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

Ingredients: 
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.

7 comments:

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.

becomingrene 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!

oakleyses said...

coach purses, louis vuitton, louis vuitton outlet, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet, coach outlet, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses cheap, kate spade outlet, prada handbags, oakley sunglasses, ray ban sunglasses, tiffany and co, chanel handbags, oakley sunglasses, louboutin, burberry outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet, tiffany and co, burberry outlet, nike free, coach outlet store online, gucci outlet, louis vuitton handbags, longchamp outlet, louis vuitton outlet stores, michael kors outlet, air max, polo ralph lauren outlet, louboutin outlet, true religion jeans, true religion jeans, kate spade handbags, longchamp handbags, tory burch outlet, jordan shoes, louis vuitton outlet, christian louboutin shoes, nike shoes, michael kors outlet, air max, coach factory outlet, prada outlet, longchamp handbags, louboutin

oakleyses said...

ray ban sunglasses, polo ralph lauren, sac louis vuitton, sac hermes, mulberry, north face, air force, nike tn, ray ban pas cher, vans pas cher, hollister, abercrombie and fitch, michael kors pas cher, nike roshe, nike air max, sac burberry, sac longchamp, hollister, nike blazer, nike trainers, hogan outlet, polo lacoste, louboutin, new balance pas cher, air jordan, converse pas cher, nike roshe run, louis vuitton uk, north face, michael kors, nike free pas cher, barbour, longchamp, nike free, sac louis vuitton, vanessa bruno, michael kors, sac guess, timberland, air max pas cher, true religion outlet, true religion outlet, louis vuitton, air max, oakley pas cher, ralph lauren, lululemon, air max

oakleyses said...

jimmy choo outlet, ugg boots, new balance shoes, birkin bag, vans shoes, soccer jerseys, canada goose, north face jackets, chi flat iron, mcm handbags, canada goose uk, insanity workout, ugg pas cher, asics running shoes, instyler, nike huarache, p90x, giuseppe zanotti, bottega veneta, valentino shoes, nike roshe run, ferragamo shoes, canada goose, moncler, abercrombie and fitch, herve leger, hollister, nfl jerseys, soccer shoes, longchamp, mont blanc, mac cosmetics, ugg australia, lululemon outlet, ugg, babyliss pro, rolex watches, canada goose outlet, marc jacobs, north face outlet, celine handbags, ugg boots, ghd, reebok outlet, wedding dresses, beats by dre, canada goose, uggs outlet, canada goose jackets

oakleyses said...

hollister, air max, air max, moncler, juicy couture outlet, supra shoes, pandora charms, wedding dresses, gucci, baseball bats, coach outlet store online, vans, parajumpers, pandora jewelry, lancel, hollister clothing store, ugg, ray ban, thomas sabo, oakley, montre homme, moncler, canada goose, converse, moncler, timberland boots, swarovski, juicy couture outlet, pandora charms, links of london, moncler outlet, karen millen, ugg, iphone 6 cases, louboutin, louis vuitton, rolex watches, swarovski crystal, canada goose, converse shoes, moncler, moncler, ralph lauren, toms shoes, hollister