January 15, 2008

Healthy Meal: Curried Butternut Squash Soup and Waldorf Salad with Epic Dressing

Today’s lunch is really combining two favorites. I love butternut squash soup because it’s so healthy, but thought I would try a different recipe to mix it up. My old recipe for butternut squash soup has an apple thrown in, so I thought maybe I’d combine it with a favorite Waldorf salad of mine that has apples in it…

Um, so I totally just went to go find the link to the last time I posted butternut squash soup, and realized I had eaten it with this salad! Wow, am I predictable or what. This time I used grapes instead of cherries, so I’ll still post a bit about that…

Yeah, I kind of gobbled down the delicious soup before I took the picture… still, I think you know what butternut squash soup looks like. It looks basically the same as the last time I posted a recipe for butternut squash soup.

Notes for the soup:
When it was cooking, the curry was SO strong! I used 1 tbsp of curry powder, rather than 1 tbsp plus 2 tsp, but it honestly made my whole apartment smell like curry (my roommates were less than thrilled). However, it tasted great, and the curry flavor wasn’t too strong at all. I cut the honey in half and it was still plenty sweet, and I didn’t put any yogurt garnish on the top. I did sprinkle some cinnamon on though – I think the combination of cinnamon and butternut squash is really delicious. Plus, cinnamon in my recipes makes me trendy and cool.

Notes for the salad:
Um, grapes are EXPENSIVE this time of year! Of course, right after I ran to the store to buy them (and then cringed after it rang up $12 for a bunch of celery and the bag of grapes), my roommate said she had a ton of cherries going bad, and asked if I could help eat them. If she had caught me 10 minutes sooner I would have been all set, as cherries are great substitutes for grapes in this (I’ve done it that way before, as evidenced by the last time I made squash soup with this salad). Anyway, as with any salad, feel free to add what you want and subtract what you don’t. Today I also skipped the walnuts, though I usually do put them on. I really wanted today’s lunch to be as light as possible, and as good as nuts are for you, they also have a lot of calories.

Nutrition facts:
119 calories for the soup (recipe here)
185 calories for the salad with my chosen ingredients of celery, grapes, apples, and no walnuts. That’s 131 calories less than last time I made it! See, it’s easy to save calories if you really want to.

Review: 5/5
Again, this combination of squash soup and Waldorf salad just goes so well together, and is so filling. I can’t decide whether I like this curried squash soup better than the other sweeter recipe. Both are good, and they’re very similar, so whatever you feel like 🙂


2 thoughts on “Healthy Meal: Curried Butternut Squash Soup and Waldorf Salad with Epic Dressing”

  1. Grapes are seriously so crazy right now. I wasn’t paying attention (I never do- so bad) and ended spending like $9.00 on grapes. What the heck? I spent over $40 at the grower’s direct (it’s like a fruit/veggie only store). That’s alot for a single girl to spend on veggies for the week. I think. Isn’t it?

  2. Hmm, I don’t know. I probably spend like $20/week on produce, but fruits/veggies are the main things I buy to cook with, so my food spending is probably just double that. But produce is usually cheap, so I guess when you look at it that way, $40 is a lot. doesn’t mean I’m going to stop buying on a whim anytime soon though! 🙂 At least I try to balance it out by sometimes buying things on sale that look good and then coming up with recipes for them.

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