3 ZeroPoint foods to fill you up on myWW+ Green

ZeroPoint foods are great... but what do you do with them? We've got surprising ways to use apples, cauliflower, and pumpkin.
Published December 18, 2020

ZeroPoint™ foods are super-flexible and can be used in lots of delicious (and unexpected) ways. Here are a few ideas to whet your appetite.

ZeroPoint Hero: Cauliflower

Mash it.

Puree boiled cauliflower florets into mashed potatoes for extra creaminess. (Use half cauliflower and half potatoes.)

Try it out: Cauliflower and potato mash with Gorgonzola

Grate it.

Use cauliflower pizza as a rice base. Or you can buy a cauliflower crust at many grocery stores. Pro tip: To cut down on prep time, look for bagged cauliflower in the produce or freezer section.

Try it out: Cauliflower crust pizza with feta, peppers, and olives

Grill it.

Slice a whole head of cauliflower into 3/4-inch slabs. Season and grill like a steak, flipping once.

Try it out: Grilled cauliflower steaks with homemade pesto

Pureed cauliflower or butternut squash makes a great base for cheese sauces that are low in SmartPoints.

ZeroPoint Hero: Apples

Serve them with something savoury.

Sautéed apples are delicious paired with chicken and pork.

Try it out: Apple-braised chicken

Sweeten the deal—without sugar.

Cooked apples add sweetness (but no SmartPoints value) to breakfast recipes.

Try it out: Apple-stuffed French toast casserole

Add crunch to sandwiches.

Thickly sliced crispy apples (like Granny Smith) are a delicious substitute for bread. Just add fillings. Pro tip: Drizzle the cut surfaces of an apple with a bit of lemon juice to prevent them from browning.

Try it out: Turkey, spinach, and cheese apple sandwich

Apples release a gas called ethylene, which causes some produce to ripen faster. Store apples separately from other fruit (unless you want them to ripen fast, too).

ZeroPoint Hero: Pumpkin

Pro tip: Make sure to buy canned pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling! They're two very different things.

Add it to ice cream.

Swap jazzed-up canned pumpkin for ice cream in parfaits.

Try it out: Creamy pumpkin-ginger parfaits

Boost your sauces.

Canned pumpkin adds extra creaminess to sauces in pasta recipes.

Try it out: Mac-and-cheese donuts

Make a better batter.

Adding canned pumpkin to pancakes helps reduce the amount of butter needed and adds 7 grams of fibre. Combining canned pumpkin with flavourings and letting them sit for an hour will infuse the pumpkin with the flavour.

Try it out: Pumpkin spice pancakes