Put those pumpkins to work in the kitchen in no time with these tips. Because there is more to this squash than meets the eye.
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8. Eat it all day long. Breakfast: Stir ¼ cup of pumpkin puree into your morning oatmeal before cooking; season with cinnamon and sugar to taste. Lunch: Top a salad with 2 tablespoons pumpkinseeds for crunch and healthy fats, or have pumpkin seeds with an apple or pear for a snack. Dinner: Add peeled and cubed pumpkin to a stew. It adds nutrition, texture, and a hint of sweetness.
9. Try pure canned pumpkin. It's easy to accidentally buy sweet, spiced pie filling. Look for the can with one ingredient: pumpkin. Advantages include consistency (a poor fresh pumpkin can be stringy or watery) and, of course, it's precooked.