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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sat. Nov 3rd

Unbelievably Delicious Pumpkin Brownie!

Daily Tidbit:  I didn't set out to try a whole bunch of new things today, but that is kind of what happened.  From Pumpkin Hummus (Yum), to Brownies made with Pumpkin Puree (yes, you read that right, and super Yum!), Shrimp Fra Diavolo to Wasa Wholegrain Crispbreads, my day was full of new flavors, textures and delights!  

It is nice to try new things and even better when they turn out good, or in the case of these above pictured Pumpkin Brownies, amazingly super ooey, gooey, unbelievably delicious!  I dare any chocolate lover to not fall in love with these things immediately

For those looking to enjoy the health benefits of Pumpkin check out these other recipe ideas:,,20307007,00.html



Cheerios with Walnuts

Breakfast: Cheerios with Walnuts

1 cup Cheerios 
1 cup Fat Free Milk

2 tbsp Plain chopped Walnuts 

1/2 Banana, sliced 
5 oz OJ

Regular Coffee, with a splash of Fat Free Milk & 2 shakes of Cinnamon


Express Lunch Plate

Lunch: Express Lunch Plate!
2 Hard Boiled Eggs, halved
1 Vine Ripened Tomato, seeded & sliced
6 Black Kalamata Olives
1/2 tbsp EVOO drizzled over above items
Pumpkin Hummus (recipe below)
1 Wasa Multigrain Crispbread   
1 cup fresh Cantaloupe
Green Tea, plain

This Express Lunch Plate is an easy meal to package up and take to work or on a picnic or simply enjoy at home as I did.  It was inspired by a similar Express Lunch Plate which I saw in the CarbLovers Diet Cookbook.  The cornerstone of that diet is eating  foods high in "Resistant Starch", like the above Crispbread, to help us feel full.  

1 Wholegrain Crispbread contains 60 Calories, 2 grams Protein, 2 grams Fiber, no fat, 75 grams Sodium, 11 grams Carbohydrates.  I thought I might need a 2nd one to fill up, but one was plenty!  This was my first time eating them and wow - that is a serious crunch!  It was a perfect vehicle for my creamy Pumpkin Hummus.


20 Plain Almonds, Fat Free Milk


Snack: a small bowl of Corn Tortilla Chips with 1/4 cup Pumpkin Hummus (recipe below), Water with Lemon


Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Shrimp Fra Diavolo with Avocado

Dinner: Shrimp Fra Diavolo

1.5 cups Shrimp Fra Diavolo (recipe below)
1/2 Avocado, diced
Red Wine


Unbelievably Delicious Pumpkin Brownie
Unbelievably Delicious Pumpkin Brownie with Whipped Cream

Dessert: 1 Pumpkin Brownie with a small dollop of Whipped Cream

Dessert #2: 1 Gala Apple, Water

I fell in love with that Pumpkin Brownie and had to eat an Apple to keep myself from having another!  Luckily it did the trick!



Pumpkin Hummus Recipe:
Into food processor put:

1 clove Garlic
1 can Chick Peas (canned, drained & rinsed)
1 cup Pure Pumpkin Puree
2 tbsp Tahini
juice of 1/2 Lemon
Salt, to taste

While processing stream in 1 tbsp EVOO.  Serve!


Shrimp Fra Diavolo Recipe:

1 tbsp EVOO
1 large White Onion, sliced
1 tsp Red Pepper Flake
1/2 tsp Salt
4 cloves Garlic, sliced
2 cans Organic No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes
2 cups frozen & thawed Red, Yellow & Green Bell Pepper Mix
1 cup canned No Salt Added Corn
4 oz can of diced Jalapeno Peppers
1 lb Shrimp

Heat a large pan and add the EVOO, swirl to coat the pan and add the Onion and saute until softened.  Add Red Pepper Flake, Salt and Garlic and cook another 2-3 minutes, being careful not to brown the Garlic.  Add Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Corn & Jalapeno Peppers.  Bring to a boil then cover, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.  Add Shrimp and cook until opaque.  Serve!

Note:  We loved this dish, but be warned - it is pretty hot!  I served mine with Avocado to mitigate the heat by adding a cooling/ creamy element.  If you would like a spicy dish with a little less heat you could simply make this with less Red Pepper Flake or Jalapenos however.


Pumpkin Brownie Recipe:

2 cups Pure Pumpkin Puree
1 box Trader Joe's Brownie Truffle Baking Mix (I assume other Brownie mixes would work just as well)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Mix Brownie mix & Pumpkin.  Place into 12 cupcake liners into a 12 cup cup muffin tin. Spray liners with Canola oil and then fill mix into the 12 cups.  Bake for 25 minutes, allow to cool 10 minutes.  Serve with whipped cream if desired!

That Pumpkin Brownie was the most decadent delicious ooey gooey treat I have had in a very very long time.  This combination is genius!  No, it wasn't my idea - I saw a recipe mixing Pumpkin Puree with Devil's Food Cake mix while browsing the Hungry Girl 1-2-3 cookbook at the Book Store tonight.  When we got home I scoured the pantry and found Trader Joe's Brownie Truffle Baking Mix, which contains Dutch Chocolate & Chocolate Chips, and just went for it!  Result:  Amazingly delicious dessert!  It is hard to believe there is no Butter, Oil, or Eggs in these; they are truly decadent!


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