06/21/2012 (12:00 am)
Pumpkins are often associated with Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie. Nothing brings the holidays to mind like a pumpkin pie, warm from the oven and laced with nutmeg and cinnamon.
But there is more to the humble pumpkin than pie. Hiding beneath its orange exterior is a nutritional powerhouse, full of vitamin C, potassium, and beta carotene. Pumpkin can be a healthy addition to any diet. Thanks to quality canned pumpkin, one need not wait until October to use it. Pumpkin muffins are quick and easy, and perfect for those busy mornings. Perfect with a cup of coffee or hot tea, a pumpkin muffin is a great start to the day.
For an elegant dessert, try a Swiss roll made from pumpkin and stuffed with a rich cream cheese filling. Topped with sifted powdered sugar, a pumpkin roll is sure to please any dinner guest.
Cookies are another way to utilize pumpkin, and one that is sure to please the children. Add a creative touch by sprinkling the cookies with toasted pumpkin seeds or miniature chocolate chips prior to baking.
Pumpkin is a versatile fruit and full of nutrients needed for a healthy lifestyle. Canned pumpkin makes it easy to use.
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