Monday, September 25, 2006

Yummy Monday September 25 - Pumpkin Pie

Okay... so Mondays are offical "Yummy Mondays"

Ya'll know I'm not much of a cook. That's why I married Bret (among other reasons). So, instead of cooking, I've become the master of strange food concoctions. These little concoctiosn are things I mix together to trick my pallet. I like to create meal and snack substitutes for my sinfully delightful favorite foods and re-create them in a much healthier version. You see...I don't believe in denying myself my favorites. So instead I find a new way of making them.

It's fall and all I can think about is Pumpkin Pie! Yum! In fact, I've been eating my version of pumpkin pie everyday as part of my lunch for the past 2 weeks! Here it is...





1/2 cup low fat Cottage cheese
1/4 cup Pure Pumpkin (canned)
4 to 6 packs of Splenda (sweetness to taste)
4 dashes of Cinnamin
2 dashes of Nutmeg

Stir.... and if you're really feeling crazy, add a dallop of Light Cool Whip.

Total calories....120
Carbs...10g
Protein 15g
Fat 2.5g

Not bad, eh?

Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..... Okay and many have asked "Where's the crust???" It's gone, baby, gone! This concoction tastes like the filing of pumpkin pie, but it's not meant to be cooked, or chilled or made into a pie. It's just your own little bowl of protein pumpkin heaven!

So if you're not into cottage cheese you could replace it with Non Fat Plain Yogurt or ToFu. If you try one of the alternatives, let us know how it tastes! Others have reported using low fat recotta cheese too! Okay.. be sure to check back each Monday for a new "low cal" recipe or one of my crazy concoctions!

27 comments:

MalibuJanee said...

I love the pumpkin pie, Chalene! What do you use for the crust?

AZTLGRL said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
I love this more than Bret.
BWAHAHAHAHHAHA Who am I kidding?

Michael Martin said...

Chalene, you're so crazy! You and I have something else in common, our love for "tricking the palette" so to speak! I, too, have discovered that I can keep myself from going insane by figuring out healthy ways to get that "taste" without the junk. I also have a love for seasonal recipes, and I am always thinking about pumpkin pie in the fall as well! I, however, usually make a "Pumpkin Pie Smoothie". Pure canned pumpkin, Vanilla Whey Protein, Skim Milk, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, sweetener to taste, ice cubes. Blend it up- yummy!!! You can also throw in a graham cracker or some uncooked rolled oats to get that "crust" taste.

Can't wait for your next recipe!!

stephanie said...

hmmm...gonna have to try this one! hubby loves pumpkin pie but hates anything low fat/low carb/low blah blah blah so I'll have to make it when he ain't around. I'm not a cook either so hopefully this will turn out okay. Chat was great last night - sorry had to cut out early.

steph aka stufaweni

Dina said...

This was a great recipe-thanks for sharing! I have a question and hopefully you can answer it sometime...I love Turbo Jam and have got several friends hooked on it! I have lost almost pounds, and gone from size 12 to size 8, so I am SO excited! I want to know if there's a place where we can buy turbo jam shirts or other gear. I like a shirt I saw on one of the DVD's that said "Turbo girl." I'd be buying all the shirts you got...love TURBO. It's FUN and it works! Thank you so much for sharing and changing lives all over the place!

me said...

So, giving us a great workout wasn't enough, now you have to feed us great food too?! You are truly an amzing woman and thank you for being you! I am going to sound like everyone else who seems to come in contact with you be that in person or not, but you really are an inspiration for not only working out and being healthy, but loving what you do and being happy! You rock!!

Tamfish said...

Hmmmm... Well, it LOOKS like punkin' pie.....

:o)

Renae said...

Chalene...that looks yummy, I love those low-fat version of great treats! I will try it out. It was so much fun meeting you last Saturday...you really are a doll...I am so glad you came to keep Monica in line, I cannot imagine what she would have been like if you were not there! George took great lengths to make us feel special too! Hugs to your family! :>)

Blessings,
Renae

Anonymous said...

Mmmm. Just in time for Canadian Thanksgiving (we're about a month ahead of y'all). Thanks, Chalene.

Cheryl AKA Catfan

Anonymous said...

This isn't a pumpkin pie thang, but my new favorite lunch is low fat cottage cheese mixed with a tablespoon of salsa (the hotter the better). I spoon that over cheddar cheese mini rice cakes. Yum-O!!!

I love pumpkin pie, so I will be trying the blog's concoction!

Thanks!

barbiedahl said...

You're like Martha Stewart,(minus the criminal record) but with better hair and shoes.
XOXO

barbiedahl said...

You're like Martha Stewart (minus the criminal record) but with better hair and shoes.

Claudia said...

Hi Chalene!
My name is Claudia and I am addicted to Turbo Kick/ Turbo Jam! All thanks to Cheryl Godfrey! I tried the pumpkin pie recipe you posted on your blog. It's delicious!!!! Yummy! Great alternative! I still can't believe that it only contains 120 calories! Unbelievable. Also wanted to say...thanks for keeping a blog and sharing your thoughts and days! Very motivating and fun to read! I'm looking forward to future Yummy Mondays!

Claudia said...

Hi Chalene!
My name is Claudia and I am addicted to Turbo Kick/ Turbo Jam! All thanks to Cheryl Godfrey! I tried the pumpkin pie recipe you posted on your blog. It's delicious!!!! Yummy! Great alternative! I still can't believe that it only contains 120 calories! Unbelievable. Also wanted to say...thanks for keeping a blog and sharing your thoughts and days! Very motivating and fun to read! I'm looking forward to future Yummy Mondays!

TuxBaby said...

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE pumpkin pie!!!

But I have to ask... how does 1/2 cup cottage cheese and 1/4 cup canned pumpkin fill a whole pie shell? Are you making tiny pies, or am I confused?

I want to try out your recipe (instead of the one I usually make, using a can of sweetened condensed milk with a can of pumpkin) because I know my own recipe is NOT Michi's-Ladder-recommended!

~TuxB

Courtney said...

Hey, Chalene - Do you think this would work for any kind of fruit pie? (I've never made a pie before, so forgive any ignornace that question shows!) My husband and I aren't big pumpkin fans.

I start teaching TK Monday!! Yikes! I know it'll be fun, though...thanks for giving us such a fun way to lose those inches.

Jen Greven said...

Hey Chalene!

Thanks for posting this great recipe! What do you do for the crust???

Thanks!

Jen in ATL!

Rachel said...

Hi, what is the recipe for the crust? Is the recipe you provided for a whole pie or for an individual serving?

Anonymous said...

The pie looks great! I have never made a pumpkin pie before; do you have to cook it, or do you just mix the ingredients and then spread it into a premade pie crust?

Thanks!

Mary said...

Great idea Chalene! Since I'm vegan I made it with silken tofu. I also used fresh pumpkin. It was delish! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

:o) Mary

MUM1228 said...

I just wanted to say thanks for the idea. I am going to try this with low fat Ricotta cheese. It is much richer and creamer.

Anonymous said...

cant wait to try this recipe, but what is the crust made of???

Li said...

Thanks for the recipe! It's a great switch from my usual raspberries and cottage cheese.

Anonymous said...

for a more intense pumpkin taste add pumpkin pie spice!

shari3boys said...

I had just done that yesterday with my homemade yogurt but i tried this today with the cottage cheese....oh my gosh its sooooooo freakin good

thanks thanks

Kari Brennan said...

I've been thinking about this one a lot. Instead of crust, pile it on cinnamon rice cakes. I think it will satisfy the craving for something crunchy. I'ma try it soon!

Kari Brennan said...

I've thought of a way to make a crust. Pile it on cinnamon rice cracers (The big ones.)