Butternut Squash Coconut Curry Soup with Red Lentils – Vegan, Gluten Free
Most likely you are very cold right now since it’s been a brutal winter in the Midwest and East Coast. I’m in sunny warm Arizona enjoying my first ever warm winter season so I pretty much feel like I won the lottery at this point. What better way to celebrate than making soup? Ok, I’m slightly lame but here’s is yummy soup anyway.
I love every single flavor of this soup. I love all of these flavors separately but when combined are rich, creamy and really hearty. Plus it’s vegan and gluten free.
This soup is super fast and easy, freezes and reheats really well. First saute your veggies for a few minutes…
Then add all remaining ingredients and simmer…
The last step is to puree. Boo-yah! Enjoy this nutritiously decadent creamy soup.
I used to be apprehensive about cutting squash. I used to worry I’d lose a digit or worse. I looked up some videos on youtube.com and picked up some great tips and tricks. Here’s a video for cutting a butternut squash that was super helpful. The second part of the video is where she shows how to peel it. Easy peazy, I’m a pro now.
Butternut Squash Coconut Curry Soup with Red Lentils - Vegan, Gluten Free
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Paleo Southwest Quinoa Soup
The family that I cook healthy meals for recently received a new cook book for the holidays. It’s by Dr. Andrew Weil and Sam Fox who opened True Food Kitchen restaurant of which there are 2 in Arizona and they did so with a two-fold mission: every dish served must not only be delicious but must also promote the diner’s well-being.
While I haven’t been to a TRUE FOOD restaurant yet, I’ve definitely been cooking based on their awesome recipes. I do change a few things up for my particular taste but not only are these recipes delicious but that are nutritionally sound and chock full of healthy goodness.
Which brings me to this recipe. I was asked to make this recently and not only did I make it for my clients but I ended up making it for the hubby and I last night because it’s THAT GOOD!
This recipe is just for the soup because it’s Paleo and vegan but in the cookbook, they pair this soup with these incredible Bison Turkey Meatballs which I also made separately so if I’m not in the mood for meat, I just leave them out.
This recipe really is one of the healthiest and by far tastiest soups I’ve made thus far. It’s my new soup addiction and considering that it was unseasonably cold in Arizona this past week, the timing was perfect. But I’ll be making this soup all year long for sure!
The best tip I can give you is to chop and puree everything prior to starting because it all goes pretty fast which makes this recipe all the better.
So I hear that it’s gloomy and cold in my hometown in the suburbs of Chicago but it sure doesn’t seem like it here in sunny Arizona where it was 81 degrees 2 days ago. On November 9th, it’s sunny and 81!! Unheard of. At least for me because I’ve lived in Illinois the majority of my adulthood.
But my internal clock tells me it’s yummy cozy slow cooker soup season for sure. I found this recipe and my mouth started watering. I loved the simple ingredients and the fact that it included couscous which makes me feel like I’m being bad and eating pasta but couscous actually has protein and fiber in it. So I’m not being super bad by eating pasta but also not being super awesome by eating quinoa, couscous is somewhere in the middle for me.
This recipe came together so fast and easy and unlike other crock pot recipes that take 4 – 6 hours, this one only takes about 2 hours on low. A nice, easy, healthy, warm and cozy vegetarian soup just like that. And it freezes really good too.
If you really like carrots, add more carrots, if you like more green red orange or yellow bell peppers then add more. The recipe is so simple that you can easily customize it to your particular taste.
You can decide how much seasoning you prefer too. I like a little kick to my recipes so I added a 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne and it was perfect for me. But at the very least, the salt, pepper and oregano give a great flavor and mix really good with the flavor of the fire roasted tomatoes.
I love having a good soup in the fridge ready to heat up. This recipe makes A LOT. I had to use my 6 quart slow cooker. But it’s so good and hearty, not to mention nutritious that the hubby and I go through it really fast. None goes to waste, that’s for sure.
I mentioned in another recipe that my husband and I are in the process of packing up our house and moving from Illinois to Arizona in the next several weeks so I needed a super easy, hearty meal that would leave me with a good amount of leftovers so I could skip cooking for a day or two.
We eat soup all year long, not just in the winter. It’s a good thing too because there will be long snowy freezing nights in Arizona (really looking forward to that).
Behold Low Fat Chicken, Quinoa and Veggie Soup! I had a pound of chicken breast and veggies in the fridge because we had just hit the market the other day. I gathered my favorites, added some quinoa and garbanzo bean for even more of a protein punch. Lean protein and veggies was just what I needed.