Holiday Pumpkin Custard

2 egg whites 1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1 cup canned pumpkin 1/8 tsp. ground allspice
¾ cup evaporated skim milk Dash salt
3 Tb. sugar Whipped dessert topping

In a medium mixing bowl beat egg whites till foamy. Stir in canned pumpkin, evaporated skim milk, sugar, spices and salt.

Place four 6-ounce custard cups in a shallow baking pan. Pour the pumpkin mixture into cups.

Place the baking pan containing the cups on the oven rack. Pour boiling water around cups in the baking pan to a depth of 1 inch.

Bake at 325 degrees for 35-40 minutes or till a knife inserted near the centers comes out clean. Remove cups from water. Serve warm or chilled. If desired, garnish with whipped dessert topping.

Serves 4.

Per serving: 103 calories, 20 g carbohydrate, 0 g fat

Pumpkin Pie

Pastry for single-crust 9” pie ¼ tsp. salt
1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated skim milk ½ tsp. ground ginger
3 eggs ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
5 ½ tsp. Equal or 18 pkt. Equal 1/8 tsp. ground cloves

Roll pastry on a floured surface to 1 inch larger than the inverted pie pan. Ease pastry into pan; trim and flute edge.

Beat pumpkin evaporated milk and eggs in a medium bowl. Beat in remaining ingredients. Pour mixture into pastry shell. Bake in preheated 425-degree oven for 15 minutes; reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake until a knife inserted near center comes out clean (about 40 minutes). Cool on the wire rack.

Serves 8.

Per serving: 175 calories, 22 g carbohydrate, 7 g fat

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Pie

1 16-oz. can pumpkin 2 Tb. sugar
1 13-oz. can skim evaporated milk 8 pkts. sugar substitute
1 egg 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 egg whites 2 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray 9” pie pan with vegetable spray.

Place all ingredients in a blender, food processor or mixing bowl. Blend for 1 minute or beat for 2 minutes with a mixer.

Pour into pie pan and bake for 50 minutes or until center is puffed up.

To serve, cut the pie into 8 pieces.

Serves 8.

Per serving: 114 calories, 18 g carbohydrate, 2 g fat

Traditional Bread Stuffing

4 cups bread cubes ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
1 cup chopped celery ¼ tsp. ground sage
1/3 cup chopped onion ¼ tsp. dried marjoram
1 Tb. chopped fresh parsley ¼ tsp. dried thyme
1 garlic clove, minced 1/8 tsp. dried basil
¾ cup warm water

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with a wooden spoon. Pour the mixture into a lightly greased casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

Serves 8.

Per serving: 96 calories, 20 g carbohydrate, 2 g fat

Hot Artichoke Dip

1 14-oz. can artichoke hearts, drained 1 tsp. lemon juice
2 Tb. grated Parmesan cheese 4 drops hot sauce
2 Tb. low-fat sour cream ¾ cup plain low fat
1 small garlic clove yogurt

Position knife blade in food processor bowl; add first 6 ingredients and process until artichokes are finely chopped. Combine artichoke mixture and yogurt (at room temp.); stir well. Spoon into a 1-quart baking dish and sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Serve with French bread or breadsticks.

Makes 2 cups.

Per 1 Tb. serving: 10 calories, 1 g carbohydrate, 0.3 g fat

Spiced Cranberry Relish

1 lb. (4 cups) fresh cranberries
2 apples, peeled and cored
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
¼ tsp. cloves
¼ tsp. ginger

Put cranberries and apples in a blender or food processor; coarsely chop. Add pineapple and spices and blend again.

Chill before serving. This can be made up to 48 hours before serving.

Makes 40 servings.

Per 2 Tb. serving: 12 calories

Pumpkin Muffins

1.5 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
¾ tsp. Baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¾ cup canned pumpkin
½ cup canola oil
½ cup honey
½ cup frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed
½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)*
½ cup golden raisins


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray standard muffin cup tray (12, 2 ½” muffin tray) with nonstick cooking spray. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Stir in pumpkin, oil, honey, and apple juice until well blended; then stir in walnuts and raisins. Spoon evenly into the muffin tray. Bake 10-12 minutes; let cool before removing from tray.

*can substitute with sunflower seeds or shredded coconut for a nut-free version

Nutrition information:

Calories: 252
Fat 12 g
Protein 3 g
Carbs 35 g
Fiber 3g

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