Celebrate New Year’s Day with soup joumou, a sumptuous and aromatic Haitian beef and pumpkin soup. Not only does this heart healthy recipe taste delicious, it’s a symbol of independence and a celebration of the human spirit.
“Joumou” is a Kreyòl word that comes from the French word “giraumon,” which means “pumpkin,” according to Visit Haiti. In the 19th century, soup joumou was eaten exclusively by the slaveholding bourgeoisie. Soup joumou was absolutely forbidden from enslaved people as it was considered too expensive and decadent. When enslaved people and Black Haitians fought for and won independence on January 1, 1804, they claimed soup joumou as their own, making the food that was denied them for so long available to everyone.
This is decidedly not a quick-and-easy dish, as there are several steps, but all that effort is worth it. You’ll be rewarded with a wholesome meal packed with nutrients. Pumpkin is high in fiber, vitamin A, and immunity-supporting micronutrients. Beef is an excellent source of iron, protein, and zinc, which supports immunity as well.
As the recipe is written, it wouldn’t be considered low carb, but there are adjustments you can make to reduce the carbs. You could leave out the potatoes and/or pasta and instead, add more cabbage. This soup is traditionally served with bread, but if you’re watching your carbs, you can simply omit the bread or limit it to one slice.
No salt has been added to this soup in order to keep the sodium below 500 miligrams per serving for a heart healthy meal. Feel free to add salt to your preference, but note that this will increase the sodium content. To make this lower in sodium, try using low-sodium bouillon cubes instead of the vegetable base.
Treat yourself this New Year’s Day by cozying up with loved ones while delighting in a piping hot bowl of soup joumou. You’ll surely create memories to savor all year long.If you’re living with diabetes, consider checking your blood sugar before and after trying a new recipe. It will help you understand how its ingredients impact your diabetes management. If you have any questions, reach out to your One Drop clinical health coach.