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My Favorite Fall Recipe – Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

I’m so excited FALL is finally here! I’ve been especially looking forward to it this year because, well, you know. Covid. Quarantine. Life put on hold.

And why does crisp fall air and a hot bowl of soup seem to cure all things, especially bad moods? It doesn’t hurt that it feels very witchy to be standing over and stirring a steaming, bubbling pot of soup. ha!

Fall in general always makes everything better. Maybe because I love everything to do with the season?

I love curling up with a blanket on the couch to read a new novel, natch. I love the leaves and the cooler weather. I love getting all my sweaters out, and YES, making all my favorite fall recipes. I love making a hot cup of tea mid-day and baking cinnamon bread.

Alas, most of my favorite things like Halloween, gathering around the fire pit in the evening with friends, long hikes, and snuggly sweaters goes well with the summer swelter here in Virginia, so I must wait for fall.

Soup is my go-to for dinner the fall. You can always make sandwiches or a salad, and when I’m feeling particularly ambitious, I’ll make some homemade bread, too. Naan is really good with this recipe, but a nice, crusty baguette is also fab.

And my Coconut Butternut Squash soup is so EASY to make, you almost don’t need a recipe, just a list of ingredients. But don’t worry, I have the full breakdown for you. 😉

My Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag frozen butternut squash (or a fresh squash peeled, seeded, and cubed)
  • 2-3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup diced sweet onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or ghee
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste (or fresh grated ginger root)
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 cups Coconut milk (I prefer So Delicious unsweetened Organic Coconut milk)
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • Dry roasted peanuts, chopped (optional)
  • Cream of coconut (optional)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In 4 quart pan, heat olive or ghee over medium heat. Add onion and saute until translucent. Add garlic, ginger, curry paste, and cumin and stir for 60 seconds.
  2. Add broth and bring to a boil. When broth boils add butternut squash. Return to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until squash is soft enough to mash.
  3. Remove pan from heat and either mash the squash or use an immersion blender. Return to heat, but at the lowest setting, and whisk in the coconut milk.
  4. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with cilantro and peanuts, then swirl a teaspoon of the cream of coconut into the soup.

Enjoy!

Let me know if you try the recipe and how it turned out. Have any favorite soup recipes? Share a link in the comments below! I love trying new recipes. 🙂

What I’ve Been Up To and THM (E) Banana Bread

Good morning from My Road! And yes, it is my road. That’s the name the previous owner gave our long driveway, at any rate, and the county sanctioned it with a private road sign. My Road. And yes, it’s been stolen a couple of times.

You may have noticed I’ve been MIA and mostly it’s been because of family health issues and needing to focus on that. But it’s also been because I’ve been digesting my successes and failures over the last 5 years. I’m not as scared of failure as I once was, but it still takes me some time to acknowledge when I’ve not done so well and even longer to figure out how to take that lesson and use it to my advantage going forward.

Which is why I’ve been away for so long: deciding what to focus on and what to do next. And I’ve come up with some interesting ideas on the matter.

So first off, I’ve decided to consolidate all my blogging and interests onto my website, instead of having everything spread around. It’ll be easier to keep up with and you’ll get a better picture of who I am and what I have to offer, why I blog, and all that jazz. You know I’m an author, but did you also know I’m a reformed fitness professional, healthy eating nerd, and an essential oil user?

Or that I’m a registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, an Emotions Mentor, and that I read the Tarot? Did you know I hike the Appalachian Trail with my hubs? And that I believe the Universe conspires to help adventurers? Well, I am, I do, I did, and I do.

I’ve decided to consolidate all these aspects of myself and what I am passionate about and see how it all goes. I’m pretty confident you’re going to enjoy what develops over the next few months. So make sure you’re subscribed to my newsletter HERE and you won’t miss a single post. I promise. 🙂

And now for the promised banana bread recipe. One of the things I’m really into is creative cooking and baking. Sometimes, I make super healthy, super good for you stuff, and sometimes I make just really yummy fun food. Everything in moderation, including moderation.

Also, I have recently invested in some exciting new appliances for my kitchen so I cannot wait to put them to use! Which reminds me, I buy most of my kitchen appliances from Macy’s so if you are tempted to invest in some new things for your kitchen I would definitely recommend taking a look at their website for some inspiration. I was even lucky enough to find a macys coupon online so I managed to get a discount on my new appliances. I love saving money so I was absolutely delighted that I was able to use a promo code.

Anyway, because I was keen to put my new Macy’s purchases to the test, I experimented in the kitchen with a new, Trim Healthy Mama friendly banana bread recipe. It turned out exceptionally well and I wanted to share it. We discovered an oozie banana in the fruit bowl last night and I decided that the remaining three bananas needed to be made into banana bread asap. But, as some of you may know, I have been avoiding sugar the last few months and didn’t want to load this one up with the sweet stuff. Thus, I turned to the Trim Healthy Mama groupies on Pinterest.

I found a lot of recipes, but none of them were exactly what I had in mind or I was missing too many ingredients or I knew from past experiences I wouldn’t like the outcome. For example, if I see a recipe with lots of egg whites and very little flour, I know I”m going to get something very eggy and soufle-like. Not my thing. So I decided to take a stab at creating my own recipe.

My family is almost fully converted and accustomed to my sugar alternatives: honey, coconut palm sugar, Stevia, xylitol, and erythritol. Almost. They’re fine with the first two, but have things to say about the last three. I don’t blame them. It takes awhile to adjust the taste buds, and sometimes Stevia tastes bitter if you’re not careful about which brand you buy and how much you use. I learned from the Trim Healthy Mamas that when it comes to Stevia, a little “doonk” will do you.

A few of things before I give you the recipe:

  1. I used a peeled and cored apple instead of applesauce. This may have affected the moistness BUT I don’t think so. It seems plenty moist to me. Just wanted you to know before you try this recipe. (for my friend Amanda, who hates the word moist)
  2. Many of the recipes I came across used all oat flour, but I wanted to incorporate some coconut flour for the fiber content. Did you know oat flour has 2.5 g of fiber per 1/3 cup while coconut flour has 7 g per 2 tablespoons? That’s pretty impressive.
  3. I use a diy version of the Trim Healthy Mama’s Gentle Sweet. The recipe can be found at Taryn’s Joy Filled Eats blog HERE. If you’d rather use white table sugar, go for it, but you’ll need to adjust the amount. HERE is a handy dandy conversion chart.
  4. Okay, so keep in mind I use a Ninja blender/food processor set–the one with the motor that sits on top–to mix up the ingredients. Why? It’s super easy and fast, and with my Ninja blender the clean up is stupid simple. And I need stupid simple when it comes to cleaning up.
  5. If you have no idea who this Trim Healthy Mama is, go check out their website HERE. And for those of you who are already familiar, this recipe is an E or Energizing. I know the Mamas warn about bananas spiking your blood sugar, but I think the fiber is high enough and if you’re wise about your portion size, you should be fine.
  6. If you don’t have oat flour on hand, grind up some rolled oats. Same thing, basically. And if you want this recipe to be 100% gluten free, make sure your oats are designated gluten-free. Even if they’re not, the gluten in oats is not all that much.
  7. I use Himalayan salt for its mineral content, but probably any salt would do in a pinch. 😉

Enough with all that, let’s get on with the goodies…

Melissa’s THM Friendly Banana Bread (E)

Ingredients:

  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup egg whites or 3 egg whites
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 Greek yogurt, 0% fat
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour or grinded oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 3 Tbs Chia seeds
  • 1 Tbls baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Himlayan salt
  • Coconut oil (to grease the bread pan)
  • or Parchment paper (for easy bread removal)

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Break up the peeled bananas into the blender. Add the apple chunks, egg whites, yogurt, and vanilla extra. Blend just long enough to mix ingredients. Don’t worry if the apples are chunky at this point. By the time you’re done mixing everything they should be fine.

Add the dry ingredients and blend just long enough to incorporate all ingredients. You may need to scrape the sides of the blender a couple times. Grease the bread pan or line with parchment paper before pouring the batter into the band.

Bake for 50-60 minutes until golden brown.

Transfer from pan to cooling rack.

1/6 of a loaf is one serving.

I’m having a slice right now with my tea as I type this up. Sooooo good.

That’s about all for now, my friends. Ooh, if you don’t have a blender, make sure you have a read of different reviews, as All Great Appliances has the oster blender review and others to ready to help you fin the right blender for you. you can then make this delicious banana bread!

Much love and light until next time! <3