Have you ever noticed how I don’t do Halloween themed recipes or posts?

Truth is, I totally dislike Halloween.

People, especially grown-ups, dressed up in costumes simply make me feel extremely uncomfortable.

Zombies, vampires, monsters, critters, creepy crawlers, blood, death and violence, all those scary things that are associated with this spooky holiday just don’t sit well with me.

Even the very colors of Halloween, black and orange, are a big turn off for me! Plus, as you can very well imagine, I am in strong disagreement with the principle that sends young kids and toddlers walking from door to door on a mission to amass mounds and mounds of candy, which they will then feed off of for days and weeks on end.

Pumpkin Seafood Chowder | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

You know, I hate Halloween so much that I’m seriously considering skipping today’s WOD, for they’re having this special Halloween thing at my box, where people are supposed to show up wearing some kind of a costume. Those who don’t will be given a “surprise” 50 burpee penalty.

Hmpft! Seriously!

I wouldn’t really mind doing the darn burpees, but I’m like: why would I get penalized for refusing to do something that has nothing to do with the actual WOD? It’s totally unfair. Plus, dressing up and working out just don’t go hand in hand, if you ask me.

In fact, I generally try to avoid finding myself in places where I run the risk of being in contact with people wearing masks and costumes, even if said costume is all glitter and stars and feathers. Heck, I’d even skip work, if I could!

Yes, it makes me THAT uncomfortable. And yes, clowns DO make me feel uneasy.

So I still haven’t decided whether I’ll be hitting the box or not tonight. We’ll see. I might decide to work out from home, for a change. At least I know Frankenstein won’t be joining the party!

Pumpkin Seafood Chowder | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Still, if I had to name one thing that I like about Halloween, it would have to be pumpkins.

So I figured I would at least get in the spirit and give you something “pumpkin”, although this isn’t even a treat.

I know, how very cheap of me! 😉

To my defense, though, this is not at all what I had initially planned on sharing today. You see, October 31st also happens to be The Healthy Foodie’s Blogiversary. That’s right! Today, THF is celebrating 3 years of existence. For the occasion, I wanted to share a paleoified version of one of Quebec’s true staple deserts: Pouding Chômeur (which loosely translates to Poor Man’s Pudding).

Unfortunately, what was off to a VERY promising start didn’t turn out quite as good as I expected, so I decided that I needed to re-work that recipe some before I could share it.

Bummer, I know, but it’ll be well worth the wait, trust me!

Pumpkin Seafood Chowder | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

For now let’s get back to this soup, shall we? If you have never tried adding pumpkin puree to your seafood chowder, I say you should rectify the situation, and the sooner, the better.

While the combination of pumpkin and seafood might sound a little bit odd, trust me, the resulting flavor is simply astounding. In other words, it works. It truly does.

In fact, I think that the addition of pumpkin puree, coconut milk, as well as a tiny little hint of spicy curry, imparts a subtle note of sweetness and exoticism to this chowder, which brilliantly elevates and complements the flavor of the seafood.

Trust me, you need to try it. Just one bite and you will understand exactly what I’m talking about.

Pumpkin Seafood Chowder | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Now of course, before I go, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for being here, for reading me on a daily basis, for supporting me and for helping me stay on the right track.

Had it not been for this place, for you all, I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be where I am today.

So this year again…

  • To the 9 273 people who follow me on Tumblr;
  • To the 2 230 people who follow me on Twitter;
  • To the 18 363 people who like my Facebook page;
  • To the 43 880 people who follow me on Pinterest;
  • To the 8 136 people who subscribe to this blog;
  • To the 711 people who follow me on Instagram
  • To the tens of thousands of people who visit me here on a daily basis…

To each and every one of you, I WANT TO SAY A GAZILLION THANK YOUS!!!

Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t always a walk in the park and there are many occasions when I just feel like throwing it all out the window. But knowing that you are all here to walk the path with me, having you support me with your kind comments and heartwarming emails, that’s what keeps me going.

I wouldn’t be where, or who I am today, without you guys.

Don’t ever forget this: I need you all a hell of a lot more than you actually need me.



Yield: Serves 2-4

NF is based on 1 of 4 servings



  • 1 tbsp lard or ghee
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • ½ tsp Himalayan salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • ¼ tsp spicy curry powder
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cups pure coconut water
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • the juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup bay scallops (175g | 6oz)
  • 20 medium raw shrimp (size 31-40)
  • 1 can baby clams, drained


  1. Melt lard or ghee in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; Add onion and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes until the onions are fragrant and become translucent.
  2. Add ginger, salt, pepper, curry and carrot and continue cooking until carrot softens up a little.
  3. Add coconut water, bring to the boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes until the carrots are completely cooked.
  4. Remove from heat, add coconut milk and puree with a hand blender (or transfer to a food processor or blender) then return to heat source and bring to the boil again.
  5. Add scallops, shrimp and baby clams bring back to the boil then kill the heat and let sit until shrimps and scallops turn opaque, about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Garnish with coconut milk, fresh parsley, avocado slices and balsamic vinegar pearls, if desired.

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  1. says

    Happy Blogiversary!

    I am right there with you on the whole people in mask/clown thing. It just creeps me out.

    I recently just found your blog, and I’m glad I did. This recipe looks fantastic. Glad to “meet” you!

  2. says

    I’m really not a Halloween person either! I don’t do any Halloween themed recipes or anything even though I know they’re in demand this time of year. But I’ve got nothing against pumpkin! :) This chowder looks great!

  3. Rox says

    Congrats! Looks delish. Any reason why olive oil (as opposed to lard or ghee) would seriously dimminish the flavor? (I’m thinking home-rendered lard probably adds a lot of flavor, but ghee or olive oil not perhaps as much?)

  4. says

    Nope, you can’t dislike Halloween. I won’t accept this. It’s soooo much fun.
    When I was a kid I used to love trick or treating, I had the best time ever.
    Now, as an adult, it’s the one day of the year when you can dress and act as silly as you want and get away with it. What’s not to love about that?
    But I guess we have to agree to disagree on this one. 😉

    Oh, Happy Blogversary Miss!!!!!

    • says

      Ha! You almost made me want to give liking Halloween a try… but no. It’s gone now. Sorry. Maybe all I’d need is one happy and fun Halloween to help me change my mind? Never had one of those, not even as a kid. Always despised it.

      So yeah, I agree do disagree if you agree to agree to it too.

      And thank you! :)

  5. Heather says

    I found this recipe on Pinterest. :) It looks supper yummy – Can’t wait to try it! However, where do you find balsamic vinegar pearls?

  6. AliT says

    Tried this out last night and, as usual with your recipes, it was fantastic!! A bit too much ginger for my liking, I think maybe a 1″ knob or about 1 tbsp would have been plenty for me, but everything was wonderful. And the balsamic pearls!!! Where have you been all my life, I am so glad I planned ahead and scooped them off Amazon. Those are now going in just about everything……

    Thanks for another great!

    • says

      I know, right! Those balsamic pearls are quite the bomb. I could eat the whole jar by the spoonful. I can’t believe I haven’t gotten around to making my own yet. I mean, these things are pricey yet I bet cost close to nothing to make from scratch…

      And sorry to hear about that ginger thing… perhaps I love the stuff a little bit too much! I mean, I think I’m the only freak of nature who will actually slice it up and eat it raw, just like that!

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