5 Pumpkin Recipes You’ll Fall For

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The quintessential fall flavor, pumpkin finds its way into every meal occasion this time of year. And, given that pumpkins are full of nutrients like fiber and vitamin C, plus tons of vitamin A, we can’t say we mind.

But, because pumpkin lattes and pumpkin pie hardly qualify as healthy choices, we’re serving up some tasty fall recipes that feature this fall favorite in all its good-for-you glory!

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1. Simple Pumpkin Soup

Makes 4 servings
One serving counts as: 1 SmartCarb and 1 Extra

4 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
4 cups pure pumpkin puree
5 cups non-fat milk
2 teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons curry powder
½ teaspoon ground ginger
Cilantro or basil leaves (for garnish)

1. In a large pot, blend broth, pumpkin puree, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, curry powder and ground ginger
2. Bring to a boil over high heat
3. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 10 minutes
4. Stir in milk
5. Return to a simmer, and cook 5 more minutes, uncovered, stirring often, until heated through

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2. Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

Makes 1 serving
One serving counts as: 1 PowerFuel, 1 Extra and 1/2 SmartCarb (Healthy hint: Enjoy this treat with a half cup of sliced seasonal apple to round up the SmartCarb for a flex snack!)

1/2 cup vanilla non-fat Greek yogurt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup non-fat milk
1 tablespoons sugar-free maple syrup
1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 cup ice
Splash of water, as needed

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth

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3. Skinny Pumpkin Ice Cream

Makes 6 servings
One serving counts as: 1 SmartCarb

4 frozen medium bananas
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
1/3 cup sugar-free maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin spice

1. Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth
2. Transfer ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze overnight

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4. Powerhouse Pumpkin Hummus

Makes 2 servings
One serving counts as: 1 Extra

1 cup pumpkin cubes
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 lemon, juiced
Zero calorie cooking spray
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 tablespoons water
Salt and pepper (to taste)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Spray pumpkin cubes with cooking spray then sprinkle with garlic, salt and cumin
3. Roast until golden (about 15-20 minutes)
4. Blend roasted pumpkin, garlic, water and lemon juice into a hummus-like texture

5. Roasted Pumpkin

Makes 2 servings
One serving counts as: 1 SmartCarb

2 cups pumpkin cubes (1/2 cup cooked = 1 SC)
Zero calorie cooking spray
Ground cloves
Sprinkle of salt

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
2. Spray pumpkin cubes with cooking spray
3. Coat with seasonings
4. Roast until browned (about 20 minutes)