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Happy, Healthy Halloween 2010!

written by Guest Blogger October 30, 2010

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!

This pumpkin head is in which Halloween movie?

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.

Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin Soup

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 Soup

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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:


  • 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
  • Garnish
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  1. Combine vegetable broth and pumpkin and bring to a boil on low heat.
  2. Add curry powder, brown sugar, salt, and black pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add milk and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  3. 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!

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Head Health Nutter November 1, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Just tried this soup recipe yesterday and it was deeelicious!

The curry is just the right amount for a very subtle flavour – my Honey practically licked the bowl and doesn’t even like the taste of curry. He dislikes cilantro, too, so I left that out, as well, and again, it was a winner!

Oh, and the sour cream was an interesting garnish; it dilutes the pumpkin flavour so the soup is adjustable to personal taste even after it’s made. 🙂

Thank you for entertaining us with a delightful poem and sharing a tasty, healthy, easy-to-make AND personally customizable soup recipe, Bindu!

Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman November 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Mmmmm, this soup sounds good! Thanks for the reciple

I at least had roasted pumpkin seeds for Halloween!

Head Health Nutter November 7, 2010 at 10:48 am

Mmm… what kind of seasoning did you use, Emmanuel?


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