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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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                                          10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                          10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                          Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                                          Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

                                          Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                                          If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                                          Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                                          1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                                          Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                                          Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                                          Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                                          2. No Motivation

                                          Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                                          This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

                                          If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                                          3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                                          Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

                                          A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                                          A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                                          The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                                          4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                                          One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                                          We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                                          Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                                          You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

                                          5. Upward Comparisons

                                          Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                                          The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                                          These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                                          Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

                                          6. No Alternative

                                          This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                                          Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                                          Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                                          Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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                                          7. Stress

                                          As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

                                          When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

                                          We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

                                          If you need some help reducing stress, check out the following video for some healthy ways to get started:

                                          8. Sense of Failure

                                          People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                                          Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                                          Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                                          If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                                          9. The Need to Be All-New

                                          People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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                                          These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

                                          10. Force of Habit

                                          Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                                          Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                                          These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

                                          There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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                                          Reference

                                          [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
                                          [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
                                          [3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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