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Experiments in Soup-Making and Butternut Squash

Today was a slow-starting kind of day.  I think our early mornings caught up to both of us.  We fell asleep at 9PM last night and didn’t wake up until 9:30 this morning.  It’s so important to listen to your body and what it needs, so I’m glad we got that extra sleep.

We ate a quick breakfast, made our green smoothies, and spent the day running some errands.

Today’s green smoothie had a new ingredient: frozen peaches.  Yum!

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Each smoothie contained:

  • 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 6 small pieces of chopped pineapple
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 3 slices of frozen peaches
  • 4 chunks of frozen banana
  • 2 T vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tsp flax seeds (ran out of chia seeds 😦 )
  • 2 T of water
  • 3 ice cubes

Ready to go!

DSCN3336 After errands we started working on:

VEGETABLE STOCK AND SOUP

The ingredients were super simple:

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  • 1 celery stalk
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 red potato
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 vegetable bouillon cubes (we cheated a little)
  • 6 cups of water

Cut up all of the ingredients:

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Chop the carrots and celery, slice the potato, and quarter the onion.  You can leave the skins on them all!

Heat two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil on medium high:

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When it’s hot, throw in all of the ingredients mentioned above:

DSCN3345 Let cook for 5 minutes without stirring:

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DSCN3347 When the 5 minutes are up, stir the vegetables until they brown:

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Once the vegetables are browned, pour in the 6 cups of water:

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And three vegetables bouillon cubes.  We used these:

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Bring to a boil, then let simmer for a minimum of 30 minutes (longer for more flavor).  We did it for about an hour:

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When the time is up, scoop out the vegetables, which will leave you with a simple broth:

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We made two batches and decided we didn’t want to throw away all of the veggies, so we poured the broth from the first one directly into the other batch that was cooking:

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You can simply store the broth in your freezer for a later date.

Into the second batch we added the white and light green portions of leeks, 2 more cups of water, 1 cup of brown rice, 1/2 cup quinoa, and 4 cups of broccoli florets.  You also have to cut your vegetables into bite-site pieces, as opposed to huge chunks.

We then brought it to a boil and back down to a simmer for another 30 minutes or until the rice was completely cooked:

DSCN3401 We ate it with some Kashi Original 7-Grain CRACKers, Siracha, and a splash of tomato juice:

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Overall, it was satisfying with loads of vegetables and protein-packed quinoa.  We both, however, agreed it seemed to be missing some spices.  More experiments to come, I guess!

Now, for our most delicious new discovery:

BUTTERNUT SQUASH!!!!

We’ve had these bad boys sitting in our fridge for a while now, and they were still good!  We just did a simple recipe on the stovetop.

The ingredients included:

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  • 1 big butternut squash (we only used one of the two pictured above—1.5lb)
  • 1 T of minced garlic
  • 2 T of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock (or water)
  • salt and pepper to taste

First, peel the butternut squash.

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Cut it into about 1/2 inch cubes:

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Heat the olive oil on medium:

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Add the minced garlic and stir until brown:

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Once brown add in the cubed butternut squash and vegetable broth:

DSCN3382 It will seem like there’s not enough broth, but there is!  It will be low in the pan.

Bring to a boil, then simmer and cover for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

DSCN3383 After 15 minutes, simply stir the butternut squash until broth is absorbed and squash is browned to your liking.

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We sprinkled ours with walnuts:

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DSCN3399 We’re about to head out now to pick up some more ingredients.  There will be many more experimenting with recipes in the next few days.

Goodnight and sweet dreams!

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5 Responses

  1. that soup looked and sounded amazing i might try it thanks for the steps!

  2. I’m so proud and inspired by you guys! The green smoothie is my favorite thing I’ve copied from you blog so far! lol

    Can’t wait to run in a disney marathon with you Traceface! Next year perhaps? ❤

  3. You guys are really making me want to try the green smoothie thing. It actually sounds tasty with peaches and pineapples. 🙂

    • Do it! You will love it…just start off with a little spinach at a time. Any kind of citrus fruit really overpowers the green…and if you add berries, it’s even better. 🙂

      Let us know when you have it!!

  4. The green smoothie is awesome! Steve loves it, I love it and Nik loves it! We are hooked on it! Forgot to show you our fridge Dustin…next week. You two have inspired us to change a few things. Keep up the good work on this blog!

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