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Cinderella’s Soup

Posted Oct 13 2010 12:00am

“Enough about this glass slipper. This Cinderella is going to need some running shoes.” ~ Jane Clayson, American television news correspondent and radio show host (1967 – )

Did you ever wonder what Cinderella did with the coach after it shrank back into a pumpkin? Well, we know! This strong, capable woman used the full bounty of her garden to make a lovely and very, very nutritious, creamy soup.

Daughter Katherine loves the opportunity Cinderella’s Soup gives her to make it a little different each time by using leftover bits of this and that. She suggests that you add spinach, Field Roast Sausages cut into little bits, and brown rice. Frozen vegetables work fine. We like to add the smoky, ground chipotle pepper to make it nice and spicy.

Garnishing the soup with a big spoonful of cold cranberry sauce or other sweet chutney ( Mosaic Meals pages 106,107 and 114) is like adorning a princess with jewels – not really necessary, but it does up the “Wow” factor.

Cinderella’s Soup

Makes 4 cups
Time: 25 minutes

2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 ½ cups vegetable broth
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon thyme
¼ teaspoon rubbed sage
1 cup plain, unsweetened So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage
2 cups of assorted vegetables, rice, and meat or meat substitute
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper (optional)
Garnish with chutney, cranberry sauce, or pepitas (optional)

Sauté the onion in olive oil until softened, being careful to not allow it to brown. Stir in the garlic, pumpkin, vegetable broth, nutmeg, thyme, and sage to make a smooth mixture. If you will be including frozen vegetables, add them now, too.

Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for about 10 minutes – but have a lid ready because this mixture likes to splatter a little.

Stir in the Coconut Milk Beverage or other non-dairy milk, and whatever additions you wish to make. Thin with additional milk or broth to create the consistency you like best.

Return to a simmer for 5 minutes longer (just enough to warm the added ingredients) and remove from heat. Serve with garnishes as desired.

Caution: After eating Cinderella’s Soup, you might get an uncontrollable urge to run upstairs and clean the attic. Or, maybe just sit down with the kids to read some folk tales.

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