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20 Amazing Canned Pumpkin Recipes You Can Make This Fall

20 Amazing Canned Pumpkin Recipes You Can Make This Fall

Just this week I had pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin bread, and boy were they delicious. It may seem like I have a bit too much of the orange stuff in my diet, but cut me some slack. It is fall, after all! Rather than go against the grain, why not jump on board the pumpkin bandwagon and see what all the fuss is about? Below are some cool canned pumpkin recipes you can whip up in no time. Pick one, put it together, and serve it to your friends or significant other. I’m sure they’ll be super impressed! (Just as a note: all listed items have a link to the recipe in the description.) Happy pumpkin eating!

1. Pumpkin pancakes

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    I mentioned this in the intro, so you knew it would be here. It’s really easy to make, which is good considering how delicious it is. Click here for the recipe!

    2. Pumpkin parfait

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      It’s like your standard Greek yogurt/fruit mixture, except this time the fruit is exchanged with pumpkin. Best of all, it seems like it’s pretty easy to whip up so long as you have some Greek yogurt and a can of pumpkin lying around.

      3. Pumpkin pudding

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        I like pudding, and I like pumpkin. Why not combine the two? This recipe calls for freshly cubed pumpkin, but I’m sure the stuff in the can works just as well.

        4. Pumpkin alfredo

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          How simple! Just mix a bit of butter, a cup of pumpkin, a cup of cream, and voila! The perfect fall Alfredo sauce. I’ll admit that this one is a bit strange, but it probably tastes good.

          5. Pumpkin oatmeal bars

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            Why spend money on granola bars when you can make your own? You’ll need oats, pumpkin, and some peanut butter to add a bit of a sweet kick.

            6. Pumpkin butter

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              I’ve heard of honey butter, peanut butter, and almond butter, but this one was new to me. It’s great as a spread for breads!

              7. Pumpkin dinner rolls

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                For Thanksgiving this year, spice up your rolls with a bit of pumpkin. They actually look quite delicious.

                8. Pumpkin spice latte

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                  Ah, my favorite. The perfect pumpkin spice latte is better than vanilla or any other flavor I’ve tried. Give it a go for yourself!

                  9. Pumpkin wedges

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                    Like potato wedges, but made out of pumpkin. It sounds a little offbeat to me, but I’d give it a try.

                    10. Pumpkin protein shake

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                      What better way to recover after a run in the brisk fall air than with some protein and pumpkin?

                      11. Pumpkin cheesecake dip

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                        I’ve never heard of cheesecake being used as a dip, but I guess that’s a thing. Looks like you just need some cottage cheese and a bit of pumpkin and you’re good to go.

                        12. Pumpkin mashed potatoes

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                          How simple. Just make mashed potatoes the way you normally would, but add a cup of pumpkin while you are doing the mashing.

                          13. Pumpkin hummus

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                            Like the mashed potatoes, looks like you just make the standard hummus and add a few tablespoons of pumpkin into the mix. An easy way to impress your guests.

                            14. Pumpkin cookies

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                              Mmm. This recipe calls for the use of Greek yogurt, so you know these are going to be some creamy cookies.

                              15. Pumpkin sherbert

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                                I never really thought of pumpkin as being compatible with the tangy taste often associated with sherbert, but I guess it works!

                                16. Pumpkin risotto

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                                  Risotto: the thing people always fail making on the show “Hell’s Kitchen” while chef Gordon Ramsay glares at them. It might be complicated to make, but the result seems to be worth it.

                                  17. Pumpkin ravioli

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                                    I’m half Italian so I might be a little biased in wanting to try this dish. It looks like any old ravioli, except the ricotta cheese filling has a bit of pumpkin puree in it. Yum!

                                    18. Pumpkin bread

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                                      I referenced this in the intro, too, so I can vouch for its awesomeness. It makes for the perfect breakfast or in-between meal snack.

                                      19. Pumpkin fudge

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                                        Fudge is delicious, pumpkin is delicious; putting them together is just the natural thing to do.

                                        20. Pumpkin mustard

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                                          I’m a huge fan of mustard. So, why not get with the season and mix a bit of pumpkin into it? That way, everything I eat can have a little bit of fall in it! Do you have any canned pumpkin recipes you cook up exclusively during the fall? Share with us below!

                                          Featured photo credit: Pumpkins/ Rene Schwietzke via flickr.com

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                                          7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                                          7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                                          From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

                                          What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

                                          1. Take the scenic route.

                                          Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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                                          Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

                                          2. Distract yourself.

                                          No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

                                          3. Listen to music or podcasts.

                                          There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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                                          4. Bring a friend.

                                          Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

                                          Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

                                          5. Accessorize.

                                          There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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                                          For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

                                          6. Compete.

                                          A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

                                          7. Relax.

                                          The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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                                          With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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