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Pumpkin puree (either canned or homemade), like other vegetable purees, can be added to recipes like macaroni and cheese or brownies. Will these dishes be healthier as a result? Will they significantly increase the amount of veggies in your diet? No. You are not adding enough pureed veggies to increase your daily intake. However, in the case of the brownies, you will be reducing the amount of fat you need to add to the recipe which is a great healthy habit when baking. But again, your veggie intake won’t be significantly increased by eating these brownies.
You may find already prepared vegetable purees in the grocery store in
packages or containers other than cans, but be aware that these are pricey
alternatives and the canned purees are typically the most affordable
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Contributor: Ellen Schuster, M.S., R.D., Associate State Specialist, University of Missouri Extension, firstname.lastname@example.org, 573-882-1933