Ginger Pumpkin Bisque
Warm soup with health benefits
This soup is spiced up with ginger root and many other herbs and spices including cinnamon. Both ginger and cinnamon are known to help prevent memory loss as you age.
2 tablespoons walnut oil
3/4 cup shallots
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 teaspoons ginger root, grated
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken broth, low sodium, canned
1/2 cup apple cider
15 ounces pumpkin, canned
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 bay leaves
¼ teaspoon dried ground thyme
¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ground
¼ teaspoon black pepper, ground
1/8 teaspoon cloves, ground
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a dutch oven or large pot, heat the walnut oil.
Add the shallots, onion and ginger. Cook until tender.
Stir in the flour.
Carefully add the chicken broth and cider. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.
Stir in the pumpkin, maple syrup, bay leaves, dried thyme, cinnamon, pepper, and cloves. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer for about 20 minutes.
Remove from heat and discard bay leaves. Pour mixture into a blender and blend until a smooth consistency is reached.
Pour pureed soup back into the pot and stir in the Greek yogurt and vanilla until it is thoroughly combined.
Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt and fresh thyme on top if desired.
(Source: Peake Health Advocate - Recipe by Rene Ficek, registered dietitian and lead nutrition expert at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.)