Black Bean & Pumpkin Soup

As the seasons change, cooler weather moves in, and I crave comforting soup.  Today’s recipe is a blend of black beans and pumpkin with tomatoes and spices.  This healthy recipe is packed with protein from the beans and with vitamins from the pumpkin.  You can make it vegan with vegetable broth or add the flavor of beef broth.  Top it off with a dollop of low fat Greek yogurt with chopped green onions, herbs, or grated cheese.  If you prefer a non-dairy dish,  garnish with diced fresh vegetables like tomatoes and/or avocado.



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Creamy Carrot Soup For A Winter Meal

Carrot soup is an easy soup to make on a cold day yet rich enough to be a first course at a holiday meal.  There are many variations to carrot soup, but most use chicken stock and some type of milk for a rich creamy flavor.  Today’s recipe adds fresh ginger for a little zing in the taste.  I like a tablespoon of Greek yogurt on top of my bowl of soup but that  is optional.  My brother-in-law likes a touch of spicy like  a teaspoon of Harissa relish on top of the yogurt. (Harissa is a Moroccan condiment based on tomatoes and chili for medium heat.) Read More