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Friday, May 21, 2010

Faux Pumpkin Pie and Healthier Eating

Sierra just ate HALF A PIE !!! And I let her because it was healthier than dinner. My Faux Pumpkin Pie is getting better and healthier everytime I make it. I am cutting back on sugar and trying to eliminate high fructose corn syrup. Major changes. Pie details for those wondering....

Due to the pumpkin shortage I have been trying a few different things to substitute. I have done sweet potatoe. Today was acorn squash. I roasted the acorn squash in the oven, spooned out the seeds (trash) and the "meat", added 4 eggs, 1/2 cup evaporated milk, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp allspice, 1 tsp cinnamon, poured it in a greased pie PLATE (no shell), baked at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, reduced heat to 350 degrees for 25 minutes, and we ate it ALL up for dinner!!

How to make it dessert healthier than dinner.... my kids don't eat the pie crust, so I decided to try a crustless pie and it works well. We can still lift it out with a pie lift like a slice of pie. That seriously cuts out the worst part of the pie since most crusts are made with shortening which is sooooo bad for your arteries. Also, I add more eggs than the original recipe just to add more protein, etc. The recipe would normally call for 1/2 cup of sugar, but honey is much healthier and I decided to use some real sugar this time. I did not want to go completely experimental today. Next time I am trying some other varieties of sqaush and my kids only care that I, at least, call it Pumpkin Pie. They know that there is no pumpkin in the store, so if they want pumpkin pie they have to be brave.


  1. I didn't know there was a pumpkin shortage! WIERD! Looks tasty, may try this. we are also cutting out sugar and carbs! GOOD LUCK!
    It sure is more conv. to eat UNhealthy!


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