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Pumpkin is for more than pies! It’s time to start thinking about eating these fabulous gourds year round and not just during harvest season in the fall. While I don’t normally suggest eating fruits and veggies out of season, pumpkin is an exception.
That’s because pumpkins are one of the best canned vegetables available because they don’t lose any of their flavor or color in the canning process. In fact, pumpkin is one of the unsung superfoods that is packed with nutrients and vitamins and low in calories.
The Benefits of Pumpkin
Pumpkins bring so many good things to the table like fiber, Beta Carotene, and Vitamin A. Plus they’re versatile. Pumpkins can take on a sweet flavor when sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon are added, or a fabulous savory flavor when cooked with shallots and garlic.
Plus pumpkin is a perfect recipe substitute and can be used as a fat-free replacement for butter, oil, and even eggs. It’s also a great nutritional stir-in for oatmeal, mac and cheese, and breakfast smoothies! Kids will never know you’ve added this veggie to their favorite meals.
Keep Pumpkin On Hand For a Quick Nutritional Boost
An easy way to do this is to freeze pumpkin in single servings – use an old ice tray to portion them out in 2 tbls servings – then use or thaw just the amount you need. Need the ice tray for other herbs? Place frozen pumpkin cubes into a reclosable freezer bag and store them for up to 4 months.
Recipes for Pumpkin
Visit Libby’s Pumpkin and Pumpkin Can for more information plus recipes for pumpkin for every meal including breakfast, lunch, dinner, sweet, treats, and snacks! Or try my vegetarian pumpkin pasta sauce!
Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce – Vegetarian and Meat Versions
If you’re cooking for two, or a vegetarian and a meal-love like I am, reduce the pasta to half a pound and grill chicken breasts and asparagus. Then serve the pasta with the pumpkin sauce and you’ll have a vegetarian dish that pleases everyone! Add a salad and you’ve got a fabulous dinner!
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