumpkin ideas...thanks so much!

Healthy blessings,

SINGLV Posts: 8
11/2/10 8:49 A

I open the can...take out l/2 of it.
Add cinnamon and Stevia...and enjoy a super snack.
I can do it again the next day with the other l/2 can.

11/2/10 8:48 A

I found the best way to make pumpkin puree is to cut the pumpkin into small chunks, cover them with water, and simmer them for about 30 minutes until tender. The skin should peel right off with a fork when done. Save the seeds.... yum!! We think that fresh pumpkin is worth the work, much tastier :)

We use pumpkin in recipes instead of applesauce or oil this time of year. Cookies, breads, brownies.... they all take on a pumpkin twist this time of year in our house!

Edited by: BETH4BOSTON at: 11/2/2010 (08:51)
AGAPE548 Posts: 31
11/2/10 8:45 A

Loved the idea of the pumpkin smoothie!! This is one I will try. Thanks for the idea.

CEDARBARK1 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/2/10 8:27 A

I have a small fresh sugar pumpkin, not canned, that I want to cook with. Any ideas on this?

BJW-FARMGIRL Posts: 2,783
11/2/10 8:26 A

Pumpkin mousse w/ sf ff pudding, lite whipped topping. Can be served as a pudding, or put in a graham craker pie crust. I think it was a SP recipe.

Pumpkin bread, muffins

Made the pumpkin chocolate chip bars from SP recipes. Nice--cakey--next time might only use 3/4 c. choc chips.

FLORIDAGHOST SparkPoints: (302,565)
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11/2/10 8:22 A

I use canned pumpkin in fall harvest soup, pumpkin moouse, and pumpkin chiffon pie parfaits. emoticon

NYLAJEAN1 Posts: 11
11/2/10 8:02 A

I use pumpkin in stew or just bake it and serve like squash emoticon

MOMMAGPLUS11 Posts: 2,669
11/2/10 8:00 A

I make homemade pumpkin pie (that way I control what goes in, pumpkin nut bread, muffins, cookies (a family favorite at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and even a pumpkin casserole with pecans, a touch of spice and maple syrup for a dish much like sweet potato casserole.

HUNNNYBEE Posts: 1,258
11/2/10 7:59 A

I make pumpkin butter. One tablespoon of pumpkin butter can dress up cottage cheese, plain yogurt.....and try this: spread low-fat whipped cream cheese on a slice of toasted light with 1 Tbsp of pumpkin butter!

Crock-Pot Pumpkin Butter:
• 1 can (29 oz) canned pumpkin
• 1 cup(s) Splenda® Brown Sugar Blend
• 1 cup(s) apple cider or apple juice
• 4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
• 1 Tbsp vanilla extract

Measure all ingredients into a crock-pot. Cook on high for 2 hours. Cool and refrigerate before using.

Makes 4 1/2-pint jars (jelly jar size)
Freeze (6 mos) or store in refrigerator (up to 4 weeks)

Serving size = 1 Tbsp. = 20 calories

Note: If you do not have Pumpkin Pie Spice on hand, use this substitute:

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger (scant)

Number of Servings: 64

ALLISON130 SparkPoints: (92,151)
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11/2/10 7:47 A

I use a can of pumpkin in my enchilada soup!!! Delicious!!! 3 cups chicken broth, 3 cups green enchilada sauce, one can of pumpkin, onion, and top with cheese and tortilla chips...(or not, if you want to save calories) It's awesome by itself!!

SMITTY117 Posts: 358
11/2/10 7:32 A

i'd appreciate this pumpkin custard/crustless pumpkin pie recipe as well emoticon

ILLINITEACHER52 Posts: 7,258
11/2/10 7:13 A

pumpkin pancakes (made with almond meal) or pumpkin custard - like pumpkin pie without the crust

1888MICHELLE Posts: 4,521
11/2/10 7:06 A

pumpkin mousse or smoothies

SMITTY117 Posts: 358
11/2/10 7:02 A

jasses, what a party pooper lol.

i love the suggestions in this thread! could anyone post a recipe for pumpkin pancakes, please?? emoticon

definately going to try the pumpkin smoothie, maybe with some protein powder mixed in for a little boost, and that oatmeal sounds wonderful as well! i'm definately bookmarking this page!

JASSES Posts: 16,819
11/2/10 6:52 A

I don't use it

MELOSPARKLE SparkPoints: (0)
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11/2/10 6:48 A

I love pumpkin and can't wait to try Thera yummy ideas! Thanks guys!!

11/2/10 6:40 A

I add 1/2c of canned pumpkin to my oatmeal in the morning along with some cinnamon ... delish!

GERBEAR65 Posts: 3
11/2/10 6:37 A

I mix 1/3 cup canned pumpkin, 1/3 cup old fashioned oats, 1 cup vanilla almond milk, 1/2 cup water, 1 splenda packet, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice. bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer for 9 minutes stirring occasionally. its a delicious bowl of pumpkin oatmeal!

TABU077 Posts: 636
11/2/10 6:29 A

KEELY128 SparkPoints: (387,477)
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11/2/10 4:19 A

I have a good pumpkin bread recipe

DANYMAN SparkPoints: (0)
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11/2/10 3:57 A

I got this recipe from my daughter and loved it!

Cranberry Pumpkin Cookies
Nutritional Info

* Fat: 7.9g
* Carbohydrates: 11.3g
* Calories: 119.8
* Protein: 1.4g

1/3 cup olive oil (vegan Margarine)
1/2 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Egg replacer equal to i egg
1/4 cup pecans, roughly chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 350 F
In a medium bowl, cream together the oil, pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, & vanilla extract until smooth.
Add the flour, baking powder, and egg replacer and stir together gently until just mixed.
Add the pecans and cranberries and stir gently until well blended.
Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheet, press down flat with your fingers and repeat the process until dough is gone.
Bake for 8-10 minutes
Let cool before removing from cookie sheet
Makes 12 large cookies

Number of Servings: 12

SHELBSYD SparkPoints: (38,719)
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10/4/10 3:36 P


I am sooooo going to make this for breakfast! It sounds so yummy!!!! Thanks for sharing!!

10/4/10 2:16 P

my new FAVORITE thing is making Pumpkin smoothies...So so so good.

1 individual container ff vanilla yogurt
1/4 or 1/2 cup pumpkin
1/4 cup cottage cheese
1/2 to 1 cup milk (depending on how thick you want it)
1 small or medium very ripe banana
pumpkin pie spice

Blend it up until smooth...makes 2 large glasses. Just shy of 200 cals, about 15-16 grams protein, about 4 grams fiber

I add the cottage cheese for protein, you could also use greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt, that would add a ton of protein and you could forgo the cottage cheese.

Makes a super great breakfast!!!

Love it!

Edited by: BADGERCHICK at: 10/4/2010 (14:19)
GRACIESMOM70 Posts: 1,345
10/4/10 2:01 P

You can mix it in cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, vanilla fat free pudding

MINDY1204 Posts: 48
10/4/10 1:54 P

I made pumpkin cream cheese. It was awesome on whole wheat waffles this morning!

10/2/10 6:41 P

Now that fall is here and I can actually FIND canned pumpkin at the store (and not pumpkin pie filling) I looove to make pumpkin soup. Sautee an onion with olive oil in the bottom of the soup pot, add veggie broth and canned pumpkin, salt and pepper, a pinch of brown sugar or nutmeg if you want it a little sweeter and voila! I also like to use a handheld puree-er to blend the onions in unless you chop them very fine. So filling and healthy.

CHAOSDAD71 Posts: 487
10/2/10 3:58 P

Make Chili! (I am currently) emoticon

LEANNE0024 Posts: 667
10/2/10 3:54 P

i made pumpkin brownies yesterday that were delicious. i just used a box of brownie mix and a can of pumpkin, and they came out great! a lot of people have this on sparkrecipes, but there's really nothing to it lol

LEANNE0024 Posts: 667
10/2/10 3:54 P

i made pumpkin brownies yesterday that were delicious. i just used a box of brownie mix and a can of pumpkin, and they came out great! a lot of people have this on sparkrecipes, but there's really nothing to it lol

LEANNE0024 Posts: 667
10/2/10 3:50 P

i made pumpkin brownies yesterday that were delicious. i just used a box of brownie mix and a can of pumpkin, and they came out great! a lot of people have this on sparkrecipes, but there's really nothing to it lol

LOVELYLANA9 Posts: 2,173
10/2/10 1:02 P

I make muffins with canned pumpkin, 1 egg & either spice cake mix or chocolate cake mix. Very good!

SONICB Posts: 4,381
10/2/10 12:54 P

I like to make pumpkin pancakes. Soooooo good...

10/2/10 12:53 P

Pumpkin curry soup is so good!

CALLISTOXO SparkPoints: (0)
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10/2/10 11:46 A

i love putting pumpkin in with my oatmeal. =] i like putting it in my chocolate protein shakes too. i've made low fat crustless pumpkin pie a few times this week too! so good.

KELEKONA Posts: 605
10/2/10 11:22 A

I've been wanting to try making pumpkin or squash soup for over a year.

GLASS_GLASS Posts: 298
10/2/10 10:47 A

I have only made pies and cookies but these posted suggestions are looking delicious and much healthier!

I can't wait to make some pumpkin oatmeal.

LOVELYBONES13 Posts: 445
10/2/10 10:13 A

I've just recently discovered that a few tablespoons of pumpkin taste wonderful when mixed with applesauce.

KELLEEH SparkPoints: (0)
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10/2/10 10:10 A

I love all of these pumpkin ideas.

There's a muffin recipe on Spark Recipes for pumpkin muffins... just mix one can of pumpkin with one box of spice cake mix. These are really good. In fact, I have some in my freezer right now... I think I'll have to go thaw some out.

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THELUCKIEST018 SparkPoints: (8,674)
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10/2/10 8:53 A

Hinoto, try subbing unsweetened applesauce for the oil in pumpkin bread. My recipe makes 2 loaves and calls for a cup of oil (something in the range of 180 grams of fat, I believe). If you use a cup of unsweetened applesauce it saves a LOT!!!!

The dump cake idea sounds neat, I hadn't ever though of doing it w/pumpkin!! We do it with cherry pie filling, but even the "light" mix is loaded w/sugar and is soooo sweet. I'll have to try it w/pumpkin!!

I also have a really good recipe for pumpkin "pie" made with FF vanilla pudding mix, FF cool whip, pumpkin, skim milk, and pumpkin pie spice, and you put it in a graham cracker crust. It's soo yummy. I think I have it on my blog somewhere...

HINOTO SparkPoints: (0)
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10/2/10 3:39 A

I only ever make pumpkin bread...which is not diet friendly. LOL

I have recipes for muffins and all sorts of things, but i have yet to try them out!

AUDREYUK Posts: 631
10/2/10 3:19 A

pumpkin pancakes served with cinnamon yogurt (instead of syrup)

I stole the idea from my favourite breakfast place in NYC. My version of heaven! emoticon

CORRALINE SparkPoints: (40)
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10/2/10 3:02 A

I make pumpkin/portabella lasagna! (there are several recipes on here;)

SUNNYARIZONA SparkPoints: (232,691)
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10/2/10 2:22 A

All these sound so good. I am SAVING this message!

BRITOMART Posts: 8,305
10/2/10 12:42 A

I am LAZY. My favorite fall breakfast is 1/2-3/4 cup canned pumpkin in 1-1.5 cups of nf vanilla greek yogurt. Dash of nutmeg, dash of cinnamon, add favorite cereal (I like Peace or Kashi go lean). It's really refreshing, and I LOVE eating a vegetable at breakfast.

JIFFMOM Posts: 13
10/2/10 12:28 A

You can do a pumpkin version of a dump cake. Mix up some cinnamon, nutmeg & ginger to taste in your pumpkin and place in a 9x13" pan, "dump" a package of spice cake over, then cut a stick of butter or margarine over the top. Bake it at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes. Top with fat free whipped topping.

SHELBSYD SparkPoints: (38,719)
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10/1/10 11:37 P

Try this Pumpkin Bread! So many people in my office loves it!

2 cups sugar
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup egg substitute (I used egg whites)
3-1/3 cups all-purpose flour (I used 1/2 wheat flour 1/2 white)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg or allspice
1 cup chopped nuts or raisins, optional (I didn't have any to add)

In a bowl, combine the sugar, pumpkin, applesauce and egg substitute; mix well. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt and nutmeg; gradually add to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Stir in nuts or raisins if desired. Pour into two 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (14 slices per loaf).

The recipe says it makes 14 slices a loaf, I made it 10 slices a loaf because I like bigger pieces. If you make it per 14 slices a loaf, calories would be 114. Not to shabby!

My calculations:
Calories: 160
Fat Calories: .02
Total fat: 0
Cholesterol: 0
Sodium: 149
Carbs: 37
Fiber: 2
Sugar: 21
Protein: 3
Vitamin A: 19%
Vitamin C: .6%
Calcium: 1%
Iron: 3%

There Calculations: One serving (1 slice) equals 122 calories, 0.55 g fat (0.55 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 149 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein

HELAINEC Posts: 431
10/1/10 11:05 P

I tried this recipe two days ago... i loved it.. very thick..took awhile to drink all of it, but very fulfilling =)

MEREDIE02 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/1/10 10:21 P

I never really use canned pumpkin, but I love your oatmeal idea. I think I'll have to try that!

10/1/10 10:10 P

i made pumpkin spice oatmeal and it was delicious!!! i used 125 ml canned pumpkin, 90 grams of oat BRAN (for the protein) 2 oz almond milk, splenda, vanilla, and cinnamon and it was soooooo good and it made so much cause i cook it longer and add lots of water to thicken it ... i also added half of chopped banana... i cant believe how good and filling this was. Anyone else use canned pumpkin?? what do you make???

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