One of my favorite things about Fall is the arrival of pumpkin EVERYTHING season! I love the cool weather combined with warming, nourishing and not to mention delicious pumpkin! Eating seasonally is a great way to prepare your body for the change in weather.
Pumpkins also have many great health benefits, including:
-Pumpkin is an antioxidant/anti inflammatory food so it supports joint health, organ health, stress relief and some injuries.
-Pumpkins are high in vitamin C and zinc so they help boost your immunity.
-Pumpkins are high in vitamin A so they help protect your eyes from cataracts and degeneration.
-Pumpkins are high in magnesium which is great for bone and tooth health.
-Pumpkins contain L tryptophan which can help naturally fight depression.
So this fall, enjoy some pumpkin! Add it to your chili, your smoothies, your oatmeal, pie and more!
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This is a great soup for the fall! So delicious, healthy and comforting on a cool fall day!
- 6 cups pumpkin flesh, cut into cubes;
- 2 onions, chopped (about 2 cups);
- 1 cup carrot, peeled and chopped;
- 2 cups apple chunks, peeled and cored;
- 4 garlic cloves, minced;
- 4 cups chicken stock;
- ½ cup full-fat coconut milk;
- ½ tsp. dried thyme
- ¼ tsp. ground sage;
- 1 tbsp. smoked paprika;
- ½ tsp. ground cumin;
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper;
- 1 pinch cinnamon;
- 2 tbsp. Paleo cooking fat;
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste;
- Heat some cooking fat in a large saucepan over a medium-high heat.
- Add the onions and garlic. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until softened.
- Add the pumpkin, carrot, and apple, and cover with the chicken stock.
- Add the cumin, thyme, sage, paprika, cayenne pepper and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat to medium and let it simmer 30 to 40 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
- Using a food processor, process in batches to the consistency of a purée.
- Bring the soup back to the saucepan. Add the coconut milk, combine and season again with salt and pepper to taste. Warm up the soup again a little bit.
- Add a pinch of cinnamon over top before serving.
Pumpkin Soup With Apple And Spices
I can’t believe September is almost over! One last crock pot recipe to close out the month. This one looks like the perfect way to try something out of the ordinary, and incorporate my beloved pumpkin!
SLOW COOKER PUMPKIN COCONUT CURRY
- 1 15-ounce can of unsweetened coconut milk (full fat, not light)
- 2 cups pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1/2 tablespoon curry powder
- 1/4 teaspoon tumeric powder
- 2 teaspoon garam masala
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 large onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 3 carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 3 cups 1-inch cubed sweet potatoes
- 2 chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
- Juice of 1 lime
In the insert of a 4-quart or larger slow cooker , add the coconut milk, pumpkin puree, chicken stock, curry powder, tumeric powder, garam masala, salt, and pepper. Whisk together to make sure it is all combined and spices are evenly distributed.
Add the onion, garlic, carrots, sweet potatoes, chicken breasts, and lime juice to the mixture. Stir to coat and incorporate.
Cook on low for 6 hours.
Serve over rice!
Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to seven days.
What a perfectly delicious and healthy fall breakfast treat from preppypaleo.com!
Paleo Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies
1/2 cup raw almond butter
1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
1/4 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
1 or 2 eggs (see above)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1.5-2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp. salt
2-3 cups mix-ins of choice**
Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Drop by tbs. onto a greased or Silpat-lined baking sheet. Press down slightly with palm. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
**In the photo they used Enjoy Life chocolate chips, raw pumpkin seeds, hulled hemp hearts and shredded coconut for my stir-ins. Hemp hearts have a slight greenish tinge to them which you can make out in the photos (if the color had you at all concerned!)
This Pumpkin Chili with Avocado cream from health-bent.com is the perfect meal for cooler fall weather. I can’t wait to try it!
For the Chili
- 2 lbs ground beef or turkey
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 6 cloves garlic, diced
- 1/2 sugar pumpkin, diced (about 3 cups) or a 14 oz can of pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie)
- 1 (28 oz) can diced, fire roasted tomatoes
- 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
- 1 (7 oz) can diced, roasted green chilies
- 1 c chicken or beef stock
- FOC (fat of choice)
Chili Spice Mixture
- 2 T chili powder
- 2 T cumin
- 1 T paprika
- 2 t salt
- 2 t coriander
- 2 t cinnamon
- 2 t cocoa powder
- 1 t garlic powder
- 1/2 t cayenne
Orange, Coriander Avocado Cream
- 2 avocados
- zest of 1 orange
- juice of 2 oranges
- 1 t coriander
- 1/2 t salt
For the Chili
Heat a large soup pot over medium high heat with a tablespoon of your F.O.C. Add the beef and let it brown. Try not to stir it too much until you get some color on one side but make sure you break up the pieces. This should take 5-8 minutes.
While you’re browning your beef make your spice mixture. In a medium bowl, mix up all the spices.
We like to brown the beef first so we can use the fat that renders out to cook the vegetables. So, using a slotted spoon remove the beef and place in the spice mixture bowl…leaving the fat in the pot. Add your diced onion and garlic. Let those two saute for a few minutes (3-4) stirring occasionally, until the onions have softened. Add your diced or canned pumpkin.
Cover and cook about another 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the pumpkin begins to get tender (check with a fork). Add the rest of ingredients and the beef/spice mixture. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer to let all the flavors “meld”. When you’re happy with the texture, you’re done.
For the Cream
Add all ingredients to a bowl or a food processor and blend until smooth.
- 4 Eggs
- 2 cups coconut palm sugar
- 2 cups cooked/canned pure Pumpkin Puree
- 1 cup unsweetened, natural Applesauce
- ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 cups any Gluten-Free Flour Mix (I use King Arthur’s GF Flour)
- 1 tsp Sea Salt
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 2 tsp Baking Powder (corn-free; Hain Pure Foods is great)
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs until fluffy.
- Blend in sugar, pumpkin, applesauce, and oil by hand or with a mixer on low just until combined. Do NOT overmix!
- Add all dry ingredients, one at a time, blending together.
- Pour batter into a large, greased bundt pan and bake for 1 hour.
- Check with a toothpick/knife to make sure it’s cooked through. If cake sticks to the utensil, bake 5 more minutes and test again.
- When done, cool, and enjoy!
Freeze left-overs, wrapping in parchment paper before storing. Do NOT try to make this cake in any regular pan. Because of its moisture level, it will only cook normally in a bundt pan.