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Easy Pumpkin Fish Soup

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Yes, you read that right – pumpkin fish soup. It was kind of random, but I wanted to do something different with the fish I thawed, since I baked fish the night before. I was thinking of making a soup, and then somehow pumpkin got involved. It was actually a really nice pairing! Sometimes cooking after waking up from a two-hour nap is eventful I guess!

I used pollock for this, but you could probably use cod or a similar mild white fish.

Ingredients:

  • 4 shallots
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 can organic pumpkin (not spiced)
  • 1/2 can light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup broth (vegetable, chicken – your choice)
  • 5 medium pollock filets
  • 1 cupTrader Joes Fire Roasted Peppers and Onions
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Basil, thyme, salt, cinnamon, and a little coriander and mustard seed

In a pan, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, and saute to caramelize. Then add the broth, pumpkin, lemon/lime juice, coconut milk, and spices, let simmer for a few minutes. Finally add the pollock or other fish, and turn the heat to medium. Let simmer until the fish is cooked through and flakey.


Mahi-Mahi with Asian Pear and Shiitake Mushrooms

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One of the approaches I find myself taking in the fall, when looking for ways to make an idea a little more festive and fun, is using fruits in savory preparations. This was the idea floating around my head as I was wandering the store perimeter, and trying to figure out dinner. There was a nice looking Mahi-Mahi filet on sale at the fish counter, so that was my starting point. When I think of Mahi-Mahi, I usually think of tropical preparations, with sweet mango salsa, or pineapple and coconut. Being that it’s the fall, I immediately though pears. Pears can be beautifully sweet and juicy, or crisp and subtle, depending on the variety. In this case, I somehow decided on an “Asian” fusion theme….if only because of my decision to use asian pears and shiitake mushrooms. Just for a little extra burst, I decided to throw a few blackberries in for good measure. The seasoning was staying in the fall with cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, and complimented the subtle flavors of the Asian pear nicely.

First, I seasoned the Mahi Mahi with a glaze of duck fat. Then I sprinkled on a combination of

  • Thyme
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Sage

I set it in the oven, which was pre-heated to 375 degrees, and baked for about 30-40 minutes, until the fish was cooked.

While that was going, I made the topping. In a saucepan, over medium heat, I combined

  • 1-2 Ts balsamic
  • 2 Ts coconut oil
  • 2 Asian pears
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 shallots
  • Cinnamon
  • Dash nutmeg and clove
  • Thyme

And simmered, covered, until everything was cooked through and soft. I uncovered, and let it cook down slightly. Then, I added a couple of frozen blackberries towards the end.

Once it was done, I arranged the fish on a plate, and spooned some of the pear topping over it.


Crustless No Sugar Added Paleo Pumpkin Bake

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This is more savory than your typical pumpkin pie, with just a hint of sweetness from the coconut butter. It made the house smell amazing as it was baking, just like pumpkin pie. When I took it out initially, it was done cooking (the toothpick came out clean),It tasted good, and it held together fairly well if I used a spatula, but wasn’t as forgiving if I tried to use a spoon or fork to remove squares of it. I decided to put it back in a little longer to get some more moisture out which did the trick. It still wasn’t as firm as traditional pumpkin pie, but letting it chill in the fridge helped it firm up more. Maybe next time I’ll play with the ratio, but it was definitely yummy and made for a great side to my eggs in the morning. If you’re looking for more of a dessert, or are feeling more indulgent, add some maple syrup, honey, or maybe some shredded coconut! But I liked it just fine this way.

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 can organic Pumpkin
  • 1 can Trader Joe’s Light Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 cup (or a few heaping spoons) Raw Coconut butter
  • Some good big shakes of Cinnamon and Ginger
  • A large Dash of Nutmeg

Combine all ingredients with a hand blender until smooth, then pour into glass pan. Bake at 350 for 40-60 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. If there is still a lot of moisture, turn the heat down to 300 and cook 15-20 minutes longer. For best results, chill in the refrigerator, and then lightly warm when ready to eat/serve.

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Slow Cooker Autumn Stew

So I forgot to take a picture of this one, but it was good, so I decided to post it anyway. It was a great weekend meal, without being tied down cooking all day.

Ingredients:

•Eye of round roast
•1/2 a pumpkin cubed [i used a cheese pumkin, but kabocha would be amazing. Butternut squash would work too.
•1-1/2 cups strained tomato
•1 apple
•1 ladle chicken broth
•1 yellow onion
•1 pattypan squash
•3 cloves garlic
•Salt, pepper, cayenne, ginger, cinnamon, paprika, thyme, nutmeg, a small shake of cumin and coriander, 1 clove seed and 2-3 allspice berries whole, 2 bay leaves

1. Quarter the onion and chop the apple into large chunks.
2. Place the onion on the bottom of the crock pot along with some pumpkin.
3. Then add the roast on top, and throw the rest of the vegetables in.
4. Add the seasonings, then the tomato and broth.
5. Cook on low 8-10 hours. Remove the roast and cut into chunks and add pack to the pot.
6. Enjoy!


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