Pumpkin Soup! Health in a Bowl

ImagePumpkin is an amazing fall food and has many medicinal properties!

One of my favorite recipes warms the kitchen and your taste buds!  An easy and tasty recipe that will sure to be a yearly addition to your table.

Ingredients:

1 sugar pumpkin

1 can of unsweetened coconut juice

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 medium yellow onion or 2 shallots diced

3-4 garlic cloves minced

3 1/2 cups of vegetable stock

2-4 fresh Thai chillies (how hot do you want it?)

1 tablespoon of minced lemongrass

1 teaspoon cumin

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  Cut pumpkin in half, remove stem and remove seeds with spoon.  Reserve seeds to bake later!

Place pumpkins on baking tray meat side down, bake for ~60 minutes until cooked through.  Once cooked, remove meat from skin and reserve.

2.   Use medium stockpot, heat with oil to medium simmer.  Add diced onion / shallots, lemongrass and garlic, simmer till fragrant.   Be careful not to burn.

3.  Add Pumpkin puree & Coconut Juice.  Heat through (about 5-10 minutes).  Add chilies & Cumin about half way through.

4.  And Voila! you have pumpkin soup!  If you want a creamy consistency then run through the food processor!

Goes great with Garlic Naan!

Medicinal Properties:

Pumpkin Nutrition Facts
(1 cup cooked, boiled, drained, without salt)

Calories 49
Protein 2 grams
Carbohydrate 12 grams
Dietary Fiber 3 grams
Calcium 37 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Magnesium 22 mg
Potassium 564 mg
Zinc 1 mg
Selenium .50 mg
Vitamin C 12 mg
Niacin 1 mg
Folate 21 mcg
Vitamin A 2650 IU
Vitamin E 3 mg

Pumpkin is used for treating bladder irritation, kidney infections, intestinal worms, and trouble urinating due to BPH.

Pumpkin is sometimes used in combination with herbs to treat symptoms of BPH.

San Diego Local Medicinal Herbs

San Diego Local Medicinal Herbs

Comfrey! An amazingly well known and hardy herb, Comfrey can be added to any garden and thrives in San Diego’s environment. The plant can be used from flower to root and has many medicinal uses.

For massage the practical applications are also numerous. When added to a salve or applied as an ointment Comfrey help several common ailments.

Medicinal Uses:
-Bruises / Sprains
-Cuts & Wounds
-Eczema
-Gastritis / Ulcer
-Soar Throat
-Sunburns

Applications:

Salves:
-Reduce symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis & Osteoarthritis by reducing pain and increasing mobility.
-Diabetic Soars / Skin Issues

Teas (as a topical aid, not recommended to eat):
-Burns
-Skin Ulceration
-Abrasions
-Laceration
-Bug Bites

Fresh Leaves (bruised and applied directly):
-Bruises
-Fractures!
-Sprains

Comfrey is a powerful cellular re-generator and should not be used excessively. When taken internally it can be harmful to the liver (although that being said you have to eat huge amounts to reach toxic levels over a long period of time).

Those with liver issues or rapid cellular growth should consult with an herbalist.

Healthy Lunch made easy!

A simple and yummy lunch time option is easy on the wallet, high in nutrition and simple as can be.

making a large batch of hummus can be lunch time snack or meal.

Easy-and-Smooth-Hummus-Recipe-1

Hummus, a simple recipe that can be dressed up:

2-4 cloves of fresh garlic

4 cups of Chickpeas

1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup of Tahini

1/4 cup of olive oil

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of cumin
paprika to taste

Blend in a food processor

Chickpeas are rich in fiber, iron and when combined with pita bread forms a complete protein.

 

Eat as a snack  or wrap up with veggies as a filling and nutritious meal.