Butternut Squash Soup
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I love butternut squash in the winter. It’s a nice hearty veggie and there are so many different flavor options. You can go sweet, salty, or even spicy. It is also chock full of nutrients like vitamin a, potassium, and fiber, and is low in calories. Per the USDA, 1 cup of cooked cubed butternut squash has only 82 calories, 6.6g of fiber, and 582mg of potassium.

Anyways, I have been meaning to try making a butternut squash soup for some time but just had not gotten around to it. So, a few weeks ago I was attempting to make my whole grain butternut squash risotto (which you can find here) and it did not turn out exactly as expected. My butternut squash risotto ended up turning into a mushroom risotto because I accidentally fell asleep with the butternut squash in the oven, and it got a bit over cooked…whoops. It was pretty mushy by the time I woke up and both myself and my husband prefer more firm chunky pieces of butternut squash in risotto (he hates mushy foods). So the overcooked butternut squash was transformed into a delicious velvety, smooth, soup. If you saw my facebook live video today about what is in my freezer, you may have seen me pull out a tupperware containing this soup. I am saving some for when I inevitably catch another cold from Baby V.

 

Butternut Squash Soup

 

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

2 Cups Cooked and Mashed Butternut Squash

2 Cups Unsalted Vegetable Broth

1 Teaspoon Olive Oil

1/2 Teaspoon Ginger

1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg

Pinch of Salt

1/4 Cup Apple Juice

 

Directions

Throw everything in a pot and cook on medium heat until warmed to your liking.

 

Butternut Squash Soup

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Lentil Vegetable Soup
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Good morning everyone! It has been awhile since my last post because I recently had a baby and things have been a little crazy around here. We are both healthy and doing well so far, although I am a little sleep deprived, but that was expected.

Prior to giving birth I did make some meal preparations because I knew it would be difficult to make healthy meals while dealing with a newborn’s eating and sleeping pattern….I feel like my life is currently in two hour increments. Having some prepared meals in the freezer have been really helpful and I’m super glad I had the foresight to prepare a variety of foods. I highly recommend stocking your freezer with some prepared meals if you know you are going to be very busy in the near future.

One of the meals I decided to prepare and freeze was a lentil veggie soup. Lentils are a great source of protein and fiber and adding any type of vegetables is always a good healthy choice. I also used unsalted vegetable stock and no salt added canned tomatoes so I could control the amount of salt that I wanted to add. My husband did add some hot sauce to his bowl so that is always an option too if you like a spicier bolder soup. Anyways, this recipe is super easy and freezes well and I hope you enjoy it!
 Slow Cooker Lentil Veggie Soup

Lentil Veggie Soup

Ingredients
4 Cups Unsalted Vegetable Stock
1 Cup Uncooked Lentils, Rinsed
1 Can (14.5 oz) No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes
1 1/2 Cups Chopped Zucchini
1 Cup Chopped Carrots
1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
3 Cups Raw Chopped Kale – Ribs Removed
Salt and Pepper

Directions
Add all ingredients except for the kale, salt and pepper to slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours. Add kale and stir in until wilted. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or allow to cool and freeze in smaller containers for future use.
Slow Cooker Lentil Veggie Soup
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Curry Chicken Tomato Soup
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“Winter” has been full swing in South Florida the past few weeks…. which is actually pretty nice weather. Being from up north, it is “light jacket” weather to me, but I have seen quite a few people in winter coats and boots and a lot of people sick with colds. I did catch a bit of a cold the other week (wash your hands as often as possible and try not to touch your face!) so I made a nice warm soup with curry spices that really helped open up my sinuses and soothe my throat. Adding herbs and spices to soups and other foods is not only important for flavor but many spices also provide an array of health benefits. Turmeric, an essential ingredient in curries and curry powder contains a powerful substance called curcumin, which may decrease inflammation and provide many different health benefits. Some of these health benefits that have been studied include cancer prevention, memory improvement and treatment of arthritis.

If you are interested in more information on health benefits of different spices and how to use them here is a great link I found:

Think Spice: 8 Spices with Health Benefits

And now that you learned something today…on to making a delicious and nutritious soup! :)

 

Curry Chicken Tomato Soup

Ingredients
1.5 pounds chicken thighs – bone in
4 cups unsalted chicken broth
4 cups water
1 can no salt added diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
1.5 cups chopped celery
14 ounces petite purple potatoes (about 8-9 potatoes), cut into bite sized pieces
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon coriander

Directions
Remove skin from chicken thighs and trim off as much excess fat as possible. Place chicken in a 5 quart Dutch oven with chicken broth and water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer and allow chicken to cook for ~30 minutes. Remove chicken from broth with a slotted spoon and place on a plate or cutting board and allow to cool a bit. Turn heat back up to high and add potatoes, celery, tomatoes (along with any juices from the can) and spices to the broth. While the veggies are cooking, pull apart chicken with a fork and knife into bite sized pieces and discard bones. Once veggies are tender add chicken back to broth and turn down to simmer for a few minutes to warm chicken and meld flavors. Serve immediately.

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