Is that not the most gorgeous soup you’ve ever seen?
Red Kuri Squash is the most luscious, vibrant orange-y red I’ve ever seen in a vegetable. And with its saturated color comes huge antioxidant power…basically the deeper the hue of any plant food, the higher the vitamin concentration. Anything orange is a sign of the antioxidant beta-carotene, the pre-cursor to Vitamin A, which is needed for clear, blemish-free skin.
I absolutely love the crisp fall weather that has hit NY pretty quickly, and it has gotten me excited to try all new winter vegetables. Last week I tried kabocha squash and this week, I picked up this red kuri squash. I’ve never seen or heard of it before, but I liked the way it looked, and thought it would be a good alternative to pumpkin, which is one of my favorite fall foods.
Red kuri squash becomes like butter when you roast it. It has a velvety mouth feel, making it excellent for creamy soups. It also has a wonderful sweet flavor that comes out when roasted. Some people compare its taste to a cross between chestnuts and pumpkin. I’ve never really had chestnuts, so I have no comment on that. All I can say, is day-um, it was good.
I love the texture of bread freshly melted in hot soup, so I dipped some gluten free toast in there, and it was divine. I use the Food for Life rice or millet bread, and I grill it in coconut oil to toast it, sometimes rubbing it with garlic first for extra flavor.
Without further ado, here is my Red Kuri Squash Recipe:
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutrition and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers a 28-day healthy eating meal plan that teaches you how to batch cook, as well as one to clear up acne. Her most popular program is EatSLIM, a 10-week online group glass that guides participants to develop healthy eating habits that stick – and lose weight, boost their metabolism, improve their digestion, and quit sugar.
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