PUMP’d Up About Fall Food

Pumpin ALL THE THINGS

I think it must be the change in the weather, and the fall-like feeling in the air, but I am craving good, warm, home-cooked meals these days. And throw ‘healthy’ in on that list too. It’s hard to sometimes find meals that can give you that warm, cozy feeling that comes with comfort food, while at the same time is healthy, packed with veggies and/or low in sugar/fat. Now that I’ve finished my noglutendairysugar cleanse, I have a little bit more freedom when it comes to ingredients, but I’m trying to still stick to as clean of a diet as I can.

Last night I tried this amazing recipe and it turned out great: Sausage & Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash. I made a few mods- I subbed Italian chicken sausage for the pork sausage the recipe calls for, I didn’t have any mushrooms or fresh parsley on hand and I also threw some kale in as well for a little variety. It took a little bit longer than I thought to make but it was well worth the wait! And I have leftovers for days, since it’s such a filling dish.

I also have a major sweet tooth and it seems like at this time of the year there’s a glut of pumpkin-spiced products on every store shelf. Especially at Trader Joe’s. So I’m pretty pump’d up about finding this delicious recipe for GF pumpkin spice dark chocolate chip muffins. They’re so good– and they’re only 140 calories each!

Next on my list to try? These Three Cheese Zucchini Stuffed Lasagna Rolls from Skinnytaste.com. I know these contain both gluten and dairy, but they’re only 240 calories each and I like the fact that that they have portion control built right in to their construction, AND that you can freeze them individually or as a dish ready for the oven. How easy is that?

Since I’m seeing a squash/pumpkin theme here in this post, I might as well share my latest favorite fall treat: Jamba Juice’s Almond Milk Pumpkin Smoothie. This smoothie helps squash my afternoon sugar cravings. I think I have all of the ingredients at home so I’m going to give it a shot at making an at-home version. I’ll let you know if it comes close to the original- fingers crossed!