Winter is officially here, and I am ecstatic; well, not really. On the other hand, my toddler is thrilled and cannot wait for the snow days. I could not be more excited for him, honestly. Most people may not be so enthusiastic about this season and wish it would go by real. I mean, it gets a bit tiring having to put on so many layers of clothing just to feel warm. Also, some days get really dull and gloomy.
On the contrary, there are some beautiful things about the winter months that one can appreciate. My number one thing is being tucked under a nice warm blanket on the sofa and watching a few old holiday movies such as “Home Alone,” which is still one of my all-time favorite movies even though I am grown and almost an old bark…hahaha. I am sure you will agree that the kid inside us never grows old.
Another exciting thing that I love to do is make delicious soup dishes for my family. Soups are perfect for the winter months. It is easy to make, and it sure does make you hella warm on the inside. Hmmm, I just love me some soup!
With that in mind, I am bringing yet another soup idea. This soup is not only tasty but healthy as well because it comprises only natural vegetables and spices. So it is for everyone irrespective of your diet. So let us jump into what you will need to make this bowl of deliciousness.
3 large carrots
6 stalks celery
1/2 of a medium size pumpkin
1 lb yellow yam
2 tbsp all-purpose seasoning
salt (to taste)
4 stalks of scallion
4 sprigs of thyme
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp pimento (all-spice)
1 packet of pumpkin soup mix (optional)
4 bulbs bok chow
- Place a medium or large pot of water on the stove to boil.
- Wash, peel and cut into small pieces carrot, celery, and pumpkin. Add these to the water when it starts to boil. Also, add 2 cloves of crushed garlic. Note that you can add other vegetables such as turnips, chayote, white potatoes, corn, etc.
- Next, peel and wash yam (be careful because this itches real bad if it touches the skin). Cut into medium pieces and add to pot. Allow food to boil until tender and water turn yellow from the pumpkin.
- Next, add all the other ingredients except the bok choy (you do not want to overcook them, so they are last to be added). Be generous with the fresh scallion and thyme, which really enhances the flavor. Season to taste.
- Allow all ingredients to cook together for another 30-45 minutes minutes. Add bok choy, lower stove, and simmer for an extra five minutes before removing from the stove. If you like your soup to be thicker, allow it to cook longer.
- The soup will thicken and have a richer look as the water reduces. Remember to add bok choy before removing it from the stove.
- Serve and enjoy.