Well, my friend Maura saw my FB post that I was making soup and said, can you post the recipe?? She has the two CUTEST little twin girls you have EVER seen. She makes them squash with macaroni, and they think that it is "mac and cheese". Are you listening mammas??? THAT is a great idea to keep your kids out of, or get them off, the fatty, salty, artery clogging Mac-n-Cheese merry-go-'round.
::NOTICE:: about to head up onto the soap box...
It always amazes me how many American children eat nothing but Mac-n-Cheese, pizza, chicken and fries...crap, basically. I hear parents say, "Well, that's all they'll eat, that's just what they like." Sorry, not buying it folks.
Kids will eat what you TEACH them to eat, and what you train their taste buds to respond to. Start them early and give them greatest gift you can give; the gift of a beautiful culture of healthy nourishing food that will feed their bodies and minds. The childhood obesity and health issues in this country are already reaching critical mass. Children's health is a passion of mine, please, please make it a passion of yours. If you are looking for more healthy foods for your children, check this post.
Ok, climbing down from soap box...back to soup...
So, Maura knows me well enough to know I don't use recipes, I'm way to random vector for that. It all just kind of evolves in a messy, mad-scientist sort of way.
So here is my process for this tummy-loving, heart-chakra warming autumn soup...Enjoy!
Teal's Yummy-In-My-Tummy Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup
What you need:
1 medium butternut squash
2 sweet potatoes
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic
3 Tbs. olive oil
2 cups low-sodium/low-fat organic veggie, or chicken broth
3 cups of water (approximately, I add a little at a time to get the texture I want)
¼ tsp fresh finely chopped ginger
¼ tsp ground sage
¼ tsp ground coriander
¼ tsp thyme
cracked pepper, and salt to taste
How to make it:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Cut open the squash and take out the seeds. Cut the squash, potatoes and onion into chunks (about 3x3”). Place all of that on a roasting pan with the two peeled cloves of garlic. Coat with the olive oil and cracked pepper (salt if you like). Roast for about 35 minutes, or until everything is tender and roasty looking.
Take the veggies out of the oven and let them cool a bit. Now you can just peel the blistered skin of the butternut off (and eat it for a treat!)
Chop up all the roasted veggies and place in a large soup pot with the broth. Mash everything up with a potato masher, and then add the ginger and other spices, and enough water to make it a good texture. I like it a little on the thick side.
Let it simmer for about 10 minutes then puree with a hand mixer.
Adjust liquid and seasoning and let simmer another 10 minutes.