Once the leaves begin to turn, cans of plain pumpkin puree take center stage at the supermarket. But don’t just think of it as a filling for pie. Use it as a nutritious addition to your favorite recipes. Need some inspiration? Try one of these dishes. P.S.: Make sure you don’t accidentally pick up pumpkin pie filling, which is sweetened and spiced!
Soup’s on! Adding pumpkin puree to soup can give it a thick, creamy texture without adding a ton of fat and calories. Melt some butter in a large pot and sauté some chopped onion and a clove or two of minced garlic; add about four cups of low-sodium chicken broth and a can of puree and stir. Let simmer for 20 minutes or so, then finish with a swirl of half-and-half and freshly cracked pepper. Like your soup on the spicy side? Add 1/2 tablespoon of curry powder.
Upgrade your oatmeal. Give your breakfast a pick-me-up by swirling a couple of tablespoons of puree into a steaming bowl of oatmeal. Drizzle with maple syrup and cinnamon for a sweet finish.
Bump up butter. Compound butter is super easy to make and will wow your dinner guests. Simply soften a stick of butter in a small bowl, then add a couple of tablespoons of pumpkin puree and a little sugar, cinnamon, and salt to taste. Stir to combine, then serve with warm, crusty bread.
Partake in a parfait. Is plain Greek yogurt a staple in your house? Kick it up a notch by layering it with pumpkin puree sweetened with honey. Top with sliced almonds or granola for a satisfying crunch.
Do a dip. Combine a can of pumpkin puree with a brick of light cream cheese in the bowl of a food processor, then add cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar to taste; pulse until smooth. Serve with apple or pear slices.