Sunday Night Cooking

The best way to spend a Sunday evening is by cleaning my room and cooking a tasty dinner. I love getting to start the week off refreshed and with leftovers! Especially after the craziness of Saturday night and the subway nonsense this morning, I was ready for some relaxing.

Tonight’s dinner was technically on my list for cooking earlier this week but things got busy and I never got around to it.

The recipe was Sun-dried Tomato & Butternut Squash Bisque (full recipe from Manifest Vegan). Except I didn’t use Butternut Squash – substituted Red Kuri squash because that’s what I had on hand.

Sun-dried Tomato and Butternut Squash Bisque 

Yield: 8 servings

  •  1 medium sized butternut squash
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 leek, tough green parts removed, cleaned and sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup sundried tomatoes (not in oil), soaked at least 1 hour and drained
  • 2 cups salted vegetable broth
  • 1   2/3 cup low fat canned coconut milk (or your favorite nondairy milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste

About 1 hour before preparing preheat your oven to 350 °F,  slice your butternut squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Sprinkle the flesh of the squash gently with salt and then place face down on a baking sheet. Add about 1/4 cup water to the pan and cook 45- 60 minutes, or until the squash’s skin is tender enough to easily be pierced with a fork.

While the squash is roasting, saute the garlic and leek along with the olive oil over medium high heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

Once the squash is tender, transfer to a high speed blender (or use a good quality immersion blender or food processor) and puree along with garlic and leek, the sundried tomatoes, vegetable broth, coconut milk, and cumin. Add a little more broth if you prefer a thinner soup. Blend until completely smooth, about 10 minutes. Warm gently if needed over medium heat until desired temperature is reached. Salt and pepper to taste.

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And finally, a puppy picture from earlier this morning that I forgot to post :)

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