5 Spice Roasted Pumpkin Soup

I love soup! And I find it very comforting and filling  this time year.

This recipe was included in my local farmers’ market newsletter. I love my local farmers’ market. I am there practically every Saturday.  In their weekly newsletter, this recipe was included.  ***link below***

As with most recipes I find, as some of you know, I do some adjusting. Sometimes it is lots of adjusting. I say why not! Sometimes in a recipe there are ingredients I do not care for so I adjust it to what I like, since I am the one eating the final product.

Here is my list of adjustments to the recipe:

*substituted Japanese sweet potatoes for parsnips

*red onion instead of shallots

*chicken broth for vegetable broth (because that is what I had. Typically I do use vegetable broth)

*added 4 cloves of garlic

*added 3oz of goat cheese

*topped with shaved parmesan cheese instead of scallions and coconut cream

*made my own 5 spice – 2 tsp cinnamon; 2 tsp nutmeg; 2 tsp ground cloves; 3 stars of star anise; and 2 tsp white pepper – I have an extra coffee grinder so I put all ingredients in grinder and pulsed until the star anise was ground in,

And actually followed the directions for the soup.

**pumpkin, sweet potatoes, onions, goat cheese, and garlic from my local farmers’ market – Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market**



Roasted Five-Spice Pumpkin Soup


Butternut Squash Pasta Carbonara

Pinterest! I have found some amazing recipes there. This one is  from cookingclassy.com.  I will say this is carbonara’ish because I am unable to have the bacon. Here is the link:


My adjustments to the recipe:

Added shitake mushrooms; red onion instead of yellow; 5 cloves of garlic; and just added goat cheese because I could.


Whipped Cinnamon Pumpkin Butter

This is great! I found the recipe on Pinterest. So easy to make! I am using it to make granola bars!

Whipped Cinnamon Pumpkin Butter

Tofu and Black Bean Chili

I found the recipe for Chicken and Black Bean chili from ReadySetEat.  I showed the recipe to a coworker that is a vegetarian. So I adapted the recipe for her.

Here goes:

*Olive oil

*1 container cubed tofu (drained)

*1 red onion – chopped

*3 cloves of garlic -minced

*2 8oz cans tomato sauce

*1 can Black Beans

*1 can vegetarian baked beans

*2 tbsp taco seasoning


In large sauce pan or dutch oven,  drizzle olive oil to coat bottom, add tofu, onions, and garlic. Cook until onions are tender.

Add remaining ingredients and cook until thoroughly heated. Serve!

**I topped with plain greek yogurt and shredded cheese.