Just like spinach, pumpkin is another "super food." Why is it so great? It is a anti-oxidant power house, in that pumpkins are an excellent of beta-carotene. Studies have shown that people who eat foods rich in beta-carotene are less likely to develop certain cancers in comparison to individuals who do not incorporate it into their diets.
So don't think a pumpkin is just for making a scary Jack-O-Lantern. Make this tasty soup! My family loves it, and requests it often during fall/winter.
Spicy Pumpkin Soup w/ Coconut Lime Cream
3 T light butter
15 oz solid pack pumpkin
1 t of crushed red pepper flakes (more if you like it really spicy like my family)
3 c finely chopped onions
1 c skim milk
2 1/2 c chicken broth
In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and saute until translucent
Stir in pumpkin, milk, and red pepper flakes.
Remove mixture from pot and pour mix into a blender/food processor and puree. Return mixture to pot and add chicken broth. **you can use an immersion blender if you have one!**
Simmer for 20 minutes, or until hot. Add salt & pepper if you wish. Pour into bowls & top with Coconut lime cream.
Serves 4 big servings
Coconut Lime CreamIngredients:
1/4 c coconut cream, canned (like coco lopez)
1/4 c reduced fat sour cream
1/2 lime, juiced
1 t lime zest
Wisk sour cream, coconut cream, lime juice & zest together in a bowl. Chill for 2 hours before serving with Spicy Pumpkin Soup.
Serves 5 or so
You don't have to get fancy when serving it...I just thought it would be fun to do my initials :)