This recipe started out as a way to use up some extra carrots, but it has turned into a trusty base, with the sesame and honey glaze providing a wonderfully warm and bright taste that compliments just about any winter vegetable that has a little natural sweetness. If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding/substituting butternut or acorn squash, beets, or turnips, but be sure to adjust the cooking time to accommodate the changes. Sesame and Honey-Glazed Winter Vegetables by Holly Rodricks Makes 4 side servings. Ingredients: 1 bunch Carrots, sliced thickly 1 small Winter Squash, chopped into large chunks (Good options are Butternut or Acorn Squash.) 2 cloves Garlic, minced 1 tbsp. Sesame Oil 1 tbsp Coconut Oil* 1 tbsp. Honey 1/2 tsp. Sesame Seeds Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: Heat Oils in skillet over medium heat. Add Garlic and Sesame Seeds, and cook for approximately 1 minute. Add Carrots, Squash, Salt, Pepper, and Honey. Mix until vegetables are evenly coated. Cover and cook over medium-high heat for approximately 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Vegetables should begin to sear slightly. When vegetables are soft, add additional Salt and Pepper to taste, as needed. Serve hot!
Many years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to this recipe, and I have never made another butternut squash soup since. It is the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and spicy flavors. It will fill you up and keep you toasty in this chilly weather, and it freezes well, too, in case you want to save some for a rainy day! Creamy Butternut Squash Soup By Holly Rodricks Makes 8 servings. Ingredients: 1 large Onion, diced 4 cloves Garlic, minced 3-4 tbsp. Oil of Choice 4-5 lbs. Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed 3 Carrots, diced 1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled and diced 6 cups Chicken Stock (Vegetable Stock may be substituted for vegetarian version.) 2 tbsp. Honey 2 (8 oz.) packages Cream Cheese, cubed Salt and Pepper to taste 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. Chili Powder dash of Nutmeg Instructions: In a stock pot over medium heat, sauté Onions and Garlic in Oil until translucent. Add Squash, Carrots, and Apple. Mix together and cook covered until vegetables start to soften, stirring occasionally, approximately 15-20 minutes. Add Stock, Honey, Pepper, Chili Powder, and Nutmeg. Let mixture simmer until vegetables can be easily pierced with a fork, approximately 20-30 minutes. Use immersion blender to blend all ingredients in the pot. (If you don’t have an immersion blender, blend the soup in batches in a regular blender.) Add cream cheese and stir until melted and evenly mixed. Use immersion blender one more time, if necessary. Voila! Enjoy your soup hot, with whatever toppings suit your fancy–roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Sour Cream, fresh or dried Herbs, another sprinkling of Chili Powder, etc. with some fresh bread alongside! Image courtesy of: http://www.snixykitchen.com/2014/03/25/recipe-rewind-butternut-squash-soup-with-parmesan-crisps/.