So, as you know, I’m doing this Whole30 Challenge. That means no sugar. It turns out that everything in the entire world has added sugar in it, including most hot sauces and spice mixes. I’m also not eating soy. So the 25% of spices and sauces that don’t have sugar, definitely have soy. It’s irritating.
However, I was so pleased to discover red and green curry paste at the market the other day, and even more pleased to find that they included no soy OR sugar. Say WHAT? Yes.
It looks like this. Comes in green and red. Yum.
So, in the spirit of Fall, which is my favorite of all seasons, I bring you this delicious, healthy, Whole30 approved soup. Enjoy!
Thai Roasted Acorn Squash Soup
Makes 1 large portion, or 1 Mommy portion and 1 baby portion
- 1 Acorn Squash
- 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1/2 cup water (or more for desired consistency)
- 1 tbsp Red Curry paste
- Salt to taste – I used a Alder Smoked Sea salt, which was fabulous. This is a good recipe to test out a fancy salt with
Cut your squash in half, scoop out the seeds, put on a cookie sheet and roast for about 40 minutes in a 350 degree oven. No need to overcook. A fork should pierce the flesh easily.
After roasting, carefully scoop out the flesh. The skin will tear easily, so just do your best.
Pop the flesh in your blender.
Add coconut milk
Whir whir whir
Process until it has a velvety texture. You can add more water or coconut milk to get your desired consistency. I like my soup a little thick – you may like yours thinner. That’s ok!
In a pot, pour your puree and add your dollop of red curry paste. You’ll notice I measure using a baby spoon and call that a tablespoon. I’m sorry. At least I took pictures?
Turn heat up to medium, and incorporate the paste. Taste. Want more paste? Add more paste!
At this point, decide if you need more liquid as well. It’s up to you.
Heat it up to desired “hotness”!
Add your salt to taste.
I garnished mine with sliced avocado.
Babies love this. Or, at least my baby does.
You could pretty much use any squash!
I hope you enjoy it.
I survived and so did everyone around me.
But I’ll tell you, it’s been gross around here. I pretty much could not be bothered to wash my hair, put on makeup, or wear real clothes. I did shower, since I am not completely gross, but I didn’t really want to. It’s amazing to me how something as simple as sugar can mess your body up. I can’t imagine how I’d be feeling on this cleanse if I was previously eating a Standard American Diet, with lots of processed food and white refined carbs. I’d would probably have actually killed someone. Or myself. HA!
This morning I woke up and realized that my lady-friend is now in town (subtle, right) and that I probably couldn’t have chosen a worse time to ditch the sugar and grains. That explains the drama, to a certain extent. So, quick shout out to Hubs for cleaning bottles, cleaning the kitchen, and not begging me to wash my hair or put on real clothes. That was a big help. Oh, and BTW… why aren’t you experiencing any awful detox symptoms? Are you at work eating pizza and drinking beer? ARE YOU?
Anyhow, today is Friday and we’ve got some yummy recipes to try this weekend in addition to SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL returning. Definitely making chili for that.
I’ll be back later with a recipe, because I’ve got some ideas about acorn squash and thai spices. It’s already baked up and waiting for me to dig in.
Have a great one!