The Whole Pumpkin

by DanicasDaily on November 2, 2012

Happy Friday All!  Thanks for sharing your Pumpkin Ale thoughts and which Ale’s to try on yesterday’s post.  I think I “may” venture out to try Trader Joe’s version just to see if I can taste the pumpkin in it  (Thanks Donna!)

This morning I swapped out the Pumpkin’s for the Turkey… to speak. 


The Pumpkin Family is still outside because it’s more like a Harvest Family which hangs out all fall versus Halloween family.  However,I  did move the Skeleton, Witch & Boo to the box for next year.


I honestly could not convince myself to get on the treadmill this morning to run.  I told myself I had to pick something to move more because it was my running day.  I laced up my shoes and headed outside to enjoy a crisp almost hour long walk in the sunshine ~ success!

You all should’ve guessed now that we have Mission Tortillas again that my Healthy Egg Roll would be back.  I love this little roll so much that I have a feeling I am having another tomorrow.

SF + 1 WPA – 4 points+


After my morning meetings, I stopped by Starbuck’s just so I could pick up my first red cup of the season. 

Tall Nonfat, Decaf Latte with Caramel Drizzle on Top (SF) – 3 points+


Lunch involved the other half of my Trader Joe’s Spicy Ranchero Egg White Salad on top of an Oroweat Honey Wheat Thin Bun (SF) – 4 points+


Plus a side of apple wedges for crunch.


Since I had the afternoon off, I was free to spend some time in the kitchen……making more pumpkin recipes!

I started by whipping up another batch of Pumpkin Pie Frozen Yogurt.


Then, I moved onto the Sugar Pie Pumpkin we received in our Farm Fresh To You Farm box.  It looks really huge, but, it was small – maybe 3 lbs. 

I pondered several ideas for what to make with our pumpkin like roasting it, having it with pasta or even making a batch of healthy pumpkin butter.


I finally decided on two things that turned out to be incredibly tasty.  I will be posting all my pumpkin recipes from today this next week.

Fresh Pumpkin, Pear and Ginger Soup topped with toasted pumpkin seeds, cranberries and more pear.  This soup is like having Thanksgiving in a Bowl ~ it’s packed earthy herbs like sage & thyme, creamy (without having any cream in it) with hints of sweetness from the pear and caramelized onions with a little spicy kick from the ginger.  The toppings put this soup over the top adding just the right amount of crunchy, tangy, salty, sweet texture to satisfy your pallet.

It’s super low in points+ and 99% Simply Filling too.


And my first ever homemade roasted pumpkin seeds.  I am so proud I used my entire pumpkin (sans the skin!) ~ total Farm to Table, Pumpkin – Style!


Before heading out to freeze our booties off watch our nephew’s last football game of the season, I ate a big plate of Healthy Nachos. 

The SECRET INGREDIENT that makes THESE HEALTHY NACHOS awesome is BAKED Extra Thin Mission Tortilla Chips topped with sea salt.


Layered up with all our leftover Turkey Taco Fixin’s ~ 1/2 cup Turkey Taco Meat, 1/2 oz Cabot Light Pepper Jack, romaine & red cabbage, tomatoes, avocado and pickled jalapenos.

SF + 5 WPA (9 points+)


Despite sitting outside in the freezing cold for 2 hours, I still wanted to come home and have some of the Homemade Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt I made earlier (SF + 1 WPA) – 2 points+ per 1/2 cup.


STATS (12 am – 9 pm)

  • 3,092 calories burned
  • 14,383 steps taken
  • 9 WPA used (counted against my AP), 0 WPA remaining (24 daily points+)
  • AL – 8 activity points, 128%


Have you ever cooked a pumpkin?  If so, what did you make?

Let the weekend begin! Night all…

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Michele R November 3, 2012 at 3:27 am

Wow — these all sound delish! I think I am going to have to put them all on my menu! I switched to SF almost a month ago and just love it — it is so “freeing” and healthy!! I LOVE that you are doing SF!!! Thanks for a wonderful blog!!!!!


suzanne November 3, 2012 at 7:21 am

I actually have never cooked a whole pumpkin! Can’t wait for the soup recipe.


Dottie November 3, 2012 at 9:35 am

Danica, thanks for your answer to my earlier question about SF/healthy oils. For some reason my post was rather disjointed; I really wanted to thank you for being an inspiration for my starting SF—I lost 2.2 lbs the first week, after about 2 months of plateau.

It’s odd that the tracker counts 3 points for sandwich thins, and in another place they’re power foods —‘”thin/flat sandwich roll”. I haven’t seen the Oroweat around here. I do like the tracker being able to be set for SF, it helps.

Last week when my area was in the path of Sandy, and I thought we might lose power, I cooked up batches of roasted veggies, soup, etc, and loved having it all available for my choosing. Turned out we were not badly affected, thankfully. I’ll do the same thing this week— it worked so well.

Keep up your wonderful work!



DanicasDaily November 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm

HI Dottie,

Congrats on the loss and breaking you plateau ~ that is fantastic! You know, I tend to go by the Simply Filling Technique Food list as I find it is all inclusive. I do not think that Weight Watchers uses the green triangles on all the Simply Filling Foods because not all fit into the proprietary power food formula.

For foods that are not label as such on my tracker that are Simply Filling, I will just do a quick add to account for it.

Keep up the great work – I am glad you and your family are safe!



Sherrie November 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Danica you mentioned the Mission Tortilla’s are back. What happened to them. They are no longer at my Meijer store in Michigan. I can’t imagine them being discontinued.
Let me know if you know anything. Thanks,


DanicasDaily November 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Hi Sherrie,

I am not aware of them discontinuing those tortillas – OMG, they better not, lol! I know that my store goes through phases and seems to run out of them fast. When I mentioned that I had them back, I meant, in our house because we eat them until they are gone whenever I get them.

I have been successful finding them also at Super Targets if that helps.



Shannon November 4, 2012 at 8:34 am

Danica – what brand of cheese do you use for the Egg Rolls? I’m adding them to the menu this week and don’t normally do low fat or light cheeses but doubt the sharp cheddar I normally eat will fit into the 4+ points. . . . Thanks!


DanicasDaily November 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Hi Shannon,

I use the Sargento Reduced Fat Colby or Extra Sharp cheese slices. This is one of the few brands i’ve found that has only 1 points+ per slice. Most others are 2 points+ per slice.




Stacey P. November 5, 2012 at 8:34 am

I had to go to TJ after seeing your Ranchero Egg white salad. Picked that up and a few other things ($100 later lol) and have had the egg salad sandwiches the past few days. I haven’t been there in awhile, just not in my area of grocery shopping but I was gladly to go out of my way to go grab some yummy food. Oh and I got the bake eggplant parmigian (sp?). Can’t wait to try that!!


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