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‘Tis (still) the season for…squash. This week I am changing my tune with a different kind of squash recipe-Pumpkin Turmeric Soup. In case you haven’t heard-I love pumpkin because it is a squash and I love squash. You probably know about my love of squash from my previous post, so I won’t elaborate further. My favorite part of Halloween this year was eating the pumpkin we didn’t carve. Someone decorated her pumpkin with stickers and was perfectly happy with it that way. As soon as I saw that I realized I could eat it after Halloween… We were also not too upset to be missing out on the mess of pumpkin carving this year. We also did not object when she decided she was NOT going out to trick-or-treat in the rain. Ultimately she decided she didn’t even want to put her costume on for Halloween this year. She was over it immediately I guess, trying on the costume was enough 😆
Of course she still enjoyed herself; I was at work the first part of the day and she got to have special time with Dad and Brother. Since starting school, this her favorite thing to do on her “days off” as she calls the weekends. So when Roy suggested that she let him hide a bunch of candy around the house for her to find since she wasn’t going to trick-or-treat, she was totally game! We do let her indulge in sweet treats occasionally and then are quite entertained by the sugar high antics that we get to watch 😆 We feel that the fact that she eats a very balanced real food diet overall outweighs the potential negative effects of an occasional unhealthy treat. A cupcake at a birthday party or some Halloween candy is not something we make her abstain from, as she doesn’t have any major reactions. When she eats too much and gets a tummy ache, we let her know that next time eating less candy could help to not have a tummy ache. It’s a natural consequence which we feel are much more effective at demonstrating a point in these cases.
There has to be balance in eating real food and enjoying treats. This is what works for our family. When Bonnie used to react negatively to gluten with horrible digestion upset, that was a different story. She was the one adamant about avoiding it at that point and we always let her know if there was a chance it had gluten. If it did we would make sure to bring a treat to birthday parties so that she had an option if we knew ahead of time. If it was impromptu and she wasn’t able to indulge we would either make a treat together later or take her somewhere special to buy a safe treat.
Last year we also got out of trick-or-treating come to think of it-she fell asleep way early and did not wake up until the next morning when she walked into our room dressed like Elsa and asked if we could go trick-or-treating now…. We were disappointed to have to break the news to her but had already formulated a plan to mitigate the damage-we would take her out for a treat after breakfast! Luckily we were living fairly close to Kyra’s Bake Shop where we had planned to try some goodies soon anyway. She was so excited to go get treats that she ate all of her breakfast faster than we had ever seen. She only paused to respond apologetically with “but I was just so tired, guys…” when we told her she slept through trick-or-treating and we tried but couldn’t wake her. So… that went really well! I guess for some kids-our kid-it is more about the treats and less about the pumpkins and dressing up.
Like I mentioned before, it is all about the pumpkin for me! I could care less about the treats as I treat myself whenever I feel like I want to and am really not into dressing up for Halloween either. As long as I get some pumpkin in my life I am a happy lady! Pumpkin pancakes are always a nice treat for lazy weekends as well, we top with grassfed butter and real maple syrup and serve with pastured bacon and eggs! THAT is a treat for us my friends!
A more realistic everyday recipe for us to make with pumpkin is this Pumpkin Turmeric Soup. If you have a Vitamix or other high powered blender then that is all you need to make this aside from the food ingredients! This is my first time (intentionally) making soup in the blender. It took about 8 minutes in the blender to go from refrigerator cold to ready to eat hot after mixing in a tablespoon of coconut milk. You are welcome to make it in the microwave, on the stovetop as well or in your crock pot or instant pot! All that it really needs is to be heated since your ingredients are all cooked prior so it is not necessary. I actually loved taking it to work for a quick nourishing breakfast that was awesome-ly portable! I heated it, added coconut milk and used a sealing drink container. Another time I brought it and when I had finished half of it and didn’t have a lot of time for a break I added instant hot water from the machine at work and it was warmed and much thinner so I could easily drink it when I got a few moments between patients!
Watering it down was actually so good that I contemplated redoing the recipe to make it that way. I decided against that because it is much more versatile this way. It is a thicker soup and very bold flavored as it is. Optionally, if you want to add another element of flavor, mix 1-2 tablespoons of full fat coconut milk or coconut cream into a piping hot 3/4 cup serving of the soup. Another option is to dilute the soup with 1-2 tablespoons of water, more broth or another type of milk that you prefer. I recommend serving with a generous sprinkle of black pepper and sea salt to taste. We used broth that I made from a whole chicken that we had but you can use any type of broth you prefer-try veggie broth to make this vegan! I recommend Kasandrinos olive oil-please check them out-you will be amazed at the difference in quality of flavor. Please let us know how the recipe goes for you in the comments!
Instant Pot friends-please see the alternate directions for the Instant Pot and note the change in total cook and pressure time! Remember to add your choice of fresh cream, milk or water to lighten this thick and flavorful soup! You can mix 1-2 tablespoons dairy/coconut cream or full fat dairy/coconut milk into about 3/4 cup of soup when serving, or sub 1/2-1 cup of broth for the same amount of dairy/coconut milk or cream when making the soup! Also try using other milks or creams that you prefer and leave your feedback! Enjoy 🙂