All The Single Ladies

January 26, 2011


Soup for 2 – one for me, and one for me tomorrow!

I just made this up as I went along with a slight idea of the direction I wanted to go.

I knew I wanted a soup.

I knew I wanted butternut squash.

I picked up some herby chicken at the butcher today to add some heft to it.

I knew I wanted coconut milk as the creamy base.

I knew I wanted some frozen kale involved.


I started with that butternut


Tossed in olive oil, 1 tbsp maple syrup, cinnamon and salt.


And baked for 30 minutes at 425*


This herby organic chicken breast pair was a single girl treat from the Organic Butcher in town. It’s just chicken packaged with olive oil, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. I could have done this at home, but ya know, it’s single girl week and the rosemary is covered in snow!


Seared in a pan, it turned out AWESOME!


I deglazed that same pan with 1/2 a cup of water (major steam!) and then added my roasted squash


Somebody’s gonna have an amazing salad for lunch this week! I saved a little of each just for that purpose!


I also got this kale at Whole Foods recently. I have never seen frozen kale before! I love kale, and I love it raw, steamed, smoothied and chipped. I wanted to see if frozen was any good because geez that would save so much time and money!


And for a soup, it was perfection! Super duper easy.

The last ingredients were 1 cup coconut milk and 1/2 cup cooked wheatberries and a pinch of herby salt.


Walnuts for a crunchy garnish


Served two big bowls – one for tonight and one for later!



Served with a side of toast that I nearly forgot in the oven!



I just chewed down a piece of dark chocolate for dessert! Seems to be the theme of the week :)

Today was super productive – go me! Just a few more things to do tonight and maybe tonight I’ll start my book! [Last night was a bust].

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1 Brittany (Eating Bird Food) January 26, 2011 at 8:38 pm

That soup of soup looks delish. I love butternut!!


2 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 26, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Gorgeous looking dinner! I love it when I wing it and the meal tastes great :)


3 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) January 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Aw, how nice of you to share with yourself lol 😉 Nom nom nom to your soup, it looks yummy! Hope you are able to get to that book!


4 Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I’ve never seen frozen kale! It would be perfect for so many dishes.


5 Brittany (Eating Bird Food) January 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Obviously meant that bowl of soup. :)


6 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Frozen kale?! I’ve never seen that before! You’re soup looks like what I had for dinner too, except mine has white beans and celery in lieu of wheatberries. :)

I hope you guys keep that snow up there – ATL can’t handle being crippled again. LOL!


7 Christine January 26, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Soup for one! Looks great — its hard to cook for one sometimes — leftovers are pretty much a given.


8 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles January 26, 2011 at 8:44 pm

All the single ladies! That’s me tonight – my husband is crazy busy with grad school right now. This soup looks great. I’m making one tomorrow with kale also!


9 Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl January 26, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I’m always more creative when I’m cooking for one. I think I’m afraid of making the poor husband choke down something awful. :)


10 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete January 26, 2011 at 8:49 pm

What a meal! When I eat dinner alone I usually have eggs/toast or a hugh jass salad — I would love to have some of your fancy soup!

I really like the new background colors/fabrics — very pretty!


11 Simply Life January 26, 2011 at 8:50 pm

looks like a DELICIOUS soup!


12 Kelly - January 26, 2011 at 8:51 pm

YUM! I made veggie lasagna in the crockpot tonight. Turned out good!


13 Jenna @ Eating Green, Staying Lean January 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm

That soup looks amazinggggggg. Also, try dipping that dark chocolate into a little almond butter…it’s one of my favorite dessert combos!


14 Alaina January 26, 2011 at 8:54 pm

That soup looks so good and filling! The perfect cold weather soup. How much longer until Matt comes home?


15 KathEats January 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm



16 Jess January 26, 2011 at 8:55 pm

looks like a delicious bowl of comfort on a cold, wintry night….


17 [email protected] January 26, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I made a similar soup a while back with sweet potatoes instead of butternut… such a delectable set of flavors! I love that you put walnuts on top!


18 Lauren at KeepItSweet January 26, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Great idea for soup for one person!


19 Lisa January 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Yum – I make a soup very like this one, but with sweet potatoes and no chicken. So good. I put lots of ginger and garlic in too – definitely warms you up!


20 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) January 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Welcome to my SINGLE life! Maybe if I make that scrumpsh soup, someone’ll put a ring on it :)


21 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 26, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Yum! I’m always looking for single serving meals- I’m a single lady!


22 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 26, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Looove homemade soup. It’s so simple!


23 Jess (Sweet Potato) January 26, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I have just discovered that I love Kale as well! So delicious and I feel so healthy when I eat it!


24 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) January 26, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I’m interested in seeing if that frozen kale is good in other things too! Good idea to put the walnuts on your soup : )


25 Kat @ Cupcake Kat January 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm

That chicken sounds so good. What a great idea, this combination of foods sounds irresitable


26 Kelly January 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Yum! That looks so good! I’ve never seen frozen kale before either but I buy frozen spinach for smoothies all the time. I’ll keep my eyes open for the frozen kale, when our Whole Foods finally arrives in Charlotte. I’m being so patient waiting on it. :)


27 Jess @ atasteofconfidence January 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Looks delish!


28 jen @ taste life January 26, 2011 at 9:06 pm

That looks so delicious and satisfying.


29 Hannah January 26, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I love how you follow your tummy-intuition to a delicious new recipe. Bravo!


30 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm

The title of this post reminds me more of Liza Minelli in Sex and the City 2 than Beyonce. Sounds like a yummy single-girl dinner!


31 Amanda (Eating Up) January 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm

That soup looks delicious! I’m going to have to check and see if my WF has frozen kale. I was so excited when I saw they had frozen okra!


32 Rosalie January 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I was wondering whether, for applications such as this, you’d recommend full-fat or “lite” coconut milk? Or do you think it’s really a matter of preference? I tend to have both on hand but I’m never sure which one to choose for which use (baking, soups, curries, etc.)–your input would be appreciated!


33 KathEats January 26, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I use Trader Joe’s Lite (i think it has great flavor) because I don’t miss the thickness of the regular. But it’s ultimately personal pref.


34 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 26, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Me, I make soup for 12 people…enough for a whole week’s worth of lunches for moi.


35 sarah (sarah learns) January 26, 2011 at 9:19 pm

you always seem to have such good results when you wing it with your recipes.

also, i’m loving your new fabric backdrops! :)


36 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 26, 2011 at 9:22 pm

That soup looks delicious! 😀 And I love the placemat!


37 Allison @ Happy Tales January 26, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Yummmm! I had some butternut squash in one of my dishes for din, too!


38 stacey-healthylife January 26, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Soup makes a perfect meal. Except when I make soup it usually ends up being enough for a week.


39 Faith @ lovelyascharged January 26, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Mmm, hefty soups like that are the absolute best! Have fun on your single girl week 😉


40 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 26, 2011 at 9:31 pm

You can’t really go wrong with such a delicious combo! Yum!


41 Heather January 26, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Roasted butternut squash is one of my favorites!

Would that frozen kale make a good kale chip or was it better for a soup?


42 KathEats January 26, 2011 at 9:48 pm

It would definitely not work for kale chips :(


43 lynn (The Actors Diet) January 26, 2011 at 9:34 pm

i got that frozen kale too. i love it! it doesn’t get mushy like spinach.


44 Katy @ RecipeCan January 26, 2011 at 9:36 pm

I’m feeling the single ladies vibe tonight! The bf has been gone for a week and his flight home tonight got canceled due to snow :( But I took a note from you and tried out a parchment paper dish – so good!


45 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 26, 2011 at 9:38 pm

What a great idea to add walnuts!!!


46 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 26, 2011 at 9:53 pm

That soup looks delicious!! I love kale, too. I’ve been eating a lot of massaged raw kale salads lately. YUM! I’ll have to look out for frozen kale. Seems handy to have around. :)


47 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 26, 2011 at 9:54 pm

That soup looks SO GOOD! I wish I had your creativity!


48 Paige @Running Around Normal January 26, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Now that soup’s got some CHEW!!!


49 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 26, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Ohh – this looks awesome!! I’ll have to be on the look out for the frozen kale!!


50 Katie January 26, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Yum! I have been looking for a way to use butternut squash in a soup (besides the usual pureed soup) for a long time, this looks good. I get so many healthy cravings reading your blog to try different veggies and such. :)


51 Kara January 26, 2011 at 10:09 pm

O’m’gosh, is that Dakota bread? Now I really really want some.


52 KathEats January 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm

It’s not! It’s from a local bakery. Not as good as Dakota!


53 Kristen, Sweetly January 26, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Ohhhh, single lady soup! Haha. I always try to cook double and triple when I put in effort so I can be ready later in the week. I NEVER remember to plan ahead enough on weeknights to give me enough time for roasting, though… or doing really anything that takes longer than frying an egg. Good things I love eggs, I guess. 😉


54 Caitlin January 26, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Love single lady any kind of dish! It sure is the BEST when you have some leftovers of the really good ingredients, then you know you have something to look forward to at some point! Kind of like when a nut butter jar is almost empty and you know there are some amazing overnight oats coming up =).


55 dana @ my little celebration January 26, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Did I miss a post? I didn’t know you were writing a book! So exciting!


56 KathEats January 26, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Reading a book!!!


57 Dorry January 26, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Love your thought process on making the soup. Some of my favorite meals are made with no definite plan for the end result. This soup looks delish!


58 Kiran January 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Love soups and I would try this recipe soon, thnks for sharing :)


59 Heather January 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm

I find that frozen veggies are usually more expensive and with a bunch of kale ranging at, like, 1.50… I’m curious, how much did that bag of frozen kale cost? Regardless, if I see some of that, I’ll definitely be buying it! Talk about ease. :)


60 KathEats January 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm

The kale at my Whole Foods is $2.99 per bunch and this bag I think was under $2 – for about 3x as much


61 Erin January 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I envy your abilty to just CREATE. You always surprise me with the things you toss together and how it all seems to work!


62 mary (what's cookin' with mary) January 26, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Good tip! I will look for frozen kale next time I’m at WF’s. I love having a bag of frozen spinach around just in case… same goes for kale !


63 Jessica January 26, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Looks delicious!


64 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats January 26, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Your soup looks amazing :) And thank for the tip on frozen kale.


65 Kristina January 26, 2011 at 11:10 pm

That soup looks DELICIOUS!


66 Camille January 26, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Oooh my gosh, that looks amazing!
When do you get your hubby back!?


67 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 26, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Mm that soup looks SO GOOD. It has butternut squash, which I LOVEE, and kale, my newest obsession! YUM.


68 Annette January 26, 2011 at 11:34 pm

You make the most delicious and colorful meals; I aspire to be like that every day!! Love your posts :)


69 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 26, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Ooh, it looks delicious!!!


70 Beatrix @ Beaglebea January 26, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I love it when throwing together ingredients makes a wonderful concoction.


71 Sana January 26, 2011 at 11:57 pm

i don’t get your title??? But that soup is perf for a day like today!


72 KathEats January 27, 2011 at 7:17 am

Soup for me and me – I’m single this week?


73 Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) January 27, 2011 at 12:07 am

frozen kale?? who knew!!


74 Leila @ Spinach and Skittles January 27, 2011 at 12:08 am

Wow, I’ve never seen frozen kale. I’m going to keep an eye out for it, no whole foods here Too bad it wouldn’t make good kale chips, it would probably thaw too soggy :(


75 Ashley January 27, 2011 at 12:22 am

Frozen kale?? Hoooraaay!! :)


76 [email protected] lady January 27, 2011 at 12:26 am

What an amazing looking soup!!!!! I love squash in soup :) Lucky you, you have some for tomorrow too!!


77 Runeatrepeat January 27, 2011 at 1:02 am

I never pegged you for a Beyonce fan :)

I cannot for the life of me cut butternut squash. What’s the secret? A good knife?


78 KathEats January 27, 2011 at 7:18 am

Go very very slow and don’t try to do it in one motion. I think it’s terrifying, but I’ve learned not to rush. A sharp knife helps!


79 Becky January 27, 2011 at 8:18 am

Amazingly, you can also just peel off the skin of the butternut squash with a good vegetable peeler. I couldn’t believe how much easier it was, and how much time it saved me!


80 notyet100 January 27, 2011 at 1:05 am

wow tis looks super delicious,


81 Marina January 27, 2011 at 1:21 am

Soups sounds delicious. I love when I have leftovers for the next day 😀


82 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] January 27, 2011 at 2:09 am

Probably the best-sounding soup I’ve ever heard of!!


83 Jessica January 27, 2011 at 5:56 am

Soup looks delicious! I am always so much more productive when my husband is away!



84 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 27, 2011 at 7:48 am

That’s so awesome how you can just wing a recipe and have it turn out! I don’t trust myself to not follow a recipe. 😛


85 Allie January 27, 2011 at 8:24 am

I agree with Chelsea, you can just make up recipes out of no where! You have talent with food! Mmmm :)


86 [email protected] January 27, 2011 at 8:59 am

I feel healthier just looking at this soup – YUM!!


87 [email protected] Sweet Life January 27, 2011 at 9:01 am

Oh my–that looks so hearty and cozy and yummy!


88 Stephanie @ Thorns Have Roses January 27, 2011 at 9:58 am

Like a bowl of heaven!


89 amy January 27, 2011 at 10:39 am

that soup looks amazing! i love butternut squash with anything! thats great that whole foods sells frozen kale. i never thought to even look in the frozen aisle for that. thanks for the recipe!


90 Lauren January 27, 2011 at 10:47 am

I’m just catching on to kale myself. It’s good but I like it in small doses.


91 Namaste Gurl January 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Did you use the can or carton of coconut milk? In other wards, diluted or dense product? :)


92 lauren @ spiced plate January 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm

the frozen kale @ WF is a live saver!


93 Chrys January 27, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I’m curious, what butcher do you use? I was wandering through my foodie file to find your whipped banana oatmeal, only to realize you’re in Cville too! (and I’m definitely making the oatmeal this weekend, very excited!)


94 KathEats January 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm

The Organic Butcher at Main Street Market


95 Baking 'n' Books January 28, 2011 at 11:41 pm

This is 2 servings correct? Do you have exact ingredient amounts for the squash and kale?

Also – is it possible to buy greens fresh but freeze them myself?


96 KathEats January 29, 2011 at 9:58 am

Yup, 2 big servings


97 Rachel February 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm

im soooo making this soup tomorrow, but no wheatberries, what could i use instead?? thanks for the inspiration!!!


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