Wholesome Thai Pumpkin Soup

My daughter was 5 when one of my mom’s friends asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. Standing there in her pink tutu, tights and red sparkly shoes she stated, “A doctor, a fire fighter, inventor and a chef.”

Nana was a little embarrassed.

I was proud.

This soup is for those times when you want to remember what it feels like to believe it’s possible to be anything you want… even a sparkly shoe wearing, firefighting, inventor, MD who also graduated from Le Cordon Bleu.

  • Prep Time30 min
  • Cook Time45 min
  • Total Time1 hr 15 min
  • Serving Size8 -10 servings


    • 2 tablespoons light cooking oil (Olive, Safflower, Canola)
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
    • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely chopped
    • 1 can coconut milk
    • 1 can pureed pumpkin
    • 1 can (14 ½ ounce) petite diced tomatoes
    • 6 cups stock
    • 2 teaspoons turmeric
    • 1 tablespoon coriander
    • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 1 tablespoon mustard
    • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
    • 1 cup brown rice
    • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
    • 2 teaspoons brown sugar, agave or honey
    • 1-2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
    • 2 Tablespoons miso paste
    • 4 green onion, chopped
    • 1 package firm tofu or 2 cups cooked chicken, cut into small pieces
    • 1/2 cup frozen, shelled edamame
    • 1 bag Thai or Chinese frozen vegetables or 2 cups fresh vegetables cut into bite size chunks. (If using fresh vegetables, you can use one type or a mix of a couple different vegi’s such as spinach, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, peapods or mushrooms.)
    • 1-2 cups water or stock (Optional. For thinner soup.)
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    Preparing the soup


    Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add the coconut milk, pumpkin, tomatoes, stock, spices, tamari (or soy sauce) and rice. Let simmer for 40 minutes.

    After the soup has simmered for 40 minutes, add


    Peanut butter, brown sugar (or agave or honey) Sriracha, miso, green onions, tofu or chicken, edamame and vegetables.

    Simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Add 1-2 cups water or stock if soup is too thick. Salt and pepper to taste.  

    To Serve


    Ladle into bowls and enjoy. 

    Do you know someone who would love this recipe?

    It’s Possible

    It’s possible to be the most embarrassing person on the entire planet… and still be loved by your spouse, children and friends. (Just ask my spouse, kids and friends!)

    It’s possible to say the wrong thing, react in a way that you’re not proud of, disagree, digress and blow up friendships and still have amazing relationships.

    It’s possible to make cataclysmic mistakes, not know where you’re going and change direction hundreds of times and still end up in the right place.

    It’s possible to be authentic, vulnerable and insecure and still move forward.

    It’s possible to do so many things, yet we often forget this simple truth.

    I’ve forgotten that it’s possible so many times over the years….

    •  I forgot when I said no to studying what I was interested in because I didn’t see a clear career path and instead choose what seemed practical. 
    • I forgot when I said no to moving to Italy with my husband and two young children. 
    • I forgot it was possible the oh so many times I looked out over the horizon, felt a pull to move forward and instead walked back into my cave where it felt safe.

    But there are also the times I remembered. 

    • I remembered it was possible when I said yes to moving to Italy with my boyfriend. 
    • I remembered when I said yes to the balancing act of graduate school and a full time job.  
    • I remembered when I said yes to training for and running a marathon. 
    • I remembered when I said yes to getting married, having children, making new friends, writing a book, spending a year traveling around the world with my family and deciding the world needed SouperPower.

    Yet, in spite of all the proof that remembering is better, I still forget.

    Perhaps it’s because remembering isn’t easy. It takes focus and attention and vulnerability.

    But it’s almost always worth it.

    Can you imagine what might happen if we reminded ourselves that the focus and attention and vulnerability were worth it?

    Can you imagine what might happened if you always believed it was  possible?

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