Summer BBQs, camping, and days out on the boat sometimes equates to more potato chips, hot dogs, hamburgers, or margaritas than we would normally allow ourselves to eat other times of year. So I, along with my sisters, have decided to start our fall pledge of eating healthier and getting back into our beginning-of-summer bodies.
My sister Deb’s favorite way to launch her healthy-eating resolution is with her favorite low calorie meal, Butternut Squash Soup. Here is here custom recipe, straight from her new blog, My Body Boutique:
Deborah’s Low-Cal Butternut Squash Soup
2 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic
2 teaspoons fresh chopped ginger
1 medium butternut squash – peeled, seeded, and cubed
5-6 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon mild curry powder
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8-1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, add if you want medium to spicy soup)
salt and white pepper to taste
½ cup non-fat evaporated milk
Melt the butter in a large pot, add the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, 1 teaspoon of the ginger and squash. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Pour in vegetable broth; add curry, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 30 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender.
In medium size batches, transfer the soup to a blender, and blend until smooth. Return blended soup to pot, and mix in the non-fat evaporated milk. Simmer for a few minutes. Top with a tablespoon of fat-free sour cream or garnish with a couple of whole grain croutons if you wish, and serve while hot.
1 cup of soup is approximately 120 calories, or about 2 Weight Watchers Points.
Martha Stewart even calls Butternut Squash Soup a “Power Food” because it helps the body in so many ways. She says “it provides significant amounts of potassium, important for bone health, and vitamin B6, essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems.”
What is your favorite meal to jump-start a new diet or healthy-eating resolution?
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