Leftover Canned Pumpkin 5 Ways

by in 1 Food, 5 Ways, Healthy Recipes, November 27, 2011
canned pumpkin
It's not just for pie.

Did you buy too many cans of pumpkin this year? Don’t let them sit in the pantry and collect dust! Whip up any of these mouthwatering recipes.

Rice Pudding
This spin on traditional rice is both eye and belly pleasing for both kids and adults!
RECIPE: Pumpkin Rice Pudding

Pasta
This savory dish is a nice change of pace from traditional tomato sauce.
RECIPE: Penny-Wise Pumpkin Pasta

Pie
Your guests will never guess that each slice of this pie has only 265 calories! Be sure to use pumpkin puree and not sugar-filled pumpkin pie filling. Serve with sliced seasonal fruit like apples, pears, or oranges.
RECIPE: Pumpkin Pie- Slimmed

Punch
Want an idea that’s outside the box? Whip up this punch using pumpkin puree. Add rum for the adults or leave it virgin for the kiddos.
RECIPE: Mexican Pumpkin Punch

Cupcakes
Add a punch of vitamin A to boxed cupcake mix for a delicious treat for less than 100 calories per serving.
RECIPE: Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

And if you have pumpkin leftover from an opened can, try stirring some into oatmeal or yogurt along with a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger.

TELL US: How do you use leftover pumpkin?

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Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

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Comments (68)

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  2. Lise says:

    I've had pumpkin mole enchiladas, as well… muy delicioso!!!

  3. Viv says:

    I've always wondered if you can eat it straight out of the can), or do you need to cook it first then add it in the oatmeal (or something like that)

  4. sara says:

    I personally love to eat pumpkin straight from the can- it's great mixed with cinnamon and vanilla (and sometimes with some sort of sweetener). Also, if you mix this ito plain or vanilla yogurt, it's really good.

  5. Mbt says:

    I added a can to my leftover tukey noodle soup.

  6. JoAnn says:

    Thank you. Thank you. I have often wondered how to use the leftover pumpkin. Usually, it ends up with
    mold over it and has to be dumped into my compost pile.
    I will definitely try some of these ideas. JK

  7. Cindy says:

    MMM… Mixed into oatmeal sounds SO good!!!!

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  9. Dayana says:

    I make pancakes

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