Every season has a significance to it, doesn’t it?
Winter is all about the holidays.
Spring is all about surviving winter.
Summer is all about fun.
Then there’s my favorite season – fall.
I love the crispness in the air, and the amazing colors of leaves as they fall from the trees and scatter across my lawn. To me, this time of year has always been the beginning of a new year, not January 1st.
Maybe it’s because I work for a school district, so the new school year is when I want to evaluate my goals and get a fresh start on another year.
It’s also when I want to cozy up, so out comes my slow cooker ready to go to work on a few meals that fill the house with mouthwatering aromas.
Spaghetti with a tasty meat sauce is usually my first slow cooker meal of the fall. It was always a meal I could count on the kids enjoying during those first busy weeks of a new school year.
This spaghetti sauce recipe adds pureed pumpkin to add a hint of sweetness, along with extra fiber and a boost of those antioxidants that boost your immune system to keep winter’s cold and flu season at bay.
If you have a slow cooker, it’s time to get it out. I have plenty of healthy recipes to choose from, but if you don’t find a recipe to suit your fancy here, cruise on over to Healthy Slow Cooking. I’m sure you’ll find something for dinner there.
Happy, healthy cooking!
- 1 pound extra lean ground beef
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion
- 4 cloves garlic
- 15 ounces pumpkin puree
- 2 cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 29 ounces low sugar pasta sauce
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- ½ cup parsley
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 10 ounces quinoa pasta
- In a large skillet over medium heat add oil. Then add onions and cook for 5 minutes to soften. Add ground beef and cook until the beef is no longer pink - about 6 - 8 minutes. Drain and add to a crockpot.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the crock pot (except pasta), and set on high to cook for 3 hours. If you want it to cook all day, set to low.
- Cook pasta according to package directions and add to spaghetti sauce when ready to serve.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 8
Total Fat: 6.72g
Total Carbs: 42.57g
Dietary Fiber: 3.62g
If you’re looking for more healthy and low calorie Weight Watchers recipes, check out my Recipe page. You’ll find hundreds of recipes that include nutrition information and Weight Watchers points.
Please see disclaimer for further details. Nutrition information is compiled with MacGourmet. If you find discrepancies, please let me know. It’s important to me that I provide you with accurate information.