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Freezer-Friendly Pumpkin Soup

Can you freeze pumpkin soup? Answer: yes! This simple vegan pumpkin soup is my go-to recipe for hectic days and chilly weather. Minimal prep work, minimal dishes, and perfect for making a big batch to freeze for later. Good food doesn’t need to be complicated!

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Last night, in between making four different recipes, washing just about every dish we own, trying to hang photos on our still-mostly-empty walls, taking the dogs out (again), talking blog strategy, ordering mundane things you only need to buy when you own a home, and about five other things, Aaron said in a short moment of pause:

“We got a lot done this weekend. But our weekends are more work than my weekdays! I’m working seven days a week.”

And I agreed. It does feel like our weekends are more go-go-go than most weekdays, which is saying something because weekdays are jam-packed and before we know it, it’s time to go to bed and do it all over again. When we were renting an apartment, I would go through nesting phases where I’d decide I couldn’t live with a certain thing any longer—it had to change now! Mostly though, I knew it wasn’t my property and I couldn’t make changes beyond painting the walls a fresh coat of white, and Aaron and I would agree that when we bought, we’d invest the time and money to make a place our own.

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Except making a place your own is so. much. work. Our condo only needs superficial updates for the most part, and even then, it’s a giant time suck. We also don’t know how long we’ll be here (a post for another day), which puts me in this mental space of quasi-resenting the time and money to make those updates. I’ve dreamed of owning a home for as long as I can remember, yet yesterday I wondered if maybe home ownership isn’t for me? Too many to-dos piled on top of trying to build businesses, leaving no time to just be?

Practically speaking, I know I should prioritize and block off time for certain tasks, and I do. The problem is that there’s not enough time in the day, which means I need to either decide certain things aren’t a priority and forego them (not likely), acknowledge that it’s going to take me longer than I’d like to accomplish them (not desirable), or accept that if I do it all it’ll be go-go-go seven days a week (not sustainable).

I don’t yet have a plan of attack and I’m trying to be mindful of decision fatigue. I’m reading a book called Essentialism (slowly, like a few pages at a time) and taking each chapter to heart. I love this type of reading because it makes me re-think how I’m living, and this is what sent me down the path of “Do I really want to be a homeowner? Would it be more rewarding to have laser-focus on building a brand?”—again, I don’t have answers. I’m in the midst of a more thoughtful, big picture sort of stage where I’m saying yes to a lot of new things and evaluating whether or not I’d say yes again (this is actually very good for my anti-risk-taker inclinations, I think).

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As you can imagine, on the food front I am especially grateful for fast, easy, feel-good meals. I’m betting you might be in the same boat pre-holiday craziness? Last year for Thanksgiving, I prepared an all-raw, vegan, gluten-free feast for my family. It was spectacularly delicious, beautiful, and oh so much work! This year, I joked to Aaron that I may order in burritos, except I doubt the burrito place is open on Thanksgiving.

This freezer pumpkin soup is my solution. Well, not this soup specifically, more like this style of eating. Roast veggies, combine with a handful of ingredients, serve. Or freeze for lunches and dinners on those days when you’re thisclose to throwing in the towel and ordering yet another burrito from the place down the street. I chose pumpkin for my soup, but butternut squash and sweet potato would be delicious too.

Simple. Grounding. Easy. Also, no decision fatigue from having to decide what to make for dinner—soup’s on!

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Do you ever think about simplifying your life to focus more on one goal?

I’m not sure I would actually want to do this, but when life feels overwhelming, Aaron and I will often tell each other, “Let’s just leave and go live in a tiny house.”

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Freezer-Friendly Pumpkin Soup

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Freezer-Friendly Pumpkin Soup

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: about 6 cups


Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 35 mins

Total Time: 40 mins

Can you freeze pumpkin soup? Answer: yes! This simple vegan pumpkin soup is my go-to recipe for hectic days and chilly weather. Minimal prep work, minimal dishes, and perfect for making a big batch to freeze for later.

EASY Freezer-Friendly Pumpkin Soup! (Vegan & Gluten-Free) | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #pumpkin #soup #recipe #freezer

Freezer-Friendly Pumpkin Soup

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Ingredients

To prepare the pumpkin:

  • 5 cups cubed sugar pumpkin
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • couple pinches fine sea salt
  • couple pinches freshly ground black pepper

To prepare the soup:

  • 1 batch (5 cups) roasted & seasoned sugar pumpkin cubes
  • 2 1/2 cups homemade vegetable stock
  • 1 cup cashew milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grade b maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • sea salt to taste

For topping (optional):

  • roasted pumpkin seeds
  • crunchy kale chips (recipe coming soon!)

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: about 6 cups

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 35 mins Total Time: 40 mins

Can you freeze pumpkin soup? Answer: yes! This simple vegan pumpkin soup is my go-to recipe for hectic days and chilly weather. Minimal prep work, minimal dishes, and perfect for making a big batch to freeze for later.

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the chopped pumpkin, shallot, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to the baking sheet and toss to coat. Roast the pumpkin for about 35-40 minutes, or until tender.
  • Add the roasted vegetables to a blender along with the vegetable stock, cashew milk, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, and black pepper. Blend until smooth. Taste the soup and add salt if needed, then blend until fully mixed.
  • Serve immediately topped with pumpkin seeds or kale chip croutons for crunch, or freeze the soup for later. To freeze, transfer the soup into freezer-safe containers (leaving a couple of inches for expansion), cool to room temperature, then cover and place in the freezer. The soup will keep for 2-3 months.

Notes [2]

If you’re really in a crunch for time, pick up some pre-cut pumpkin. I’ve been seeing cubed sugar pumpkin at my TJ’s recently—sometimes it’s worth it to pay a a dollar or two extra for convenience, especially if that’s the difference between a homemade meal and takeout.

Feel free to sub in butternut squash or sweet potato for the pumpkin.

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  1. Katie says

    Looks delicious! I want to eat soup all the time now that it’s cold.

  2. Samantha says

    I can relate on needing to simplify. It’s hard to decide what matters and what doesnt sometimes as far as priorities.
    The soup looks wonderful! Very comforting.

  3. I’m allllways looking for a good freezer soup recipe, this is perfect! I agree as well, sometimes it just seems like I want to make life simple, but it never seems to stay that way!

    1. Amanda says

      I hear you on wanting to make life simple and then it being hard to maintain that. I’m realizing it takes a very disciplined mindset to continually filter out the unnecessary stuff.

  4. Carrie says

    I need that Essentialism book in my life. Thank you for the recommendation!

    1. Amanda says

      I’m really enjoying it so far. Definitely worth reading!

  5. Cadry says

    I’m sorry that home ownership is not meeting your expectations in the ways you hoped it would. I’ll be curious to hear more about that and why you don’t know how long you’ll be in your current home. I’ve never owned my own home, which is unusual for someone my age. However, it’s never worked out for one reason or another. Plus, I like the freedom that comes from being able to give notice and move on a moment’s notice without having to find a new buyer. When something breaks down, I can just call my landlord. It doesn’t herald unexpected bills for things that are necessities but don’t necessarily bring happiness (paying to re-roof or buy a new water heater, for example). The trade-off is that I can’t paint the walls or make big changes. It makes my home never really feel like “mine.”

    1. Amanda says

      You always leave the most thoughtful comments, Cadry. <3 All good points about renting versus buying. Where we live, buying is a very good investment (fingers crossed it stays this way!). The real estate market is super hot and there aren't enough properties to meet demand, which keeps pushing prices higher and higher both for buying and renting (when we left our rental after having been there for 3 years, the landlord was able to raise the rent by $400/month).
      I love the freedom of being able to make changes now that we own, but I don't love the constant feeling of "we have to update this, and install this, and fix this...". Some of that will calm down over time I'm sure, but I am thinking more about whether I want that responsibility to be taking up so much mental space. There are a few other factors at play too (the neighborhood being a big one). I'm trying to give it time though, because I know it takes a while for me to settle into new situations.

  6. jacquie says

    don’t be so quick to assume the burrito place isn’t open on thanksgiving as more and more places are. I have wondered about the little houses myself. it sounds like a great idea and so much more manageable.

    1. Amanda says

      The tiny house concept is definitely an interesting one, trading space for more time/financial freedom.

  7. Shana says

    Like everything in life, homeownership is a journey. When we purchased our home, I was completely overwhelmed with the amount of work that needed to be done and the fact that we didn’t have the money to do it. I’m also too cheap to spend more money on another move, so I realized that the changes will have to come in small doses. It took us three years to save enough money to buy carpet but once it was in, I knew that we could make this hours truly our own bit by bit. We keep a running list of projects and when we hope to accomplish them (some are years down the road!) and I just remind myself that it WILL come together, however slowly. Although my husband is responsible for most of the maintenance and upgrades so he may have another opinion 🙂 Good luck on your journey!

    1. Amanda says

      Thank you, Shana! I love your idea of keeping a running list of projects and tentative dates for accomplishing them. I think that would help me feel more in control and organized.

  8. “making a place your own is so. much. work.”

    YES. Thankfully, when we downsized, we had extra money from the sale of our house to pay for most of the big expenses (paint, new floors, etc). Still, I could probably always find ways to update our home to make it feel more like ours. As you said, it’s hard to forego things!

    1. Amanda says

      I’m glad I’m not alone in feeling this way!

  9. I totally hear you on the time and money suck of owning your own place. We’ve had our house for over four years now and I sometimes wonder if it’s really worth it. Is it worth the time we spend cutting the lawn and raking the leaves? Is it worth the money we put into our grass so that it looks halfway decent (we’re not going for country club quality or anything)? But then I remember how happy I am to have a place of our own and that’s the sacrifice of it. Maybe we’ll find a better balance someday. I do want a house further away from the hustle and bustle, maybe even a small farm, and wouldn’t that be more work? But I’m hoping not to be work full-time then as well, so I guess we’ll see.
    This soup sounds delicious! We love doing a big cook on Sunday to have for dinner and leftovers the next day, then freeze the rest for some busy weeknight we can’t put a meal together quickly. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on home ownership, Stephanie! I think we’re all in agreement that it’s a lot of work, and for some, this work is rewarding and worth it, and for others, notsomuch. It sounds like it’s been 100% worth it to you though. A small farm sounds totally charming.

  10. Luci says

    I have always owned my home, #12 to date as I move frequently w/ my job. However when I retire one day I will ditch home ownership and travel around and stay as long aa we want. Your year of traveling/ cooking were my favorite posts! Perhaps another yet of travel to decide your next step?
    I love pumpkin soup. I made your recipe today minus the oil and sweetener. It wa delicious!

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