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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
Ever since I got a Kitchen Aid Ice Cream Maker attachment for my mixer, I have been salivating over delicious ice cream recipes that I want to try. But none of them are Weight Watchers friendly, so they always end up on the back burner. But when I was trying to decide what to do with some extra pumpkin puree I had in the fridge, I decided to take a stab at making some Pumpkin Pie Frozen Yogurt. This low calorie dessert literally took me minutes to make. And then my ice cream maker did the rest. It was so flavorful and creamy…and my kids loved it! Each 1/2 cup serving is just 2 Points +, and it’s a really healthier alternative to most frozen yogurts that you’d buy pre-made. After you eat all those Thanksgiving dinner calories, you can enjoy a guilt free dessert :). This year, I think I’m going to make this to put on top of my Apple Pie, instead of using the traditional vanilla ice cream. Yum! It’s like combining the best of the two most popular Thanksgiving desserts into one. Enjoy!
If you want a healthy and delicious, pumpkin pasta sauce that requires no more effort other than heating it up, then look no further…this Tuscany Pumpkin Pasta Sauce from Cucina Antica is fantastic. Each 1/2 cup serving is just 3 Points +, and even though it’s labeled a pasta sauce, you could really use this on just about anything….over rice, chicken, as a base for a dip or soup…so many possibilities. The pumpkin flavor is just right, and it’s complemented with some delicious herbs and seasonings. It has a wonderful, seasonal taste and it really makes you feel like it’s fall.
I hope you all are sitting down for this one….a Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate Recipe that’s just 3 Points + for a nice big mug full?!?!? That’s right. And oh my word is it good. I got the idea for this while in line at Starbucks, drooling over their delicious fall drink menu. As soon as I got home, I put my daughter in her highchair, and went to work whipping up this absolutely wonderful, low calorie hot chocolate recipe. My Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate was so rich, creamy and decadent, and yet just a handful of Weight Watchers Points. The creamer and the vanilla sweeten the drink a lot, so there was no need to add in any additional sweetener. Also, if you want to go even LOWER on the Points with this, just substitute the milk for Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, and it will be just 2 Points +! I tried it both ways and preferred it with the milk, but it was quite good with the Almond Breeze too. This is a perfect hot drink for a cold day…and it’s a great idea to have in place of a dessert! Seriously people, it’s that good. Make it….NOW!
Well, fall is officially here (since Saturday!) and it’s time for some of the best Weight Watchers Fall Recipes to start making their way to my blog. To kick things off, I decided to do this Crock Pot Pumpkin Lentil Stew. It’s a very healthy dish that’s incredibly filling, and is an excellent Weight Watchers Vegan recipe for those who eat Vegan (just leave off the yogurt). I fed this to my 13 month old, and she LOVED it. Simmering in the crock pot all day made everything so tender and flavorful…the spices were perfect. And the lime juice gives it just a bit of zing. In fact, the next time I make this, I will use more lime juice. If you want a good, hearty fall stew recipe that will really fill you up for just 4 Points +, then this Crock Pot Pumpkin Lentil Stew is your ticket. Enjoy!
Well, here we are in September after Labor Day, and that means Fall is just around the corner. And so will begin the season of endless fantastical Fall recipes that will have you packing on some serious pounds if you aren’t careful. But I’ve got some amazing Fall Weight Watchers Recipes that are SO good and yet still low in Points +. I was in the kitchen this past weekend, getting my pumpkin on with a few new low calorie pumpkin recipes that I’ll be featuring this fall. Even though it’s still summer, and still pretty hot, I thought I’d share a fall recipe — this amazing healthy, low Points Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Recipe. It’s made with ice, so it’s still a great way to beat the heat these last few weeks of summer while still enjoying some traditional fall flavors. This Pumpkin Smoothie is loaded with good for you ingredients, it’s rich, creamy, and filling, and has just 3 Points + per serving. I really wish I had some fat free whipped cream on hand when I made this, because that definitely would’ve made it even more spectacular (and pretty!), but I didn’t, so you won’t see it pictured up above, but I highly recommend adding it on. The whole smoothie recipe makes 2 servings, so it’s a very nicely sized smoothie. If you love pumpkin recipes, then this low calorie Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is a must try.
Need a healthy idea for something to serve on Christmas morning? Well these amazingly delicious Goat Cheese and Fig Muffins are not only tasty and festive, they are just 5 Points + each. Each healthy fig muffin is stuffed with a rich, creamy honey and goat cheese filling. They are moist and fluffy, and oh-so yummy! The combination of the sweet figs and honey combined with the tangy goat cheese make for a wonderfully decadent treat. These yummy muffins also make a great gift to bake for your friend, neighbor, or child’s teacher!