Homemade Butternut Squash Soup

I actually got off the couch today, and made some Homemade soup!

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I know I’ve said this before, but homemade soup (or any soup really) is my comfort food.

I’ve been wanting to use my butternut squash for a while now, and BFF Debbie sent me her recipe for butternut squash soup!

First, I cut a butternut squash in half, placed it in a glass casserole dish filled with 1/2 an inch or so of water, and let it cook for 30 minutes on 425 F.

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Meanwhile, I sauted in a large pot:

  • 1/2 TBL smart balance butter
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 yellow onion

Once the squash was done, I added the rest of the ingredients, and let it simmer.

  • cubed squash (the whole thing)
  • diced tomato
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 3 cups veggie broth

I then took about 2 cups of the mixture out of the pot and placed it into my blender. Instead of putting the entire lid on it, I took the center out of the top, covered it with a paper towel  so that the hot air would have a way to escape. 

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Once the mixture was blended, I added it back into the main pot.

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I then added an entire can of rinsed kidney beans, and half a bag of spinach. I let it simmer until the spinach wilted.

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My soup was then ready to eat! I used the other half of my acorn squash (it was about to go bad…) as my soup bowl.

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On the side, I had a piece of toast with butter.

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It was delicious, and even better in the edible bowl! 😀

I bagged up the leftovers in individual servings for quick meals.

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I LOVE SOUP!

When Jason brought home my antibiotics, and more gauze, he also brought home cookie making stuff! He knew that cookies would cheer me up! He even made them for me!

This is a plate of lies… I actually ate three!

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They are so good. Little mini PB cups and chocolate chunks of heaven. I think it was store bought dough… oh well, its the thought that counts! I appreciate my man thinking of me!

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Camera news…

Jason finally got his camera fixed! Hooray for awesome food photos again!

Toe news…

My toes are looking good! I had to replace the bandages today, and they are healing nicely. However, I think I’m allergic to the antibiotics they prescribed to me. Ten minutes after taking them, my palms and soles of my feet felt on fire! It was like EXTREME itching, which then spread up my arms and legs. Jason called the doctor, who said to stop taking the medication immediately! Hypersensitivity is apparently a bad side effect. 😦

 

I’m off to spend time with my man! He’s been awesome and taking care of me through this whole thing. I love him so much!

 

Have a great weekend!

❤ MegaNerd

Study Free Sunday

Despite the fun I had last night (read: BEER!) I managed to wake up at 7:30 am.

I actually felt pretty good, and decided to go ahead with my scheduled run. I only had 6.0 miles on the marathon training plan. I really like getting my long runs done on Friday, since the weekends seem to get so busy!!

I’ve been doing a lot of long, slow runs. I really felt like running fast today! Here are my mile splits:

  • Mile 1:  9:39
  • Mile 2:  9:04
  • Mile 3:  8:55
  • Mile 4:  8:44
  • Mile 5:  8:37
  • Mile 6:  8:26

Negative Splits… woo hoo!!

I ate half this CLIF bar before, and half after my run.

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After my run, I quickly showered and jumped in the car to head to Tampa. I left my sister there last weekend to hang with our dad, and I went back to pick her up. To make the trip not seem so pointless (3 hours roundtrip) we met up with our two aunts and grandma for brunch at Mimi’s Cafe!

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(Grandma, Aunt DeeDee, Me, Aunt Christie, and Brielle )

By the time we got there and seated, it was already almost 1:00 pm. I was STARVING! I didn’t know that it would take so long, or I would have eaten a normal breakfast before I left.

I started off with a pumpkin spice muffin. I was dying to try this. I ate half of it, and save the other half for an afternoon snack.

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Check out that muffin top!

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I ordered the ham, cheese, and broccoli omelet but I made some substitutions. Instead of ham, tomato. Egg whites instead of whole eggs.

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I ate every single bite!!! It was so good!

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My meal also came with grapefruit juice, which I found SO sour!! I gave it to Jason…

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Brielle ordered the same meal. I think she really liked it!!

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It was so nice to see my aunts and grandma again! We managed to chat for over 2 hours!

 

Dinner 

For dinner, I knew that I needed to make my acorn squash! After all, today is the last day to submit recipes for the Blogger Secret ingredient.

I have seen SO many recipes for stuffed squash, I knew I had to try it for myself. I while back, I found Bridget’s recipe and thought it looked good.

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I made a stuffed acorn squash for myself! Brielle and Jason were still full from brunch.

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I cut an acorn squash in half, and baked upside on a cookie sheet for 25 minutes. I added a little water to the pan so that it would not dry out.

While that was going on, I chopped up 1/4 of a yellow onion, and 1/2 an apple. I threw the onion, apple, and an organic chicken sausage in a pan with 1 tsp of EVOO. Once it was cooked all the way through, I added 1/4 cup of oats and 2 TBL of egg whites. 

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I filled the squash with the mixture, and popped it back in the oven for 25 more minutes. It turned out delicious!!

All the ingredients reminded me of fall!

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I will be announcing the winner of this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient in the morning, so be sure to check back!

Have a great night!

❤ MegaNerd