Butternut Squash Soup

Yep. You read that title right. I’m making butternut squash soup just as winter turns to spring on this lovely 50 degree day. Now normally I would be celebrating all things spring right now, but it occurred to me this week that I hadn’t bought one butternut squash all season long. Crazy right? So I bought one. I asked Paul how and he wanted it and he said soup, so who am I to disappoint? I suppose this will be (hopefully) a farewell dinner to winter. Yea, that makes sense.

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IMG_1768Chop it.

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IMG_1772Simmer it.

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Butternut Squash Soup

For the squash:

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 1 1/2 tbl olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp dried rosemary
  • pinch of salt and pepper

For the soup:

  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion (or one small onion); chopped
  • 2 celery stalks; chopped
  • 1 cup carrots; chopped
  • 1 garlic clove; minced
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried rosemary
  • 4 cups chicken/vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • salt & pepper

To Roast Squash:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place chopped butternut squash onto a tin-foil lined baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil, salt, pepper and rosemary over squash. Toss with tongs or your hands so all pieces are evenly covered.

Put in oven and toss with tongs intermittently. About every 10 minutes

Cook for 35 minutes, or until fork tender. Set aside.

For the Soup: 

Heat olive oil in soup pot or dutch oven over a medium heat.

Add onions, celery and carrots. Sauté until onions have softened; about 5 minutes.

Add garlic, rosemary and thyme. Sauté for another 2 minutes.

Add broth to deglaze the pot. Add butternut squash and bring to a boil.

Once boiling, reduce the heat and allow the soup to simmer for 40 minutes.

Puree soup with immersion blender or a regular blender.

Add cinnamon and milk to soup. Add salt & pepper as needed.

IMG_1774Eat it!

Spicy Chorizo Bean Soup

I’m headed into the final days of my winter break and boy has it gone fast! Unfortunately for me…and my body I haven’t been the most productive or healthy person these last couple of weeks. I blame the holidays! (Because I need to blame someone right…?) Even with my best intentions its been hard not to oversleep a smidge, go light on the workouts and forget some of my usual eating habits. That being sad, I’m still feeling in pretty good shape, I’m just sad to say I’m in need of a good ole dose of my regular routine *sigh.*

Today we have a winter storm headed our way, “Hercules” if you will. This was the perfect opportunity for me to get up early, workout, clean and cook! A few things I have been slacking on for sure….

I cozied up in our broiling apartment and made some Chorizo Bean Soup and Southwestern Quinoa Casserole. Woop! Healthy New Year here we come!

Spicy Chorizo Bean Soup

  • 2 tbl coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 onion; diced
  • 4 cloves garlic: diced
  • 1 tbl dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 28oz can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 15.5oz can kidney beans; drained and rinsed
  • 1 15.5oz can garbanzo beans; drained and rinsed
  • 1 15.5oz can cannellini beans: drained and rinsed
  • 1 bunch kale; washed and chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups broth (i used chicken)
  • 1 tbl rice wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 links chorizo; cut into rounds
  • salt

Heat oil in dutch oven (or soup pot). Add onions and saute on medium for about 4 minutes. Add garlic and saute for another 2 minutes.

Add basil, oregano and rosemary and saute until fragrant. Add all beans, kale, tomatoes and broth to pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling add rice wine vinegar and red wine vinegar.

My kale is overflowing! Next time I'd recommend adding this to the pot first.

My kale is overflowing! Next time I’d recommend adding this to the pot first.

Allow to simmer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes add chorizo and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.

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Optional: Once soup has simmered use immersion blender to lightly blend some of the soup. This step is optional. I like it somewhat blended to make it a thicker soup, but with some texture. Taste the soup and add salt as needed.

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 Have a happy and healthy new year!

Celery Soup

Hello everyone! It seems like forever since I’ve posted. Paul and I just got back from our 7-day Bermuda cruise and it was fabulous! I had meant to give a proper send off last Thursday evening with a cauliflower pizza crust I was working on, however that turned out to be somewhat of a kitchen disaster. Not quite post-worthy if you know what I mean.

Anywho, as I’ve mentioned before I absolutely HATE wasting food. I did my best to plan our perishable shopping accordingly  before we left. I would call it a success, because while we were gone we had only one refrigerator causality; a half eaten english cucumber. Fair enough. However, the next thing on its way out was almost an entire package of celery. Gasp! I opened up our (useless) crisper to find that most of the bunch had become somewhat wiggly and wilty, a sure sign it had to be eaten and it had to be eaten now. Well, rather than eating an entire bunch of raw celery I decided to make a batch of Celery Soup! This was new to me, but definitely a great way to use up leftover celery. Next time I would maybe add some carrots to the mix too.

Celery Soup

  • 4 tbl margarine
  • 1 batch celery (about 6 cups); chopped
  • 1 medium onion; chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic; minced
  • 2 medium potatoes; peeled and cubed
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbl flour
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • Pepper & Salt

Heat a soup pot to medium heat. Melt butter and add onions, garlic and celery. Saute for a few minutes then lower heat and cover pot with top. Allow veggies to steam for about 10 minutes. Continually check and stir.IMG_1147

After 10 minutes, add potatoes, celery salt, and pepper and incorporate. Continue to cook and cover with top. Cook for another 10 minutes, checking and stirring occasionally.IMG_1148

Add chicken broth to pot (I used 2 cubes bouillon to 6 cups water). Add bay leaf. Bring pot to a boil. When it reaches a boil, cover and lower to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes.IMG_1150

Take the soup of the heat and remove bay leaf. Use an impulsion blender, or work in small batches pureeing the mixture in a regular blender. Pour pureed soup back into pot. Bring soup to a medium heat.

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In a separate measuring cup, whisk together flour, milk and a 1/2 cup of pureed soup. Whisk well. Pour this mixture back into the soup and incorporate well. Allow soup to simmer for another 5 minutes.

Add thyme and season with salt and pepper too taste.

Eat without guilt, because this is creamy without cheese or cream and a great way to get your veggies! Enjoy!IMG_1425