Golden Squash Bisque + 1 = Yum

Have you ever found yourself with three squash and no idea where they came from?  I must not be the only one this happens to.  It happened recently and I wanted to use them before they went bad - they were to pretty not to use.  I decided to make a squash bisque.  It turned out quite nice.  I decided to serve it with cinnamon and salt spiced edamame and egg sandwiches.  It was a  cozy, warm meal on a cool winter evening. Golden Squash Bisque Serves 4 1 Butternut Squash 1 Acorn … [Read more...]

Tastes Like Autumn – Pumpkin Soup!

Did I mention that I love pumpkin?  It's a bonus that pumpkin is a nutritional powerhouse.  It is packed with vitamin A, has a fair amout of fiber, is a good source of beta carotene, has more potassium than bananas and is a good source of vitamin C. Since summer is oficially over and fall has begun, I celebrated by making a pot of pumpkin soup!  It is really easy to make and tasty too. The oats make it thick and creamy without the cream.  It is savory with a slightly sweet finish and is … [Read more...]

I Like Soup!

It is a fact. I am a big fan of soup. Thick soup, thin soup, creamy soup, chunky soup, all kinds of soup. It is warm, filling and depending on the soup, it can be low-calorie or decadent. It often tastes better a day or two after it is made so it is a great make ahead meal option. The other day I decided I wanted to make albondigas soup. I read several recipes and came up with my own version. It turned out to be very tasty. A little spicy and very flavorful. Give it a try. Put your own spin … [Read more...]

Tuesday’s Tomato Sauce

My dad grows amazing tomatoes in his garden every year. He coaxes them to life in little containers, often in the living room, until they are old and strong enough to move outside into the cruel Southern California weather. He waters and tends them with care until they are beautiful thriving plants with gorgeous red tomatoes, and then he promptly gets into his RV and takes off with my Mother for the summer before he can truly enjoy all of the fruits of his labor. More tomatoes for me! I love my … [Read more...]

This is What’s For Lunch

Weekends have been pretty busy lately.  Today was one of those rare Sundays when I was able to plan and execute a meal plan for the week.  One of the things that I made was a thick soup - or stoup if you prefer - to have on hand for lunch or a quick dinner.  I used up some cooked tri-tip I had in the freezer and some dried beans I had on hand.  I really did not need to go out and buy anything to make this - had everything either in my pantry, refrigerator or freezer.  It made the house smell … [Read more...]

It’s Ash Wednesday – Let’s Eat Potato Soup!

  Today is Ash Wednesday, which for people or certain faiths is a day of fasting and abstaining from eating meat.  I didn't do so well with the fasting  - I had a snack before I worked out with my trainer so I didn't die, but I am pretty sure God would be okay with that.  I did plan for the meatless part and made Golden Potato Leek Soup for dinner. Golden Potato Leek Soup Serves 4 1 - 1 1/2 lbs of potatoes cut into chunks 2 shallots, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, chopped 2 - … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday and a bonus recipe!

A couple of months ago I bought a giant jar of gourmet dried bean mix and one of gourmet dried lentil mix.  I have taken these jars on as a project.  I have been trying different soups and stews made with them. This week for Meatless Monday I opted for a lentil dish.  It isn't pretty, but it is tasty and filling.  Also quite nutritious and 100% vegetarian friendly! Thai Green Curry Lentils with Spinach 2 Cups dried lentils 1/2 - 1 tsp grated ginger root 32 oz vegetable broth 1 … [Read more...]

Souper!

I am a big fan of soup. I like all kinds of soup-Mexican, Chinese, Thai, Italian and down home American (read that with the Southern accent I don't have) to name a few. It is soup season so I will likely be making lots of it. Soup is filling, nutritious and comforting. It is generally a pretty healthy option if you don't load it with cheese, cream or other naughty stuff. The naughty stuff makes it tassty but, you can make a flavorful soup without all those calories so save the naughty soups for … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday

I can't think of anything that makes me think of fall more than pumpkin. I like all things pumpkin - pumpkin pie, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin soup - you get the idea. I received a suger pie pumpkin and some delicata squash recently in my organic farm box. The box included a recipe for pumpkin soup and the inspiration for todays meatless Monday recipe was born. Roasted Pumpkin and Delicata Squash Soup Serves 4 1 Sugar Pie or other eating … [Read more...]