Welcome to the first Recipe Round-Up. I love food so much (as demonstrated by my dress size) and I’m a little obsessed with taking photos of what I’m cooking and eating and sending to my (bored of me) friends. So I decided to begin sharing my food ideas The Butterfly Mother instead!
Disclaimer: I’m a perpetual yo-yo dieter and food obsessive so prepare for the devil and angel sides of my food persona to be displayed here – i.e. they’ll be healthy recipes packed with your five-a-day nestled among home-cooked versions of junk food naughties & chocolate-laden desserts. I also follow Slimming World (sometimes) so I’ll make sure I mention when the recipe is “food-optimising” friendly.
Today I wanted to share my take on Butternut Squash soup – I’m not an enormous veg-lover when they are served straight up so I love trying to hide them in curries, bolognese, soups etc and this is a great example of this.
- 1 butternut squash (chopped chunky & seeds removed – sorry, that’s the hardest part of this recipe I promise)
- 1 onion
- 1 red chilli (half for soup, half for garnish)
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 large carrots
- Generous handful of spinach
- 1 litre chicken stock
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 2 tsp dried thyme (or fresh if you can be bothered)
- Salt & Pepper
- Creme fraiche to serve
- Roughly chop the squash, onion, garlic, half red chilli & carrots and gently stir-fry in a large pan for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the stock, thyme, paprika, garlic salt and seasoning, stir and bring to the boil.
- Simmer for 30 minutes with the lid on, or until all veg is softened.
- Take off the heat & add the spinach to wilt slightly
- Once cool, blend in the food processor, reheat and serve with a swirl of creme fraiche and sprinkle with the remaining chilli, finely chopped.
Tips & tags
*Healthy Halo/Perfect For Kids/Freezable*
- Use Fry Lite & exchange the creme fraiche for fat free natural yoghurt or leave out completely to make this “free” on Slimming World.
- Use less stock and whizz for less time to make a thicker soup as a great meal for your baby-led weaning tot.