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Jack-o'-lanterns are the symbol of Halloween. But don't overlook pumpkins as a source of nutrition. Pumpkins are loaded with vitamin A and fiber, and low in calories. So don't just buy canned pumpkin for pie; keep it in the pantry to whip up one of these quick, homemade pumpkin recipes: pumpkin muffins, pumpkin ravioli, or pumpkin soup. Now that's a year-round treat!

Try these pumpkin recipes from Cooking Light magazine.

Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients

For 18 servings

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1/3 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 375.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (flour through salt) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture.

Combine pumpkin and next 6 ingredients (pumpkin through egg white); add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Spoon the batter into 18 muffin cups coated with cooking spray.

Combine 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and brown sugar; sprinkle over muffins.

Bake at 375 for 25 minutes, or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Remove muffins from pans immediately; cool on a wire rack. Yield: 18 servings (serving size: 1 muffin).

Nutritional Information

CALORIES 164 (19% from fat): FAT 3.5g (satfat 0.6g, monofat 0.8g, polyfat 1.9g); PROTEIN 3.5g; CARBOHYDRATES 29.7g; FIBER 1g; CHOLESTEROL 12mg; IRON 1.2mg; SODIUM 269mg; CALCIUM 78mg.

Pumpkin Ravioli

INGREDIENTS

For 6 Servings

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 wonton wrappers
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Chopped parsley

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine pumpkin, Parmesan, ¼ teaspoon salt, and black pepper. Spoon about 2 teaspoons pumpkin mixture into center of each wonton wrapper. Moisten edges of dough with water; bring 2 opposite sides together to form a triangle, pinching edges to seal. Place ravioli into a large saucepan of boiling water with 1 teaspoon salt; cook 7 minutes and drain in a colander. Place chicken broth and butter in pan; bring to a boil. Add ravioli, tossing to coat. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 4 ravioli).

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NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

CALORIES 162g; FAT 5g (satfat 4g, monofat 1g, polyfat 0g); PROTEIN 6g; FIBER 2g; CHOLESTEROL 17mg; IRON 2mg; SODIUM 505mg; CALCIUM 102mg.

Pumpkin Soup

INGREDIENTS

For 6 Servings

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup peeled and cubed (1/2-inch) sweet potato
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 14 1/2-ounce cans fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Stir in flour, curry powder, cumin, nutmeg, and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add sweet potato, salt, broth, and pumpkin; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, partially covered, 20 minutes or until potato is tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes.

2. Place half of pumpkin mixture in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Pour pureed soup into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining pumpkin mixture. Return soup to pan; stir in milk. Cook over medium heat 6 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring often. (Do not boil.) Remove from heat; stir in juice. Garnish with chives, if desired. Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 cup).

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

CALORIES 121 (21% from fat); FAT 2.8g (satfat 1.6g, monofat 0.7g, polyfat 0.2g); PROTEIN 5.1g; CARBOHYDRATES 19.7g; FIBER 3.5g; CHOLESTEROL 7mg; IRON 1.5mg; SODIUM 565mg; CALCIUM 85mg.

WebMD Feature Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on September 29, 2009

Sources

SOURCES: WebMD in collaboration with Cooking Light: "Pumpkin Muffins," "Pumpkin Ravioli," "Pumpkin Soup." American Dietetic Association: "Pumpkins: Good for More than Just Carving."

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