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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pumpkin Shrimp Soup - 5DPT Favorite

We have received many requests for this popular pumpkin soup recipe, a variation to our low-carb Pumpkin and Sausage Soup from the 5 Day Pouch Test. Please enjoy this for supper! And it makes great left-overs for lunch tomorrow.

Pumpkin Shrimp Soup - Another 5DPT Great!

Day 1 & 2 Liquids
The Low-Carb Pumpkin & Sausage Soup recipe is a favorite of seasoned 5 Day Pouch Testers. (Page 69 of the 5DPT Owner's Manual or online here: 5DPT Recipes). Recently I came across another pumpkin soup recipe that showed great promise: but first I needed to calculate the nutritionals and give it the family taste test. It is smooth as silk and delicious. The numbers are great too, being much lower in fat than the sausage recipe. Shrimp and whole milk provide protein while the pumpkin and other vegetables provide complex carbohydrates to keep the Carb Monster away. Give this refreshing change a try and I promise it will be part of your Day 6 menu rotation in the cold months to come! Enjoy!

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 medium onions, sliced
2 medium carrots, sliced
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seafood Seasoning
1 (14-ounce) can fat free reduced sodium chicken broth
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree, no added salt
1 cup whole milk
8 ounces cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined (if frozen, thawed)*
freshly grated nutmeg for garnish, optional

Over medium-high heat in a large soup pot, melt butter and cook the onions, carrots, and garlic, covered until tender, about 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the Old Bay Seafood Seasoning and 1/2 cup of the chicken broth. Working in batches puree the cooked vegetables in a blender or food processor following safety guidelines for processing hot food (see article below). Return vegetable puree to cooking pot. (Alternatively, use an immersion blender to puree the soup).

To vegetable puree add the remaining broth, pumpkin puree, milk and thawed drained shrimp. Heat gently to a low simmer, not boiling, and allow to cook 5 minutes until soup thickens slightly and is warm throughout. Serve immediately in measured 1 cup portions. Garnish each serving with a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg.

Serves 4. Per 1 cup serving: 245 calories, 19g protein, 23g carbohydrate, 6g dietary fiber, 5g fat.

For leftovers reheat in the microwave on low to avoid overcooking the shrimp.

*Canned shrimp, crabmeat, or salmon would work equally well in place of the frozen shrimp if necessary. Just make sure you have 8-ounces of seafood after draining the liquid.

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