Dr. Michelle Cali, ND

Still have pumpkin up to your ears? Don’t throw them out. Eat them!

Here is another idea for consuming your Halloween pumpkin.

If you are feeling pumpkined out…substitute the pumpkin for a butternut squash.


  • 6 cups pumpkin (or about a 4lb pumpkin) – baked
  • 4 cups water OR Vegetable stalk
  • 1 onion – coarsely chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 by 1-inch ginger root – coarsely chopped
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of clovesIMG_3489
  • 1 tsp salt for cooking and add to taste along with black pepper
  1. Cook pumpkin. [Preheat oven 400F. Cut pumpkin into quarters and gut the insides. Bake for 45 mins to 1 hour or until meat is quite soft. Scoop out meat, puree in blender and store in fridge until you are ready to make your soup]
  2. Place 4 cups of water or soup stock into a large pot. Add salt, onion, garlic and ginger and bring to boil. Simmer for 15 mins or until ginger is soft.
  3. Add pumpkin to pot and cook for additional 5 minutes
  4. Blend, in 2 batches, soup, coconut milk, applesauce and spices.
  5. Serve & enjoy.

Dr. Michelle Cali is a licensed and registered Naturopathic Doctor and graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. In addition, she holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo.


Dr. Cali maintains a private practice in Guelph, Ontario. She is truly passionate about helping her patients develop and achieve their health goals. She implements patient-centred care utilizing a variety of treatment modalities including: clinical nutrition and diet counseling; acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine; herbal medicine; homeopathy; and lifestyle counseling. She has also received additional training in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, Natural Fertility and Applied Kinesiology. Her practice includes particular focus on women’s health, pediatrics and digestive health.

Her mission to inspire and reinvent wellbeing was reinforced by her trip to Kenya and the naturopathic work she completed with the organization, Foundation for Integrative Medicine in Africa (FIMAfrica).

Dr. Cali also enjoys engaging her local community through specialized talks and outreach. In addition, also maintains the role as National Scientific Advisor for the professional nutraceutical company, Cyto-Matrix.

She has a personal interest in plant-based foods and continually expands her vegan culinary skills in her kitchen. She frequently shares her cooking journeys with her patients to show them accessible ways to prepare hearty, healthy and delicious whole food dishes. She encourages clean eating while maintaining the importance of passionate eating.

Michelle is registered with the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy (BDDT-N) and is an active member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors (APND).

Recommended Posts

Leave a Comment