Favorite sides to compliment any meal, or make a larger serving and make them the main event!

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    Pumpkin Soup Recipe

    The Best Coziest Healthy Pumpkin Soup!

    Who has been craving pumpkin everything?! It’s the absolute best for this time of year, so cozy and rich and gives you that hygge Autumn feeling! 

    Here’s our recipe for the yummiest pumpkin soup:

    Ingredient list: 

                       2 tablespoons olive oil

                       1 medium yellow onion, very finely chopped

                       3 cloves garlic, grated 

                       1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

                       1 tablespoon fresh sage

                       3 cups pumpkin purée 

                       1 teaspoon kosher salt

                       1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

                       1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

                       1 teaspoon fresh ginger 

                       2 cups chicken broth

                       1 tablespoon maple syrup

                       2 tablespoons half and half

                       5 dashes Worcestershire sauce

                       1/8 teaspoon umami powder  

           Toasted sunflower seeds for serving! (optional)


    Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, sauté for 5 minutes or until onions start to brown, add in garlic and cook another 5 minutes. 

    Add the Thyme and sage stir to combine, next stir in the pumpkin puree, salt, cumin, pepper and ginger. 

    Cook over medium-low until fragrant, about 5 minutes. At this point mix in the chicken broth and stir to combine. 

    Remove from heat, mix in the maple syrup and half and half, stirring constantly. Add Worcestershire sauce and umami powder. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup. Taste it and adjust salt and pepper accordingly. 

    The flavors meld as the soup sits so it’s best to cook this 3-4 hours before serving. Garnish with toasted sunflower seeds!

    Enjoy, and be sure to save it to your Pinterest recipe board!

  • sides

    Garbanzo and Green Bean Salad with Mint

    If you’re anything like us, then you might be trying to eat a little more Mediterranean or emulate those lauded “Blue Zones,” so captivating for their lifestyle and the longevity and good healthy their inhabitants tend to have.

    If this sounds like you, then you definitely should be adding more delicious legumes to your diet!

    Here’s a beautiful side for you to add to your repertoire. It features garbanzo beans/chickpeas, green beans, green onions, and is full of fresh flavor with star ingredient, mint!


    1 lb green beans, cooked and trimmed
    1 15oz can chickpeas, rinsed, drained and patted dry 
    6 green onions, finely chopped 
    12 large mint leaves, Julienned (technique tips from Jamie Oliver)
    1/2 teaspoon Salt
    Pepper to taste 
    2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (we buy it on Amazon since we use it for everything from salad dressing to tea!)
    1 tablespoon capers
    1 tablespoon olive oil 

    Blanch green beans in boiling salted water, 2-3 minutes or until tender. Remove immediately to an ice bath to shock them and retain their bright color. After they’re cooled, drain and pat them dry, then slice into 1 inch pieces. 

    In a large mixing bowl, add sliced green onions, chickpeas, mint leaves, salt, pepper, cider vinegar, capers, olive oil and green beans. 

    Toss to combine, taste and season with additional salt if needed. 

    Serve at room temperature.

    Be sure to Pin this if it sounds good to you, and if you make it, we hope you tag us on instagram @northwestfavorites