Butternut Squash & Lentils Soup

butternut squash and lentils soup

To make just add:

butternut ingredients

2 tsp minced garlic and 2 tbsp olive oil or butter to a soup pot or dutch oven over med heat

1 small red onion or shallots diced

4 to 5 celery ribs chopped

4 to 5 large mushrooms chopped

1 cup cubed butternut squash

Cook down for about 15 min then add:

1/2 cup white wine or cooking wine

Let it reduce

Add salt, pepper, 2 bay leaves, coriander, cumin and cayenne pepper-to your liking

Stir and continue to cook on med heat

Add 1/2 c any color lentils-I used red

Next add 12 oz low sodium chicken stock or broth and 12 oz water, bring to a boil then lower to simmer

Add in another layer of salt, pepper, cumin, coriander and cayenne pepper to your liking

Add the juice of 1/2 lemon and zest too if you wish

Add 1 c kale or spinach, stir until it wilts down and then serve

*remember to remove the bay leaves if you used them*

Let it cool completely  before storing in the fridge.

butternut squash ingredients

This is a great make ahead idea for your meal prep for the week. It is packed with nutrition!!

ENJOY!!!

A

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Mustard chicken, roasted butternut squash and blue cheese salad

chicken squah salad

Mustard chicken, butternut squash and blue cheese salad!!!

(Inspired by two fellow blogger’s recipes!)

Chicken-cook ½ lb chicken breast or tenders in skillet with:

2 tsp lime juice and pineapple juice, dash salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic powder and 2 tsp honey or spicy mustard

Roast 2 c cubed butternut squash in pan with dash salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and parsley on 350 for 40 to 45 min

Assemble the following for the “salad”: 2 c chopped Iceberg lettuce, 1 c arugula, 1 chopped tomato, ¼ c crumbled blue cheese and ¼ c chopped red onions

Dressing: I used Chef Tim’s sweet balsamic vinaigrette (it is so good!!)

I also did this on a day that I worked from 6 am to 1 pm then again from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm….so during the afternoon I made the chicken and stored it in the fridge. I prepared the squash and then my boyfriend put it in the oven at 7:15 so when I came home at 8 pm all I had to do was put the lettuce and veggies together then add the squash and chicken. The squash had cooled down a little bit but was still warm (not hot). I microwaved the chicken for 45 sec just so it wasn’t cold but again not hot.

Timing and Teamwork made this happen with little effort and it was so good!!! Even if you get home late you can still eat healthy-just takes a little planning!

Makes 2 adult sized dinner salads!

 

ENJOY!!!

XOXO-A