Yesterday got really snowy and sad outside, so I warmed things up with this delicious butternut squash and kale soup:
Based upon this recipe from Recipe Girl, I made a few modifications to make this soup a bit more economical
(read: affordable for this broke college gal). It made four large servings, meaning I get to enjoy one a day until I head to California for the weekend! Here’s my modified recipe:
1 Butternut Squash, peeled, diced, and roasted for 20-30 minutes in the oven (I drizzled some olive oil, salt, and pepper on top)
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
3 Stalks Celery, diced
3 Carrots, diced
1/2 Onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, smashed and cut into tiny pieces
1 box low-sodium broth (I used chicken because I had it on hand, but if I were feeling vegan I would have gone with veg broth, of course)
1 can great northern beans, thoroughly rinsed and drained
About 3 cups Kale, torn (but I say throw in as much as you’d like!)
2 Tsp Dried Thyme (this was all I had on hand… The original recipe called for fresh thyme and rosemary. I say just invade your spice rack and get inventive!)
1. Place butternut squash on a cookie sheet, drizzle with 1 Tbsp olive oil season with salt and pepper, and roast in a 375 degree oven for 20-30 minutes (about as long as it’ll take to assemble everything else)
2. In a large pot, drizzle 1 Tbsp olive oil and add celery, carrots, and onion. Stir. Once they start getting soft (about 3 minutes), add the garlic and spices (in this case, thyme).
3. About 5 minutes after adding the garlic, add your broth and, once it reaches a boil, cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
4. Add squash, beans, and kale. Let simmer for another 10 minutes.
5. Serve! Makes 4 servings, and is GREAT as a leftover.
Want to try out this recipe? PLEASE do - and tell me what you think! I’m obsessed with this goodness, and know you will be too!
I know I don’t reblog on this site like, EVER.
BUT I AM JUST LAYING HERE IN MY BED LAUGHING AT THIS.
I haven’t regularly practiced yoga in years, my mat has made a nice home underneath my bed, and I know this class would absolutely live up to it’s “torture chamber” nickname…
But I’m really thinking that I’m going to try it. I need some new in my life and some revitalization in my soul.
Can anyone offer me some chief expert advice?
Every one of her songs just screams “this is perfect for spinning!”
Came home from the rec and WAS STARVING and feelin’ orange.
A quesa dilla made on the panini press with:
Also, a big HUGE orange.
Ladies and gentlemen, happiness.
That’s right. I’ve gotten this shot before. Zero problems. And today, I just so happened to have nearly fallen onto the nurse. PS I had a 100 degree fever, too.
My forced optimism is NOT turning this yucky week around for me.
Not for any particular reason, except that I feel like I was sad about sad things for too long and I’m finally remembering who I am and that derivations from life plans don’t mean that life is derailing.
So I’m smiling a lot today because I’m alive and life is really, really good and I’m really, really blessed.
HEY LADY! I’m sorry I’m just now getting around to answering this…
For salty, I jump on POPCORN! Orville Redenbacher’s SmartPop ALL THE LIVELONG DAY. The bags are 100 calories each and actually last longer than the .5 seconds of one of those foolish 100 calorie pack bags of stupid snacks.
For sweet, I’m all about cereal with light vanilla soy milk. My current main squeeze is Peanut Butter Cheerio’s (although let’s be honest, I’m actually eating the cheap Kroger brand). I know it doesn’t sound like the most satisfying thing for a sweet tooth, and I know it’s actually pretty offing high in sugar, but I swear it’s just the bomb. I know you’re GF, so I’d check out Chocolate Chex… That always looks super enticing to me when I spend my weekly 15 minutes staring at options in the cereal aisle.
And of course, let me know if you’ve found some snackies that I can share with the rest of the crowd!!