day one - butternut squash soup




Happy happy New Year to you.  Anyone still interested in doing the one week vegan challenge? In case you are, how about a warm, delicious, filling soup for day one?  I just roasted a large butternut squash by slicing it in half and putting it face down on a parchment lined baking sheet for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees.  I scooped out the insides and added it to a pot on the stove that had 1 small diced onion that was cooking in about a teaspoon of olive oil.  You can use water instead of oil if you want.  Then I added 2 cups of vegetable broth and a cup of plain, organic soy milk.  I seasoned with a tiny bit of salt and pepper and red pepper flakes.  Heated it through and then blended it til smooth. OMG, so delicious and so easy.  Add a green salad and some crusty bread...heaven.

I hope your holidays were beautiful and your new year healthy and peaceful. xo


25 comments

  1. Sounds delish! Will have to try this.

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  2. I love the idea of a one week vegan challenge...I'm intrigued but not ready to fully commit :)

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  3. How delicious! A great recipe to try this week, and the New Year! :)

    Jane x

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  4. This is the type of meal I never tire of. I had black-eyed-peas today, vegan cornbread and a simple green salad. Delish!

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  5. Happy New Year and happy belated birthday to you! Tha soup looks beautiful. I love butternut squash soup because you can take it in so many directions with different herbs.

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  6. This butternut squash soup is beautiful and seems just the ticket after I finish the New Year's Day Hoppin' John and cornbread.

    The cornbread was made with the new sensation 'aquafaba' which generally refers to the liquid in a can of chickpeas. Aquafaba is a revolutionary vegan egg replacer used in meringues, confectionery, and baked goods. It lives up to the promotions.

    The Official Aquafaba Web Site:
    http://aquafaba.com/

    Those intrigued by the vegan challenge but not quite enough to do it might get a kickstart by watching "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret." The Leonardo DiCaprio produced "Cowspiracy" cut is streaming on Netflix. The original release is available on the Cowspiracy web site:

    http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/

    "Cowspiracy" contains no slaughterhouse footage. It's not that sort of movie. It's the story of a young filmmaker who tries to find out about the industry most responsible for environmental destruction. It's highly engaging and comedic at times. Many find it life changing.

    Happy New Year!

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  7. Janet,
    You make being vegan so appealing.
    Happy New Year!
    xoxo

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  8. We are not quite ready to go vegan yet either, but thanks for the delicious recipe! I made this tonight with chicken broth and 1/2 & 1/2 and we both loved it and went back for seconds! I am still stuffed but can't wait to eat more for lunch tomorrow! Have enjoyed your blog for several years now and have always meant to try some of your recipes - so glad I finally did!

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  9. Hi Janet, the soup looks so yummy...I wish my husband liked butternut squash more. He likes most other veggies thank goodness. Maybe I will make it just for myself!

    Happy belated birthday!!!! Hope it was a good one.

    Linda
    xo

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  10. Hi Janet, I use ginger and garlic in my pumpkin soup. It's an Australian thing, I suppose. Love your blog.

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    1. I often use ginger and garlic in my squash soup too. I also like a dash of nutmeg. I think there are lots of delicious ways to season it. I may be trying Janet's soon. :-)

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  11. I absolutely love anything with butternut squash. I might have to try this. TY, J. Looks really good.

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  12. I made your butternut squash soup today and it was so tasty. Thank you. Soups are really good in the winter months in the northeast so it was spot on.

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  13. I made your butternut squash soup today and it was so tasty. Thank you. Soups are really good in the winter months in the northeast so it was spot on.

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  14. This Christmas, a friend made some butternut squash soup that was delicious. I've always shied away from butternut squash because I've heard it's difficult to cut, but the soup was so good and your recipe sounds so simple. I think I will give it a try.

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  15. Janet, I've come back here to the previous post of yours in order to try to connect with you; I've been unable to on your Chateau post. All I wanted to say was Happy Belated Birthday but let me now also get this in: Because of this computer glitch (this was happening between me and you some time back, too...when you were in Utah, maybe [by the way, hope all is well with FIL]), if you never hear from me again, please know that I always faithfully read you and always love hearing what you have to say and share! But I can't sit here 20 times trying to get my words published! I'm not computer-literate; maybe it's me, on my end. Grrr...frustrating, though! Anyway, glad you had such a luxe excursion! What a posh way to start your new year! I've seen La Chateau up there all my life yet never actually been there, so thanks for the glimpse! You looked very chic. I'm not so sold on Balmain lately...the current stuff...but Balmain vintage is IT! How great that you have such a glam piece. Was wondering if you'd gotten any of that super-soaker rain they've been scaring us with on the news...we haven't gotten one drop yet and it was supposed to get here this time yesterday. This is from Vicki up in the northern reaches from you but no way am I clicking on some weird thing that pops up when I try to make a comment, not allowing me to 'publish' until I choose some silly image of a pie or a train or a street sign!

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    1. vicki, so sorry for all the problems with commenting. i know you are not the only one. it's a blogger issue and nothing i do can fix it. there are a couple of wordpress blogs that i cannot leave comments on and i know how frustrating that is. we are bracing for the rain also. expected it yesterday but none fell. today looks different though and i'm sure we will get some. so needed here, my garden looks awful. thank you for the birthday wishes too. xo

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    2. It's okay about the computer issue. I got it; it was me not understanding your security features, mostly because it only seldom goes to that point of me needing to provide further proof that I'm not a robot. If it protects your blog and our info, that's super-great; I'm not complaining, just feeling stupid and clogging up your blog with banal comments on what have been two really nice posts of yours where the last thing I wanted to talk about was a web dilemma!

      Pouring here all morning! The gardener just cut my roses all the way down yesterday before the rain. I nipped the last buds and filled a vase. He also thatched the lawn--it looks like muddy yellow straw now; sigh--so it's perfect timing for the welcome rain to nourish (as long as we don't FLOOD, since the earth/dirt everywhere around here is so compressed from drought (like concrete) that the water can't soak in yet (or so they say!) and the water has to go somewhere. Did you get that part about being careful around drought-stricken trees? I guess the ones with shallow root balls, like the evergreens particularly. Have lost root structure and are unstable; nothing much left to hold them steady. Experts say that we have so many dead trees, or dying trees...millions in Calif...that with eventually-penetrating rainwater, they're likely to topple over, so we're supposed to be careful where we park a car, what we're walking under, etc. Crazy-sad, huh.

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  16. Yes, Janet! I'm ready to go with you on this veg week(only 1 week?)! Will you be posting recipes for us to try?? They are always wonderful. Happy New Year and abundant blessings!!

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    1. well tom i think the idea behind it is that if you can do it for a week then maybe you can do it for a lifetime. which you can! it's so easy and healthful and so good for the planet. if you watch the movie cowspiracy you will come to understand that eventually the whole world will have to be vegan in order for us not to deplete our water and destroy the earth. i've been posting a daily shot of a meal on instagram. i've been super busy but will try to get recipes posted here as well. thanks! x

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  17. SOUNDS delicious................
    Going to see if I can re-subscribe!

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  18. Great soup, Janet! Thanks so much.....I could eat this every day.

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  19. Wonderful soup! Please----more simply delicious vegan recipes! Thanks!

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