Thursday 28 October 2010

Pumpkin Puree

This recipe is perfect for making up your own pumpkin puree for recipes. Make this to use in making pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin soup and many other recipes.

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1. Preheat oven to 190C.

2. Scoop out the seeds and stringy bits inside the pumpkin. Then peel and chop the pumpkin flesh into large chunks.

3. Spray the dish with Fry Light and add the pumpkin chunks into the dish. Pour 1/2 cup of water into the dish.

4. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

5. Put the roasted pumpkin chinks into a blender and blend until liquidized.

6. Store until needed.

Pumpkin Puree

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

This recipe makes a great healthier replacement for crisps/chips and other food you might like to munch on at parties.

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seasoning (in this example: garlic powder, salt, pepper & mustard powder)
Fry Light (or other low calorie cooking oil spray)


1. Preheat oven to 200C.

2. Separate pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin. Rinse well and spread evenly on a baking tray.

3. Sprinkle lightly with salt, pepper, mustard powder & garlic powder. (Choice of seasoning can be varied.)

4. Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes until the seeds are slightly crispy and a few on the edges are beginning to turn brown.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Use the leftover pumpkin for making Pumpkin Puree which is great to use in other pumpkin recipes. For example of what you can do with the left over pumpkin, see the other pumpkin recipes here at Skinny Dreaming Recipes, such as Pumpkin Soup and Pumpkin Pie.

Friday 1 October 2010

Easy Lasagna

Easy Lasagna

I made this lasagna for dinner today and the whole family loved it! I used Quorn mince (vegetarian meat substitute for ground beef), but you can just as easily use turkey mince or extra lean beef mince.

(This is where writing up these recipes gets confusing for me. In the US, it's spelled "lasagna," but in the UK, it's spelled "lasagne." "Beef mince" in the UK is called "ground beef" in the US. And I don't know what the US version of Quorn mince is called.)

Serves 4 (generous servings).


12 Lasagna egg pasta sheets
1 package (300g) of Quorn mince
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 X 400g cans chopped tomatoes in tomato juice
1 pot (300g) fat-free or very low fat Cottage Cheese
84g low-fat grated cheese
2 tomatoes, sliced thinly
3 tbsp bolognese seasoning
Fry Light
salt & pepper to taste


1. Spray a glass rectangle pan with Fry Light.

2. Add Quorn mince, chopped onions, cans of chopped tomotoes, bolognese seasoning, salt & pepper into a frying pan and cook on a medium heat for 12 mminutes, stirring frequently.

3. Lay four lasagna sheets evenly across the bottom of the glass pan.

4. Layer 2/3 of the Quorn mince over the lasgana sheets in the pan.

5. Lay four more lasagna sheets across the pan on top of the Quorn mince mixture.

6. Pour cottage cheese over the top of this and spread it so it covers everything.

7. Lay last four lasagna sheets over the top, spread apart but touching.

8. Spread the last of the Quorn mice mixture across the top and then layer the slices of tomato across the top of it.

9. Sprinkle cheese over the top of the layers.

10. Bake at 180 degrees for 45 minutes/35 minutes in a fan assisted oven.

11. Serve and enjoy!

If using the grated cheese as a healthy extra, this dish is syn-free on green or extra easy. Add 6 syns if not using the cheese as a healthy extra.

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Easy Lasagna2

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Chocolate Drizzle Angel Cake



This one is so simple to make!


1 box of Betty Crocker Angel Food Cake mix
1 box of Fat-free Sugar-free Jello Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
skim (fat-free) milk

1. Make cake in a rectangle pan as directed.
2. Cut angel food cake into tiny squares.
3. Put three tiny squares of angel food cake into individual glass bowls.
4. Make chocolate pudding as directed on the box.
5. Pour chocolate pussing over the chunks of cake in the bowls.
6. Refirdgerate for 5 minutes.
7. Serve.

Serves 16.

3 syns each.