I love food in general. We end up making and eating a lot of rich food. My wife tried desperately the get me to eat a healthier diet. I really do attempt to come up with recipes that will fit a healthier clean eating lifestyle. But then you have weeks like this one, and it seems that we are eating one rich meal after another, or have family events, and you know sometimes you just need a break from the richness. I want something that is full of taste but is also insanely good for me. Sounds to good to be true right?
My wife is always trying to sneak veggies in on me somehow and someway. Veggies, different kinds of milks, alternative sweeteners, and anything else she thinks is healthier than the way I prefer to eat she tries to sneak past me. Now I am going to admit that I am picky and I usually scoff the first time or two I try new things. Eventually I come around and see the light. This week I wanted to have a Monday night football watching party. Remember like I said that we had a lot of rich food this week? My wife suggested that we lighten things up a bit. I immediately said, No, I want Man food!!” I thought about all that we had this week, especially after coming back from vacation and I decided it wasn’t such a bad idea to lighten it up.
I don’t normally like squash, while my wife loves it! I mean all squashes. I was away at a conference when I had the opportunity to try butternut squash soup. Now normally I wouldn’t even try this, but you know peer pressure and all I tried it and loved it! Now every year I wait for those winter squashes to come into season so I can make that soup. I have discovered that this soup works well with all kinds of the hard squashes. My sister-in-law had given us some squashes that had grown in her garden at work. She said they were butternut, and I said thank you and gave them to my wife. I knew after thinking about this soup that I wanted to make this for my meatless Monday night football gathering. Trust me its good enough to be man food! I love how the winter squashes are all slightly nutty. So I decided that I would roast them and put them in a bread bowl for a hearty, healthier meal.
This was about a month ago. My wife said they needed to ripen and she put them out on the table outside and left them there. Yesterday I cut into those squashes and they were bright orange and perfect! I roasted them for about an hour, and as they began to cook I noticed they had the texture of a spaghetti squash. So when I say this soup will work with any of the hard winter squashes, it most certainly will.
I roasted them with a little oil (I used coconut) and salt. Once they were tender, I allowed them to cool completely and then scooped the insides out. We had recently decided to try Silk Brand Cashew Milk. I knew that using this to thin the squash out into a soup would enhance its nutty flavor. I added some brown sugar to bring out the sweetness of the squash and a little coconut butter for a slight richness. So if you have vegetarians friends or just want to participate in #MeatlessMondayNight this would be a definite recipe you can use for one or both of those ideas.
I loved this soup for a variety of reasons. This soup is super nutty, a little sweet, and surprisingly hearty. I put this soup out in their bread bowls and we didn’t miss any of the usual Monday Night football food. Give this recipe a try at your next Monday night football gathering for a #MeatlessMondayNight ! Check out all the Silk products at your local store.
3 small roasted squash or 1 large one
1 cup of Silk Cashew Milk
1/3 cup of coconut butter or oil
1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
1 bread bowl per person
chopped cashews for garnish
chopped green onions for garnish
¼ tsp of salt
In a 400 degree oven roast squash. Allow to completely cool and remove the insides. Place in food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Add in melted coconut butter, sugar, spice and blend. Add in cashew milk and blend once again until thoroughly mixed. If you want a thinner soup, just add more cashew milk. I wanted a heartier soup so I left it thick. Serve in bread bowl. Enjoy!
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