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Roasted Pumpkin + Carrot Soup with Green Goddess Pesto

This is a soup that I regularly make when the weather gets a little colder outside. The recipe is from my #1 best selling cookbook Purely Delicious. The roasting intensifies the delicious flavour, allowing a delicate sweetness that comes through the finished dish. I vary how I serve my soup depending on what I feel like at the time or what I have in the fridge.  One of my favourite toppings is a green goddess pesto made from coriander, garlic, lime and pumpkin seed that allows for that extra flavour punch and anti-inflammatory benefits. For a creamy soup you can also serve with a light drizzle of coconut cream or organic natural yoghurt.

 

What’s great about it:

Pumpkin and carrot are a great source of carotenoid antioxidants that are anti-inflammatory and help to support a healthy immune system. Pumpkin seeds are high in minerals including magnesium, manganese, copper, iron and zinc.  Zinc is responsible for a healthy immune function by helping with the growth and development of white blood cells. Pumpkin seeds are also high in the amino acid tryptophan that helps to make serotonin – the FEEL GOOD hormone  responsible for feelings of wellbeing. Additions to this soup such as ginger and turmeric boost anti-inflammatory properties that can help nourish a healthy immune system.

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ingredients (Serves 4 - 6)

1 kg Jap pumpkin
500 g organic carrots
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Generous pinch of sea salt
1 litre water + extra if needed
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
1 teaspoon fresh grated turmeric
You can also use 1 teaspoon Healthy Chef Turmeric Latte

method

 

Preheat your oven to 180 C.
Peel and chop pumpkin into small chunks and place onto a lined baking tray.
Wash carrots and chop roughly with the skin. Place onto a seperate lined baking tray.
Drizzle the olive oil between the 2 trays.
Season each tray with sea salt.
Mix the oil and seasoning with your fingers through the vegetables.
Roast for 45 minutes or until vegetables are cooked through and caramalized.
Combine pumpkin and carrot into a high performance blender like a Vitamix.
Add the water and ginger and turmeric if using.
Blend until smooth.
Add another cup of water to adjust consistency if required.
Serve hot soup with your choice of serving suggestions and feel the nourishment.
Enjoy.

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To make the green goddess pesto:
Combine
 the 2 bunches of coriander, 1 clove garlic, juice of ½ lime, handful of pumpkin seeds and a little salt and pepper into a food processor or high performance blender like a Vitamix. Process for about 30 seconds or until the mixture is finely chopped.  Drizzle in 3 tablespoons of olive oil and mix through. Taste and adjust the consistency if necessary. Enjoy and serve. Keeps in the fridge for about 1 week.

Serve drizzled with coconut cream or a dollop of organic natural yoghurt

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