|Did you know that the Jack-O-Lantern was originally a figure carved from a turnip? When the Irish migrated to North America in the 1800's parsnips were not readily available so they used pumpkins as a substitute.
Pumpkin is jammed packed with goodness and is loaded with important antioxidants and beta-carotene, which then converts into Vitamin A in the body. Having a diet rich in foods containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and offers protection against heart disease. Pumpkin also offers a good source of vitamin C, vitamin E, some folate, potassium, niacin and dietary fiber.
So this year when buying your pumpkin to carve for Halloween, why not buy another to make a batch of pumpkin soup. Just cook up 1 lb of diced pumpkin, 1 large carrot sliced, 1 large onion diced and 2 teaspoons granulated chicken bullion to the mix. Add half a teaspoon of nutmeg for flavor and cover with water. Bring to boil and slow boil until vegetables are cooked. Use a blender/ food processor to process vegetables until a smooth texture is achieved. Hardly any fat and a simple way to enjoy homemade soup. Serve with wholewheat bread for a delicious lunch or dinner. This should give you 6 serves and only 0.7g of fat per serve.