Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Tartlets

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Tartlets

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, my sisters and I are already planning our holiday menu. You don’t have to be unhealthy this Thanksgiving. This year, choose healthier Thanksgiving meal options and still be able to enjoy your delicious meal, but without packing on the extra pounds. With these Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Tartlets you can still celebrate Thanksgiving with the foods you love by using healthy recipe. I am so excited to share this recipe from the the experts at bistroMD. With only 150 calories with 12 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of 4 protein, you’ll feel great about enjoying this amazing pumpkin dessert!

Apple Pie Granola Parfaits

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Who loves apple pie? These Apple Pie Granola Parfaits a a great recipe for breakfast, dessert or afternoon snack recipe. With this recipe, you will think outside the pie pan. Deconstructed apple pie layered with spiced Greek yogurt and Pumpkin Flax Granola, make apple pie parfaits a pretty, crunchy twist on Turkey day dessert too. I used the Pumpkin Flax Granola from Nature’s Path which our favorite store-bought granola. This recipe only has 281 calories per serving with 2 grams of fiber so enjoy! I can’t believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner! What’s on your menu?

Orange Spiced Pumpkin Martini

Orange Spiced Pumpkin Martini

Since it’s officially Fall, I wanted share a cocktail recipe using Voga Italian Wine, featuring autumn flavors. This Orange Spiced Pumpkin Martini is fabulous this time of year to celebrate the season, perfect for parties or cocktails with friends. You can serve this as a cocktail with appetizers or even for dessert. If you are looking for other fall cocktail pairings, just think about seasonal ingredients. I love gin with pears and apples, bourbon with quince, honey with just about anything and experiment with herbs such as sage, rosemary, thyme and cranberries.

Pumpkin Waffles National Maple Syrup Day

This past weekend, my daughter, Leigh, wanted to make something a little bit different for breakfast. She found this recipe for Pumpkin Waffles (which I tweaked slightly) from Cooking Light. This is a great recipe for Christmas morning, and it is also idea for today which is National Maple Syrup Day! Enjoy and happy Tuesday!

Pumpkin-Protein Smoothie: Kid-Friendly

How many smoothies do y’all make a week? I can’t even begin to count over at my house. My kids are always trying new creations, and I am trying to keep up with their creativity. This Pumpkin-Protein Smoothie was a recent favorite. I had some leftover pumpkin, and I thought why not try it with peanut butter? It sounds a little weird at first, but it works. Happy Halloween! Here’s to a great fall 2012!

5 New Holiday Recipe Ideas

I get so excited when I get nice messages, emails and comments about my Pinterest boards. Sometimes photos and recipes actually stop me in my tracks, and I just am amazed at the talent and creativity on the internet. I thought I would share 5 new holiday recipe ideas that I am a huge fan of and can’t wait to make, starting with this Hot Cocoa Stir Sticks via Bridgey Widgey Life’s a Party. Enjoy these great holiday recipe ideas!

Jack-O’ Lantern Cookies via Diamonds for Dessert

Pumpkin Pie Bars by Some the Wiser

Blackberry Meyer Lemon Gin and Tonics via Spoon Fork Bacon

Candy Corn Martini with Pop Rocks Rim via Boulder Locavore

10 Awesome Pumpkin Recipes

October and Pumpkin season is almost here, so I have been making my list for 10 Awesome Pumpkin Recipes starting with my Lightened Up Pumpkin Muffins, I always purchase mini pumpkins for my table, and as soon as I put them out last week, my kids started getting excited for pumpkin recipes and Halloween. I can’t believe they are already talking about what they are going to “be” for Halloween, but fall is always so much for the kids. Please leave a comment telling me what is your favorite pumpkin recipe and hope your week ahead is a great one!

Pumpkin Turkey Chili via Just a Taste

Pumpkin Spice Whoppies via Better Homes and Gardens

Baked Pumpkin Donuts via King Arthur Flour

Pumpkin Spiced Lattes Via Averie Cooks

Pumpkin Pie Bites via Bakerella

Melt in Your Mouth Pumpkin Cake via Urban Baker

Pumpkin Pancakes via Martha Stewart

Ina Garten’s Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Frosting via House Beautiful

Pumpkin Butter via Skinny Taste

Happy Thanksgiving and Healthy Holiday Recipes

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Have a wonderful holiday season! I have so many things to be thankful for, and I appreciate everyone’s continued support. I want to share a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday menu I developed for Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms. I had a blast working on this project, and all of the recipes are “lightened up,” so enjoy. Check out Autumn Quinoa Salad, Rosemary Garlic Citrus Rub, Pomegranate Cider, and Lightened Up Sweet Potato Casserole, just to name a few.

Healthy Mini Pumpkin Flaxseed Bread Recipe

I love one bowl, no mixer, quick bread recipes such as this one for Mini Flaxseed Pumpkin Bread Loaves. Not only is this so easy to prepare, but my kids can almost basically make them on their own with very little clean-up. I added a touch of nonfat Greek yogurt and ground Flaxseed to make these even healthier, moister and with added crunch, and my 3 children had no idea those ingredients were even in there. These Mini Pumpkin loaves make a great breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert that you can feel good about eating and serving to your kids. These also make wonderful Christmas food gifts as well :).

Pumpkin Galore

Every day I spend so much time looking at recipes and food blogs. I often get asked, “Don’t I ever get tired of looking at food all day, every day?” Honestly, no. As a Professional Recipe Developer, I am always looking for new, creative ideas for inspiration. I have seen so many incredible pumpkin recipes and ideas lately that I had to share them with you, starting with a recipe from Lisa for Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pistachio Bread  from her blog, With Style & Grace. Pumpkins are a nutritional powerhouse, and I hope you”ll enjoy some of these incredible ideas and recipes.

Here are some of my other favorites:

Maple Pumpkin Fudge from Sugarcrafter

Pumpkin Granola from Chocolate and Carrots

Studded Pumpkins from Gordon Gossip and Horchow

Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake Cooking on the Side

Stacked Monogram Pumpkins from Better Homes and Gardens

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes by Annie Eats

Pumpkin Vegetable Tray from Taste of Home