Since I know how much you all love hearing about everything pumpkin this time of year (PSL anyone?), I thought why not elaborate on the multiple ways you can use this fun ingredient in some healthier ways this season. (Disclaimer: I would never, ever discourage eating pumpkin pie)
As I was taking a study break this weekend, I decided to try my hand at making a soup that incorporated pumpkin puree. I was hesitant at first because I had never had pumpkin in a soup before, but it was a dreary day outside and quite frankly nothing sounded better than a hot cup of soup to accompany me by the fireplace. This soup is loaded with fiber and has a little spice to it – perfect for pairing with sandwiches, and only takes about 30 minutes to make. Below is the recipe and some other fun ways to add pumpkin in some other dishes!
Perfect Pumpkin Soup Recipe: (serves 7)
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
- 2 TBSP margarine
- 2 cups corn kernels, frozen or fresh
- 1 jalepeno pepper, seeded and chopped
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 2 cans low sodium vegetable broth
- 1 ¾ cups pumpkin puree
- ½ tsp salt
- dash of cayenne pepper
- 2 TBSP lime juice
Nutrition Facts per Serving:
Calories: 120 Protein: 3g
Total Fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 19g
Saturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg
Dietary Fiber: 5g Sodium: 115 mg
Pumpkin Parfait: Make a pumpkin parfait! Pair low fat vanilla yogurt with pumpkin puree and top with cinnamon, nutmeg granola, or mixed nuts for a quick and easy snack!
Pumpkin Seeds For Your Salad! Use as a salad topping! Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top of your salad with some raisins or dried cranberries for a nice sweet/savory combo!
Pumpkin on Toast? Yes! Slather it on your morning toast! Mix pumpkin puree with a tsp of maple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon for a nice change from typical grape jelly.
Pumpkin Muffins: Bake up some healthy pumpkin muffins! (my personal favorite) Follow this recipe for the perfect fall inspired treat! (check out her other recipes too!) http://cookieandkate.com/2014/healthy-maple-pumpkin-muffins/
I’m Hillary! University of Mississippi Dietetics graduate, future RDN, peanut butter addict, runner. I love traveling, thunderstorms, healthy eats and always saving room for dessert! Nourish to flourish y’all!