Using What You Have – Pumpkins

Well, under the mantra of “Use what you have” I decided to use the pureed pumpkin in my freezer.  After all, I have a gazillion cups of it.  Okay, it is actually only around 50.  That seems like a lot for a household that was not known for using pureed pumpkin at all.  It is probably a lot for any household, come to think of it.  So, why do I have so much?  That is a post for another time.  For now, just know I have a lot and I need to use it or else all that effort will have been for naught.

Last week, two new items made it onto the menu.  Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins and Pumpkin Breakfast Shakes.

The Perfect Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins were a joint effort between myself and a toddler.  Ended up being easy to do together once the ingredients were all out.  These include cranberries, but I think they would also be good with other dried fruit and perhaps even some nuts.  For planning purposes, make sure you read the recipe ahead of time as it does require a one-hour sitting time for the mix before putting it into pans.

The pumpkin shakes were a redo because the healthy recipe I found, and tried first, had crushed ice as a base.  First, I do not care for that texture.  Secondly, the ice kept clogging up the straws.  So, I redid it using what was good from that effort and adding things we liked.  It was a bit heavy on the yogurt, wheat germ and oat bran.  A bit light on the pumpkin.  Good all around though.  Since I did not actually measure anything (I never do with shakes), here are my closest guesses as to what actually I should have used.

Pumpkin Breakfast Shakes

3/4 cup yogurt

3/4 cup pumpkin puree

1 t pumpkin spice

1 T wheat germ

1 T oat bran

1 packet Carnation Instant Breakfast mix, vanilla

milk – fill to the desired level

Blend (I use a stick blender) and enjoy.

Variations: You could also add in a banana for thickening.  Grapes are also good in shakes and do not change the flavor.  Greek yogurt is good, though it has a bit of a tangy flavor so it may need something sweet to off set it.


We will be having these shakes again this week.  I will let you know if I have any strokes of genius as to other things I can add in.  I am always game for adding in hidden good things.  Shakes are great for this.


What do you  have in your stores that you are trying to use up?  Please share, whether it worked out or not.