Recipes for Fall

It’s almost winter here in Montana, actually, and whenever the weather gets cold I pull out the warm, tummy-filling recipes. My sister and her husband were just visiting so I made my famous Butternut Squash Soup and Lentil Sausage Stew for them. Both received rave reviews. :-)  The Stew makes enough for several days of lunches and dinners, so you can either get a little monotonous in your diet for a few days or freeze the leftovers. The squash soup never takes long to disappear, it’s just too  yummy! Both recipes have some carb but are not a big problem for my blood sugar (as long as I don’t do the sourdough bread that goes so perfectly with both recipes).

Butternut Squash Soup (double recipe) – from Bon Apetit (I think)

1 stick (1/2 lb.) butter
2 large onions, chopped
4 c. butternut squash, cubed
4 carrots
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
zest of one lemon
1/2 c. lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Saute onions in butter in stock pot until transparent. Add squash and carrots and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the squash begins to “sweat”. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer for about 45 minutes, or until the squash is mushy. Puree with a stick blender or in a conventional blender. You may need to add more salt or lemon juice to get the flavor just right. The lemon flavor should be noticeable but not too bright.

Lentil Sausage Stew – from internet

3 c. lentils, soaked
1/4 c. olive or coconut oil (coconut is better for heat)
4 c. onion, chopped
4 c. leeks, chopped
3 c. celery, chopped
3 c. carrots, peeled and sliced
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. salt
1-1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. thyme
1 tsp. cumin
3 qt. chicken stock
1 can tomato paste
1-2 lb. sausage, sliced
1/4 c. red wine

Soak lentils in boiling water for 15 minutes, then drain. Saute veggies in oil until soft. Add spices and stir. Add chicken stock and soaked lentils and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer one hour. Add tomato paste, red wine and sausage slices. Simmer until sausage is cooked through.


~ Dooney




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