It’s been a little while! We were visiting my brother in Austin, TX for a week and it’s taken some time getting back into the routine. We had so much fun hanging out with him, exploring Austin and eating our way through the incredible restaurants and food trucks! I bet you’ve never imagine a dietitian would eat Lucy’s Fried Chicken, a “Pumpkinator” cupcake from Hey Cupcake or Texas BBQ When in Rome, right? Seriously though, when you find food that is authentic, homemade and looks amazing you must give it a try! (or at least share!) It’s always fun to discover new places and cuisines that you’d never find at home.
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‘Tis the season for pumpkin galore! Whether you like pumpkin or not, you pretty much can’t escape the frenzy. For those of you who happen to be pumpkin obsessed like me and also happen to enjoy a comforting bowl of alfredo pasta, you will this dish!
This is my all time favorite alfredo sauce. It’s so addictive, I could pretty much just eat it off a spoon 🙂 And better yet it’s much healthier then the typical high fat and salt alfredo sauce from a jar. It uses olive oil instead of butter to provide some healthier fats, non-fat milk and low-fat cream cheese (I think this is what really makes it yummy!). By adding the pumpkin puree and a few extra herbs, it makes a fantastic seasonal dish and provides an extra dose of Vitamin A. Combine it with some fresh steamed veggies and grilled chicken to make it a balanced and wholesome meal.
Well it’s officially pumpkin season in my house, even though the first day of autumn is next Monday! It is my favorite season! Maybe because it follows our long hot Arizona summers. Wish we had a real fall season here in AZ with colorful leaves and chilly weather. But if it is at least cool enough to go outside, it’s all good with me! I suppose we can always take a 2.5 hr trip up to Flagstaff for some fall weather in a month 🙂