Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Make-in-a-blender Butternut Squash Soup

Always the lazy cook, I've come up with the easiest and cleanest and tastiest Butternut Squash Soup that is perfect for the fall, winter or even cold in the summer. Plus, butternut squash is super high in vitamin A (you’ll get over 100% of your daily recommended intake). Vitamin A is required for the development of eyes, skin, and immune system. So it’s important. AND it has the super spice turmeric which is believed to aid in digestion, prevent Alzheimer’s disease, heal wounds, ward off cancer, control diabetes, relieve arthritis and a bunch of other awesome things. Makes you kind of want to just eat a whole canister of it, right? Don’t, that would be gross. But DO eat this soup!
 To make this the easiest thing ever, I recommend cooking your butternut squash in a crockpot. I often will just do this move and then keep the perfectly done squash in my fridge if I'm not read y to make the soup-yay! Check out this recipe in all of it's glory.

Butternut Squash Soup:
What you need: 
  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 TBSP minced garlic
  • 1/2 TBSP minced ginger
  • 1 heaping TSP tumeric
  • 1 TSP curry powder
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup light unsweetened coconut milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
What to do:
  1. Cook the butternut squash (whole) in a crockpot for 3-4 hours on low, let cool a bit and then scoop out the insides (toss the seeds). You can totally do this part a couple days in advance and keep the perfectly cooked squash in the fridge.
  2. Saute the onions in a bit of the chicken broth until they are soft (about 10 minutes), add all the spices and rest of the broth. Set aside and let cool a bit.
  3. Dump everything into a blender...you might have to do this in batches. If the broth and onion deal is still hot, make sure to only fill the blender halfway as you could end up covered in the delicious soup
  4. Blend until smooth, add the coconut milk, blend again and you are done!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

"Nice" Cream

So I love ice cream just like the next person but for every day, it doesn't fit into my goals. BUT that doesn't mean I have to deprive myself of a silky smooth, frozen treat. I'm loving blended banana frozen banana and a bunch of cacao powder. Sometimes I even add a bit of peanut butter. I'm telling you...it's super yummy and I don't even love bananas!

What you need:
  • ripe bananas chunked and frozen for an hour or two
  • cacao powder
  • any other mix-ins you like
What you do:
  1. Add bananas and mix-ins to a blender and blend the junk out of it. If the bananas wont blend, add a little bit of almond milk to get it going
  2. EAT!

THE Shake...I'm completely obsessed

I'm completely obsessed with the shake-you can make it low carb or higher carb, adjust the fats as you need them or make it a meal or snack. let me show you how easy it is! The base of the shake stays the same, and the extras you add will make it perfect for any occasion. 
Base ingredients: 
  • unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • tons of spinach or kale or both
  • high quality protein powder (I use this vegan one)
  • avocado
  • raw cacao powder (optional-it makes it chocolate and adds a bunch of antioxidants and energy) 
  • and lots of ice

What you need to add for Low Carb/High fat day: add some nut butter...I love almond butter in this shake

What to add for High Carb/Lower fat: banana is terrific in this

Blend the junk out of it and enjoy!