Easy Spiced Pumpkin Coconut Soup

pumpkin coconut soup

Soup & Salad | January 17, 2017 | By

Baby, it’s cold outside!  Warm up your tootsies with this super easy Pumpkin Coconut Soup!  I literally made this in 30 minutes!  Need I say more? There are so many fragrant spices in this recipe, plus the sweetness from the pumpkin purée and a dash of brown sugar combined with the heat from the Thai chili pepper is so incredibly satisfying! It’s seriously healthy too, no fat in this bowl of goodness! Pair it with a nice glass of wine (or whisky) and you’ll be warming up in no time!

Pumpkins really work wonderfully in this comforting bowl of soup!

Toast the raw pumpkin seeds with a sprinkle of salt and sriracha seasoning!

 

 

Easy Spiced Pumpkin Coconut Soup
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 red Thai chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon yellow curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 15 oz. cans pumpkin purée
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • Dollop of low-fat sour cream
  • Toasted sriracha pumpkin seeds for garnish (recipe below)
Instructions
  1. Melt the coconut oil in a heavy Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, and chili pepper. Sauté until fragrant and onions are translucent. Stir in the curry powder, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, and salt until well blended with the sautéed vegetables about 2 minutes.
  2. Add in the chicken stock, coconut milk, pumpkin purée, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer for 10-15 minutes. Using an immersion blender or regular blender, purée the soup until smooth. Taste for seasoning. Add in the pepper and more salt if necessary. Serve the soup with a dollop of sour cream and garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds.
  3. To make the toasted sriracha pumpkin seeds:
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place 1 cup of raw pumpkins seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Spray the pumpkin seeds with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and 1 teaspoon of sriracha seasoning. Toss well to coat. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until browned and toasted. Let cool.
Notes
Thai chili peppers can be replaced with red chili flakes. Sriracha seasoning can be replaced with adobo seasoning. For vegetarian, you can substitute the chicken stock for vegetable stock.

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Mini Thai Crab Cakes with Spicy Aioli

Seafood, Starters | November 15, 2016 | By

Get ready for Thanksgiving! These Mini Thai Crab Cakes will make you do a happy dance!  They are so full of flavor and very little filler, so no worries about putting on the pounds!  I used lump white crab meat which is much tastier than just the regular crab meat. Made the mistake of buying the other kind, so I threw it into the freezer to use in a soup at a later date!  Frying these babies uses very little oil so they’re not that greasy.  You can serve these minis with a side of spicy aioli sauce as an appetizer before your holiday meal.  Make sure to put aside a few for lunch the next day!  I threw the leftover cakes on top of a salad and they were yum!  “Happy Happy Joy Joy!” 

Mini Thai Crab Cakes with Spicy Aioli
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 oz.) jar white lump crab meat (picked over for shells)
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 Thai red chili peppers or 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • Zest from 1 lime
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Spicy Aioli:
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek (red chili paste) or Sriracha sauce
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine together the crab meat with the yellow peppers, chili peppers, green onions, lime zest, salt, and cilantro. Mix in the egg and Panko bread crumbs until thoroughly combined. Form small 2-inch rounds with the mixture and set them on trays until ready to cook.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet on high heat. When oil is lightly smoking drop the cakes into the pan and brown on both sides, about 4 minutes. Place on paper towels to drain oil. Keep warm until ready to serve. Serve cakes on a platter with spicy aioli dipping sauce.
  3. To make the aioli sauce: In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and sambal oelek. Set aside.
Notes
Sambal oelek can found at your local grocery store, on Amazon.com, or at specialty Asian markets.

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