So you needed pumpkin for a recipe, and the only can available in the grocery store had way more than you needed. Now what? How else can you use the remaining canned pumpkin so it doesn’t go to waste? Following are 15 tasty ideas.
This one’s about as easy as it gets. Just make your favorite chili recipe, or get your favorite store-bought chili and add the pumpkin to it.
Pumpkin Loaf or Muffins
As with chili, there are countless recipes for loaves and muffins with pumpkin as an ingredient. This is a tasty and filling way to use that extra canned pumpkin.
Pumpkin makes a great ingredient for soup, either as a theme or an enhancement. Try any of a number of online recipes, or get creative and make your own soup.
This Mexican dish features a corn tortilla wrapped around a filling– usually some combo of meat, cheese, beans, and vegetables– and then covered with a tangy sauce. Add pumpkin to the list of things you can fill an enchilada with.
Mac and Cheese
Pumpkin lovers will be happy to learn it can be part of this classic American dish. All you have to do is stir some as you mix in the cheese sauce.
You can add some pumpkin to alfredo sauce or red sauce. Alternatively, you can make your own pasta sauce using pumpkin as a primary ingredient. There are plenty of recipes on the internet.
Dog or Cat Dietary Aid
If you have a dog or cat, a spoonful of pumpkin is known to help clear the digestive tract when they’re having issues with it. Some people add a spoonful to each meal to reduce the chance of such problems in the first place.
Waffles or Pancakes
Whether you use a premade mix or start from scratch, you can add some pumpkin flavor easily. Just blend some in during the mixing stage.
Smoothies and Protein Shakes
You can put almost anything into a smoothie or protein shake, including pumpkin. All you need for this is a blender.
Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
Get out your favorite cake mix and your leftover canned pumpkin. The toughest part is deciding how strong you want the pumpkin flavor. Or make a delicious filling for a chocolate cake.
Roll your canned pumpkin into bite-sized balls and anything else you want to add for a quick protein or energy fix. Store them in the fridge for easy access when you need them.
Save It for Later– Freeze It
You also don’t have to use all of your canned pumpkin before its expiration date. Pumpkin freezes well, so just put it in a freezer-safe container until the next time you need it. It was one of the best suggestions in this thread.