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Affordable, nutrient-packed canned pumpkin is a surprisingly versatile ingredient that works in a variety of sweet and savory dishes. Check out these can’t-miss recipes that incorporate the official flavor of fall into dinner, side dishes, and dessert.

Pumpkin Lentil Stew 

The sweet, savory, earthy combination of pumpkin and lentils is popular in Indian and North African cuisine. Our take, featuring creamy coconut milk and kale with the flavors of curry powder and ginger, is a vegan meal-in-one that quickly comes together in the Instant Pot.

Pumpkin Skillet Cornbread with Honey Butter 

The perfect autumn side dish, pumpkin skillet cornbread is a snap to make with store-bought corn muffin mix. Amped up with cinnamon, nutmeg, crunchy pepitas (pumpkin seeds), and a sweet finishing dollop of honey butter, it’s also delicious for breakfast.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies 

Satisfy pumpkin pie lovers and chocoholics with one better-for-you treat. Made with white whole wheat flour and flax seeds, these moist, pumpkin-spiced cookies are full of fiber and protein.

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