10 Week Pumpkin-Palooza: Week 1

Pumpkin, Apple, Bacon Soup

Pumpin Apple Bacon Soup

Welcome to the first week of pumpkin purée madness!  To me, there’s nothing that says fall more than the pumpkin.  Pumpkin pie is my favorite pie.  And, yes, I do like me a Pumpkin Spice Latte…I won’t pretend otherwise.  Don’t even get me started on pumpkin cheesecake!  After seeing a couple of recipes online and elsewhere regarding this humble gourd, I decided I would play around with it this fall.  This is leading up to Thanksgiving, and our pumpkin pie…if anyone has any pie recipes they recommend, I’m all for it!

I’m a big fan of vegetable soups.  I make one nearly every week.  My freezer is full of them.  In the summer I will make Vichyssoise, and Gazpacho.  So, it seemed like a no-brainer that my first pumpkin-themed recipe would be pumpkin soup.

*Disclaimer: I am not a cook, I don’t take credit for any of these recipes.  I’m only blogging to share the recipes I’ve found, and the experience I had in making them. *

Today’s recipe is modified from a Food Magazine insert, entitled, “50 Thing to Make with Canned Pumpkin”.  The modifications were small, really.  Mainly, substituting coconut milk for the cream, and using homemade pumpkin pie spice mix instead of a store-bought mixture, which I worried might have sugar in it. (I just found a simple mixture here at Stupid, Easy Paleo).  The recipe also used the apple as a topping along with the bacon, but I choose to incorporate mine into the soup directly; I also left in some of the bacon grease when I cooked my apple (I mean, if butter is better, then bacon and butter is best, right?).  The parsley is my own touch, as I like to add a pop of green to my soup, and I have parsley to use up.

The Ingredients:

  • 15oz Can of Pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie stuff, the actual pumpkin puree)
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 Cup Canned Coconut Milk (don’t use the drink stuff…blech!)
  • 1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 4 Strips of Bacon, diced (or, if you’re me, cut up with the scissors)
  • 1 Tbsp Butter – I like Kerrygold’s Irish Butter ( if you prefer ghee, knock yourself out, but it’s too rich for my system, so butter is better!)
  • 1 Apple, cubed
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup (I prefer organic, but if not, make sure it’s actually maple syrup, and not the watered-down-breakfast-“carb-wheel” knock-off)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 C Parsley, minced

Directions:

  1. Mix together your pumpkin pie spice if necessary
  2. Mix together pumpkin, broth, and coconut milk in a small stock pot.  Add spice mix.  Sir to combine, and set aside.
  3. Add diced bacon to a small pan, and cook until crispy – about 5 minutes.  Remove from pan, and drain on a paper towel.
  4. Drain off all but a tablespoon of the bacon grease, add the butter and melt .
  5. Add diced apple to the pan, and cook until soft and beginning to brown.  About 5 minutes.
  6. Add apple to the pumpkin mix in the stock pot..
  7. Bring the pot to a simmer, add the maple syrup, and whisk for 5 minutes until heated through.
  8. Add salt and pepper if you’d like – I just added a pinch of salt to bring out the flavor.
  9. Ladle into bowls.  Crumble bacon, and sprinkle parsley on top to garnish.

This was a simple recipe, that’s well worth the small amount of effort.  The soup has a mild sweet/tang to it.  It’s rich, but not too heavy.  I enjoyed mine with some cold chicken from earlier in the week and yummy zucchini bread that a neighbor brought over.  Tastes like fall to me!

Lynda

Herbs and Spices

June Eighth, Two Thousand and Fourteen

PhotoGrrl Pictures

I’ve been sick (boo!), so I’m behind in my pictures by four days.  I’m doing something tomorrow, so I’ll make them up then.

I took this shot right before the dread virus took me down.  I made one of my favorite meals,  Moroccan Meatballs, another recipe from Well Fed (you should buy this book!).  Every time I mix up the parsley, cumin, smoked paprika, sea salt, and pepper, I flip over the beautiful color combo of the spices lying on top of one another.

-Thirty-Nine, of Three Hundred and Sixty-Five

Thai Dinner

May Third, Two Thousand and Fourteen

PhotoGrrl Pictures

My dinner tonight – Pad Thai (with a side of asparagus) – was modified from the cookbook, Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan,  Her “Sunshine Sauce” is what makes this meal divine!  I didn’t have any snap peas so I added mushrooms and sweet, bell peppers.  Also, not a fan of spaghetti squash, so I used shirataki noodles instead.  Thanks to Beth for pointing me in that direction.

-Three of Three Hundred and Sixty-Five