Finally, a sure sign of fall in San Diego.
We don’t get dramatic colored leaves or crisp air, but the return of rain to the desert means enough cloud cover to keep the temperature low enough to get out sweaters and soup pots.
I’m really excited to be leading a mindful eating workshop tonight in San Diego, but it’s taken time to pull together. A full schedule crossed with a detox diet doesn’t exactly lend itself to scintillating blog fodder.
Although, after a sullen encounter with my spouse over vinaigrette last week, perhaps a post on salad dressing would not be out of place.
But today I whipped up this detox-friendly hearty vegan soup in less than 20 minutes. It’s zingy and warming and sticks to your ribs without being heavy. Prime your digestion with a nice raw salad while the soup simmers, then wrap yourself in a delicious cup of cozy soup.
The added dampness of a rainy day inspired She Who Is Always Cold to add emphatic amounts of spices to this soup. The proportions in the recipe reflect reasonable amounts, so taste and add more if needed. The ingredient list only looks long because of the various spices.
A bright and attractive garnish for this would be cilantro or even basil, but some people may have misjudged how long the cilantro had been in their fridge and were not willing to brave San Diegans careening around in the rain, risking life and limb, just for garnish. Sorry!
After a week of smoothies and salads I wanted a denser puree, but feel free to thin the base with more water or stock, or something creamy like half-and-half or coconut milk.
Other soups on my mind: lentil stew (when my parents made this soup, you could smell it outside the house), vegetarian chili, and simple-yet-elegant sweet potato bisque.
What fall soups are you looking forward to?
Feel free to roast your own butternut squash that day or in advance. I had a bag of diced squash in the freezer which made it a great quick lunch.
For vegetable stock, I use Rapunzel boullion cubes or Better Than Boullion organic vegetable stock base.
- 1-10 ounce bag frozen butternut squash
- half a medium onion
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- a dash ground cinnamon
- a pinch red chili flakes
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- juice of half a lime
- to taste black pepper
- (optional) cream, half-and-half, coconut milk, or soy milk
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 2 servings