Wednesday, October 6, 2010

pumpkin + tomato soup

Are you sick of reading about my pumpkin recipes yet? We’ve only just begun, friends. This soup is great for warming up on cold fall days.

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pumpkin tomato soup {deanna house}

  • 2 t. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 4 c. vegetable broth
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 T. maple syrup
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 t. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 t. dried basil leaves, crushed
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/8 t. ground pepper
  • 2 cups cooked pumpkin

Heat vegetable oil until hot, then sauté onions until tender. Add broth, tomatoes, maple syrup, bay leaf, Worcestershire sauce, basil, salt, and pepper. Bring to boil. Cover and simmer 15-20 minutes. Stire in pumpkin, and heat until hot. Remove bay leaf. Blend soup in blender (small quantities, leave airspace @ lid to prevent explosions) or use a hand blender.

I’m teaching a community nutrition class on Thursday and have a special recipe planned involving these ingredients from the farmers’ market.

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I’m hoping for better results than the last time I attempted a version of this recipe {meaning hopefully my audience will be a little more respectful…and this time I’ll be serving honey crisp apples}. I’m all about spreading the sustainability message, even though it’s considerably harder to do in a smaller town.

Oh, and Foodbuzz sent me some Ghirardelli Luxe Milk chocolates to sample as part of their Tastemaker program. Here is a great lesson in the making.

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Do you see that “all natural” label? As other bloggers have discussed, all natural does not mean calorie free or healthful. I find it is a labeling term that’s really confusing (it is not regulated by the FDA and therefore abused at times). To Ghirardelli, this label means their product is free of added color, artificial flavors, and synthetic substances.

Like: It’s chocolate…what’s not to like?! The flavors were pretty good. I sampled the hazelnut, milk chocolate, and almond varieties, but I honestly prefer dark chocolate. The ingredient list was fairly short, which I appreciated.

Dislike: product contains soy…just not a fan of that or corn in everything these days!

As you well know, all natural does not mean free for all. Practice moderation, as always.

Have you seen the 100% natural label claim anywhere?

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14 comments:

  1. i love fall. perfect excuse for constant soup consumption !!

    i think you made a great point about the common misinterpretation of certain labels. the industry will get you!

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  2. hmmmm i don't know how i feel about pumpkin + tomato. but i guess i can't knock it until i try it ;) this does sound perfect for a rainy fall day (aka this week hahah!)

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  3. Gah! The FDA is so frustrating!

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  4. Somethings I think pumpkin things are bland, but the Worcestershire and the tomatoes sound like a good mix of flavors!

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  5. Refreshing and healthy soup, Emily!

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  6. Definitely not sick of pumpkin recipes. I actually really want to try to make a savory pumpkin recipe soon, and this soup looks great!

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  7. Love this fall-y soup!! And I'm with you- dark choco is the best kind :)

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  8. Love everything pumpkin so I am definitely not sick of seeing pumpkin recipes yet! I agree with the crazy all natural labeling, its getting a little ridiculous... and why is there soy in chocolate anyways? Crazy! Hope you are having an awesome week!

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  9. i'm really not a fan of the word "natural" in marketing because really, it's just too ambiguous. what does that even mean? it dupes customers into thinking they're buying "health" food when it may not be the case at all. sigh...

    that said, i have had those chocolates and they were delish :)

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  10. I am not a fan of soy and corn in everything these days either. But am I ok with eating some of it in my processed foods? Sure. I just stay away from most processed foods so I can avoid things like that, and sodium and the other crap they tend to pt in food. Making homemade soup sounds much better than cardboard soup to me! So what's not to like?! Thanks for the recipe. I haven't made pumpkin soup yet....and I want to, maybe with some SP added!

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  11. That soup looks awesome. I made some tomato lentil last night and it was the perfect thing for fall weather. I will have to give your soup combo a try.

    I think the problem (or not really depending how you look at it) is that our country is founded on corn growing. It is a crop that grows well on the land and has strong history in our country. I think years later people are still capitalizing on that. It has many uses and so people have developed a way to use what they have always known to grow. Other crops have made their way in to our farms, but traditionally corn was a top producer.

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  12. okay i am LOVING your pumpkin recipes! seriously love the latte one and can't wait to make it :)

    hope you have a great friday girl!

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  13. I haven't seen many products (maybe because I don't buy much processed/packaged food?) but you're right, it can be confusing.

    love the pumpkin soup! :)

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