Cinderella’s Magic Pumpkin

So, if I were Cinderella I would most definitely love pumpkins right? I mean, besides getting me to the ball to dance with Prince Charming…

Damn right.

I’m not Cinderella, only her more beautiful counterpart, but I too love pumpkins (Oh, and I’m modest), as do many of you. Since it’s Fall, and October, and Trader Joe’s has every variety of pumpkins readily available (Thank you T.J.’s!), I aim to make good use of this pumpkin time of the year. (And don’t forget those tragically life changing pumpkin spiced lattes… so good!)

Spicy Curried Pumpkin Soup

not the world's best picture but DAMN good soup!

Ingredients: (don’t let the long list scare you- it’s so easy & good!)

  • 1 small pumpkin/squash
  • 1 white onions, coarsely chopped
  • olive oil for sauteing onions
  • 2 large leeks, cut into rings (and soaked to clean dirt away)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 tbsp Masala seasoning (or Curry seasoning)
  • sea salt to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 can pumpkin puree (about 1/2 cup)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken or veggie broth
  • 1 (14-oz) can unsweetened full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 cups largely shredded cabbage
  • 2 precooked chicken breasts
My little pumpkin 🙂

Bake, cut face down, your pumpkin/squash in a 425 degree oven until tender. Set aside.

Cook onions in olive oil in a large pot over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 minutes. Add leeks, garlic, and ginger and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add  cumin, coriander, and cardamom and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in salt, red pepper flakes, pumpkin puree, water, broth, and coconut milk and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Add in cabbage, baked pumpkin (cut into cubes), and cooked chicken. Cook for another 10 minutes, or until heated thoroughly.

DELICIOUS.

Kabocha Squash Mash

Pumpkin Sunflower Butter Cookies

Pumpkin Pie Mousse

Ingredients:

Blend, blend, blend in your favorite blender (Blendtec baby!) and enjoy!

What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?

Who’s ready for Iron Chef America, Battle Pumpkin?!?! When’s that show happening?

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16 thoughts on “Cinderella’s Magic Pumpkin

  1. Love this post and that picture is awesome with Cinderella! And the quote ..I agree “damn right” lol!
    You know I’ve been on squash mania in my house and so the pumpkins are patiently waiting on the deck for their turn:)
    I plan on making pumpkin butter so that I can freeze it and have it over winter! I also want to make muffins, cookies, and that cake!! YES!
    I have to say I do love a pig piece of pumpkin pie!!
    .-= melissa´s last blog ..CSN Stores giveaway winner! =-.

  2. Ok, editor girl has her persnickety hat on now: when you say Marsala seasoning, you mean ‘masala’ (as in ‘garam masala’ or ‘masala spice,’) right? Not Marsala the dessert wine? The juxtaposition with curry suggests the former. But I guess a sweet wine would give it a delicious je ne sais quoi also!

    Sorry, just being goofy. I adore the direction ‘largely chopped’!

    Are the white bits in the mash the seeds put back in? I love the idea of using the seeds also (even more so at the moment, since it seems that pumpkin and other starchy things hurt my tummy). Notwithstanding, those are some delicious-looking recipes – and so varied!

    love
    Ela
    .-= Ela´s last blog ..How Do We Do It Without Running Water And One More Teaphernalia Piece- Final Forbidden Foods One Bar Joy of Being Less Rigid =-.

  3. Hey!

    So glad you commented on my blog (thank you) because it meant I was led to yours, which I LOVE. How inspiring you are, and your recipes are amazing. I will be following you for sure!

    Torri
    .-= Torri´s last blog ..A two pill’er =-.

  4. Oh gosh, I thought the soup sounded amazing, but then I got down to your kabocha squash mash and pumpkin sunflower butter cookies, and now I’m totally drooling. Everything looks and sounds delicious. I love fall. 🙂

  5. Pumpkin pumpkin everywhere. That soup sounds fantastic, the cookies, the mash, the everything.

    I always hated Cinderella. Don’t know why. I definitely have a pumpkin curfew though. I’m an old lady. 😀

    I think I made a mousse almost identical to that one last week!
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Don’t worry- be happy =-.

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