Golden Squash Bisque + 1 = Yum

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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.

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Golden Squash Bisque
Serves 4

1 Butternut Squash
1 Acorn Squash
1 Delicata Squash
½ cup fat free half and half
3-4 cups of vegetable broth
1-2 teaspoons curry powder
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 cup pure maple syrup
Salt and Pepper
sliced almonds
fresh grated nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350º.  Cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Cut squash again. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.  Place the squash cut side down on the baking sheet.  Pour in a small amount of water, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan.  Cover the pan with foil.  Place the pan into the oven and back for 40-45 minutes or until the flesh of the squash is very tender.  Allow to cool.

Once the squash has cooled, scoop the flesh into a blender.  Add 2 cups of the broth, the spices, maple syrup, half and half and blend.  Check consistency and add additional broth and blend until the bisque reaches the desired consistency.  You can add additional spice, salt and pepper to taste.  Heat through in a sauce pan.  Garnish with sliced almonds and freshly grated nutmeg.
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Cinnamon and Salt Edamame
Serves 4

2 cups of cooked edamame in the pod
drizzle of oil (I used hazelnut but olive, walnut or your favorite flavorful oil will do)
Salt
Ground Cinnamon

Place pods in a bowl and drizzle with oil.  Sprinkle with salt and ground cinnamon and toss to coat.  Place in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.  Serve!

Bonus Workout!

Here is a link to 30 Day Fat Burn: Legs and Butt Shaper Workout from Lionsgate BeFit.  It is a high intensity 10-minute lower body fat-burning workout.  It targets hips, thighs, legs and buns using body weight exercises. Moves included are chair pose, side squats, lateral kick, jump squat, curtsy lunges, plié jumps, hydrants, rainbow and hydrants/extensions.  The workout is part of the 30 Day Fat Burn Program.