let’s make soup, shall we? butternut squash soup with coconut cream & a hint of nutmeg

butternut squash soupthere’s nothing like a good bowl of delicious piping hot {home made} soup to make you feel  like you’re right where you’re supposed to be. it warms you as it fills you up, rounds out the edges, and makes you feel balanced somehow. content. at home. or is it just me? i miss my grandma more and more each day. i yearn for her voice, her gentle touch, her quiet presence, and her warm embrace. it’s impossible for me to make a pot of soup or stew (or food of any kind, really), without feeling her warm presence around me. guiding me. making me feel  safe and whole. at home. that’s what it is-the connection i feel with soup{making}…it’s that kind of food. one of the main reasons why i make it as often as i do. The other (rather important) reason is  that i’m trying, yet again, to cut out the processed grains and things i’m told (repeatedly) do not like me or my joints as much as i seem to enjoy them. soooo, moving reluctantly towards more vegetable based soups, proteins, salads, and less grains: rice, wheat, {flour} pasta, sugar. waaaahhhhhhh! do i have to?  yesidoyesidoyesido. if this butternut squash soup is any indication, things will be just fine-it was deeeeeliciouuuussss: slightly sweet, satisfyingly creamy, and perfectly rounded with  the touch of nutmeg and coconut cream. smiling wide as i remember something important-we have leftovers!

minette’s butternut squash soup for 4-6:

  • cooking minette's butternut squash soup1 small/medium butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded, and cubed (about 1.5 to 2 cups)
  • 3-4 stalks of organic celery, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, cubed (or 2 leeks cleaned carefully and chopped)
  • 4 cups good quality (preferably homemade) chicken broth (or broth of choice)
  • sea salt & freshly ground pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (or substitute with ground cumin if you prefer)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup coconut cream (or cream)
  • 2 tsp virgin unrefined coconut oil (or olive oil)
  1. heat the oil in a heavy soup pot, then add the onions and celery, sauté for two minutes before adding butternut squash, salt, & pepper to taste. sauté on med/high until softened (while stirring frequently), about 5-7 minutes.
  2. add broth (a very important component-a good home made one will make the soup so much better), bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until squash pieces can be mashed with a fork. add nutmeg (or cumin) and simmer another 5-10 minutes (your liquid should have reduced quite a bit by now).taste and adjust seasoning. blend with an immersion blender or by pouring carefully into a blender.
  3. serve with a drizzle of coconut cream.
  4. enjoy the deliciouscreamywarmth  you are about to experience.

 

nminette's soup

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joan’s soup: vegetarian lentil, quinoa, & mung bean soup with kale

i was talking to my friend joan this morning, and as it always does with us (recently), the conversation turned to food-the good for you kind-joan is the one responsible for getting me on the cleanse (you’ve heard enough about by now). we were talking about the best way to add flaxseeds to your food (apparently freshly ground in a coffee grinder-easy enough, right?), and the health benefits of ginger, and about how much more expensive it seems to be to eat well (more about this later). she asked me if i had the vegetarian soup i’d made last week up on my blog yet, and it prompted me to go back and think about how i had prepared it (??). mostly, i cook as i go-and rarely follow recipes (which is why i can’t bake). here’s what i remember-it tasted surprisingly good without the chicken stock i’d typically use.

mushrooms add a lot of depth and flavor to vegetarian dishes

 

                    green lentils, mung beans, & quinoa

 

  • 1 tbs refined organic coconut oil (or any oil of choice)
  • 20-25 small mushrooms (cubed)
  • 1 medium yellow onion (cubed)
  • 1 organic red bell pepper (cubed)
  • 1 small bunch organic lacinato kale (deveined, coarsely chopped)
  • 2-3 roma tomatoes (cubed)
  • 1 small bunch organic flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 small bunch fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 lemon, (freshly squeezed juice)
  • 1 cup small green lentils
  • 1/2 cup mung beans
  • 1/2 cup quinoa*
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
1. stir fry mushrooms, onions, and red bell pepper in a heavy deep pot (or dutch oven) with the oil, turmeric, and cumin until tender (about 7-8 minutes).
2. add lentils, mung beans, crushed pepper, sea salt (to taste) and  about 3 cups of water. partially cover with a lid and cook (simmer) for about 30-35 minutes (check to make sure the lentils and mung beans are cooked and tender-you may need to adjust your water, as in, add more).
3. once the mung beans and lentils are cooked and tender, add the quinoa, cubed tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, kale, and 3/4 of your coconut milk and simmer for another 10-15 minutes.
4. add the freshly squeezed lemon juice (adjust amount to your taste, or omit). top with chopped (or a chiffonade of) basil (or chopped cilantro) and the remaining coconut milk.

quinoa nutrition information!

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