Start your morning out right with these awesome pancakes.
Here is what you will need:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tbsp canola oil
1 cup nonfat milk
1/3 cup pure pumpkin
In a medium sized bowl, combine the sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, nutmeg and ginger together. In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin, egg, oil and milk. Once that’s done, add it to the dry ingredients. Let stand for at least five minutes.
Use ¼ cup of mixture for each pancake. Cook on well-oiled griddle.
Cream Of Pumpkin Soup
This low fat, yet hearty soup is perfect as the weather gets colder. Here is what you will need:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp cumin
3 cups fat-free, low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
1 15-ounce can pumpkin
1 12-ounce can evaporated fat-free milk
Freshly ground Black pepper to taste
In a large saucepan heat the oil over medium flame. Add the onion and garlic and cook until translucent. Add in the cumin and curry powder and let that cook of one minute. Add the pumpkin and chicken broth and let simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. Add the evaporated milk and let simmer for 2 more minutes.
Then add to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
Baked Pumpkin Pasta
Pumpkin and Pasta is a combination that you may have never thought about, but once you try it you will be hooked.
12 ounces uncooked penne pasta
2 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 small zucchini, halved lengthwise, then sliced
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried sage
1 15 ounce can pure pumpkin
1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
1/2 cup water reserved from pasta pot
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Cook pasta according to package direction. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water. In a large pan, cook the onion and garlic with the oil until translucent. Add in the zucchini and herbs and cook for 5-6 minutes. Stir in the pumpkin and ricotta cheese. Next add the reserved pasta water. Whisk until smooth. Layer pasta and pumpkin mixture into a baking dish and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
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