You’ve heard the saying “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”… but what if you’re OUT of wine?
This was the predicament I was in today when I decided to make butternut squash & pear soup.
What did I do? Well, the title says it all. I replaced the wine with ginger ale and began adding warming Daal inspired ingredients to balance things out.
Another pureed soup for the books! This stuff is like crack magic.
Keeping the skin on
I can honestly say I’ve never peeled a carrot, a potato, sweet potato, cucumber, apple… the list goes on.
If a recipe calls for the vegetables or fruits to be peeled I really, really, really try to avoid peeling them. Unless it’s a pear on a cake [more on this later]
Vegetable [and fruit] skins are LOADED with fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients [specifically polyphenols]. It’s believed that the phytonutrients in foods lay up against the skin walls. Peel the skin off, and you’re removing key natural nutrients.
- Apple skin: has high amounts of antioxidants [to fight free radical damage]
- Eggplant skin: has a antioxidant called nasunin that’s been known to reduce brain damage
- Sweet potato and pear skins: are loaded with fiber
And who likes peeling anyways? It takes up far too much time.
Take advantage of this time saver, be lazy, and create a healthier meal!
Daal Inspired Ginger Beer Soup
Inspired by: Fresh Restaurant
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 inch ginger root, grated
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 butternut squash, seeded and chopped
- 1 sweet potato, chopped
- 3 cups vegetable broth (I used Harvest Sun Yeast Free Vegetable Bouillon)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 311 mL can of ginger ale (I used Santa Cruz Ginger Ale for a strong ginger flavour)
- 2 bartlett pears, diced
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp white pepper
- 1 red pepper, finely diced (garnish)
- Pine nuts (garnish)
- In a large soup pot, combine cinnamon, ginger root, coriander, mustard seeds, cumin, butternut squash, sweet potato, and stock
- Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 30 minutes
- Meanwhile, heat oil. Add onion and cook until caramelized (5 minutes or so)
- Add ginger ale, pears, and carrots and cook for 5 minutes before adding to the soup pot
- After 30 minutes at a simmer, remove from heat and add coconut milk, salt, and peepper
- Remove cinnamon stick before pureeing soup in a blender or food processor
- Garnish with red pepper and pine nuts.
Makes 8 cups of soup, or 8-10 servings