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Mexican Butternut Squash Soup

Mexican Butternut Squash Soup

I love to make soup with baked squash.  This one is pretty spicy (by my palate), but still flavorful and not too spicy.  (I’ve definitely overdone it in the past!)  If you want to ease it up, just back off on the cayenne, chipotle, and chili powder.  Remember- you can always add more heat, but you can’t take it away!

To make this recipe No Sugar No Grains (NSNG), omit the corn.  I had a bag in my freezer that I needed to get eating, so I decided to use the entire 12 oz package.  As you can see from the pictures, the soup is quite “corny” with that much in there.  Adjust the amount of corn to your taste.

To get started, you need to bake a butternut squash.  Wash the squash and prepare a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper.  To safely divide the squash lengthwise, I find that it’s best to use the “Psycho Shower Scene” knife grip and stab technique…

Use your largest knife.  Carefully make multiple stabbing cuts (slow and precise…unlike the shower scene!) with the point of the knife until you can “connect” the cuts and ease the 2 halves apart.  Scoop out the seeds and place the cut sides face down on the parchment paper.  Bake for 45 minutes at 400 degrees.

Demonstrating the "Psycho Shower Scene" knife grip and stab technique. To learn about my 269 tattoo check out 269life.com 269life.com/#&panel1-1

Demonstrating the “Psycho Shower Scene” knife grip and stab technique.
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Baked butternut squash. (One half flipped over to show what it looks like after baking.)

Baked butternut squash. (One half flipped over to show what it looks like after baking.)

INGREDIENTS

1 butternut squash, baked
4 C water (or liquid vegetable broth)

Coconut oil (to coat the soup pot)

3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped in discs
1 cauliflower, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped

Dash garlic powder
Dash cayenne
Dash celery salt
1/8 t black pepper
1/8 t ground chipotle (very spicy)
1 t cumin
1 t chili powder
1 t basil
2 t dried chives
2 t Vegebase vegan broth powder (if not using liquid broth)

1 C water, as needed

15 oz can black beans, rinsed (double the amount if you want)
Optional- frozen organic corn, to taste

Measure all your spices in a small bowl.

Measure all your spices in a small bowl.

ASSEMBLY

1.  Blend the baked squash meat with 4 cups of water or liquid vegetable broth.  Set aside.

2.  Coat a large soup pot with coconut oil.  Saute the vegetables with the spices for several minutes on medium heat.

3.  Add the squash puree to the soup pot.  Add another cup of water as needed.  Simmer covered for about 45 minutes, or until the cauliflower is soft.  In the last 15 minutes of cooking, add the beans and corn.

Makes about 7 1/2 pints, depending on the size of your squash and the amount of corn used.

Have some soup for dinner and freeze the rest in wide mouth freezer jars.

Have some soup for dinner and freeze the rest in wide mouth freezer jars.

ENJOY!

Here, I challenged myself to create a sugar-free BBQ sauce for tempeh.  I was tempted to add a tablespoon of molasses, but I resisted the urge and kept this recipe strict NSNG (No Sugar No Grains).  If you want to add a little bit of sweetener, go for it.  I imagine it would balance out the acidity just a bit.  But anyway, I consider this recipe a success.  The Frank’s RedHot sauce provides a little kick.

INGREDIENTS

1 T coconut oil

8 oz thawed tempeh (slice lengthwise, then in cubes)

3 large cloves minced garlic
1 small or 1/2 large onion, sliced
1 large stalk broccoli (finely chop the stem)

15 oz can organic tomato sauce
1 1/2 T apple cider vinegar
1 T tamari or soy sauce
1 t mustard
1 t Frank’s RedHot sauce
1 t liquid smoke

dash garlic powder
1/4 t sea salt
1/4 t black pepper
1/4 t chili powder
1/4 t oregano
1/2 t BBQ seasoning blend (I found it in the bulk section of my Co-op. You could probably omit.)
2 t smoked paprika

Tangy BBQ Tempeh Ingredients - IMG_2551

ASSEMBLY

Melt the oil on medium heat in a high-sided 9 1/2″ saute pan.  Saute the tempeh and veggies for several minutes, then add the liquid ingredients and the spices.  Simmer and reduce the liquid for about 30 minutes uncovered, stirring frequently.  The sauce will bubble and splatter, so you may need to adjust the heat periodically.

Tempeh & Veggies - IMG_2552

Tangy BBQ Tempeh - IMG_2555

SERVING

I kept the whole meal NSNG by serving this over chopped romaine leaves and under avocado slices.

Of course, this would also be quite tasty on a toasted bun.  (Duh.  What isn’t tasty on a bun?)

Serves 2 generously.

Tangy BBQ Tempeh - IMG_2563

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