In the wintertime, I'm a soup queen. I make homemade soup a couple of times per month. I really enjoy having soup as a starter to a main meal when entertaining, or as the main event when it's just Walker, Vienna and I. We had this soup for lunch and then as a little appetizer at dinner with fish and salad.
This turmeric butternut squash soup is creamy (without any cream, dairy or otherwise) and incredibly flavourful! It was huge hit.
Everyone loved the crunchiness on top! Especially Vienna, it was her favourite part of this soup (she LOVES chickpeas and so do I).
Those crunchy roasted chickpeas and kale chips are the perfect balance to the smooth and spicy creaminess of the soup. However, once she got past the chickpeas, she was all "mmmmmm" and "nommy nommy". I was quite pleased, of course! Getting her to try new foods these days isn't as easy as it was when she was around a year old. I often find myself thinking, if she'd just try it, she'd love it! Which is why I was so happy when she did! I find a big part of experimentation with a child is eating with them, as opposed to feeding them at separate times.
When your children see you eating healthy foods, they want to emulate that.
Togetherness at meal time is really important to me as a mom, but we are not perfect at this. Sometimes breakfast is Walker or myself slurping our smoothie while helping Vienna get dressed, but we always sit down to dinner together and make a point of eating brunch together on weekends. Breakfast, on the otherhand, is a work in progress.
I created this soup into a video because I wanted to show you how easy it is! If you're not a fan of butternut squash or you don't have any, you could easily swap in sweet potato instead. You can find the video below and then you'll find the recipe further down in the post.
There are many wonderful health benefits of this soup!
I used homemade chicken bone broth I made a few weeks ago for the stock. It's incredibly flavourful and really makes a difference to this soup. If you're just using water, the soup won't be as tasty.
In the recipe I suggest to garnish your soup with kale chips and roasted chickpeas. This isn't mandatory, but it is highly recommended! I have some super yummy roasted chickpea recipes in my book, Joyous Detox, including Sea Salt Rosemarry Roasted Chickpeas, Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas, or you can try this recipe here!
If you're tight on time, you can reach for the kale chips I mention in this post at your local health food store, or you can make your own!
I have three amazing kale chip recipes in my first book, Joyous Health, but today I'm going to share my Sea Salt Kale Chips with you. You can find the recipe below.
Here's the recipe!
Turmeric Butternut Blender Soup
*I put a range for the stock because you can add the liquid slowly and adjust it to your liking. As you can see from my photo, I like it pretty thick and creamy.
Sea Salt Kale Chips