Help! I Bought Too Much Pumpkin

Listen. I love pumpkin as much as the next basic white girl, probably more, but I’ve been there too. That point in the fall when you’re staring down ten cans of pumpkin in the cupboard that are definitely going to linger into March if you don’t get a move on. Now I’m a firm believer that pumpkin is good any old time, but I also believe in savoring seasons and saving certain events and flavors for certain times of the year in order to anticipate them and keep them sort of sacred and special. So as much as the October kid in me wants to eat pumpkin 24-7-365, the sentimentalist is me reserves it for September through January 1. So yes—we gotta make a plan to clear the place of pumpkin with the end of the year rapidly approaching.

We’re here for you. That’s what this post is all about. How to make great use of that pumpkin and not just in the standard pumpkin muffin sort of way. What about when you have like a quarter of a can left after that recipe? What about when you just don’t want to get into a whole baking ordeal? We got ya there too! Sharing some of my favorite ways to ride out the pumpkin train!

1. Pumpkin for your Pet
This year my little Lincoln (look at my Insta for a hot second and you’ll know who he is) had a long running stomach issue that we just couldn’t kick. I was honestly burnt out from trying things and also running low on cash from the wet food diet. Enter pumpkin for the win! I had heard of this and used it before when Lincoln was sick, but after chatting with people at the pet store decided it’s something I’ll leave in Lincoln’s diet. And believe me, he doesn’t mind. I usually keep the leftovers from my last pumpkin endeavor in the fridge and put a spoonful on top of his dry food until it’s gone. He loves the taste and it keeps his little tummy in great shape! Vet and pet store recommended and a super simple way to not let those leftovers go to waste. Because let’s be real—pumpkin should never ever go to waste!

2. Yogurt Whip
This one I discovered whilst living in Mexico. Pumpkin was hard to come by and not at all cheap when I did, and so I never wanted to waste even a smidge. One of my go-to breakfasts south of the border was Greek yogurt—had to keep the probiotics flowing to let my tummy handle the foreign foods. I usually added some honey and granola, but whenever I had that little layer of pumpkin at the bottom of the can, I would scrape it out and throw it in my yogurt. Not only did it give it a delicious autumn flavor, it also lightened it up and almost made it like a whip or a mousse. Highly recommend and it doesn’t take much! No amount is too small here!

3. Pumpkin Pasta Sauce
Okay. Stay with me here. This is the part when you’re probably rolling your eyes and checking out and thinking I’ve spent way too much in the deep dark pumpkin pits of Pinterest. I promise I came up with this idea on my own and that it’s super yum! I keep it simple as I like to do with my food and use the minimal amount of ingredients. Toss whatever pumpkin you’ve got left in a sauce pan with some olive oil, a little water to thin it out, fresh garlic, sea salt, and a hint of fresh rosemary and/or sage if you’ve got it. Let it heat up and simmer a bit and then sprinkle in some fresh parm at the last second. Pour over any pasta (my favorites are the red lentil from Trader Joe’s) or over some zucchini spirals or spaghetti squash and top with more fresh parm. (For the record—I am dairy free now and it’s just as yummy with little to no parm) O.M.GOODNESS. It is fall fireworks in your mouth and a fun and quirky twist on pumpkin.

4. Oatmeal Pumpkin Pancakes
Anyone out there obsessed with pancakes? Anyone out there obsessed with pumpkin pancakes and also gluten and dairy free? I type that while I raise my hand high in the air. Pancakes are still possible, people! I’m posting some photos and instructions for my absolute favorite Pinterest recipe for them here—they are not quite the same fluffy things, but they are delicious in their own right!

5. Pumpkin Butter
Ummm... yum. Shall I paint the picture for you? Warm biscuit topped with a dollop of deep orange, creamy, pumpkin goodness. Mic drop. Here is an easy recipe, and here is another recipe option.

6. Dip it!
Great for entertaining, dips are common place at holiday gatherings. Here is a savory pumpkin dip that you can whip up and pair with plantain chips or any of your favorite veggie chips. Recipe

I’m sure there a zillion other creative ways to make that pumpkin go far and make space for all things peppermint! Share some of your faves in the comments below!

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