Skinny Creamy Pumpkin Ziti

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I was craving comfort food earlier this week but didn’t want all the extra calories and fat that comes with it, so I whipped up this light warm comfort dish that kept me fuller longer than the fattier comfort dishes – and it’s only 140 CALORIES per serving, 10g of PROTEIN, 5g of FIBER, and only 1.5g of fat.

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup pumpkin purée (or baked sweet potato)
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 box whole grain Ziti (I use Dreamsfield pasta because it’s packed with fiber)
  • Chopped garlic
  • Salt & pepper
  • Turmeric & cinnamon

Cook pasta. In separate dish, mix pumpkin purée or sweet potato purée with milk, yogurt, turmeric, cinnamon & salt and pepper. In a separate pan, heat garlic in coconut oil and add pumpkin mash. Drain pasta and add to pan with heated pumpkin pan. Add handful of Parmesan if you wish. Serve and enjoy!

Vegan Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

I am Delighted.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree, frozen in ice tray
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup Vanilla Almond Milk/Soy/Coconut
  • 1/2 cup Rolled Oats, cooked
  • 2 Graham Cracker Sheets (v), crumbled
  • 2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 4 Pecans (toasted opt.)
  • 1/4 cup 100% Pure Maple Syrup
  • Splash of Chai Concentrate
  • 1 Carrot, finely shredded
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • Ice Cubes

Directions

Blend.

(Makes about 3 cups of Shake)

To Celebrate the first day of Fall I decided to throw on some Billie Holiday and indulge in a healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, considering the 80 degree weather down here in Hilton Head. I’m so excited for Autumn I can hardly wait for it to be cold to wear my Vince Camuto boots and scarves.

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Fall To Do List:

1. Go to a South Carolina football game & tailgate – in flannel.

2. Have a pumpkin carving party

3. Drunken Chili Sunday (a Stiegler tradition, accompanied with cheesy funk music)

3. New fall boots

4. Make pumpkin soups & toast seeds

5. Go to an apple orchard

6. Visit a Fall festival & go on a hay ride

7. Go on an Autumn photo adventure

8. Bonfire & Smores

9. Bake a Pie

10. Most of all, I can’t wait to start cooking all my favorite pumpkin comfort foods. I love pumpkin so much, whether it’s baking treats, toasting seeds, decadent soups, or even pumpkin masks. Most of all, i love that it has incredible nutritional benefits that make it even more amazing…

See Below for Pumpkin Nutritional Benefits:

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