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/.
What a treat we have this week! One of our fantastic 2016 Summer CSA members, Kim, has submitted the recipe below to share the love with all of us. One of my favorite things about this delicious Eastern European soup recipe is the number of veggies it uses that are currently in season! Thanks, Kim! Vegetarian Borscht By Kimberly Sturgill Looney Makes 6 servings Ingredients: 2 quarts Vegetable Stock (or 2 quarts Water and 2-3 Vegetable Bouillon Cubes) 2 tablespoons Butter (or Oil of Choice for Vegan version) 1 cup Cabbage, finely chopped 1 cup Potatoes, diced ½ cup Carrots, diced 1 stalk Celery, minced 1 Onion, chopped 1 can Stewed Tomatoes 3-5 Beets Salt and Pepper, to taste Chopped Dill or Parsley, to taste Sour Cream, to taste (Optional) Instructions: In a large pot, melt Butter and lightly sauté Cabbage, Potatoes, Celery, and Onion for approximately 5 minutes. Add Vegetable Stock and Stewed Tomatoes. Simmer for 20-30 minutes, until veggies are soft. Meanwhile, boil 3-5 whole Beets in a small pot with enough water to cover them, until tender. Let Beets cool enough to cut them into julienne strips. Add julienned Beets and Beet Juice to simmering veggies to give soup a beautiful color and great flavor. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. Add another Bouillon Cube if needed for additional flavor, and add more Water or Stock if soup needs more liquid. Serve hot with dollop of Sour Cream and sprinkling of Dill or Parsley over each bowl. *Image courtesy of: https://longislandweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Zox_B.jpg.
This recipe makes great use of the wonderfully delicate Napa Cabbage, or Chinese Cabbage, which is loaded with zinc. Napa cooks quickly with little work, which makes this recipe a winner at the end of a long day, when you’re craving a good, hot meal without a ton of prep. Sesame Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry By Holly Rodricks (Adapted from a recipe found on an amazing site called Budget Bytes.) Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: For the Beef – 1/2 lb. Ground Beef (We highly recommend WW Longhorn Ranch. They are one of our go-tos for meat, and you can find them at the CNY Regional Market in Shed C every Saturday!) 2 cloves Garlic, minced 1 tsp. Ginger, freshly grated 1 tbsp. Peanut Oil (or oil of choice) For the Stir Fry Veggies – 1 Onion, sliced finely 2 Carrots, grated 1 Napa Cabbage, chopped finely 1 tbsp. Coconut Oil Salt and Pepper to taste For the Stir Fry Sauce – 2 tbsp. Soy Sauce 1 tbsp. Toasted Sesame Oil 1 tbsp. Rice Wine Vinegar 1 tbsp. Sriracha 1/2 tsp. Honey 1 tbsp. Corn Starch 1 tbsp. Sesame Seeds Instructions: Mix all Stir Fry Sauce ingredients and set aside. In a large saucepan or wok, over medium-high heat, sauté Ground beef in Oil until cooked. A few minutes before meat is cooked through, add Garlic and Ginger. Continue to sauté for 2-3 minutes until aromatic and evenly mixed. Remove meat from pan. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add Coconut Oil and Onions and sauté until onions are soft and translucent. Increase heat to medium-high. Add Carrots and continue to sauté for 5 minutes until they begin to soften. If mixture is drying up, add some Stir Fry Sauce to moisten. Add Napa Cabbage. Cook for approximately 3 minutes or until cabbage begins to wilt. Add remainder of Stir Fry Sauce. Return cooked Beef to pan. Toss all ingredients together and add Salt and Pepper to taste, as needed. Serve hot. Image courtesy of: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2016/08/beef-cabbage-stir-fry/.
Another delicious selection from Sara Forte’s Sprouted Kitchen: Bowl & Spoon, that beautifully melds some of our favorite fall produce into one colorful and flavorful dish! Roasted Vegetable + Quinoa Bowl Adapted from a recipe by Sara Forte Makes 6 servings. Ingredients: 1 medium Fennel Bulb, halved and sliced into wedges 1 small Onion, sliced into thin wedges 4 Carrots, sliced 1″ thick on a diagonal 2 small Delicata Squash (or other Squash of choice), seeded and sliced into thick half moons 1/2 lb. Brussels Sprouts, halved 3 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I used a chile infused one for a bit of spice.) 3/4 tsp. Sea Salt fresh ground Pepper 2 tsp. Italian Herb Blend pinch of Cayenne 1 cup Quinoa, rinsed and drained 1 3/4 cup Vegetable Broth few big handfuls of Kale, stems removed and torn into small pieces 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar 1/3 cup toasted Pine Nuts (Optional) 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, to taste (For vegan version, skip this ingredient.) Microgreens, for garnish Instructions: Preheat the oven to 400º. Prepare all vegetables and collect them on large baking sheet. Drizzle the Olive Oil, Salt, a few pinches of Pepper, Italian Seasoning, and Cayenne. Toss to coat well and spread in a single layer on baking sheet, dividing into two sheets if over-crowded. Bake in the upper third of the oven for 20 minutes. Turn the heat up to 425º and cook another 20 minutes or until edges of vegetables are browned and crisp. While vegetables roast, cook the Quinoa. Put Quinoa and broth in pot. Bring to gentle boil, then down to simmer. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Fluff with fork, add Kale, and cover with lid to allow Kale to wilt a little. Once Quinoa has cooled, drizzle in Olive Oil, Red Wine Vinegar, and hearty pinch of Salt and Pepper. Toss to coat. Transfer to serving bowl. Top with the roasted vegetables, Pine Nuts, Feta Cheese, and Microgreens. Serve warm or at room temperature. *Image courtesy of: http://www.sproutedkitchen.com/home/2014/10/22/roasted-vegetable-quinoa-bowl.html?rq=delicata%20squ.
As the seasons change, our stomachs and palates begin to crave a change in food, as well. This simple and delicious recipe by Elias Kushner of What’s Edible is a great “transitional” meal, moving towards the warm, hearty foods of winter, but carrying with it a bit of the lightness of the end of summer. Ginger Carrot Soup by Elias Kushner of What’s Edible Makes 4-6 servings. Ingredients: 2 lbs. Carrots, diced small 1 small Onion, diced small 2 cloves Garlic, minced 1 inch Ginger, minced 1 quart Chicken Stock, heated 1 1/2 tbsp. Olive Oil Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: Heat Olive Oil in large stock pot over medium-low heat. Add Onions and sauté, stirring about 1 minute. Add Ginger and Garlic. Continue cooking 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Season with Salt and Pepper. Add Carrots and cook until slightly softened, stirring frequently. Add hot Chicken Stock and bring it to low boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until Carrots are tender but not mushy. Remove the pot from heat. With a hand blender, blend soup until smooth. (If using food processor or blender, blend in batches to prevent overcrowding. If soup is too thick, add hot water until desired consistency is reached.) Serve hot and enjoy! *Image courtesy of http://www.sobeys.com/en/recipes/ginger-orange-curried-carrot-soup/.