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Pumpkin Tortilla Soup

Happy Halloween! I love this day because it the one time of the year it’s ok as an adult to dress up in a silly costume and actually leave the house. This year our theme was pirates after Bella decided we all except her, were going to be that. She was dressed up as Pippi Longstocking. 
We had friends over for a fun pumpkin tortilla soup my friend Jess found a recipe for here but we changed a little, some pumpkin squares, guacamole and meringue ghosts. We carved the pumpkin last night and used the ‘meat” for the soup today and a little pumpkin & quinoa dinner for Noah. 
Spooky but yummy ghost
So cute Bella and her friend David as a puppy. Man did they make us walk to every house in the neighborhood. The scores so much candy but gave it all away to kids coming to our house. 

Serves 6

12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
2 tbs olive oil
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup finely chopped cilantro, plus more garnish
1 tsp ground cumin
Dried hot peppers, crushed1 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, canned or cooked
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup salsa (we used hot salsa but it was too much for the kids)
5 cups unsalted vegetable stock
Salt & black pepper to taste
1/2 ripe avocados, pitted and cubed

Cut 6 of the tortillas into 1/2-inch squares
Heat 4 tbs olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add garlic, cilantro and chopped tortilla and cook, stirring frequently, until onion is soft. Add cumin and crushed peppers and saute for another minute. Add pumpkin, tomatoes, stock and salt and stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for one hour.

To serve, ladle soup into bowls and garnish with tortilla chips, avocado and cilantro.

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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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