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Butternut Squash Soup

butternut squash soup

I love butternut squash soup. The creamy, buttery, nutty kind. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the creamy squash soup everyone makes this time of year, but in general, I like a little bite to my soup, too.  In other words, I like veggies to be apparent in my soup.

So here is my take on fall butternut squash soup.

Butternut Squash Soup (with a little extra)
Serves 8

* note: use all organic vegetables, preferably from your garden or a local farmer or farmers market.*

You will need:
– 1 cup cubed butternut squash
– 1 cup rough chopped yellow onion
– 1 cup cubed carrots
– 1 cup cubed celery
– 1 cup cubed parsnips
– 1/2 cup cubed baby red potatoes
– 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
– 2 cups kale, shredded
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– 1 15 oz can of white beans
– 1 quart organic vegetable stock
– salt and pepper

To prepare:

Peel and cube squash, onion, carrots, celery, parsnips, and red potato into 1 inch cubes.

Put the vegetables in a heavy cast iron pot, except the kale and white beans.

Saute all the vegetables in the olive oil until the vegetables are soft and the onion is translucent  (about 15 minutes).  Then add the kale, beans and stock, and stir until blended.  Season mixture with salt and pepper.

Simmer on low heat for 1 and 1/2 hours and serve.

To serve:

I think that you will love this version with a nice bite. Serve it with crusty bread and a spinach, apple, walnut salad with blue cheese crumbles and balsamic vinaigrette.  This perfect for a tummy-warming fall supper with family and friends.

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Summer Pitsou Soup

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I’m a big fan of soup. Yes, even in the summer. Because of all of the readily available, delicious summer veggies, summer pistou soup can really be dare I say, even better than winter soup. I love to add summer vegetables like sweet peas, sweet onions, fresh corn, and zucchini. Adding Pistou to this soup makes it a summery treat.

Easy to make and easy to serve; my kind of meal!

Summer Pitsou Soup 

You will need: 

– 1 large onion, chopped
– 6 garlic cloves, minced
– 1/3 cup olive oil
– 1 lb small red-skinned potatoes, quartered
– 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1″ cubes
– 1 lb kale, cut into ribbons
– 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1″ cubes
– 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes, in juice
– 1 15 oz can of kidney beans
– 6 sprigs of fresh thyme
– 1 bay leaf
– 1 cup thin spaghetti broken into 1 inch pieces
– 10 cups vegetable stock

To prepare:

Using a heavy pot, saute onion and garlic until transparent. Add vegetables and saute for 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, beans, and stock. Add thyme and bay leaf. Simmer over low heat for about 2 hours. Add the pasta and cook for 10 minutes. Serve with a dollop of pistou on top of each bowl.

For Pistou:

– 3 garlic cloves
– 3 cups packed fresh basil leaves
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/4 cup olive oil
– 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

To prepare: 

Finely chop garlic in processor. Add basil and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Process until basil is finely chopped, scraping down sides of bowl occasionally. With machine running, gradually blend in oil. Add cheese; process to blend well. Transfer to bowl. *Can be made 2 days ahead , store in a sealed container and refrigerate.

Enjoy xx

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Vegetable soup with Charmoula Recipe

b1cc0a339014dbd6fedabc665e61c5f6 I love to make soup, especially during a juice cleanse because it’s a comforting meal. This vegetable soup is very hearty. The white beans and faro make it completely satisfying while the charmoula takes it over the edge in flavor. I put charmoula* on everything. It’s divine. This recipe was taken from my cookbook, Picture Perfect Parties. I know when people think of parties they tend to think of really decadent food but there are actually many healthy recipes in my book. I love entertaining with really good food and leaving my guests feeling nourished. You may have also seen this recipe featured in Better Homes and Gardens Sept 2013 issue! This is easy to make, delicious, and will satisfy your appetite while maintaining a clean diet while your juicing. It’s the perfect tummy warmer.

White Bean Vegetable Faro Soup with Herby Charmoula**
Serves 8

You will need:

– 2 garlic cloves minced
– 1/2 medium onion
– 1 cup diced carrot
– 1/2 cup diced celery
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– 1 cup diced zucchini
– 1 cup diced sweet potato
– 1/2 cup red peppers *optional
– 2 cups chopped kale
– 8 cups vegetable stock + water as needed
– 1 can white beans or 1 cup soaked overnight, then rinsed
– 1 cup farro
– 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
– 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
– salt and pepper

Preparation:

In a large stock pot saute garlic, onion, carrots and celery in olive oil, over medium heat until tender.
Add the vegetables and saute for 2 minutes. Next add stock, beans and water if needed, salt and pepper and chopped herbs. Simmer for 3 hours and add faro for the last 30 minutes.

Charmoula

You will need:

– 1 cup fresh Italian parsley
– 1 cup fresh cilantro
– 2 inch piece of ginger
– 3 cloves of garlic
– Juice of 1 lemon
– 1 cup of oil
– salt and pepper
– 2 teaspoons coriander seeds

Preparation:

In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, add all ingredients and pulse until it forms a loose smooth sauce, about 1 minute.

Notes:

*Charmoula is a great herby, spicy sauce that I use with meat and fish. This is one of my go to recipes.
**Best made a day ahead, along with the Charmoula, and stored covered in the refrigerator over night.

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