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Cozy Pumpkin-Peanut Soup November 2, 2011

Pumpkin Peanut Soup: This super filling and delicious soup will warm you right up! Served with half a slice of whole wheat Tandoori Naan bread.

Cozy Pumpkin & Peanut Soup
with fire-roasted red peppers & scallion garnish

If you’ve been on the blog lately you’ve probably noticed I’ve been making a lot of soups lately. I must say that this recipe is probably my favorite of all I have made so far! This soup is incredibly satisfying: the combo of peanut butter and pumpkin puree (spiced up with some peppers) is such a pleasant surprise of a flavor.

I stuck very close to a recipe this time from Women’s Health Magazine. You can find the recipe here.

My Recipe Tweaks:

-Used olive oil instead of vegetable
-Chunky natural peanut butter (NO hydrogenated oils) instead of smooth reduced fat
-Cayenne Pepper instead of chili pepper flakes
-Non-fat European plan yogurt instead of sour cream (left this off when I reheated a bowl the next day)


Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal December 7, 2010

Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal

Breakfast: Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal

A warm seasonal breakfast, rich in spices, fiber, and sprinkled with chopped pecans for added crunch and protein.

Try it at Home

1. Cook oats. I cooked the oatmeal first (follow the instructions on the back of your oatmeal box as these may vary depending on what kind you have). Here I used quick oats, added 3/4 cup milk, stirred well and microwaved on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds.

2. Add 2-3 tablespoons pureed pumpkin. I used canned pumpkin. Stir well then top with a generous dash of cinnamon and a small dash of nutmeg. Top with chopped pecans.

3. Optional: Sprinkle some wheat germ on top for some added vitamin E or flaxseed for some heart- healthy omega-3 fatty acids. You can add a pinch of sugar as well but don’t add too much, the pumpkin will naturally give the oatmeal a slight sweetness.


Strawberry Pumpkin Smoothie November 18, 2010

Strawberry Pumpkin Smoothie

I have moved this recipe to my new website You can find the strawberry pumpkin smoothie recipe here.