Testing Tuesday: Fresh Pumpkin Soup
There is nothing better than the anticipation of having your first spoonful of pumpkin soup during the fall season. Many of us buy pumpkin soup or order it in a restaurant to avoid having to deal with such an ‘overwhelming’ vegetable. This simple fresh pumpkin soup recipe
will change your mentality that pumpkins are just used to make jack-o-lanterns.
I made three changes to the recipe;
I added 1 tsp of ground cumin and 1 tsp of cinnamon, and omitted the white rice. Without the cumin and cinnamon, the soup was missing something. The cumin worked to balance the natural sweet flavour of pumpkin and enhanced the taste of the chicken broth. The cinnamon bought out the feeling of fall in the soup;
the same feeling you get when having a sip of warm apple cider during the first fall fair of the season.By taking out the white rice the original recipe called for, the consistency of the soup was thinner; making for a perfectly light appetizer.
The combined vibrant yellow and orange colours of this soup scream health! So what are you waiting for? Get cooking!It’s about balance . . .
Cooking with real pumpkin can be overwhelming, but if you set aside some extra time to prepare this vegetable, you won’t be sorry! Pumpkin is low in calories, fat, and contains dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. One cup of pumpkin has approximately 50 calories, and contains more vitamin A than a medium carrot! Vitamin A helps to support vision and overall immune function in the body. The bright orange colour of pumpkin comes from a plant pigment called beta-carotene. Our bodies convert beta-carotene in Vitamin A. Beta-carotene has been linked to prevention of heart disease and various cancers, management of high blood pressure, and with supporting overall eye health.
Click here for a list of foods that contain Vitamin A.
Five tips on how to cut a pumpkin:
1. Cut the pumpkin in half. Make sure you use a sharp knife.
2. Soften the pumpkin. Microwave pumpkin face down on a plate for 5 minutes. Let cool.
3. Scoop out the insides and cut into manageable chunks (as many as you need).
4. Cut off outer skin.
5. Voila! Relax.Your done.
Fill the pumpkin void in your life with this soup. You won’t be disappointed.
Overall Recipe Rating: 4/5 Kiwis