Thursday, December 2, 2010

Acorn Squash Recipes Roundup

Thanks for all the acorn squash recipes you left and linked to in the comments of my last post! I will definitely make more acorn squash soon to try them all!

Here are the recipes you left; they all sound great!:
Again, thanks everyone! I love having so many recipes… Smile

“Okay Andrea, what did you do with it?,” you ask. Well, I guess it’s not a big surprise, but I ended up making a butternut and acorn squash soup, inspired by Gina’s recipe. It’s very similar to my Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup (or any “creamy” soup I make). I still don’t feel 100%, and a nice bowl of soup sounded great. Another reason I ended up making the soup was that I had a butternut squash sitting on my counter (from my 11/12 CSA box), which I had been meaning to roast for a while now. It was the perfect opportunity to use it.

I cut the butternut squash and the acorn squash in  half and roasted them in a 375 degree oven for about an hour.

After the squash was done, I sautéed the celery (one stalk, cut into pieces) and one carrot (cut into pieces) in a bit of olive oil for about five minutes and then added the squash, which I had scooped out of its skin.  Next I added vegetable stock, garlic, basil, and cilantro (one frozen cube of each, as I didn’t want to overpower the flavors of the soup) and cooked the soup for about 10 minutes.

Then I took the soup off the heat and let it cool a bit, before adding 2 tablespoons of whipped cream cheese. I usually don’t add any cream or cheese to my “creamy” soups, but the cream cheese definitely added a nice touch (even though I added only a little bit)! Smile Gina added Greek yogurt when she made the soup, but I didn’t have any (but I did have cream cheese for bagels, which I ended up never buying…). I’ll try Greek yogurt next time! Finally, I pureed the soup with my immersion blender.

I REALLY like this soup! It was nice and creamy because of the cream cheese. And it had a nice, flavorful “squashy” taste! Smile I can’t wait to make the other acorn squash recipes that are listed/linked above!

Questions: Do you have an acorn squash recipe you like that’s not listed above? If so, leave it in the comments or link to it, and I’ll update the post. I think it’s convenient to have as many recipes as possible in one place; I hope some of you find it helpful, too. How do you stay fit in the winter? I’m having a hard time getting enough movement (not just actual workouts)…  And being sick for well over a week hasn’t helped… I know I have lots of catching up to do on Heather’s 100 Burpee Blast Challenge, which is  one way to get moving…  If you have any tips on how to get movement and exercise into your day in the winter, leave them in the comments. I’ll do a roundup post soon. Hopefully, it’ll help us all to stay active in the cold weather (if it’s cold where you are right now)… Smile

Be well,