Fall recipes that won't bust your belt

      Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, all just around the corner and it's important to find a way to watch your waist line during these holidays. Here are some recipes you can use for holiday gatherings that won't rack up the calories.

      Baked Candy Apples

      PointsPlus® Value: 5

      Servings: 4

      Preparation Time: 5 min

      Cooking Time: 40 min

      Like the classic but with a delicious caramel-candy twist:

      4 medium apple(s), unpeeled, Granny Smith recommended

      1/2 cup(s) water

      1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

      2 average cinnamon stick(s)

      7 piece(s) Weight Watchers by Whitman's Pecan crowns, or caramel medallions


      Preheat oven to 350°F. Using a melon baller or paring knife, de-stem and core each apple, leaving the bottoms intact.

      Place cored apples in an 8-inch glass baking dish. Pour water around apples in baking dish. Add lemon juice and cinnamon sticks.

      Cut candy into 1/4-inch pieces. Set aside 8 teaspoons of candy pieces. Place remaining candy pieces into each apple.

      Place apples in oven and bake until apples are thoroughly cooked and fork-tender, about 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven briefly and top each apple with 2 teaspoons candy. Return to oven and bake until candy is just melted, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove promptly and serve warm. Yields 1 baked apple per serving.

      Notes: For extra low-calorie decadence, add a dollop of fat-free whipped topping to each apple before serving (could affect PointsPlus values).


      Candy Corn Custard Parfait

      1 Serving 4 PointsPlus Values


      1 Jell-O Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding Snack

      2 drops yellow food coloring

      1/3 cup mandarin orange segments in juice, drained

      1/4 cup Cool Whip Free, thawed

      5 pieces candy corn


      In a small bowl or parfait glass, combine pudding with food coloring and mix until uniform in color.

      Top evenly first with orange segments and then with Cool Whip.