Thursday, June 7, 2012

Pumpkin Miso Soup

Long time no see! I've missed blogging!
I would apologise but you know, I was busy living my lovely life and prioritising the important stuff (family, work, study, health). So I've missed you and missed blogging but I'm pretty sure I was doing the right thing.

Life update: It's been crazy busy, for the most part I've been away for work or buried under a pile of assignments. Teaching in the high country was a challenge but great fun.. I can't wait to go back in a few months. I summited a couple of beautiful mountains and took some great photos... that will hopefully soon be up on my red bubble. You know, when the last essay and research project are done. Would you like me to post a couple of my favourites here? I've been thinking about it for a while but don't want to bombard you with images or confuse the blog. But I do have some stunning beach shots from the other weekend too... let me know?

I owe you some yummy food. Actually, I owe ME some yummy food. I've got to be honest, I've been on and off with my food choices recently and have gained weight. I need to get back into the swing of things. Ok so to help me to get back into the swing of things I'm going to try and get into a blogging schedule. I'm going to try and blog at least weekly. I used to have the time and energy to blog daily but when life gets uber busy my food choices are repetitive and boring- no one wants to see my can of baked beans, fruit, green soups or salads again and again. How does that sound to you? Weekly blogging of a (hopefully) great recipe instead of multiple boring ones? And then in the holidays when I actually have time to relax I might have time for more! *fingers crossed*

This soup is delish! It's thick, creamy, filling, sweet and salty while being satisfying and super easy. This was actually round 2, the first time I over did the miso and it was wayyy too salty- so be warned, go easy on the miso and adjust to taste. 

Pumpkin Miso Soup
Makes 5 serves (165 cals per serve)
8 cups chopped pumpkin
6 cups water
1/4 cup miso (I used yellow young soy miso but I'm sure others will taste great too)
2 tbsp dried chives
1/4 tsp aesofatida
1 tbsp mustard powder
1 tbsp dried rosemary
pepper to taste

  • chop pumpkin- leave the skin on!
  • cook in water until tender (or in the pressure cooker)
  • blend well
  • add other ingredients to taste
  • blend again and adjust consistency by adding water as desired
  • enjoy!
  • keeps well in the fridge for a few days & freezes perfectly
I have a gorgeous friend who I'm trying to entice into healthy food... she needs to for health reasons and I don't know what to do... she's anti-veg-salad-tofu etc and pro diet coke... any ideas? 

I want to help her so much but she said she'd never make anything from my blog because it just doesn't appeal. I get that its a big step but there must be a way to win her over! I'm just stuck because everything I think tastes divine she doesn't... I'm SO open to any opinions or tips! please help?!
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  1. Yum! I know what I'm having for dinner tonight.

  2. Good luck trying to convince your friend to eat healthy. Unfortunately, decisions like that need to be made by the individual.

    I've been trying for years to convince my roomie to eat more healthy to no avail.

  3. oh my gosh that sounds so good! i love pumpkin! mmm! thanks for sharing!

  4. What sort of food does she like? Does she like Chinese/Asian food?

  5. That soup looks way good and so healthy! :)

  6. There is always a healthy version of stuff (unless its only diet coke she is into) ..

    With my husband I have found that serving him something really healthy without telling him it is healthy at first is the trick. When he eats my version of a yum healthy indian recipe or stir fry ect - and he say s that its good, that's when I tell him how healthy it is vs the one he would have chosen..

    And the whole skin - health ect should also help if that doesn't ?

    GL with your friend :)

    PS the soup looks yum!

  7. Good luck trying to help your friend eat healthily. Ultimately she has to make the choice about whether she values her health - and I think for most people, the more you open up and try new things, your palate expands and you do find things like pumpkin miso soup delicious!

    BTW, I wouldn't mind seeing photos from your travels!

  8. Great to hear your life is going well :) I would definitely like to see the pictures and it sounds like you had a really great time!
    I'm sure you can get back into the swing of things and good luck with posting weekly! I have to say, I've missed your recipes! The soup looks absolutely delicious :)
    For your friend, maybe have a look at the recipes on te hungry girl

  9. Website - you can get a weekly recipe email from them and they do all sorts of healthier alternatives to popular unhealthy foods :) its not vegan, but your friend might like some of the stuff there?
    Lottie x


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