Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Another delicious soup to enjoy in the cold weather! We aren’t butternut squash fans, but this soup was a winner!

Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup
via skinnytaste.com

1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp roasted cumin
1 1/2 tsp garam masala
2 tsp madras curry powder
1/2 medium onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
16 oz (about 2 cups) chopped peeled butternut squash
1 cup light coconut milk
3 cups fat free vegetable or chicken broth
salt and fresh pepper to taste

Bake butternut squash at 350 for about an hour after cutting in half and scooping out the seeds. After it is cooked all the way through, peel skin off and cut into chunks. Or you can cheat and buy frozen butternut squash already chopped and peeled.
Add oil to a medium soup pot, on medium heat. When oil is hot add onion, garlic and sauté. Add roasted cumin, masala and madras curry powder and mix well cooking another minute. Add broth, light coconut milk, butternut squash and cook covered until squash is soft, 12-15 minutes. Remove cover and using an immersion blender, puree soup until smooth. Season with salt and fresh pepper and serve with fresh cilantro…or bacon and plain yogurt.


I’m back with some holiday colors smoothie style!

I took an unplanned hiatus from the blog.  It was a whirlwind of a summer with cooking and CSA food.  I guess I just crashed after it was over to take time for other things.  Thank you to my loyal followers for checking in every once in awhile.  I apologize for there being nothing but oldies.

I also need to reorganize the blog and create an index so, hopefully, I’ll get to that soon.

But I am back and am going to have some winter meal ideas, Christmasy ideas, and some polls!  So here..we…go!

Here is a holiday smoothie idea to add some festive colors in the form of raspberries, spinach, banana, and yogurt.

Blend one banana, about a cup of frozen raspberries, a big handful of spinach, and about a half cup of plain yogurt.  You may want to add milk if your yogurt is thick.

I like to use Velvet View Farmstead yogurt, which is an Ohio farm and is only sold in Ohio.  It has no preservatives or additives. While it is plain yogurt, it is a very pleasant taste, unlike other plain yogurts I have tasted.  It is also more liquidy which is why it is perfect for a smoothie.  It is whole milk yogurt so you can’t go crazy and eat the whole quart at once!

So yummy!


Potato Leek Soup

Here is a great potato soup recipe that is fairly healthy.  I love potato soups, but always feel bad adding tons of cheese knowing all of the cholesterol and fat in cheese.  So this is a nice alternative that still has a great flavor.

Potato Leek Soup

via skinnytaste.com

Makes about 6 cups

  • 1 bunch leeks (about 4) dark green stems removed
  • 1/2 large white onion, chopped
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes (I did not peel the potatoes)
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups fat free chicken stock (or vegetable broth for vegetarians)
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk (I used skim.)
  • salt and fresh pepper or any spices you like, to taste (I added a french herb blend)
  • crumbled bacon (optional)

Wash leeks very carefully to remove all grit. Coarsely chop them when  washed.

In a medium soup pot, melt butter and add flour on low flame. Using a wooden spoon, mix well. This will thicken your soup and give it a wonderful flavor.

Add chicken stock, leeks, onion, potatoes and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer on low for about 20-25 minutes, until potatoes are soft. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until smooth adding milk and adjusting herbs, pepper and salt to taste.  Top with bacon and serve.

Yum.


Healthy-sweet potato and lentil stew

I think my favorite part of cold weather is eating stews and soups. I don’t know if I am a lazy eater or what, but having an entire meal in one bowl is so appealing to me. And when the soup/stew creates leftovers, this is a bonus to me. This recipe is full of veggies that I had and it was a complete meal full of lentil protein and veggie vitamins. I made a quick batch of “beer bread” with it to offset the healthiness of this recipe. In case you are wondering, beer bread is easy to whip up, does not include yeast, but instead includes, among other things, butter, white flour, and a can of beer.

Sweet Potato and Lentil Stew
Serves 6
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
2 medium celery ribs, chopped (I added another carrot instead of celery)
1 bay leaf
1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
2 cups dried brown lentils, picked over and rinsed
2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1 pound), peeled and cut in 1/2-inch dice
1 package (9 ounces) frozen cut green beans
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves (I omitted)
Coarse salt and black pepper
Plain low-fat yogurt, for serving

Directions
1.In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion, carrots, celery, and bay leaf. Cook, stirring, until vegetables are softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and curry powder and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more.
2.Add 7 cups of water and lentils. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook 10 minutes. Add potatoes and continue to cook, covered, until lentils and potato are just tender, about 15 minutes.
3.Add green beans and tomatoes with juice. Cook until warmed through, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Add cilantro; season with salt and pepper. Serve with yogurt.
This is from wholeliving.com


Kohlrabi- excuse me

Kohlrabi is one of those vegetables that I’d never heard of before last year when we started getting local vegetables from a CSA.  Perhaps it’s the only one we had that I’d really never even knew existed.  I can’t remember what we did with it last year but it wasn’t much of a success.  So when we got another last week from the Fresh Fork, I wanted success!

A bit about kohlrabi:  The low-calorie plant is high in dietary fibers and contains the dietary minerals selenium, folic acid, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and copper.  A cup of it has over 100% of your daily vitamin C requirements.  It is in the cabbage family and the flavor of kohlrabi can be described as similar to raw broccoli stems mixed with cabbage, turnip and radish, but slightly sweeter.

Here is a better picture that I found online.

Fresh Fork being the awesome CSA that it is, sends out a weekly newsletter including some recipes of things that are in the bag.  I decided to try the Roasted Kohlrabi recipe from the newsletter.

Roasted Kohlrabi

Ingredients:

1 large kohlrabi

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon garlic

Salt and vinegar

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Remove the root end, leaves, and peel/slice off the thick outer layer to expose the inner flesh.  Dice the kohlrabi into approximately 0.5 inch pieces.

Toss the diced kohlrabi with olive oil, garlic, and salt. Add some coarsely chopped onion pieces if you like, half way thru roasting. Roast in a roasting pan (not cookie sheet) so that you may toss them over every now and then. You want to cook them until the bottom starts to stick then toss and repeat. It will take about 45 minutes to cook.

After you remove them from the oven, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve warm.

If we get these again, I’d be happy to eat them!


Crock pot pork tenderloin= Amazing!

I tend to use the crock pot more in the fall and winter than in the summer and spring.  I love the feeling of having dinner prepared before I even eat lunch.  This particular recipe is a shorter one and doesn’t encompass a whole meal, although you could probably add veggies to it.  But it is definitely worth trying.  I’ve heard if you turn the crockpot on before work and keep it on warm after 4 hours, it is still good.  I posted it on a “mom board” I am a member of and people rave about it.  You can always freeze your leftovers or use them to make a sandwich.

I use the crockpot liners for easy clean-up.

Amazing Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker
from allrecipes
INGREDIENTS
1 (2 pound) pork tenderloin
1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
1 cup water
3/4 cup red wine
3 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons lite soy sauce (I use low sodium version)
freshly ground black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS
Place pork tenderloin in a slow cooker with the contents of the soup packet. Pour water, wine, and soy sauce over the top, turning the pork to coat. Carefully spread garlic over the pork, leaving as much on top of the roast during cooking as possible. Sprinkle
with pepper, cover, and cook on low setting for 4 hours. Serve with cooking liquid on the side as au jus.

 


Pumpkin pancakes

I’ve never made anything but plain or blueberry pancakes before, but I had a half a can of pumpkin in the fridge so I decided to try some pumpkin pancakes.   I have two little ones at home with a cold, so I thought something kinda healthy but fun would be a good RX.  The flavor of these is like pumpkin pie!  And with some maple syrup (real, not fake) on top, these were fantastic!

Pumpkin pie pancakes

Makes about 4 pancakes

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (click for recipe if you don’t have on hand)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • cooking spray

Mix together dry ingredients in one bowl.  In another bowl, mix together canned pumpkin, milk, eggs, oil, and vanilla.  Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients and mix together until there are no more dry spots.  Do not over- mix.

Heat skillet on medium heat.  Spray with cooking spray and pour batter onto pan.  When the pancake starts bubbling and the edges start to set, flip.  Repeat with rest of batter.

Enjoy!