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Meatless Monday — Coconut Pumpkin Soup

By Fredrica Syren 

Since I like to eat according to the seasons and whatever fruit and vegetables are available locally, fall always means pumpkin to me. I like making quinoa stuffed pumpkin, pasta with pumpkin, pumpkin desserts and my kids’ favorite — pumpkin soup. I like to use fresh pumpkin; however, canned pumpkin works as well. This is a rich pumpkin soup that’s perfect for a cold fall evening.

Pumpkins are not just pretty to look at, but they also are bursting with nutrients like vitamin A, fiber, the antioxidant beta-carotene and potassium. If you use fresh pumpkin, make sure to save the seeds, then toast them for a wonderful and nutritional snack.

  • I tbsp. coconut butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, mincedCoconut-Pumpkin-Soup
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. garam masala, or substitute with curry powder
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 cups fresh or canned pumpkin
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Heat oil in a pot on medium heat and sauté onion, garlic and garam masala for a minute or two. Add pumpkin and cook another minute. Add stock, coconut milk and ginger. Bring mixture to a simmer for 20 minutes, uncovered. Stir once in a while. Blend soup until smooth and return to pot. Add salt and pepper, and serve hot with toasted pumpkin seeds or bread.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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