While some people prefer soups when the weather gets cooler, I’m a soup-all-the-time kinda girl. Smoothies are okay, and juices are too – but give me a nice big bowl o’ soup, and I’m set! So I’m excited to share one of my favorite versions today, in which I’ve partnered with Pacific Foods on: healthy curried butternut squash soup.
You’ll notice that I called this “healthy curried butternut squash soup”. So what makes it healthy? Is it the fact that it’s full of vegetables, or that it includes ginger, which is said to reduce inflammation? Perhaps could it be the inclusion of healthy fats with the addition of coconut milk, or the fact that it’s rich in protein, thanks to the use of a clean bone broth?
All of these ingredients were included for the above reasons, and all are valued to me personally. You see, I’ve been into fitness since the age of 17, spending 13 years teaching group fitness classes. While I don’t teach anymore, I do exercise 6 days a week. In 2011, I went pescatarian, eating plant based, lots of legumes, and incorporating fish and eggs. But alas, this didn’t work for me (read: major stomach issues). Flash forward 5 years, and I had to cut out the legumes and added back in chicken and turkey. And I haven’t felt better! I also added in bone broth, which I like to drink post-workouts, after breaking a 12- or 14-hour fast, or even as an afternoon snack.
Why I like Pacific Foods Bone Broth
Eating adequate amounts of protein is important to me since I workout so much, so bone broth is a wonderful way to up my protein intake. Here’s what I look for in a bone broth (and as an aside, I either make my own or purchase Pacific Foods Bone Broth):
- Pacific Foods uses organic chicken bones in making their broth, something that I highly value.
- Ingredients need to be minimal and recognizable: chicken bones, vegetables, rosemary, spices and apple cider vinegar.
- This brand’s bone broth contains no added sugar or gluten, something you will find in some other brands. (Yes – can you believe that?! ALWAYS read your labels!)
- Each 1 cup serving provides 9 grams of protein. How awesome is that?!
- Bone broth can be a warm and soothing post-workout drink, or an afternoon “snack,” if you will. Remember that protein above? 🙂
This healthy curried butternut squash soup is:
- Easy to make
- Contains minimal ingredients
- Incorporates pumpkin for some added vegetable varieties, but without actually tasting it
- A wonderful lunch or even appetizer for dinner
- Totally company-worth
- Creamy and delicious
- Satisfying and soothing
A healthy curried butternut squash soup recipe that's quick and easy to make, warm and soothing, and a perfect fall (or anytime) soup.
- 1 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
- 1/2 cup onions, diced
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
- 4 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash (I used 3 bags of the precut butternut squash from Trader Joe's)
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- 1/2 - 1 tsp salt
- 3 cups Pacific Foods Bone Broth
- 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
- 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk (from the can)
In a large soup pot, heat ghee or coconut oil over medium heat for 1 minute. Add onions and saute, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes. Add ginger, squash, curry powder and salt and saute for 1 more minute. Add broth and pumpkin and increase heat to high. Once mixture starts to boil, reduce heat to a simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
After mixture is cool, blend with an immersion blender or a high-speed blender.
Drizzle coconut milk onto bowls right before serving.
Try adding bone broth to your soups or having a nice warm cup of it alone to up your protein intake with quality ingredients. Let me know if you love this soup as much as I do! XOXO