Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

Pumpkin is a fabulous vegetable, great for both sweet and salty preparations. It is characterized by a delicate taste,  can be baked in the oven, or can be used for making soup. Pumpkin is also ideal as cake dough, or it can be blended to make a cream and much more.

It is rich in benefits: it fights constipation, it is good for sight and heart, it has calming and anticancer properties, it is good for skin care and it has also diuretic effects. Today, I will use it to prepare a thick and velvety pureed soup with carrots and potatoes, served with some crunchy toasted bread: a simple, healthy  and quick dish!

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Gazpacho Soup Recipe

Gazpacho Soup Recipe 

When summer comes, the city seems to awaken from hibernation. The elderly sit on benches in the squares, standing around and chatting for hours while passing the rough hands through their white hair. Mothers wearing long skirts that bare their still pale ankles are busy to run after their kids, so elated at the arrival of warm weather. All the parks, fountains, cafés are full of sincere smiles and happy looks, enjoying their finally found freedom. Summer creates a special atmosphere: it seems to last a minute but is always intense and overwhelming.

Ice cream and ice lolly are part of everybody’s diet in such a period, however I am a lover of soups and, despite hot temperatures, I don’t want to give them up. For this reason, I always look for an alternative version of winter hot soups.

For example, today I will prepare the Gazpacho: a Spanish cold soup based on vegetables, that is very common in Andalusia, where weather is very hot. This is a dish that can be served with ice cubes, as an aperitif or simply by pouring it in a glass instead of a dish or a cup.

This is a recipe full of beneficial properties, rich in vitamins and antioxidants, because it is made with uncooked vegetables.

In short, food is once again on our side. Enjoy every moment, without giving up anything! ♥

The recipe:

Ingredients for 4 people:

  1. 500 g ripe tomatoes;
  2. 2 cucumbers;
  3. 1 red pepper;
  4. 1 red onion;
  5. 2 garlic cloves;
  6. 2 tablespoons vinegar;
  7. 3 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil:
  8. 100 g bread crumbles;
  9. Just enough salt and pepper.

Method:

  1. Cut tomatoes in four parts;
  2. Peel the cucumber, cut it to length to eliminate the seeds and then cut roughly into chunks;
  3. Chop the red peppers, depriving all the seeds;
  4. Peel and slice the onion and the garlic;
  5. Blend all the ingredients together, adding vinegar and oil;
  6. Add salt and pepper to season;
  7. Put the mixture into a bowl and add the bread crumbles;
  8. Put in the fridge for a few hours and serve cold.

My advices

  • Combine gazpacho soup with toasted bread.

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EVERYDAY LIFE HAPPINESS/Vegan Soup

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EVERYDAY LIFE HAPPINESS/Vegan Soup

Here I am back to the freezing London….

Warm temperatures of the most recent weeks are by now a distant memory.

Grey days are back to dominate over our heads and big scarfs are ready to wrap us warmly. Our daily routine, has being upset by the latest sorrowful events, including the earthquake in Italy; diseases; hunger; animal abuse; racism…

This world seems to go around ever more badly. But I don’t want you to stress anymore… So, I decided to focus on positive things and to enjoy only positive definite facts, like… FOOD!

Please tell me: has anybody ever escaped its troubles into food? Well, the answer is yes.

We all know that bad days are softened by fatty foods and sugary, but in doing so, my dear friends, no doubt, we’ll get funny pot-bellied!

 

We should always love each other, and, sometimes even the smallest action make the difference! That’s if you cook a flavored, hot, light dish and then you appreciate it in total relax.

So.. just pamper yourself!

We need healthy and strong people to struggle against this corrupted sick system. There isn’t a better way to keep fit with a healthy cruelty free diet!

Today I’m going you to suggest a delicious pureed soup. This soup is a great cold-weather comfort, so I think you won’t miss it at all!

It’s a very simply, healthy and satisfying soup – a great way to enjoy your vegetables!

 

Shopping list for two people:

300g of cooked chickpeas;

2 big chopped potatoes;

1 chopped onion;

Some extra virgin olive oil;

Salt;

Pepper;

1 liter of vegetable broth;

and… much love!

How to prepare it:

Let’s start putting a spoon of extra virgin olive oil in a pot, then add the onion until it gilds. Add the veggie broth. Add the potatoes and let them cook until they soften (about 15 minutes). Then, put chickpeas. Cover and simmer  it for about 5 minutes.

Add some salt and use an immersion liquidizer straight in the pot.

Taste, and add salt according to your preference. Heat the soup until simmering and you are ready to serve. Add some olive oil if you prefer and serve it better with a slice of bread.

Enjoy your dinner!

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