Friday, January 22, 2010

A new cookbook, Clean Food

I've been enjoying this rich coconut, butternut squash soup (recipe below) this week. I made a big batch last Sunday morning. Preparing foods on the weekend and storing in the fridge (or freezer) is a great way to have a quick, healthy dinner versus relying on takeout.

I was inspired to make the recipe by reading Terry Walters' cookbook, Clean Food. Terry says that "Clean Food is a holistic approach to cooking with love and good intention." I love that the cookbook is organized by the seasons. It's mostly vegetarian with some vegan recipes. Terry uses natural sweetners, adds seaweed to stocks and soups, and cooks with red wine. I'm itching to the try her orange ginger tofu recipe and this vinaigrette. Her bean soups would also be perfect for long, winter days.

Coconut butternut squash soup
3 tbsp olive oil (or coconut oil)
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp allspice
2 tsp curry powder
1 butternut squash
1 sweet potato
1 yellow onion
2 garlic cloves
4 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1 can of coconut milk
3 c. water (or more if you want it thinner)
kaffir lime leaves
1/2 lime

Preheat oven at 350.

Cut up the butternut squash + sweet potatoes into similar sized chunks. Put onto a baking sheet or a 8 x 8 inch dish. Mix 2 tbsp olive oil (or coconut oil) with allspice, curry, and cayenne. It should form a thick paste. Drizzle over sweet potato + squash chunks, and mix in with hands. Pop into oven for 20 minutes.

Heat remaining tbsp of oil and add onion. Cook down onion for about 10 minutes, then add ginger and garlic. After about 20 minutes, remove root veggies from the oven. They will not be entirely soft, which is fine. Add to onion mixture, along with coconut milk and water. Bring to boil, toss in kaffir lime leaves, then simmer on low, covered, until root veggies are soft.

Remove lime leaves, puree with hand immersion blender (or in a regular blender, but be careful soup is very hot!). Squeeze lime over soup. Pour into bowls, garnish with pumpkin seeds and cilantro.


Anonymous said...

Mmmmm.... the thought of coconut in anything sounds wonderful to me. Great post!!

erin said...

sounds wonderful!

fresh365 said...

I can leave a comment now :) I am loving this book also- such simple recipes. Let us know your favorites!

natural selection said...

I really enjoy the flavor of this soup with its hint of curry flavoring I suggest naan bread as a side


Nicole said...

I also got a book about clean eating called the Eat Clean Diet Cookbook it has amazing recipes!

Mike said...

I always want to eat butternut squash's but they are so big I can never finish them.