Monday Musings +Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Bisque

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Christina Ross
Christina Ross
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Name:Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Bisque
Cuisine:Comfort Food
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cooking Time:60 minutes (includes roasting time)
Total Time:75 minutes
Servings:6 servings
Yield:About 6 cups of soup

1. I thought it was pretty awesome when I scored a 99 point word while playing Words With Friends last week…

Monday Musings + Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Bisque

… and then I scored a 102 point word later that very same day.

Monday Musings + Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Bisque

And this is coming from a girl who loses the game more often than she wins. Perhaps the tides are turning?!

Either that or I just play the game way too often. I currently have 7 games going. You be the judge ;).

2. John and I finally made it to Five Guys after hearing the hype about the burger & fries chain from many friends.

The “little hamburger” with lettuce, tomato, dill pickles, and ketchup that I ordered tasted pretty good… but the photo I snapped of it was horrific. The humanely raised beef patty was thin but juicy and the toppings (you can order as many as you’d like – gratis) were fresh; but I was disappointed by the white sesame seed bun, which was pretty run-of-the-mill.

The fries – which people apparently go crazy over, were also just okay. I do appreciate that they use fresh potatoes (sacks of spuds adorn the sitting area) and fry them in trans fat-free peanut oil, but they just weren’t as good as they are talked up to be.

Monday Musings + Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Bisque

3. To make up for the less-than-amazing fries, I came up with a new recipe over the weekend.

Here’s a teaser:

Monday Musings + Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Bisque

The recipe will be posted later this week!

4. Today’s Back Burner recipe is for Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup.

Just when you though it was safe to assume I was done coming up with pumpkin recipes

Ingredients to Craft Your Monday Magic

1 small pumpkin 3 pounds)

2 medium-sized sweet potatoes

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

4 cups of vegetable broth

1 cup of coconut milk (or your preferred non-dairy milk)

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil for roasting


  1. Preheat Your Oven: Begin by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prep the Vegetables:
    • Cut the pumpkin in half, remove the seeds, and brush the flesh with olive oil. Place it cut-side down on a baking sheet.
    • Scrub the sweet potatoes, pierce them with a fork, and place them on the same baking sheet.
    • Roast both the pumpkin and sweet potatoes for about 45-50 minutes or until they’re tender.
  3. Sauté the Aromatics:
    • While the vegetables are roasting, heat a large pot over medium heat. Add a splash of olive oil and sauté the finely chopped onion and minced garlic until they become fragrant and translucent.
  4. Blend and Simmer:
    • Once the pumpkin and sweet potatoes are done roasting, let them cool slightly. Then, scoop out the pumpkin flesh and peel the sweet potatoes.
    • In a blender or food processor, combine the roasted vegetables, sautéed onions and garlic, vegetable broth, coconut milk, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Blend until you achieve a smooth and creamy consistency.
    • Transfer the blended mixture to the large pot and heat it over medium-low heat. Allow it to simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve and Savor:
    • Ladle the warm Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Bisque into bowls. You can garnish it with a drizzle of coconut milk, a sprinkle of cinnamon, or some roasted pumpkin seeds for an extra touch of elegance.

Estimated Nutrition Per Serving:

Calories: 180 calories

Total Fat: 8g

Saturated Fat: 6g

Trans Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 590mg

Total Carbohydrates: 28g

Dietary Fiber: 5g

Sugars: 8g

Protein: 3g

Vitamin D: 0%

Calcium: 40mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 582mg

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