Super easy squash soup
I’ve really been slacking off in the gym for the last couple of months (that’s when I actually go!) so I’ve thought of other ways to get exercise. I have a few different plans (which I’ll get into this week) but walking is probably the one I do most of now. Walking is a real challenge around here and I never would have thought after all the running I’ve done that my hamstrings would be such woosies! they wince and moan and complain to me all day long and I’ve just about had enough so the next workout plan will consist of rubber, a mat and a television. More on that later. Much to Alex and Jo’s dismay, my walking routine will include them for now on. We’ll do the 1.5 mile all uphill walk to their school and I’ll make the trip back down alone. This morning when I was halfway home I found a friend (or rather she found me).
This little Shitzu was all alone, filthy and either I smelled like bacon or she was desperately looking for her owner because she immediately started happily following me and I just couldn’t make her go away. Look at her! She even let me give her a bath! She was so sweet and the evil me contemplated getting some Garnier and dying her fur black and declaring her a poodle , but then the good me called the town and had her picked up. sigh…. maybe her owner robbed a convenience store and is on the run to Thailand?? then I get her back. You never know.
So now on to soup! As you can tell, we use up a lot of squash in this house whether it be pumpkin, butternut, acorn or zucchini I have a spot for each one! Tonight Mr. butternut was first in line and perfect because I just didn’t feel like cooking at all tonight ?? doesn’t happen often but once or twice a week I just cannot be bothered and want something super easy.
Squash soup is such a popular recipe that just doing a quick search will give you many different ways to go. Curry is really nice as is adding other veggies like roasted peppers or make it extra thick and use it as a creamy topping on pasta. I went super simple this time and fried up a large yellow onion in some butter (a bit of butter really brings out the sweetness in the squash) until soft. Peel and chop some green apple along with your cubed butternut squash and add to the onions. Keeping the heat on medium, add just enough stock to reach the top of the squash (if you add too much your soup will be thin). Cover the pot and let the veggies simmer very slowly until very tender. Now you can add whatever spices you like, I added a bit of chili powder, garlic powder, a pinch of nutmeg and salt n pepper. Now you can either put the mixture in your food processor or use a hand-held blender to purée until smooth. Here you could add some milk, cream or coconut milk but I left it alone and I’m glad because it was super good. Serve with a dollop of plain yogurt, a salad and some crusty bread.
What’s your favorite belly warmer meal?