Serotonin Boosting Pumpkin & Ginger Soup

 

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Serotonin Boosting Pumpkin & Ginger Soup

We all know I am a huge advocate of pumpkin for our mental health. The pumpkin seeds itself contains fats that covert to 5-HTP, which is metabolized into Serotonin. This is a soup with mega healing benefits. Enjoy!

Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 500 g approx 2.5 cups butternut squash or pumpkin, chopped into small cubes
  • 2 medium gala apples stalk removed and cut into large wedges
  • 1 small red onion cut into large wedges
  • 3 garlic cloves unpeeled
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger
  • ½ tsp mixed spice or ¼ tsp nutmeg + cinammon
  • 500 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar or balsamic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. To serve, a swirl of coconut milk, chives and last but not least, pumpkin seeds.

  2. Preheat oven to 200C / 390F. Add the squash/pumpkin, apples, onions and garlic to a large roasting tin with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss to coat and roast for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Once cooked, unpeel the roasted garlic gloves and add them to a blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend everything until smooth, adding more vegetable stock, if needed. Season to taste.
  4. To serve, add a swirl of coconut cream or dairy-free yoghurt. Top with chopped chives and pumpkin seeds.



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