Sunday, January 26, 2014

Award-winning Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

*Cue applause

Thank you, thank you. THANK YOU. 

Yes, my recipe for creamy butternut squash soup DID win 3rd place. 
At my apartment complex's cook-off. 
Where there were only 8 entries. 
And I forced my boyfriend to vote for me. 
Even though he really wanted to vote for the meatballs. 

BUT's delicious. 

Before I reveal the recipe, let's talk about butternut squash. Now, you could buy it whole, or you could buy it already peeled and cubed. Please pay close attention to the visual display below: 

1. Breaks knives. 
2. Evokes tears. 
3. Wastes hours of your precious life. 
4. More tears. 

1. Worth it. 
2. Worth It. 
3. Worth It. 
4. Worth it. 

Now that that's all taken care of, here is the recipe: 

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 3 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium russet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper,  or more if you're crazy
  1. Saute onion in butter until nice and tender. 
  2. Add squash and potato - stir around until coated in butter/onion mixture and cook for about 3 minutes. 
  3. Add water, bouillon granules, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Then, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. 
  4. Cool slightly, or don't, because you're hungry. In a blender, cover and process soup until smooth. 
  5. Return to pot, stir in evaporated milk, and heat through. Add nutmeg and cayenne pepper until you achieve the desired taste/spiciness. 
  6. Enjoy! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A New Obsession...Steamed Lentils.

WHOOOAAAA I almost forgot how to create a new blog post.

Lucky for you, Eric was here to help me!

As you may or may not know, Eric and I recently moved to a new apartment complex in good old Charlottesville. Right next to TRADER JOE'S. I've fallen in love with so many of their products, even the gross looking Green Plant juice. Trust me on this one - drink it out of a non-see-through glass, and it tastes delicious - like a pink or purple juice!

Another item I've fallen head-over-heels in love with is the steamed lentils! Again, they look a little gross, but they are very very yummy. TRUST. Recently, I used them to create a recipe I will share with you today called....

(drum roll please...)


This recipe is super easy and guaranteed to be a husband/fiance/boyfriend pleaser! Eric loves him some lentil sloppy joes, and he is super manly. I mean, check out his beard.

It's a snow day, I'm still in my PJ's, feeling super lazy is a picture of the recipe!

I thought these were a little too sloppy for sandwiches, so we had them open-faced. If you want to get a little crazy though, feel free to make a sandwich! Let me know what you think!
I know you're laughing at my picture right now, because it looks like poo....literally. BUT, you're missing out if you don't give these lentil sloppy joes a try.....