Editor’s Note: While you may treat yourself this weekend, there’s a trick to staying healthy at Halloween. Seasonal foods! Guest blogger & cookbook author, Bindu Grandhi, contributes a special Halloween poem and a healthy soup recipe for our spooky celebrations!
A Halloween Poem
by Bindu Grandhi
‘Tis the season of goodies and goblins,
And decorated porches with pumpkins!
Popular in fall and loved by all,
Bright orange in color and sometimes disguised
By a crooked smile and cutout eyes.
Its flesh is best when fresh
But canned also meets the test.
Rich in vitamins like C and E, and
Loaded with antioxidants good for you and me.
Potassium and Magnesium are in it too,
Not to mention high in fiber, can this be true?
Indeed, its health benefits are unrivaled from
Anti-aging to disease-fighting.
Pumpkin goes great in smoothies and pies,
Puddings and muffins, but I haven’t tried it fried!
Also used in breads and soups,
Here’s a recipe for the troops.
Pumpkin adds a vibrant color and sweet taste to this curry-spiced soup. For a more elegant touch, top with fresh cilantro and sour cream.
Pumpkin SoupPrint This
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 (15oz) can of pumpkin (of course use fresh pumpkin if available)
- 2 tsp curry powder
- 3 tsp brown sugar
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup whole milk or skim milk
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- Combine vegetable broth and pumpkin and bring to a boil on low heat.
- Add curry powder, brown sugar, salt, and black pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add milk and simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Turn off heat. Serve hot in soup bowls. Garnish with cilantro and a dollop of sour cream.
About the Author
Author of Spice Up Your Life, Bindu Grandhi is passionate about healthy and flavourful cooking, especially when it’s flexitarian. She shares her health knowledge with the world by providing practical, healthy and tasty recipes as The Flex Cook.
The image for today’s post is the jack ‘o lantern my good friend and I carved out last night – and yes, I’m soaking the pumpkin seeds right now to roast). Do you recognize it from the movies? If you’ve taken a pic of your pumpkin and posted it online, leave us the link so we can see!