Experimentus InterruptusPosted: September 19, 2010
Happy football Sunday!
Anyone else psyched about the Manning Bowl? LEZ GO PEYTON!
Today, at my family’s request, I’m bringing the Coach home for an afternoon of gridiron action, so sadly, my game day meals aren’t going to be built around the Carolina Panthers (not that I exactly had a brilliant idea there anyways). I’ve been promised a spread of healthified snacks with options for the vegans, vegetarians, carnivores, and all of the above, as well as a homemade dessert…suffice it to say I’m intrigued!
Despite my disaffection for pumpkin, I’m not completely shunning fall flavors in my kitchen! In fact, yesterday I whipped up the simplest yet most delicious soup I’ve ever made from scratch! Well, that…or I inhaled so many fumes over the course of for hours of vigorous house cleaning that I killed a few brain cells and taste buds 😉
Ahem. Quite tasty nonetheless.
Easy Vegan Acorn Squash Soup
- 1 medium acorn squash
- 2 1/4 cups non-dairy milk (I used almond)
- 3 large carrots
- 1/2 sweet vidalia onion
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Bake squash whole by slicing several holes in the top and placing on a baking sheet for approximately an hour (until skin is tender) at 350 degrees.
After removing the squash from the oven, slice and boil carrots and onions.
Slice open the squash, scoop out the seeds and strings, and spoon the pulp into a food processor. Add a faint drizzle of olive oil and puree. Do the same with the carrots.
Combine squash and carrot puree with your “milk” in a large pot over medium heat. Add in onions, basil, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Sweet and woodsy/nutty at the same time, with only a few key flavors going on. I wish I had fresh basil on hand – I can only assume that would kick it up quite a few notches!
I want a few things out of today: I’d love several more servings of this soup to appear in my fridge, for my family not to scare the shit out of The Coach, and the Bucs and the Colts to haul in a win. Sound doable?
What do you want out of today? And, what’s your single favorite traditional fall ingredient?