All the pumpkin in this house called for some drastic creativity! Luckily, one of my BFF's sent me an e-article from SHAPE magazine on 10 different ways to cook pumpkin. Right away I knew had to make the lasagna. What a perfect twist to a usually strong & heavy dish. The natural savory flavor of pumpkin added a new "light" element to this meal, so much so that it needed very little cheese. I was a little worried, though, that the "unique-ness factor" would be a little too much for the hubby to handle. All day I kept telling him to "keep an open mind about dinner" without telling him what he'd be eating. Turns out- my worries were for nothing! I think he liked it even more than I did! The recipe left out a few important details, and as usual the commissary here left me without a few key ingredients, so I had to improvise a bit. But I'm getting ahead of myself..let's start with breakfast :)
First, pumpkin oatmeal to warm me up! It was cold outside and nothing sounded better than warm, creamy, pumpkin-y oatmeal.
- 1/3 c oats
- 2/3 cups water
- 1/3 c pumpkin puree
- 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice + extra cinnamon
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 banana, halved and sliced
- 1/2 Tbs ground flax or 1 Tbs walnuts
1. Cook oatmeal in water according to instructions. When about 80% done (or after 4 mins for 5-minute oats), add in pumpkin, spices and maple syrup.
2. Cook an additional 1-2 mins. Remove from heat and stir in banana and nuts or flax.
No pumpkin at lunch, but dinner time = pumpkin lasagna! The light-ness of the pumpkin went perfectly with the mild veggies and ground turkey. I used oven-ready noodles and ended up cooking longer than the recipe said to.
|Pumpkin "ricotta" layer. Store was out of ricotta (xgxasjifjrixx!) so I had to use cottage cheese. |
Not quite the same, but it did the job.
|Turkey-Veggie layer, on top of pumpkin-ricotta layer|
|I always forget to take the "after" picture because I'm so excited to eat. Oops!|
Next time :)
|First, in order to prepare for my indulgence, I started with a low-cal breakfast:|
Egg beater & Veggie "open-face" omelet-yum!
|Shaping the donuts- so cute!|
|Fryin' 'em up!|
|Finishing touch: cinnamon sugar coating|