Monday, December 7, 2009
Old man winter's is knocking on the door.With bare trees,chill in the air,the brilliance of sun is at least intensity.While bundling up in woolly attire essentially protects us from outside ,a warm soothing meal nurtures the body from within to pull through the cold season.
The butternut squash is among the staple winter squashes available through the season.A member of pumpkin family butter squash has smooth almost buttery texture,that makes it ideal in soups and stews.The lightly sweet taste of the squash is a good complement with the spices and the tang from the Greek yogurt used in this warm nourishing soup.
Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Greek Yogurt
1 medium butternut squash
2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup low fat Organic Greek Yogurt
1/2 a medium onion(about 1/4 cup),finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon of hot chili powder
1 clove garlic,peeled and finely chopped
half-inch fresh ginger,peeled and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
few leaves of fresh herbs, sage or rosemary
Few toasted pumpkin or squash seeds for garnish
2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
To Roast the Butternut Squash
Cut the squash in to half lengthwise, lightly brushed with cooking oil, and place cut side down on a baking sheet.Bake at 375F for 45 minutes or until softened.The roasted squash can be used in variety of different ways just as the pumpkins.The roasted seeds are good for snacking or making pesto sauce or garnish on the soup as in this recipe.
To make the soup
Heat the oil in a medium pan,saute the onions for a minute,add the garlic and spices(chili powder,ginger and garlic),saute another minute.Blend this onion mixture with the 2 cups of roasted butternut squash,salt and fresh herbs while adding 2 cups of broth until smooth.Return the mixture back to the pan and bring to a slow boil.Reduce the heat and stir in the yogurt.Simmer on low heat for 2 minutes.Serve warm with some toasted pumpkin or squash seeds and some more Greek yogurt on top.And a whole grain bread on side.
Share your the heart warming "Soups for Happy Soul" at Monthly Mingle hosted this month by Sunshine mom.