Michelle Ryan

No Soup for You!!
No Soup for You!!

Just kidding! This is the PERFECT time of year for soup, and at the Urbana Market at the Square you can pick up the freshest ingredients for all kinds of soups. Heck, you can buy delicious soup MIX from my friends at Pasta Alley! With Halloween a week away, it’s time to find a pumpkin recipe for the blog…and what better ingredient right now than PUMPKIN?!? But not just pumpkin…pumpkin and SWEET POTATOES!

sweet potatoes

As a lifetime Weight Watcher, I really do try (most of the time) to go the healthy route when I cook/bake. The Urbana Market at the Square is teeming with pumpkins, potatoes, and many varieties of squash – so the search was on!

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Bisque Recipe

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin
  • 3 cups fat free vegetable broth
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Bake sweet potatoes in oven until fully cooked and soft inside.
  2. Meanwhile, spray a large saucepan with non-fat cooking spray and set over medium-high heat.
  3. Add onion and cook, stirring, until it just begins to brown, 2 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add garlic and cook, stirring, about another minute or two.
  5. Mix in tomato juice, ginger, allspice and salt & pepper. Adjust the heat so the mixture boils gently; cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, peel the sweet potatoes and roughly chop. Place them in a food processor or blender along with broth and pumpkin. Puree until completely smooth.
  7. Add the puree and Greek yogurt to the pot and stir well to combine. Heat until hot. Serve immediately.

Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour Servings (about 1 3/4c): 4 PER SERVING: 188 calories; 1 g fat; 20 g carbs; 8 g protein; 5g fiber

More pumpkin goodness — from 9-11 this Saturday at the Market, don’t miss the chance to try your hand at no-carve pumpkin decorating.  Purchase a locally grown pumpkin from one of the Market vendors and bring it to the decorating table (with all the art supplies provided) at the northwest corner of the Market. Participants will receive a free sweet treat (while they last!) from Piato Café to enjoy while they decorate.


Yes, that’s my arm in the picture. We’ll pretend I was trying to be artistic, but really It was so sunny that day that I couldn’t see what I was taking. :)  Peppers, squash, cauliflower, eggplant, tomatoes, apples, corn – find it all this Saturday at the Market.

And remember…it’s Green Saturday this weekend. Eat Real, Shop Green – stock up on all things local (a message from the Illinois Stewardship Alliance) at the Urbana Market at the Square! The final Market is next Saturday, November 2nd!


About Michelle

FAVE MIX ARTISTS: Adele, P!nk, The Killers
FAVE MOVIE: When Harry Met Sally
FAVE LOCAL BARS: Boltini, Tumble Inn
CURRENTLY READING: Nightmares and Dreamscapes
PET PEEVE: People who feel sorry for themselves
I GET TEASED FOR: excessive ironing, being too frugal
ON MY BUCKET LIST: ziplining, going to Europe, whitewater rafting, running a 10k, getting a tattoo (maybe…)
WHEN I’M NOT AT WORK I’M: playing sports or working out at Refinery, doing stuff around my house, or reading