Friday, December 23, 2011

Butternut Squash Soup

Merry Christmas Adam! One of my clients has a family tradition where they celebrate as a family on December 23rd and have a "Christmas Adam" party...because before Eve came Adam. Isn't that a fun idea? I love hearing other families fun traditions!

This morning my mom and I wrapped presents like elves in Santa's workshop. After that we spent the rest of the day making final Christmas purchases! It was fun to run all over with her! As our shopping was drawing to a close we started getting hungry and decided some warm soup would be PERFECT for dinner. I requested butternut squash soup, and as we were looking for a squash the man at the store told us to try the butternut squash cubes that are in the frozen section. We were a little weary, but decided to give it a shot. It was a GREAT decision. The meal came together in moments and it was healthy and delicious!
Butternut Squash Soup 
Recipe from Elaine Smith
Prep time (with frozen squash) 20 minutes

2 cans chicken stock (16 oz cans)
1 butternut squash cooked and cubed or 2 packages of frozen butternut squash
1 medium onion (pureed in food processor)
2 tsp minced ginger
1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup flour
2 cups fat free half and half
salt and pepper to taste

Cook your butternut squash or thaw frozen butternut squash. Heat up two cans of chicken stock, pureed onion, ginger in a large pot. Add to that your cooked squash. Put this mixture into your blender and puree it, or you can use an immersion blender in the pot. In a separate sauce pan melt 1/4 cup of butter. Add to that 1/3 cup of flour and stir that with a whisk to make your roux. Add two cups of fat free half and half to the roux and heat that through. Whisk it the entire time until it's warm. You don't want it to sit or it will burn in the bottom. Add the roux back to the stock pot until mixture is warm. If needed you can add more buttermilk to thicken it. Add salt and pepper to taste.
We served it with a side of Whole wheat bread and some herb dipping sauce.
My dad was watching Christmas Vacation while we were making dinner, and we couldn't bear to miss it...sooo...dinner was served on trays. Oh how I love being home. Have I mentioned that before?
Do you celebrate Christmas Adam? What are some of your favorite family traditions? What flavor of soup would you have requested? 

You have until tonight at midnight to enter the Ultimate Christmas Mix Giveaway! I'm giving away a copy of each of my mixes from the year. Worth it.


Melissa said...

lol, Christmas Adam, that's a great idea!

I love Butternut Squash soup. There is another great one that I found in Clean Eating before thankgiving that is curried, it's fantastic.

In our family, we do all of the Christmas activity (church, gift, special food) on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Eve after church, we have veggies, dips, and tamales. Its a south Texas thing.

We still have a Christmas lunch/dinner on Christmas day, but it's pretty much a mini Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

I've never had butternut squash soup but it sounds delish.
We started a leftover Christmas night where we invite out friends over Christmas evening. We don't make anything special but have everyone bring leftover treats. Whatever is not consumed that night is thrown out. That way we minimize the holiday temptations.
We're doing tamales Christmas morning and I'm so excited!

Janetha @ meals + moves said...

dude, i laughed out loud at the happy adam thing. that is such a great idea!

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