Three Easy Go-To Recipes for Busy Summer

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Butternut squash soup

pleat with yellow soup

  Healthy eating is not just a summer-time habit, it’s a way of life that should be maintained all year round. The fresh air, changing colors and seasonal fruits and vegetables of autumn make it a great time to get inspired in the kitchen. Here are three wonderfully delicious recipes based around abundant fall produce to get you started – take some ‘me time’ to relax and enjoy the process of cooking or have fun getting the whole family involved, it’s up to you.

  It’s much nicer in the fall to get your daily veggies in by eating hearty soups. I know I certainly get sick of chilly salads right around the end of August when the weather starts to change. This recipe for an easy homemade soup is comforting and tasty. It uses tart apples for a surprisingly subtle hint of creative fall flavor. It’s definitely much better than any soup from a can.

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Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • Approximately 6 cups butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into cubes
  • 1/2 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into cubes
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock/broth
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper

Method

  1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, sauté the onions in olive oil for 5 minutes until soft. Add the apple and butternut squash and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer until the squash is tender, approximately 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and puree the soup. This can be done in small amounts in a food processor or directly in the pot using an immersion blender.
  5. Once the soup is smooth, serve with crusty bread and enjoy. For an elegant touch swirl a dollop of creme fraiche into each bowl and top with finely chopped chives.

 

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