Friday, October 17, 2008

Pumpkin Pancakes

My kids love these. You can make them as Healthy as you want as well. I usually freeze the rest of the can of pumpkin in ziploc bags with 1/2 c pumpkin per bag. Just defrost and snip of the corner of the bag to squeeze out. I also make 4 or 5 ziploc bags at a time of the dry ingredient mixes, and freeze them. When I want pancakes it is so easy to grab a mix, grab a pumpkin bag. All I have to do is mix up the wet ingredients.

* 2 cups flour: (I usually use 1 cup whole wheat flour, and about 1/3 C. ground flax, 1/3 C. wheat bran, and 1/3 C. wheat germ or more WW flour, what ever I have on hand that equals up to 2 cups. You can also just use 2 c. white flour)
* 2 Tb sugar
* 4 tsp. baking pwd
* 1/2 tsp. salt
* 2 eggs beaten
* 1/2 C. canned pumpkin
* 1/4 C. oil
* 1 3/4 C. milk

Mix together dry ingredients in a ziploc bag. Mix wet ingredients in bowl, add dry ingredients.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Lowfat Pumpkin Cookies

These are my favorite. My husband loves them too! They don't taste lowfat at all!

3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup softened margarine
3/4 cup pumpkin
1 egg
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking pwd
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg

Cream brown sugar and margarine till fluffy. Beat pumpkin and egg and add to sugar and marg. mixture. Combine remaining ingredients. Add chocolate chips if desired. ( I like it better without them) Drop- flatten top. Bake 350* for 18 min.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Dinner in a Pumpkin

Ok so I know I just did Pumpkin stew, but this is more like a casserole in a pumpkin not a soup. I usually try and make this on or around Halloween, it is lots of fun and easy!

  • 1 Medium pumpkin
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup minute rice or 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 can water chestnuts (drained)

Brown onion and beef and then add remaining ingredients. Clean out pumpkin. Put casserole mixture inside pumpkin, bake at 350 for 1.5 hours in shallow baking dish with 1 inch of water.

Pumpkin Pie Bars

1-1/3 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) cold butter or margarine
1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats, uncooked
1/2 cup chopped PLANTERS Pecans
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
3 eggs
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

HEAT oven to 350°F. Line 13x9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides; grease foil. Mix flour, 1/4 granulated sugar and brown sugar in medium bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in oats and nuts.
RESERVE 1 cup oat mixture; press remaining onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 min. Beat cream cheese, remaining sugar, eggs, pumpkin and spice with mixer until well blended. Pour over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
BAKE 25 min.; cool 10 min. Use foil to transfer dessert from pan to wire rack; cool completely.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Easy Carmel Corn

Made this for a friend and she said it was awesome! Okay well I tried some too and it was pretty dang good:) Thank you to Kristen's mom for the recipe:)

Carmel Corn

1 C. Butter
2 C. Brown Sugar
1 C White Karo Syrup

Heat above ingredients until boil

1 can sweetened condensed milk

Boil 3-4 min. stirring constantly

This makes a ton of sauce so you will need about two big bowls of popped popcorn, sorry I don't have the exact measurement on the popcorn

Pumpkin Spice Cookies or Muffins

1 sm can of pumpkin
1 box of Spice Cake mix
1/3 Cup water
1/2 bag of chocolate chips

Add all ingredients and mix!
Cook at 350* about 8-11 minutes.

***You can drop them onto a cookie sheet for cookies or into muffin papers for muffins. Delicious and EASY!!

Mexican Potato Casserole

4 medium potatoes, with peel
2 Tablespoons butter
2 1/2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cups salsa
1/2 cup chopped peppers (red, green or yellow)
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
Cut potatoes into bite-size pieces and place in greased casserole dish.
Melt butter...stir in taco seasoning.
Pour over the potatoes and stir to coat well.
Bake uncovered at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes.
Brown and crumble beef; add onion and cook until soft...then drain.
Stir in salsa and chopped peppers.
Stir...bake 10 minutes longer.