Better Than Takeout, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Soup

Buff Chick Chili FTW #TB12

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I was debating licking my bowl since this Buffalo Chicken White Bean Chili is THAT GOOD. I love checking recipes on Skinny Taste, and this chili seemed like a good one to try during and maybe make again for Super Bowl Sunday, since everyone in New England will be anxiously watching this weekend. This chili version is packed with veggies (obviously carrots and celery and I snuck in some puréed pumpkin as well) and with all of the taste of buffalo chicken, but in a more “guilt-free” packaging. I used  a plain, organic rotisserie chicken so then I could use the remaining meat for salads, sandwiches and bowls. (I also saved the carcass to try my hand at making homemade stock! Stay tuned…)  The only downside of this recipe is that it’s on the higher end for sodium, which is why I don’t add any extra salt and chose toppings like plain, non-fat Greek yogurt and chopped celery versus cheese, but do whatever floats your boat — just indulge in moderation!

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Low Sugar, Meal Prep, One Pot Dish, Vegetarian

Pure Perfection for this Fall Pumpkin Oatmeal Bake

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Happy first day of fall, y’all! Naturally I have to kick off fall with all things pumpkin. You knew it was coming — it’s that time of year. I tweaked my recipe for Oatmeal Bake and concocted this Pumpkin Oatmeal Bake as an easy breakfast and as an early celebration. Plus, it’s so easy to pop a square into a mason jar, add toppings and you have breakfast on the go. My posts may be a bit sporadic because I have my first med surg exam tomorrow and NP school is kicking into high gear. Nevertheless, I forget to keep the healthy recipes coming. Hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Low Sugar, Vegan, Vegetarian

Paramount Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Banana Pancakes
Detox the day after Thanksgiving with some Pumpkin Banana Pancakes. A spin off of my Banana Oat Pancakes and my Chocolate Banana Pancakes, these are sure to delight. Unlike the other two versions, I used a blender (a food processor works as well) to seamlessly incorporate the pumpkin purée and effortlessly combine all the ingredients. The consistency resembles your more traditional pancakes, but is still packed with all the flavor you’d expect from a fall brunch.

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dairy-Free, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Yes, Another Pumpkin Recipe: Pumpkin Parfait

Pumpkin Pie Parfait

In the wise words of my roommate, Dee, “Kiss fall goodbye because winter is coming, ya betches.” Apparently it’s crucial I post this Pumpkin Pie Parfait recipe in case we get some early snow to dash our fall dreams. Pumpkin Spice Granola over a sweetly, spiced pumpkin layer and vanilla yogurt of choice. (Do I sense a vanilla frozen yogurt could be a substitute?) As breakfast or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, this parfait is going to make you wish you stumbled upon it sooner.

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Dairy-Free, Entrée, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Time for CPS: Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

This recipe is an oldie, but a goodie, and it’s too decadently delicious to not share again. Sometimes, we need a gentle reminder to resurrect the been-there-done-that recipes. This time, I substituted Whole Foods’ Unsweetened Almond Milk for half & half and I can honestly say that I hardly noticed the switch. Whole Foods’ version is much heavier, richer and less watered-down than its Silk or Almond Breeze counterparts. That’s just my take, but I’ve found Whole Foods’ almond milk to be a perfect substitute for cream or half & half. But back to the pumpkin sauce. The nutty, barely sweet and standalone flavor provided by the nutmeg is all you need — unless you’re like me and enjoy a kick, and the cayenne pepper does just that. This Creamy Pumpkin Sauce is rich, flavorful and the perfect fall dish.

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Breakfast/Brunch, Dessert, Lightened Up, Meal Prep, Snack, Vegetarian

‘Tis the Season for All Things Pumpkin

Pumpkin Scones

When I think of fall, I think of all things pumpkin. Pumpkin lattes, apple cider, pumpkin donuts, mulled wine, pumpkin bread, pumpkin chai . . . We’re getting basic over here. In honor of the first weekend of October, I whipped up a batch of pumpkin scones. Using real pumpkin, egg whites, less butter and unsweetened almond milk, the scones are lightened up. Sprinkled with cinnamon sugar rather than slathered with frosting, the scones keep all of the flavor. These Pumpkin Scones will make your kitchen smell heavenly.

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Pasta & “Pasta” Pairings for Pumpkin Sauce

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Ok, I promise — this is my last pumpkin recipe, but does it really count as new if I’ve previously posted this recipe? I love this Creamy Pumpkin Sauce; it’s quite easy to make and sure to impress. Maybe you’ve already exhausted that original spaghetti squash pairing idea or maybe you just have no idea what to do with the sauce in general or with its leftovers. Not a fan of spaghetti squash? Try these tortellini pairings below. Love spaghetti squash? Make the below recipes swapping tortellini for spaghetti squash. (Discover an easy way to cook spaghetti squash here.) Not a pasta fan? Just use sautéed kale and/or spinach as a substitute for anything pasta. No matter the way you choose to prepare this, you honestly can’t mess up because any combination is delicious. As a possible contender for holiday dishes or entertaining, here’s two options to transform any meal (pasta or not) using the creamy pumpkin sauce:

  • Creamy Pumpkin Sauce Tortellini with Tuscan Kale, Browned Chicken & Roasted Purple Cauliflower
  • Creamy Pumpkin Sauce Tortellini with Rosemary, Delicata Squash, Baby Spinach & Cherry Tomatoes

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Dairy-Free, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Lightened Up, Low Sugar, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Na-na-na-nice Cream

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Ok, I’ve still been on a pumpkin kick well into November. I’ve made banana ice cream before (frozen bananas blended with unsweetened vanilla almond milk or milk of choice, also affectionately known as “nana ice cream”), but I saw this version on Instagram and just had to try it. I don’t have a high-powered blender, and since there weren’t enough ingredients to make in the food processor, I used a Magic Bullet. The ice cream had the consistency of frozen yogurt, but maintained all the natural sweetness from the bananas and pumpkin pie spice flavors. I had this as a lighter dessert or a much-needed afternoon treat when studying. So have a healthy and natural option for ice cream, as well as a delicious dessert.

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Dairy-Free, Dessert, Lightened Up, One Pot Dish, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

Pass Those Pumpkin Brownies, Please

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Oh, man — I’ve done it again: two ingredient Pumpkin Brownies. Just a brownie mix and pumpkin purée. Can it get any better than that? These brownies can satisfy your pumpkin and chocolate cravings, and maintain that fall craze surrounding everything pumpkin.  Like the Black Bean Brownies, the pumpkin purée replaces the eggs, oil and water making the brownies quite dense, moist and chocolatey. You can serve the pumpkin brownies to any adventurous friends or to someone, who may have refused to try any brownies containing the word “beans” (which when written, doesn’t seem that unreasonable); these pumpkin brownies could slowly open the door to healthier, yet delicious brownie options with real pumpkin mixed in. I hope you, your friends or anyone else all enjoy these decadent pumpkin brownies!

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Dairy-Free, Dessert, Gluten-Free, Snack, Vegan, Vegetarian

“Forget-That-Oven” Pumpkin Cookies

IMG_4910 If you search “no-bake pumpkin cookies,” most recipes use a pumpkin pie pudding mix and no real pumpkin. Uh, what? No, I would not like pudding in what are supposed to be pumpkin cookies — I think I’ll pass. What happened to going back to the basics? After turning to one of my favorite healthy dessert blogs, I discovered another winning recipe from Chocolate-Covered Katie; she used real pumpkin in a tasty, but obviously simple way. I originally made these No Bake Pumpkin Cookies substituting coconut sugar and coconut oil for sugar and vegetable oil (because why not try new things?), but I felt the coconut oil and sugar together overwhelmed the flavor, and the tropical notes did not mix with pumpkin pie spice. Thus, I recommend the recipe below, swapping the vegetable for coconut oil since it’s less refined. I especially recommend using the added chocolate and pecans — a delicious way to have real pumpkin and still have cookies! Continue reading ““Forget-That-Oven” Pumpkin Cookies”