This soup is perfect to boost your immune system to prevent you catching a nasty cold this month. Cayenne pepper will get your system going and the addition of turmeric will add in antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties (make sure you add in a little black pepper through as this activates the turmeric!). Top it will crispy kale chips to add in texture!

Pumpkin and Chickpea Soup with Crispy Kale Chips

Ingredients:

1 kg pumpkin

5 cloves garlic

2 tsp. cumin, ground

1tbsp olive oil

400g can chickpeas

2 cups water, extra if needed

2 tsp cayenne pepper

2tsp turmeric, ground

1tsp black pepper

salt to taste

400ml Coconut cream

1 bunch kale

tbsp coconut oil

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Method:

1. First prepare the kale chips. Rip the leaves away from the stalks of the kale. Then place the leaves on a lined baking tray. Drizzle with melted coconut oil and sprinkle with salt.

2. Place in the oven at 160C for 10min, ensuring them don’t burn. Remove and allow cooling. Set aside and start on the soup!

3. Remove seeds and peel pumpkin, then chop into 1inch cubes. Place pumpkin and garlic on a lined baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with cumin.

4. Then roast in a hot oven (200C) for 20mins or until pumpkin is soft

5. Meanwhile add the chickpeas and water to a large saucepan bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for 10mins.

6. Once Pumpkin and garlic is cooked add into the saucepan along with cayenne pepper, turmeric and black pepper, salt (to taste) and coconut cream.

7. Remove from heat and puree! This can be done in a blender or using a stick blender in the pan!

8. Divide between bowls, top with kale chips and a drizzle of oil!