Below is part 1 of a new blog series written by Sam, Liberty HealthShare's Social Media Specialist, as she tackles her new year's resolution to make meals from scratch. Follow her journey as she steps outside the microwavable, frozen meal box, and creates some healthy habits along the way.
For my first, made-entirely-from-scratch meal, I decided to tackle sweet potato and butternut squash soup. You may be thinking, "What made you decide to go with such a time-consuming recipe instead of quick overnight oats or a hearty pasta, Sam?"
Well, to answer your question, I have no clue. Trust me, I had second thoughts approximately 3 minutes into dicing the large butternut squash that I just had to have. It was right about then that the phrase "Don't bite off more than you can chew" began running through my mind on repeat.
The goal I set at the beginning of the week was to choose a recipe that could be used for multiple meals. Over the weekend, I found a recipe on a food blog and began preparing the soup.
After spending a grueling 40-minutes breaking down the ingredients: sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, apple, and onion, I was finally able to start cooking. I threw the onions in a large soup kettle, dumped the vegetables over that, and topped it all off with a few cups of vegetable stock. I chose to forgo the curry, ginger, and cinnamon and went with all-spice instead. I turned the heat to medium and let the pot simmer/boil for about 30 minutes until the potatoes and squash were cooked through.
The next step in the recipe was to use an immersion blender and blend the ingredients to make a puree. But let's be honest, a girl who used to cook with only a microwave or toaster oven does not own an immersion blender. So I chose the next best thing and proceeded to ladle the soup into a traditional blender. After a few pulses of the blade, voila, the sweet potato and butternut squash soup was done! Unfortunately, my excitement quickly faded as I looked around my kitchen and saw that the soup had made its way onto almost every surface possible, including my clothes. Fortunately, becoming a cleaner person is not on my resolution list for this year.
Despite the fact that recreating this recipe took all afternoon (and that I had to clean my kitchen from the floor up), the soup was a success. I can take it with me to work for a nice warm lunch or pair it with a fresh salad at dinner.
- buy smaller or pre-cut vegetables when possible
- an immersion blender is an ingenious appliance
- clean the kitchen as you go
I hope you enjoyed following along. You can find the recipe here. For more Liberty HealthShare blog posts and special content, please subscribe above!
Author: Sam Long, Social Media Specialist