Parents know that having something quick and healthy on hand to offer as an after school or after play snack is not always an easy task. The usual “go-to” fare is not always the healthiest or most satisfying. It is easier than you think, and especially wonderful in the midst of winter to have a comfy, nourishing homemade pot of soup on hand to prevent a “snack emergency”. Here is an incredibly easy and quick butternut squash soup that Sue, a Butter Beans mom recently came up with. She has included a few shortcuts that she discovered along the way.
Sue’s Super Seasonal Squash Soup Snack
- One package peeled and cubed butternut squash (got this at Trader Joes – love, love, love TJs for recipe “cheating”)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1 carton organic chicken stock (or veggie if you prefer)
- 2 tablespoons curry (alternatively you could use cinnamon and nutmeg or whatever spices you love with squash!) Please note: I didn’t measure- since this was a “try it and see what happens” kind of recipe I just improvised.
- 1 small pinch of cayenne (if you like spice at home!- this is totally optional)
- 1 generous splash organic whole milk (or cream)
- Melt butter in large pot. Add onion and sauté until translucent.
- Add peeled cubed squash and then cover with broth until all squash is covered.
- Bring to a boil, sprinkle your spices in, lower heat and simmer.
- Simmer until all squash is fork tender (about 35-40 minutes). When squash is done add your milk.
Now, here’s another short cut: Instead of transferring soup to a blender,which is the usual way, use an immersion blender! You can simply put it in the pot, turn it on high, mix everything around and voila! Soup! A blender works just fine too, it’s just one more step to transfer the soup to the blender, then back to the pot (be careful not to overfill the blender and splash hot soup!). But – I cannot recommend a hand held immersion blender highly enough – it will change your life.
Now when your kids come in chilled you can satisfy them with a warm, healthy bowl of quick, delicious soup for snack.
What are your favorite winter snacks?
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