Gosh this soup is so easy. I am recovering from a surgery, so I have been spending a lot of time at home and am not able to cook much, so this recipe looked like a good option since it was simple and in-line with my elimination diet. In order to make this meal balances, I ate some turkey meat on the side as there isn’t a significant source of protein with this soup.
Butternut Squash & Apple Soup
Medium butternut squash
2 baking apples
6 garlic cloves
2 springs fresh thyme
Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
Salt & Pepper
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
1/2 apple – diced – as garnish (if desired)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Cut garlic cloves in half.
Cut squash in half length-wise. Scrap the seeds and strings out with a spoon. Brush the oil over the cut sides and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place squash halves face down on a cookie sheet or baking pan and insert the garlic and thyme sprigs inside the crevice where the seeds used to be. Bake for 15 minutes.
Peel, core and slice the apples into quarters. Brush with oil and season with salt and pepper.
When the 15 minutes for the squash are done, add the seasoned apples to the pan and bake another 15-20 minutes until apples and squash are tender.
Remove from oven and let cool enough to peel the skin off the squash.
Discard thyme sprigs. Place apples, garlic and squash to a medium pot. Mash with a potato masher.
Add desired amount of chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
Remove pot from heat and blend using an immersion blender (you can use a food processor, but the immersion blender is way easier. I’d highly recommend investing in one.)
Add coconut milk and blend until smooth (or chunky if you prefer).
WOW! I have really impressed myself with this recipe. Carlos’s father and step-mother came for dinner last last to celebrate Carlos Senior’s birthday. I wanted to try this soup. I found a base recipe and then added what I thought it needed to be perfect. And perfect it was. This is probably my new favorite soup – and it should be yours too! It is THAT good.
Roasted Red Pepper with Smoked Gouda Soup
1 tablespoon EVOO
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
2 (8oz.) jars roasted red peppers (available at the dollar store), chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 1/2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1/2 cup butternut squash puree (full squash, halved, baked at 400 for 1 hour)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper
1/4 cup milk or evaporated milk
2-3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1/2 cup or 6 oz. shredded smoked Gouda cheese
Bake butternut squash (if needed).
Heat oil in large soup pot. Add onion and cook – about 3 minutes – until tender.
Add garlic and cook another minute.
Add carrots, roasted red peppers, chicken broth, tomato paste, squash puree, diced tomatoes, thyme, paprika, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer (uncovered) about 25 minutes.
Remove from heat, add milk, and slightly puree using an immersion blender. Be sloppy about this blending as the more chunks there are in the soup the better.
Return soup to heat, add cheese and fresh basil. Cook until cheese is melted.
My friend Stephanie was in town recently for about a month. We went o middle school and high school together and she has since gotten married, moved to Colorado, and had 2 children. Luckily (for me) her parents still live in Winona, so I get to see her at least once a year. This was the dinner I made when she brought her handsome son Ben over for dinner. (By the way, Ben is such a snuggle bug!) Her other son, Tyler, didn’t join us that night, but he did have fantastic time with Carlos earlier in the week when he took him out on the lake for his first canoe ride and kite flying!
For the last few weeks, I have been on a lactose-free diet (doctor’s orders). This pita sandwich has become my lunch staple. Even if I eat at my desk, I pull out my ingredients and make my lunch in front of my computer. I get giggles from my co-workers, but boy is it worth it! This is delicious! Seriously, who needs cheese? (Well, I do…. but I can’t admit that right now!)
Working two jobs creates limited time to make lunches. I have really been excited to make this recipe and perfect it to my liking. I haven’t been writing on here as often lately due to various medical issues, but I hope to tackle this issue and resolve it soon so I can move on with my life and enjoy my favorite hobbies, such as blogging, again. Thanks for being so patient and supporting my enthusiasm for making delicious food! Thanks for reading!
Lemon-Basil Quinoa Vegetable Salad
1 cup uncooked quinoa (2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth)