Halloween With Horses and A Warming Veggie Soup

by Kirsten on October 30, 2011 · 10 comments

in Soups, Soups & Salads

Several years ago my kids’ previous riding instructor always planned a fun Halloween Party at my friend’s barn for all her riding students. It was called “Halloween with Horses”. The kids absolutely loved to dress up themselves and their horse. Can it get any better?  The picture above shows my daughter with the instructor’s little pony Snickers. Oh my, I remember how excited she was to turn him into a “war pony” with all his painted on Indian symbols. Luckily he didn’t mind it at all. He was more interested in spending his time in pasture snacking, like his belly might reveal.

You can probably imagine how frozen, at least us parents were, after a long afternoon out at the cold barn. Coming home to a healthy and warming soup sounded incredibly good.

I think this veggie soup would also provide your kids with an excellent nutritious dinner option on Halloween eve, before they stuff themselves with all their “trick or treat” sweets. You can prepare this soup very easily ahead and reheat it in the evening for a quick and healthy dinner option.

My kids love this soup since the roasted veggies add a scrumptious sweet flavor. I hope yours will enjoy it as swell.

Happy Halloween!


*  1 big red onion, chopped
*  2 bigger sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
*  2 fennel bulbs, trimmed, cored and chopped
*  2 kohlrabi, peeled and chopped
*  3 bell pepper (orange, red, yellow), chopped
*  olive oil
*  salt and pepper
*  6 cups vegetable or chicken broth (I use organic chicken base)


Preheat your oven to 400 F (200 C).

Place all your veggies on a big roasting/baking sheet. Sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper and mix very well.

Bake veggies in the oven for 40 to 50 minutes or until nicely roasted (not burned!).

Puree the veggies together with the vegetable or chicken broth. You can do this in portions in a blender or in a pot using a stick blender.

Heat soup until hot and serve with some fresh French baguette and a good organic cheddar cheese.


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Amish Stories November 5, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Thought id say hello while passing your blog by, and i hope you folks have a very nice weekend. We are maybe a little past fall peek colors for taking pictures of our tree's here in central Pennsylvania, but ill try anyway to go out one last time to snap some images. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon Pennsylvania.

Svet November 4, 2011 at 11:17 am

This soup is exactly the right food now. Thank you for the inspiration and a wonderful recipe!


Jay November 2, 2011 at 1:19 am

wow…sounds scrumptiously tasty…lovely clik of your little darling..;)
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katrina hall November 1, 2011 at 4:29 pm

What a beautiful soup, Kirsten! And I'm pretty sure our little supermarket has all those lovely ingredients, so I'm excited to try a new soup! Thanks so much –

Lea Ann November 1, 2011 at 11:35 am

What a great photo of your daughter and Snickers. And what an appropriate name for a hourse on Halloween. Kirsten that soup looks wonderful. And love the addition of fennel.

Sue/the view from great island November 1, 2011 at 12:48 am

This is a great recipe, I love that it used unexpected ingredients like the fennel and kohlrabi. Roasting them must give a great smokey flavor, I can't wait to try it.

Boulder Locavore October 31, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Fabulous! I love the unique Halloween with Horses celebration. Such a beautiful memory for all of you! And love the soup recipe. I'm a bit of a soup-a-holic these days (my family is already showing signs of burn out on my idea that it is all we need for dinner nightly). I've grown fennel but am not well versed in using it (forget to). Will yank my bulb out of the ground and give this a go….maybe next week (have been forced to freeze the rest of the Minestrone which was enough to feed an army!). Happy Halloween my friend!

The Café Sucré Farine October 31, 2011 at 1:35 pm

This sounds just wonderful and so…. easy and healthy at the same time – I love everything about it'1

Karen Harris October 31, 2011 at 1:11 am

I love that photo. Such sweet memories. The color of that soup is just beautiful. This would indeed be a nutritious beginning to Halloween night before the sugar coma sets in.

Susan October 30, 2011 at 10:40 pm

It's a rainy day in the Pacific Northwest and that soup would go well as an entree before my pumpkin cheesecake 🙂 Happy Halloween to you and your family, Kirstin. XOXO

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