Apple, Butternut Squash + Kale Soup with Turkey
This soup was A-mazing – and a complete last-minute twist on dinner! We had a butternut squash on hand, so I decided that should be the centerpiece for dinner. It was decided we’d thaw 2 turkey cutlets to go along and that kale would be a fun green to sautée with the squash. End of discussion.
But once we started prepping for dinner, it seemed to be lacking direction. We needed sauces or something to tie the ingredients together. It was at this point the husband said “Why not make it a soup?” Duh! So the production geared up for soup.
It must have been the bottle of Pinot Noir we opened that led to dissention from the original plan (I had a 5 oz glass)
We sauteed the squash with 2 chopped carrots and 2 stalks of celery and added a box of Pacific Creamy Roasted Carrot soup (see the REAL FOOD tab for more info) as the base (which is the best trick for soup I know!). After simmering for a while, we pureed the mixture with our stick blender and added a small chopped apple and the turkey, which we had cubed and sauteed in a little olive oil on the side. Seasonings included cinnamon, nutmeg, chili powder, red pepper flakes and…cocoa powder (just a tiny bit).
Then came the secret ingredient:
Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey! We added it on a whim. I’m not sure if we could taste it, but we could certainly smell it.
(NOTE: Yes, I did have to pause him and say “Wait! Don’t pour it until I have my camera!)
Lastly, we topped the soup with the kale, closed the lid, and let it steam for another 15 minutes or so. Made 4 servings at 325 kcal each. And the bowl was HUGE!
Again, I can’t have soup without just a few Kashis…
Soup (327) + Kashis (87) + Wine (117) = 531 kcal.
FYI, I REALLY really wanted another one but I’m stuffed from the soup and knew deep down it was just a mouth craving. And if the box hadn’t been up on top of the fridge again where I’d have to get a ladder to reach it, I might have. Just a way I monitor myself – have the chocolates out of reach (and I guess it helps to have someone tall to put them there!)
What a fun store! I took my grocery comparison chart and found that almost everything was cheaper than Harris Teeter, EarthFare, Trader Joe’s and Target (a few things were the same price). I think we did a really good job getting only things we really needed (there were lots of things I picked up but put back on the shelf..)
Here’s what we got:
- Bear Naked Trail Mix (new and really good with chocolate chips!)
- 16 cans of chunk light tuna
- A 5-pack of pink salmon
- 25-pack of Kashi granola bars (sadly they didn’t have the crackers)
- HUGE thing of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats (This huge box beat ALL the stores in price per oz)
- Diced tomatoes in a convenient can dispenser! (We use these like water..)
- Huge box of Kashi Heart to Heart (43 oz – beat all other stores, even sales)
- Bag of raw almonds
- Tub of mixed nuts
I took the trail mix and portioned it into little bags to take to Winthrop. I’m still getting back to this whole “eating on the move” thing and I think nuts/dried fruit/trail mix are perfect for tiding hunger when you didn’t have time to eat a whole lunch or need something super portable, long-lasting, and room temperature approved. Each bag is about 140 kcal worth.
OMG you should have seen him jump up and down when we saw this. I told him I didn’t want that bag in our pantry, but he convinced me after explaining how cost effective it was and how each loaf of bread he makes is only about 25 cents to make and this would reduce it even more…yadda yadda. So we came home with a 50-lb bag of bread flour. (And he’s wearing a calf-length wool coat, but it looks like he’s floating in a black box or something!)
This afternoon in Costco I passed by a number of snacks that I knew I wouldn’t appreciate. But I did try this granola bar – Mrs. May’s Trio Bars. It was good, but I wasn’t ready to make a purchase commitment of 25 bars yet 🙂
We went to the grocery store after Costo for some vegetables and sampled 3 wines for about 1.5 oz (Sorry my finger nail looks so disgusting – manicure needed!)
And when I got home I had a serving of the trail mix plus some more mixed nuts. It was kind of a nut-heavy afternoon.
Snack calories totaled about 275 by my estimate.
So that was that!!
I’ve got no major day plans, but we’ve got dinner reservations with Maran (from the blog!) tomorrow night. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARAN!!
Hopefully we can make it to the gym tomorrow before the snow hits. As you know, the South (rightfully!) shuts down at the first mention of anything white.