Butternut Squash Soup – Happy Thanksgiving US

I’m so excited that my wrist is slowly being able to type. While there are other complications from my car accident, such as concussion, whiplash, an impacted balance system (which means I’ve taken a few unnecessary tosses) etc. etc., I’m super glad to have my wrist back to be able to write. It still won’t let me lift a saucepan, nor turn the shower knob, nor can I press down on this wrist to sit up from my bed just yet.

So, on this American thanksgiving, while I say a thank you to my body for being able to compensate in other ways, I invite you to say a silent thank you to your own body & the complex interwoven structures that make it move.

And yes, I often get asked by friends ‘oh, you’re a yoga instructor, you should be able to heal quickly’. And yes, knowledge of body does help. I’ll gladly bend over backwards to strike a pose & follow my physiotherapist’s instructions to a T. I’m not one to step away from effort. But for now, there’s not much else I can do about it. If I can’t press down on my hand, I just can’t press down. Also the thought of driving on the highway can be a tad novel for this recovering girl 🙂

Speaking of which, you are absolutely going to love today’s post. I’m sure you’ve had butternut squash soup. Its not a newcomer to the world of soups.

But wait till you try my novel variation. Half an apple, and of course my special spice oil will really bring a fresh take on a fall classic. Plus, I will share as always easy, efficient tips to conserve energy, both yours and your machines.

You need

2 cups butternut squash, steamed, peeled and cubed
½ cup honey crisp apple, seeded and cubed
1/3 cup cashews, soaked in boiling water
½ cup red onion, peeled and diced
½ tsp cayenne (for lesser heat, reduce or omit)
2 tbsp cooking oil(I used grapeseed oil)
½ tsp chopped fresh ginger
¼ tsp cumin seeds
¼ tsp fresh lime
½ tsp turmeric
6 garlic cloves
6 sage leaves
Sea salt to taste

How to

Wash butternut squash thoroughly. Cut into big chunks. Steam till al dente.

Heat oil in pan and drop cumin seeds. Quickly toss in the onions, garlic, sage, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, apple and salt.

Sauté till soft. Then add in the butternut squash and drained cashews. Let cool.

Purée in food processor with 1.5 cups water.

In oven roast hazelnuts at 350 0 F. Remove and slice before garnishing soup with roasted hazelnuts & cranberries.

Notes

  • You can always roast squash if its your preference. But steaming it cuts down time taken & is definitely more time efficient. Let squash cool before peeling.
  • Some people think its ok to keep the peel on. I’m never sure. Since my food handling certification, I learnt how squash is not always grown in the most sanitary of conditions & can come in contact with contaminated soil. So wash thoroughly if you are not using certified organic. And because its tough to peel when raw , steaming allows you to peel squash easily.

Health Benefits

  • Butternut squash is fantastic in anti-oxidants. Its one of the richest sources of plant based anti-inflammatory nutrients such as omega-3s and beta-carotene. These are important for a strong immune system to help protect against colds and flu.
  • Apples are great for you. Though they don’t contain a lot of iron, they do help in iron absorption.
  • Garlic’s key ingredient, Allicin. is responsible for lipid-lowering, anti-blood coagulation, anti-hypertension, anti-cancer, antioxidant and anti-microbial effects.
  • Turmeric is anti-inflammatory.
  • Cumin is a digestive.

With this whopping list of goodies for your health, plus an amazing taste explosion with my take on butternut squash, what are you waiting for? Hurry, get yourself a squash & try this soup for thanksgiving so you too can taste this divine goodness and all the health that goes with it.

 

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Mohideen Ibramsha says:

    Dear Charu,
    Good Forever
    Muslims believe God Takes our souls when we sleep and returns it to us if we have more life on earth. Because of this, actions done by a sleeping person – like sleep walking etc – are not attributed to the person by the Muslims. Likewise God Does perform miraculous cures during sleep.
    For example my nephew was mugged in Glasgow on First January 2015. He was in coma until his recovery during the first week of July 2015. Even under coma, his body executed physical movements so that he does not suffer muscular atrophy.
    I relate the above so that miraculous cures happen even without our conscious effort.
    So when you go to bed, ask God to cure you.
    With prayers to God,
    Your uncle,
    Mohideen Ibramshga
    Good Forever

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