Squash Soup


My husband has been craving pumpkin soup and since I can’t find pumpkin I decided to try a squash soup and see how it goes. I’m on a low-fat diet (per doctor’s orders) and I searched for a recipe to guide me on the Spark Recipes app on my phone. I roasted two chicken breast halves, with the bone, to shred and mix in. My soup came out a little sweet and the chicken but the chicken mellowed it out to the perfect flavor. This is what I came up with:

Squash Soup

Ingredients:

1 large squash

1 med sweet potato

2 granny smith apples

4 inches of ginger

1 med onion

4 cups low fat chicken stock

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

Method:

Cut onion into eighths and cook it in the butter until it starts to turn a little brown. Add chicken stock, squash, ginger and sweet potato and cook on a med heat, stirring occasionally. When squash and potatoes are cooked, but not falling apart, add apples, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook until apples are soft. Puree in blender and enjoy :).

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As I said, mine came out a little sweet. You can replace the sweet potatoes for regular potatoes if you want or use one apple instead of two. I was just having fun with this recipe and I’m going to continue to try different ingredients with it. Since Fall/Winter is coming, I’ll definitely post any good soup recipes that I’ve experimented with that work.

Squash soup

xx

I’ll Show YOU!

I’ll Show YOU!

I'll Show YOU

My husband posted that last night. I honestly don’t remember what prompted it but he decided that he had to prove to us (his sister and I) that he can cook. Oh I remember, I showed him this kitchen towel with some others yesterday:  

I'll Show YOU!

Throughout the day I kept checking my phone to see if he’d send me a text saying he’s going to pass on the cooking. I was waiting for him to say to me that he’d pay me to do it and say that he did it (this did come up at one point but he said he’d cook lol).

After the gym he said we have to go to the supermarket. He had shepherd’s pie on his mind but then he remembered another simple dish my mother used to do – mac n cheese but with Campbell’s Cream of Chicken and minced chicken mixed in and he wasn’t baking it and making it a casserole.

I'll Show YOU!

We had vegetables home so we didn’t need to get any if you’re wondering where they are. Throughout the evening we were taking pics and updating the post which, at last count, had 31 comments. 

It’s like this – my husband doesn’t do any of the domestic stuff around the house, except take out the garbage. I have hinted that a cup of tea or breakfast would be nice sometimes but I’ve kind of spoiled him with just doing everything myself. It’s also our arrangement since I do not work and I’m the more domesticated one anyway. Also I’m scared of what he may whip up thinking he’s a chef – ketchup in my eggs… no thank you!

Anyhow, we came home and he said the kitchen wasn’t ready for him to start cooking. It should’ve been spotless……… Luckily he was joking because if he was serious he would’ve gotten a good chunk of my mind. I washed up a handful of things, wiped up the stove and cleared part of the counter for him to get to work. 

I'll Show YOU!

I was a bit worried with how he was dicing the onions but I only asked if he wanted to use the chopper and he declined so I went back to tidying up the sink and all. 

I'll Show YOU!
He wanted to feel like a chef so he put on my apron.

He asked me to taste the chicken and after I did, I kindly placed a few seasonings next to the counter and left. 🙂 We kept updating everyone on the post and added some pictures. 

Pasta is done!
Pasta is done!

I gave very little input. I put my diet aside in order to not discourage him. This was his night and was going to be supportive.

Finished product
Finished product

I was quite surprised at how it came out. It was good! I would’ve had more but I couldn’t go crazy with the cheese.  I have to go and clean the kitchen now. That was not part of the deal and I know he wasn’t thinking of doing it anyway. He says he’ll clean the stove but I’ll probably get to it before he does. Many of his friends and family had very little faith in him but to me he’s the little engine that could so I just kept quiet and answered most of the questions that came my way without any worthy input. 

Don’t think this’ll happen anytime soon again (probably another 5 years) unless someone puts the challenge to him. But I’m not forcing anything on him, he has to do it in his own time. I just had to share this fun night with you. Hope you had a chuckle or two from it.

xx

Eat your veggies!


Since my omelette post was so well received, I’ve since done another dish that has a recipe that can be shared. I’m the kind of cook who throws things in the pot at the last minute or according to how I want things to taste, with that said, I do not really follow recipes. However, I do a few simple things that I can average and share a “recipe” with you. Today’s is… shit I didn’t think of a name. Ok, we’ll go with the title – Eat your veggies. After all I did this to force myself to eat veg.

1 cup shredded carrots

1 cup shredded cabbage

1 small bunch of broccoli chopped

4 brussel sprouts chopped

1 tsp unsalted butter

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp black pepper

(salt optional)

In a non stick pan, add all of the ingredients on a low heat (like the omelette) and stir occasionally so that everything is covered with the seasonings. Do not overcook your veg! When the broccoli and brussel sprouts become a bright green color it’s ready! The pic below is when I warmed this up today for lunch so it’s leftovers. I forgot to take a pic last night when it looked bright green lol. The paprika and red cabbage also add a reddish tinge to it.

20130319-151154.jpgI’m really trying to reduce my flour intake so I have to be creative with my vegetables as I can get bored of the taste very quickly. I tried brussel sprouts before and steamed is not the way for me. It’s actually the brussel sprouts that led me to do this, kind of disguise them in some other veg I don’t mind eating. Again, feel free to modify this as you see fit. Maybe add some red onions or green onions and tomato. I used unsalted butter because I don’t like how vegetables taste/look when you cook them in oil, even olive oil.

I cooked some chicken thighs with this as I did a quinoa pasta/veg dish for my husband and just the chicken and veg for me. I couldn’t dream of giving him veg alone, he’d be forever snacking on something because it wasn’t filling, so he got pasta. The good thing about this meal is that it could be done for a quick lunch (it warmed up nicely in my toaster oven today) as well and would be nice with fish. I’m going to add the same ingredients to a chicken stir-fry for myself tonight. I have the chicken boiling right now! I do that now – instead of putting the raw chicken into the pot and continuously adding seasonings, I boil the chicken breasts with onion, shred and then use accordingly. It helps get rid of some of the fat .My husband will be having chicken chow mein for dinner and I get chicken and veg.

I’m hoping to be bikini ready very soon. I’m trying out Pilates tomorrow and I have training today with my trainer – kind of excited. I love how I feel after working out but I hate doing it lol.

Anyway let me know if you try this or have a way of improving it. I winged this out so feel free to add more of something if it isn’t to your liking.

xx