Friday, February 22, 2013

Apple and Butternut Squash Soup


We had a big snow a few days ago (more is headed this way) and nothing says snow to me than homemade soup.  Of course, I look for any reason to make soup.  This simple recipe comes from a 2011 issue of Parents magazine; the cut out had slipped to the bottom of my pile!

This is on the fall/winter short list, the whole family enjoyed it!  It was easy, healthy and delish!

Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 lbs butternut squash, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes (approx. 3.5 cups)
  • 2 medium apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
Steps:
  1. In a large pot, heat oil on medium heat.
  2. Add carrots, celery and onion.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes or until tender and starting to brown.
  3. Add squash, apples and broth.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes or until squash is tender.
  4. Cool slightly.
  5. Puree soup in batches using a food processor or all at once using an immersion blender.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Yield:  Six adult servings.

Timing:  9 months; its like a puree so it should be easy to serve up to baby.  Just be sure to test these ingredients separate first to ensure no allergies.

Difficulty: 2 out of 5; the hardest part is peeling and cutting the squash.  It is VERY easy as far as soups go and it does not require a lot of attention while it cooks--which is always good for me!

Tip:  Chop everything but the apples earlier in the day or the night before to save time at dinner prep time.  This time of the day is always the most chaotic for me...kids waking up from naps (sometimes too early), daddy coming home, making dinner, kids getting hungry, etc.  So anything I can do to save time and minimize chaos around dinner time is great!

Nutrition Facts:  For those of you counting, 185 calories, 6g protein, 4g fat, 6g fiber, 88mg calcium,

Epicutie Ratings (see left side of page for descriptions)
  • Little Joy: Yummy in the Tummy; Gobbled up a whole bowl without stopping.  She's been pushing back on foods and feeding herself every since her little brother has joined our meals.
  • Little Asher: Yummy in the Tummy; Fussed every time I put the bowl down to take a bite of my own soup!!  I decided to feed him because I thought a liquid soup would be a catastrophic mess!







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Little Joy at 2 years, Sept 2012

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Little Frances

Epicutie #3

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Little Asher at 11 months, Sept 2012

Epicutie #4

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Little Elizabeth, July 2013
  • Yummy in the Tummy: Epicutie thoroughly enjoyed each bite
  • Somewhat yummy: Epicutie seemed to somewhat enjoy the food at first, but seemed to like it less with subsequent bites
  • Not so sure I like it...yet: Epicutie somewhat rejected the first bites, but seemed intrigued. The next exposure may be better!
  • Confused: Epicutie rejected the first bites, perhaps due to texture or strong flavor.
  • Sour Puss: Epicutie gave a sour face indicating she did not like the food. However--if at first you do not succeed, try, try again!

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