meatless monday: fleur de sel butternut squash soup

I have my first cold of the season.  Normally, it takes longer than this to get sick.  I think I even made it until January or February last year before I had to invest in a life’s supply of kleenex.  Needless to say, I was miserable today.  Sneezy, sniffly, drowsy eyes, sneezing… yuck.  I was happy to get home and be able to have some nice, hot soup for dinner.  The only thing that would have made it better is the crock pot.

When I got home, I got to work cutting up 2 large butternut squash to start it roasting.  This step could definitely be done ahead of time to cut down on preparation on a weeknight.  The final product was so creamy and delicious, it was definitely worth the wait :).  Fleur de sel was the perfect addition to butternut squash.  It is the french sea salt that is commonly used in salted caramel flavored desserts, making it the perfect salt for a sweeter variety squash.  Per bottle, it is a bit pricy.  But I have been using the container I got at Williams Sonoma for almost two years and it was totally worth it.

Fleur de sel Butternut Squash Soup

  • 2 large butternut squash
  • 2-3 cups veggie broth, depending on thickness desired
  • 1/8t-1/4t garam masala
  • 1/8t-1/4t cumin
  • 1t fleur de sel, or more to taste
  • kale, optional
  • optional topping: pepitas
1. Preheat oven to 425′.  Cut up squash in small cubes and roast for 45 minutes to an hour.
2. Once the squash is cooked, put it into a blender (in batches if necessary) with the veggie broth.  Puree until smooth.
3. Once the squash is all pureed, put into a soup pot and bring to a boil on the stovetop, adding the spices and kale.  Thin, if needed, with additional veggie broth.
4. Top with pepitas and additional fleur de sel.
This might be my favorite butternut squash soup.  I do love Trader Joe’s, but this one is 100x thicker.  This will definitely be made again this year!

Bring on more soup!  And more importantly, bring on the kleenex!

butternut squash pizza

Last winter I was eating so much butternut squash and pumpkin I swear I was a tad orange – it was brilliant.  I am so glad that the grocery stores have squash piling up in the bins now – no more scrounging at the bottom to pick a good one ;).  This particular squash, however, did not come from the grocery store.  We grew it in our very own garden!  It was actually picked a few weeks ago but today was finally the day to roast it and make something delicious.

Butternut squash on pizza might sound strange at first, but let’s be honest, butternut squash is delicious on almost anything.  The first time I had it on pizza was at Fire & Stone in Covent Garden in London before seeing The Lion King.  I had ‘The Melbourne‘ with mozzarella, tomato sauce, brie, sweet roasted butternut squash and balsamic red onions, topped with toasted pumpkin seeds.  Such unique pizza toppings but it could not have been more delicious.  Of course when we have a new box of Nature’s Hilights brown rice pizza crusts in the freezer and a butternut squash on the counter, I was reminded of that pizza I had over a year and a half ago – only with far less gourmet toppings, and both gluten free and vegan.

Butternut Squash Pizza

  • 1 butternut squash
  • nature’s hilights brown rice pizza crust
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • daiya mozzarella style shreds
  • basil
1. Peel the butternut squash, remove the seeds, and cube into pieces.
2. Roast in a 400′ oven for 40 minutes, or until squash is cooked through.
3. Prep the pizza crust according to directions.  Pre-bake if necessary.
4. Top the crust with oil, roasted butternut squash, daiya and basil.
5. Bake for 10 minutes until the daiya is melted.

Serve with the leftover roasted butternut squash ;).

what i ate wednesday #2

It’s that day of the week again!  What I Ate Wednesdays by Peas and Crayons!

Breakfast:

Warm water with lemon right after I woke up.

Oat Bran with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Almond Butter.  Don’t you just love how the chocolate from the almond butter got all melty?

Coffee with Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk.

Pre-Run:

1/2T Chia with a small glass of water (turns into a gel, supposedly helps with energy/hydration?).  I’m not sure if this helped or not, I decided to try running a fast 2 miles so it definitely was not easy, but I broke my previous PR (set over 2 years ago I believe?), so something was working for me!

Post-Run:

Gala Apple

Lunch:

Bulgur with a lemon/dill sauce (leftover from a lunch Kinley made this weekend), pecans and strawberries on butter lettuce.  Leftover Vegetable Masala Burger on sprouted wheat bread with organic ketchup.

Pineapple-Mango Smoothie with soy protein powder.

I was super hungry and this definitely filled me up!

Afternoon Snack:

I biked to the UPS store to drop off my last two rented textbooks, as well as mowed the whole lawn so I was ready for an afternoon snack!  I had 2 slices homemade gluten-free banana bread & carrots.  Also not pictured, around 1/2T of peanut butter I added on the banana bread – yum.

Dinner:

Spinach Quinoa with Pineapple, Butternut Squash and Trader Joe’s Baked Beans “Sauce”.  This idea came from Kinley and might sound super weird to you, but I guarantee it is delicious.  Somewhat sweet and sour like but summery at the same time because of the baked beans!