• Cristina Montoya, RD

Thai Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup to Soothe your Soul


The Holiday season is behind us, the hustle and bustle of our life routine begins once again. Coming home to a warm, soothing, and flavourful soup is just what we need after a cold and busy day. A great way to warm your soul and tummy is with a creamy Butternut Squash Soup with a spicy twist.


Highlights:

✔ Dairy Free, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian & Vegan


✔ Butternut Squash adds a creamy texture and sweetness to the soup. Squash is an excellent source of beta-carotene (which can be converted into the eye-health vitamin A). It's also an excellent source of potassium, a source of vitamin C and surprisingly a source of folacin (folic acid)


✔Thai Red Curry paste is a delicious combination of anti-inflammatory ingredients that include red chilli pepper, ginger, turmeric


Thai Butternut Squash and Coconut Soup


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 70 minutes

Servings: 4


Ingredients:


  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 1/2 lb Butternut Squash *

  • 1/4 lb baby potatoes, white, peeled

  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped or crushed

  • 1/4 cup Thai red curry paste

  • 2 1/2 cup vegetable stock

  • 1 can coconut milk (400 ml)

  • 2 Tablespoons peanuts, unsalted

  • 1 stalk green onions, chopped

  • 2 Tablespoons fresh coriander (cilantro),chopped

  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice




* You may bake the Butternut Squash in the oven at 350 F degrees for 40 minutes to facilitate peeling and chopping









Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a saucepan at medium-high heat. Cook onion, for 5 minutes or until softened. Stir occasionally.

  2. Add baked squash and the potato to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Add the garlic, stirring for 1 minute or until fragrant.

  4. Add the curry paste until the vegetables are coated all over. Add the stock, cover and bring to boil.

  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes.

  6. Remove the lid and allow the mixture to simmer for 20 more minutes.

  7. Remove from heat. Stand for 5 minutes.

  8. Blend soup until smooth using a hand blender, then return to medium heat and stir in the coconut milk. Add black pepper to taste. Cook for 5 minutes or until heated through.

  9. While soup cooks, combine peanuts, coriander, green onions and lime juice in a small bowl. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with peanut mixture.

  10. Enjoy!



Extra tip:


✔ Double up and store extra soup in individual mason jars or air-tight containers for a grab-on-go lunch option.



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