Warm Up With Pumpkin Bisque

Pumpkin bisque is a wonderful fall treat that puts those pumpkins to good - and healthy - use. 

While many of us think of jack-o-lanterns and other decorations that grace our homes during Autumn, we can forget that a pumpkin is a squash.

The seeds are a source of fiber and heart-healthy, monounsaturated fats.  The pumpkin "meat" or fruit is a rich source of anti-oxidants, folates, niacin and even vitamins A and C.

This pumpkin bisque makes a fun harvest treat. The carrots add just enough sweetness while the apples add tartness for an all-around harvest fall flavor that you and your family will enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups chopped fresh pumpkin (about 3 pounds)
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups organic vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 small tart apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 garlic cloves, minced
  • dash of sea salt

Directions There are two ways to start this recipe: A

  • Steam pumpkin, carrots, apple and onion until tender
  • Put in a blender with broth, lemon juice, ginger root, cloves and salt and blend until smooth
  • Transfer to a saucepan and heat through

or

  • Put all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook until pumpkin is tender (8-10 hours)
  • Cool a bit then blend it together (process it in batches)
  • Transfer to a saucepan and heat through

Try serving this delicious soup with a pumpkin seed garnish and/or a dollop of plain yogurt to add a creaminess texture.  Serve with a warm, whole grain, fresh bread for a warm, healthy meal that your family will enjoy.

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