Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Skinny Pumpkin Cauliflower Mash
I’m really not a fan of straight cauliflower mash as a substitute for potatoes.
So, I was pleasantly surprised how much I loved this skinny version with garlic and canned pumpkin, which caught my eye as I was skimming through the September | October issue of Taste of Home.
And you can always substitute fresh pumpkin puree for canned to help boost the flavor.
Skinny on Pumpkin Cauliflower Garlic Mash
The original recipe was written for the stovetop.
I adapted it for the microwave, using my Pampered Chef Large Microwave Cooker, a tool that makes steaming vegetables easy and effortless.
In addition to being delicious, this skinny pumpkin cauliflower garlic mash is low in fat and carbs and high in fiber. Another Weight Watchers WIN-WIN!
According to my calculations, each serving has 87 calories, *2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *1 SmartPoint.
Rod gave this high marks too. It’s definitely something I’ll be making again very soon.
So happy to discover this has gone down to *1 SmartPoint.
- 1 medium head cauliflower, roughly chopped (about 6 cups)
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1/3 cup reduced-fat cream cheese
- 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Place the cauliflower and garlic in a microwave safe dish. Cover and cook on high until tender, about 10 minutes.
Drain and transfer to a food processor.
Add the cream cheese, pumpkin, thyme, salt, cayenne and pepper. Process until smooth.
Return to the microwave safe dish. Cover and cook until heated through, 1 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *2
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: *1
Source: Taste of Home (Sept/Oct 2014)
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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