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Luscious Uses for Cooked Pumpkin

Luscious Uses for Cooked Pumpkin

There’s almost always some pumpkin left over after you’ve made the pie. Here are some great ideas for keeping that mineral and vitamin-rich antioxidant goodness from going to waste.

Creamy texture, earthy taste, and good nutrition that you and your kids will love! Creative ways to use up that pumpkin:

1. Add 1/2 cup cooked or canned pumpkin to the cooking water for rice, millet, or quinoa.

2. Add some cooked or canned pumpkin to white sauces: they will turn a beautiful color.

3. The flavor and nutrition of soups, stews, broths, and pasta sauces will all benefit from adding 1/2 cup or more pumpkin.

4. Combine pumpkin with any or all of the following for a super sandwich spread or icing for muffins, toast, bread, cakes, or fruit breads. (Use more cream cheese to stiffen if you’re making icing rather than sandwich spread): cream cheese; maple syrup , honey or brown sugar; applesauce; allspice, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger.

5. Pumpkin may also be mixed with any of the following to make great open-faced sandwiches: grated cheese; mashed cooked beans; chopped dried figs, raisins, cherries, or cranberries; chopped nuts; toasted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds.

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By Cait Johnson, Assistant producer, Care2 Healthy Living Channels.

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.


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10:25PM PST on Nov 4, 2012

Thanks for the recipe.

3:36AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Thank you

9:34PM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

Thanks for the recipe.

6:28AM PDT on Oct 27, 2012

Great ideas, thank you..

9:10AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012

Thank you for the article

8:28AM PDT on Oct 26, 2012


11:00AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

and it didn't even take 6 pages to post this. thanks for the info.

6:11PM PDT on Oct 11, 2011


11:07AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

I love pumkin. Do you have some pumkin cake recipe?

3:45AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011


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