When Carnation approached me to get the word out that their Evaporated Milk is not only for baking but for cooking as well, I was intrigued. Could evaporated milk – which I only associated with treats like fudge and pumpkin pie – be used in healthy cooking? They may call it “The Cooking Milk” but I had to see for myself.
Making it healthier with Carnation Evaporated Milk
I rarely use milk or cream in entrees, so what was I going to make? After visiting VeryBestBaking.com, I found a recipe that’s very similar to one I make for Butternut Squash Soup. Instead of squash it uses canned pumpkin, which takes the cooking time from several hours to about 30 minutes.
I substituted the butter with heart healthy olive oil, and cut the curry powder in half – it was way to spicy for me. I used vegetable broth instead of chicken broth, and Carnation Fat Free Evaporated Milk instead of their low fat or regular versions.
When I plugged the healthified recipe into the Weight Watchers Recipe Builder, it came to 2 POINTS per serving.
So how did it taste? Awesome! My nine-year-old son even asked for seconds. Since I always seem to have a couple of cans of leftover canned pumpkin after Thanksgiving, this is a great way to quickly and deliciously use them up.
(I’ll be tackling a recipe from the Carnation Holiday Recipe Guide soon!)
- 1 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup (1 small) chopped onion
- 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon curry powder (to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
- 1 can (12 fl. oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Fat Free Evaporated Milk
- Heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 3 minutes or until tender.
- Stir in curry powder, salt and pepper; cook for 1 minute.
- Add broth and pumpkin; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Stir in evaporated milk. Transfer mixture to food processor or blender (in batches, if necessary) and cover. Blend until smooth. Or you can use a wand blender.
- Serve warm.
Weight Watchers POINTS = 2
- Nutrition information about Carnation Evaporated Milk
- Cooking Benefits of evaporated milk
- Carnation’s Virtual Kitchen
- Additional Recipe Ideas
- The different types of evaporated milk
This recipe was included in the Carnival of Gluten-Free Recipes.
Full disclosure: On behalf of Carnation and the One2One Network, I received two free product coupons for Carnation Evaporated milk and a gift card to cover my grocery expenses.