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  pumpkin soup LJ                                                                               Appetizing Autumn Soup

Garnished with Yellow Bell Pepper and Pomegranate Kernels

Every fall I look for new and creative ways to enjoy this seasonal squash.  You may want to check out last year’s delightful Paleo Pumpkin for a raw fusion vegan holiday offering.

This recipe was contributed to Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Healthy Living, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging by talented raw chef, Elaina Love.

I personally am not a big fan of squash-based soups but love the savory melody of this one, although I prefer to tone down on the teaspoon of cumin.  This soup is always a hit with attendees of my raw foods classes.  What I also love about this recipe is that you can substitute with sweet potatoes, as peeling and carving up a pumpkin — albeit the smaller version — is not an easy feat.  You can also try this with frozen or pre-packaged butternut squash, or even go Raw Fusion with canned pumpkin puree (but try to source out the BPA free cans.)

My original contribution to this recipe is adding some tart and tasty pomegranate arils to the soup and I have to say it adds a lot!

PUMPKIN SOUP

Makes 6 cups

Ingredients:
2 cups of sugar pie pumpkin or yams, peeled and cubed
1 yellow or orange bell pepper (chopped but save one half for topping)
2 stalks of celery
1/4 red onion, chopped
1 medium to large avocado
3 basil leaves
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup raw almond butter or tahini
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1/4 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. cumin (I personally prefer much less of this)
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. garlic powder or a clove fresh garlic
3 TB. wheat free tamari (or add more sea salt to taste)
2 or more cups of water
Optional:  Garnish with pomegranate arils

Directions:  Blend water and squash for a minute or so until smooth.  Add rest of ingredients except for avocado and other half of chopped bell pepper.  Blend 40-50 seconds.  Add the avocado and blend until creamy.  If you are using a high-powered blender, like a Vitamix, you can make it steamy.  Serve garnished with remaining pepper and pomegranate kernels.

You can also gently heat in stove until warm to touch or heat for several hours in a dehydrator.

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Appetizing Autumn Soup

garnished with Yellow Bell Pepper and Pomegranate Kernels

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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