Every great Halloween starts with two things, lots of pumpkin and lots of soup. It's always been a tradition in my family to have soup on Halloween. Growing up mom always made some kind of soup, usually clam chowder. Which is actually what they are having for dinner tonight. The tradition lives on. I too have carried on that tradition but I'm not a big fan of clam chowder so pumpkin soup it is.
We always had soup on Halloween because it was quick and easy to get us kids to eat it. Especially when we were so excited to go trick or treating, rather then having a balanced dinner. It also was something warm in our bellies before heading out.
I paired my pumpkin soup with a turkey and hummus open face toasted sandwich.
Halloween pumpkin soup
1 chopped onion
2 chopped carrots
2 chopped celery
1 clove garlic
1 TB. olive oil
1 box vegetable stock
2.5 cups pumpkin puree
1 tsp. sage and thyme
dash cinnamon, ginger, salt, and pepper
simmer on medium to low for 20 min.
add to a blender and blend until pureed
add back to pot
add 1 half gallon of organic non fat milk
simmer on low 20 more min.
Halloween could not be complete without a treat.
I made some chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting. I used a store bought mix for both because they were kicking around in my cupboard and needed to be used.
Enjoy your night of tricks and especially TREATS.