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…

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