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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Coconut Mango Popsicle, Healthy, Recipe, Summer, Treat, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Simple, Easy, Frozen
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So I’ve been a little slow with the recipe creation recently, but I have a good excuse. For almost a month I didn’t really have full use of my kitchen. It is quite a long story but I will give you the semi-short version…

Basically, we were removing the laminate floors from our new house and discovered we had a pretty bad mold problem. So me, my husband and our 6 month old daughter had to stay with my husband’s parents for a week, while the mold was cut out of the walls and they cleaned the air. When we were finally able to come back, our downstairs was all concrete with missing wall and ceiling parts so we had to live upstairs while they were rebuilding the downstairs. Our kitchen cabinets were all covered with plastic during the rebuild so we really couldn’t get to anything…so plastic forks and paper plates were our dinnerware. I pretty much only had access to the refrigerator (except when they moved it to replace the floor) and the toaster. I honestly don’t even remember what we were eating during this time…it was all quite a blur of frustration.

 

Baby V didn't mind staying at her Grandparents house for a week :)
Baby V didn’t mind staying at her Grandparents house for a week :)

 

And of course this all happened when my 6 month old daughter was just starting to eat solid foods so it really was not the most ideal time. I had to feed her in her high chair in my bedroom, and of course food would get thrown everywhere, including all over my bed. Luckily it is all over and we have nice beautiful floors downstairs that I will never redo as long as we live here.

This is what the downstairs of my house looked like for a few weeks
This is what the downstairs of my house looked like for a few weeks… it looks like a creepy basement

 

Anyways, with sincerest apologies for my lack of adding new recipes, I give you a coconut mango popsicle recipe and a promise that another new recipe is on the way next week :)

 

So onto the recipe…

 

Coconut Mango Popsicles, Easy, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Recipe, Vegan

 

Making your own popsicles out of real fruit is a great way to enjoy a summer treat and also get some great nutrients in for both yourself and your little ones. You can use fresh fruit that is in season, especially ones in abundance, like the mangoes down here in south florida during the summer. I definitely wanted to use up some fresh mangoes before they went bad and making popsicles out of them sounded like a great idea. Instead of making popsicles out of just fruit and sugar, I like to add a little flavor depth with things like spices, tea, or vanilla and a little bit of a dairy or non-dairy fat source. I find that adding a little fat really helps with the consistency of the popsicle so it is not too icy.

 

Coconut Mango Popsicles, Easy, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Recipes

Coconut Mango Popsicles

 Makes 6 Popsicles

Ingredients
2 Fresh Mangos or 2 Cups Chopped
1/2 Cup So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Beverage
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Agave Syrup

Directions
Add all ingredients to blender and mix until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for about 4 hours or until frozen solid. When ready to eat, run warm water over popsicle mold until you are able to easily remove popsicle from mold. Enjoy!
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A few weeks ago my mom had found this trail mix made out of broad beans, coconut and cherries. They had samples (I believe she was at Cosco) and she thought it tasted really good (and not like beans at all) so she bought a bag for me to try when I was up in Cleveland for my cousin’s wedding in August. I thought I would do a little product review for everyone so you can decide if it is something you would like to purchase.

Enlightened Roasted Broad Beans Trail Mix Review

Enlightened Trail MixEnlightened Trail Mix Nutrition Info

Pros: Made out of beans and easy to understand ingredients, it has a good amount of fiber and protein from the beans, it is fairly low in both fat and sugar, and it is delicious combination of sweet and salty but not over powering. Also, it is gluten free, so even people on restricted diets can enjoy it.

Cons: Giant bag, easy to eat more than 1 portion; hard to find

Because it comes in such a giant bag I portioned it out into little snack bags so I could tell how much I was eating, and that did work pretty well for the most part. I have not been able to find it yet here in Miami but I am keeping my eyes peeled for it, because I would like to keep some on hand to pack as an afternoon snack for work. ( I have seen that you can order it on Amazon though, so I may have to do that). But it is a great healthy snack to munch on and I do recommend it!

Have a great week everyone!
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