Spicy Pumpkin Soup from Canned Pumpkin

The newest issue of ALL YOU magazine has a good article on the pros and cons of canned foods. I don’t buy frozen foods nor processed foods – but I do buy a lot of canned vegetables, for example we eat canned beans, tomatoes and beets a lot. In the ALL YOU recommends these canned foods for their nutrients – and for cheap price: Pineapple: Sweet, tangy and refreshing, it’s a great source of Vitamin C, manganese and other nutrients. I make pineapple coconut shrimp with rice, it’s good and fast. Pumpkin: Packed with vitamins and fiber, canned pumpkin is low in calories and fat. Tomatoes: Cooked tomatoes have more readily absorbed disease-fighting lycopene than fresh. I admit that I use canned tomatoes in my spaghetti sauce, and chili. The article also recommends beans and salmon, but I skip the canned salmon, I think it’s the Finn in me that gets picky with my salmon. The foods that they don’t recommend canned are spinach, carrots, asparagus, shrimp and green beans, and I couldn’t agree more. Here is a Spicy Pumpkin Soup recipe from the magazine, and I have to admit it sounds good, and I might test it on one of these cold winter days.

Canned Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Yield: 8 Servings Cost per Serving: $.98 Ingredients 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger 1 small jalapeño chili, seeded and finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon lime zest 1 15-oz. can pumpkin puree 1 13.5-oz. can light coconut milk, shaken 4 cups canned low-sodium chicken broth Salt In a pan, warm oil over medium-low heat. Sauté onion and ginger until soft, 8 minutes. Do not let brown. Add jalapeño and garlic; cook for 3 minutes, stirring often. Stir in lime zest, pumpkin, coconut milk and broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt. Remove from heat, let cool slightly, then puree in a blender. Serve hot. For full story, go to: Pantry Recipes Next ALL YOU issue comes out on February 18 and you can find it at Walmarts.

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