Pumpkin Alfredo Recipe – 7 Smart Points

Pumpkin Alfredo

With the weather FINALLY starting to cool down, I’m in a constant state of comfort food craving. And a rich, creamy, fettuccini alfredo recipe was exactly what I wanted last week. Now, typically, I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin, or pumpkin flavored foods and drinks. But I had this one can of pure pumpkin on hand, and I wanted to find something to incorporate it in. Considered it’s loaded with vitamins and nutrients, I thought it might be a great way to give my fettuccini alfredo a healthy boost. This, this Pumpkin Alfredo Recipe was born. Any way you slice it, an alfredo dish is going to be very heavy in fat and calories, so I had to find a few smart ways to trim down this dish without sacrificing flavor. The biggest thing I did was sub out regular pasta for Miracle Noodle Fettuccini noodles, which I am a regular user of when I want a light pasta dish. They offer a delicious, guilt-free way to indulge in a decadent pasta dish for a LOT fewer calories and carbs, compared to regular pasta. Even my picky husband loves them, so they are a staple around here. A few other alterations and my Pumpkin Alfredo was a success! Creamy, rich, flavorful, and easy, this dish makes a divine Weight Watchers Fall Recipe to indulge in.

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Pumpkin Chicken Chili Recipe – 6 Smart Points

Pumpkin Chicken Chili

Fall is officially here! And you all know what that means…Weight Watchers Pumpkin Recipes galore! Today is no exception. I’m sharing one of my favorite easy fall recipes that is perfect for feeding a family or large group. This healthy fall chili recipe is full of lean proteins, hearty vegetables, and an abundance of flavor. The mild sweetness of the pumpkin balances out the spiciness of the chili, while adding some additional nutrients and fiber. And the hint of nutmeg and cinnamon give it just a whisper of seasonal flavor that you’re craving. It’s also a breeze to make, and doesn’t require a lot of time. When you want a healthy meal to fill you up on a chilly fall or winter day, this Pumpkin Chicken Chili Recipe is the answer and is sure to become your new favorite fall recipe too. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin French Toast – 6 Points +

Pumpkin French Toast

Since you’re probably turkey-ed out by now, let’s go for some pumpkin this weekend. It’s fall, so there’s plenty of pumpkins available, and this pumpkin French toast is delicious. Make it with French bread or sour dough bread and let the bread sit for a minute or so in the egg mixture. That way it soaks up more of the pumpkin flavor. I like to serve my French toast with yogurt on top, since it’s a better alternative than sugary syrup. This French toast is one that you could easily do as a baked French toast. Just chop the pieces of bread into cubes and put them into a baking dish. Then pour the egg and pumpkin mixture over the top and bake it for about 45 minutes. Whether you fry it on a griddle or bake it in the oven, this fall inspired French toast is perfect for a wintery morning with a cup of coffee.
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Autumn Hummus – 3 Points +

 

Autumn Hummus

As it’s cooler now, the garden produce is pretty much done, although we’ve had a pretty warm fall. Thankfully, one of the things (or rather, two of the things) that are still keeping great since we brought them in are the pumpkins and squash. And with this hummus recipe, it’s perfect. Pureed pumpkin and squash combined with chickpeas and delicious seasonings to create a fall hummus. This hummus is wonderful on pita chips, but it’s also fabulous on carrots sticks as well. It’s a great snack and it holds well in the fridge for several days. Since it has chickpeas in it (also called garbanzo beans), it’s packed with fiber, which means it helps to keep you full longer. It’s definitely a little spicy with cayenne pepper and chili powder, but you can always season it to taste. If you’re baking pumpkin and squash, you can puree it before hand, or simply weight out 8 oz of chunks and puree them with the garbanzo beans. The reason why I recommend pureed pumpkin and squash is that is ensures a smooth texture, and that there won’t be any chunks in the hummus. Give this delicious fall hummus a try. It’ll give your day just the kick of flavor it needs!
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Pumpkin Cornbread Recipe – 4 Points +

Pumpkin Cornbread

Fall is officially in full swing, and like everyone else, I’m on a pumpkin craze. There are SO many amazing pumpkin flavored goodies and treats available right now, it’s insane! In addition to trying out some tasty looking products I find at the store, I’ve also been in the kitchen whipping up some homemade, healthy pumpkin recipes too. Though it’s been over 100 degrees here this week (boo for California in the fall!), I’ve been working on a Pumpkin Cornbread Recipe that I hope you love as much as I do! Moist, delicious, slightly sweet cornbread that bakes up light and tender boasting a traditional corn flavor, but with a hint of pumpkin and spice. Goes AMAZINGLY well with chili or soup, and if you want to spend the extra points, is best when topped with hot butter. So get on the pumpkin craze bandwagon and give my Pumpkin Cornbread recipe a try this fall. Each serving is just 4 Points Plus!

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Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce – 7 Points +

Pumpkin Ravioli with brown butter sauce.

Although pumpkin is usually the flavor of autumn, this is a great recipe that can be prepared all year long. It’s easy to make and takes very little time. Pumpkin ravioli with brown butter sauce is comfort food without the guilt. The sage and nutmeg add a nice addition to this recipe. The sweetness of the pumpkin is balanced well with the brown butter sauce. I usually serve this at dinner with a side salad.

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Low Calorie Pumpkin Pie Recipe – 5 Points +

Low Calorie Pumpkin Pie

No need to skip dessert this Thanksgiving….just try this healthier, low calorie Pumpkin Pie recipe instead. By making a few small tweaks to my mom’s traditional Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie, and switching out the high fat crust for a delicious whole wheat version, I was able to make this amazing Weight Watchers Pumpkin pie that is delicious, lovely, and just 5 Points + per serving! Other versions of light pumpkin pie recipes that I’ve seen, suggest going crustless, or, thinning out your crust as much as possible in order to lower that Points Plus value. My response to that? NO WAY!!! I loooooove pie crust. And I’m not about to sacrifice it. But I am usually pretty overwhelmed around the holidays, so I like to keep things as simple as possible. That means I buy a pre-made pie crust. No shame in my game, folks. I LOVE the Organic Whole Wheat Pie Crust from Wholly Wholesome….it tastes amazing and you’d never know it’s healthier. This is usually my go to pre-made pie crust. If you prefer to make your own pie crust from scratch, by all means, go right ahead. Just make sure to use a whole wheat pie crust recipe (there’s a ton of them that you can find through a quick Google search). So don’t pass on the pumpkin pie this year, just serve up this Low Points Pumpkin Pie Recipe, and enjoy the guilt free indulgence. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Recipe – 2 Points +

Pumpkin Pasta Sauce

Shake things up a bit with this Pumpkin Pasta Sauce over your favorite, high fiber pasta instead of traditional marinara. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals and it is so rich and decadent, while still maintaining a light feel. The addition of the pumpkin and sage give it that wonderful, seasonal flavor without being overpowering. Feel free to add in some grilled chicken to bulk it and pack in some more protein. I love to serve this over rotini noodles for the kids, as it’s a great way to get in some extra nutrition without letting them know that they are eating a vegetable. Keep in mind, this Weight Watchers Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Recipe lists the Points + for the sauce ONLY, and does not include the pasta noodles. So, make sure to factor those in. This is an excellent family dinner recipe idea for a busy weeknight, as it can prepared pretty quickly and tastes fantastic.

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Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Recipe – 4 Points +

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Pumpkin Pie is such a traditional American dessert…it’s so comforting and it really connects you to such a wonderful time of the year – fall and the Thanksgiving holiday. Well, with this Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Recipe, you can start your day with the flavor of pumpkin pie in a classic, steel cut oatmeal. This recipe was something I’d been meaning to play around with for quite a while. I simply followed the instructions on my oatmeal package, but subbed out some of the milk and water for pumpkin puree. To avoid adding sugar, I used some vanilla extract, and instead of milk, I used unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze to add more sweetness. But if you prefer, you can absolutely use some non-fat milk instead. The texture of the oatmeal was perfect, and I topped it with a drizzle of maple syrup for added flavor. This is such a hearty and healthy breakfast recipe that is just 4 Points + per serving, and it is wonderfully gratifying and satisfying. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Soup with Spicy Chipotle Cream – 2 Points +

Pumpkin Soup with Spicy Chipotle Cream

It’s officially fall, folks! And what better way to kick off the season than with this delicious Pumpkin Soup Recipe with Spicy Chipotle Cream. The slightly sweet and savory mellowness of the pumpkin soup is perfectly complemented with a touch of heat from the chipotle seasoned yogurt. And I love that extra bit of creamy tartness from the yogurt! If you don’t have the yogurt on hand, sour cream would work just as well. My two year old devoured the soup, but I made sure not to add the spicy chipotle cream to her serving. It’s a delicious and comforting soup whose velvety smooth texture and delectable spices will have you making this it year round. Serve this pumpkin soup as a first course, or Weight Watchers Appetizer Recipe, or pair with your favorite salad or sandwich for lunch. Just 2 Points + for about 1 cup – an amazing bargain. Enjoy!

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Chipotle Pumpkin Black Bean Soup Recipe – 3 Points +

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I cannot even begin to express how delicious this Chipotle Pumpkin Black Bean Soup Recipe was! I know it’s officially spring, the weather is getting warmer, and the last thing we want is a hearty pumpkin soup to remind us of the cold weather season. BUT…this soup is absolutely worth it. I was inspired by Rachel Ray’s version which I recently came across. But my version is very different from hers, and a lot less in Weight Watchers Points Plus. Using non-traditional flavors with pumpkin (like cumin and chipotle) really brought out some wonderful new tastes. And the roasted onions and garlic added such an amazing flavor! This soup turned out incredible – and, all that fiber made it so filling! Each nicely sized serving is just 3 Points +. I had a bowl of this soup with a side salad for lunch, and I was totally full until dinner time. So don’t push back that canned pumpkin in your pantry until next fall…use it right now in this incredible Chipotle Pumpkin Black Bean Soup Recipe. You will love it!

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Baked Pumpkin French Toast Recipe – 8 Points +

Pumpkin French Toast Bake

Tired of all the delicious, seasonal pumpkin recipes yet? I didn’t think so. Here’s another one for a Baked Pumpkin French Toast that is so good, it tastes more like dessert than breakfast. After seeing so many baked french toasts recipes floating around lately, I decided to give one a shot, even though I’m not a huge fan of french toast. I decided to make my egg mix a little more healthy and a little more seasonal by adding pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and using Egg Beaters instead of real eggs. I also used some leftover challah bread that we had for dinner on a Friday night. The prep was very easy. It took me all of 10 minutes. Then I just set it in my fridge overnight and popped it in the oven in the morning. My house smelled AMAZING while it was baking! And it was delicious. Seriously, DELICIOUS. Each serving was 8 Points +, which isn’t too bad considering this was a large and filling serving topped with real maple syrup. You could probably shave off a point or two by using low calorie syrup, but in my opinion, a dish this divine deserves the good stuff. I was quite full at just 1 serving. This would make a perfect Christmas morning breakfast recipe (just let it bake while you are opening presents!) or even for the morning after Thanksgiving (if you don’t plan on eating dinner leftovers for breakfast like I’ll be doing). Regardless of when or how you eat it, this is one Baked French Toast Recipe you must try. Enjoy!

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