First up is pumpkin! Yeah, yeah, I hear you say. And I know, I know, I’ve really been quite obsessed with pumpkin this fall. But this is the last one, I swear. At least… I think so, anyway. I reserve the right to blog about anymore amazing pumpkin recipes I may come across in the future.
But there really is a good reason to include pumpkin in the list of foods that will help you ward off the flu this season, and that reason can be summed up in one word: beta-carotene. You know that gorgeous, rich orange color? It comes from the antioxidant called beta-carotene, which the body turns into vitamin A. How does this help you fight the flu?
According to the Mayo Clinic, one benefit of vitamin A – among many – is that it improves immune function. My personal opinion is that good ol’ vitamin A as it’s found in nature is a lot more effective at helping out your immune system than a shot that’s loaded with chemicals and fakes out your immune system.
Whether or not you get the flu shot, though, you’ll love this recipe for pumpkins and the extra vitamin A will do you good, too! I was inspired by this recipe for Armenian Pumpkin Soup, but I’m afraid I totally un-Armenia-fied it by switching out the spices and sauteing the onions with garlic instead of boiling them as suggested.
Pumpkin soup makes a nice stand-in for tomato soup, I think, perfect with a grilled cheese on a rainy day!
inspired by The Armenian Kitchen
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 1/2 cup broth
- 1 tsp Chinese 5-spice powder
- 1/2 cup half-and-half, cream, or non-dairy substitute
- salt & pepper to taste
- Heat some olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onion and saute until fragrant. Stir in pumpkin, broth and spices. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in milk or milk substitute. Return to heat until hot throughout, but not boiling. Add salt and pepper to taste.
This soup recipe is QUICK enough for even the busiest weeknight meal.
Very EASY, too, if you have the pumpkin puree on hand.
Quite CHEAP, as well, with the minimal amount of ingredients.
And certainly HEALTHY, as we’ve already made clear!
Need more pumpkin inspiration? They have some great stuff that you don’t want to miss!
Pumpkin Cran Smoothie @ Christian Mommy Blogger
Pumpkin Pear Muffins @ Day 2 Day Joys
How to Roast a Pumpkin @ Intentional by Grace
Creamy Pumpkin Soup @ The Purposed Heart
Probiotic Pumpkin Dip @ The Humbled Homemaker
Come back next week to find out which meal you need to eat or increase your risk of contracting the flu!
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