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by Meghann on October 8, 2008

When I was routing through my freezer for lunch today, I had completely forgot that I had already planned to make soup for dinner. I debated making something else, but with a bare fridge and no $$ I decided to stick with my original plan. I like soup, so having it twice in one day does not bother me. ๐Ÿ™‚

My soup was inspired by what I found at my grocery store this weekend…

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A precut & gutted butternut squash! This was perfect for me because A) I don’t have to worry about cutting it and B) I don’t have to worry about having a zillion butternut squash left overs! Publix had other random squashes that were precut so I will have to look into that for next week.

After all of the great butternut squash recipes I saw last week in the secret ingredient contest, I knew I had plenty of great recipes to try this squash on. WIth consideration of what I already had on my fridge I decided to give Lauren’s Spicy Butternut Squash Soup a try.

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I altered the recipe so it only produced two servings and substituted ingredients with what I had on hand.

Here is my version of Lauren’s creation:

  • 1/4 Butternut Squash
  • 1 Small Sweet Potato
  • 4 Carrot Sticks
  • 1/2 Yellow Onion
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1/2 cup Okra ( I told you I would be putting it in everything)
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Summer Squash (also trying to use up)
  • 3/4 can of Vegtable broth
  • 1/2 cup Fat Free Milk
  • S & P
  • Cumin
  • Oregano
  • 1/2 chicken breast
  • Gorgonzola Cheese (for topping)

I followed her directions from there. I added the milk when I added the vegtable broth and only let it simmer for 10 minutes before I took the hand blender to it. I added the chicken to the soup after the hand blender and I topped the individual bowl of soup with the gorgonzola cheese. This really produced two perfect serving sizes.

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On the side of the soup I had a piece of Whole Wheat Toast, which I used to wipe the bowl clean. ๐Ÿ™‚

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You like my half toasted piece of toast? This bread has a hard time fitting in my tiny toaster. Oh well, it works!

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The soup was awesome! I really am a HUGE fan of butternut squash now and I am excited that I have the other half of butternut squash in the fridge waiting to be made into butternut squash fries. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Lauren for posting a great recipe!

After my dinner I decided to experiment with my Pumpkin Bars for dessert.

I cut one in half and slathered Peanut Butter on one half and Low Sugar Strawberry Preserves on the other.

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I was really craving something fruity which is why I chose the preserves, but ever since Erin suggested the peanut butter on the bar, it has been on the back of my head to give it a try. Let me tell you, Erin is a GENIUS! The Peanut Butter on top made the bars AMAZING!!! But doesn’t peanut butter make all desserts amazing?!? I am definitely feeling better about these bars now. Thanks for the suggestion Erin!

This afternoon I had a serving of Kashi Vegetable Roasted Crackers and a Laughing Cow Cheese Wedge for my afternoon snack.

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I picked these crackers up for FREE thanks to my Kashi Coupons. It was my first time trying the vegetable crackers and I must say I really enjoyed them. I liked the extra flavor these crackers had and look forward to future enjoyments.

I have dishes waiting for me in the kitchen. ๐Ÿ™ I guess I have put them off long enough. Good night everyone!

1 VeggieGirl October 8, 2008 at 9:02 pm

They started selling pre-cut butternut squash like that at Whole Foods as well – score!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Lovin’ the soup and PBJ-topped pumpkin bar!!

Good luck doing the dishes, and enjoy your evening!!

2 Megan October 8, 2008 at 9:17 pm

I sure wish I had a store that had the squash all ready to go for me like that. The soup looks great!

Yum! PB and pumpkin!

3 jenngirl October 8, 2008 at 10:18 pm

Mm that soup looks very yummy!

PB not only makes dessert better, it makes EVERYTHING better!

I love the Kashi Vegetable crackers, they have a little bit of a kick to them which is always fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you have a great night!

4 runningwithfood October 8, 2008 at 11:27 pm

Your soup looks super good! ๐Ÿ™‚

5 magpie October 9, 2008 at 12:01 am

Cutting squash is so hard! That’s a fantastic find ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I spent about 20 minutes cutting my spaghetti squash in half tonight.

Good night!

6 Erin October 9, 2008 at 6:42 am

You’re right, I am a genius! I’m so joking. Thanks for the blog love, and I’m so glad the PB helped! ๐Ÿ˜€
Your soup looks great!

7 gina (fitnessista) October 9, 2008 at 9:07 am

that soup looks fabulous!! i’ll need to look for those at publix.. maybe i won’t be so afraid to buy a butternut since i won’t have to commit to a whole one ๐Ÿ˜€
peanut butter makes ANYTHING taste better…
have a great day!

8 Melissa S. October 9, 2008 at 9:21 am

love all the eats and that bar w/ the pb sounds amazing! so jealous!

9 Lauren October 9, 2008 at 9:31 am

Yay! I am so glad you made the soup and enjoyed it! I love all the extras you put in it, especially the gorgonzola on top – yummmm. ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 9, 2008 at 11:42 am

I need to try those Kashi crackers!

Your bowl is so pretty! Mind if I ask where you got it?

11 graduatemeghann October 9, 2008 at 1:18 pm

The bowl came with a set my mom gave me for christmas a few years ago. I am a snowflake FANATIC so these stay in the kitchen year around. ๐Ÿ™‚

12 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 9, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Hey Meghann, thanks for answering my question! Your mom has good taste! Good idea to keep them in the kitchen year round – that way you can admire the pretty snowflakes all the time ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great night!

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