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Pumpkin Pancakes

Source: Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld

Jessica’s Pancakes use a sweet potato puree, but that didn’t seem as tasty as pumpkin to me, so I substituted.

My toddler daughter loved them and ate four of them in one sitting. These also freeze nicely. Pop them in the toaster oven to reheat.

1 C water
1/2 cup pumpkin (original calls for sweet potato)
1/4 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (I used pumpkin)
1 C pancake mix
Nonstick cooking spray
1 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil
1 Tbsp wheat germ **
1 Tbsp ground flax seed **

**my additions

In a large bowl, mix the water, puree, and cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, if using. Add the pancake mix and stir to combine – batter should be lumpy. (Add wheat germ and flax, if using).

Coat griddle or large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set it over medium-high heat.  When the pan is hot, add the oil, and spoon the batter onto the griddle or pan, using 1/4 cup batter for each pancake.

Cook until bubbles for on top of the pancake and the batter is set, 2-3 minutes. Then use spatula to flip the pancakes and cook them until golden brown on the other side, 2-3 minutes.


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Pumpkin Penne

Source: Parents Magazine, November 2009Pumpkin Penne

Thanks to canned pumpkin, this pasta gives the kiddos two servings of veggies.

This was yummy!  Perfect for Autumn. I added one chopped and sautéed zucchini, and some left over chicken from last night’s Roasted bird.

Makes 6 cups.

1 12 oz. box whole-wheat penne
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 shallot, finely chopped ( You can skip this and add 1/2 tsp. onion powder)
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth (I used Vegetable broth)
1/2 cup fat-free evaporated milk
1 15 oz. can pumpkin
1/2 tsp. pumpkin-pie spice
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. Fresh parsley, chopped

Cook pasta according to package directions. 

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat oil on medium.  Add shallots; cook and stir until tender, about 3 minutes.  Whisk in broth, evaporated milk, pumpkin, spice, salt, and pepper.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Toss pasta with sauce.  Spoon into bowls and top with parsley and cheese.

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