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Some powerful words and some creamy squash!

This week some words by the writer Marianne Williamson from her book “A return to love” got stuck in my head: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”

I love this short quote a lot, it really gives me motivation to hang on to my dreams and to love myself for my strengths and positive character traits. Of course, I also continued my practice in the kitchen presenting you today a delicious and wonderful looking creamy squash soup. I’ve seen quite a lot squash recipes the last days on wordpress and I loved them all, but I definitely wanted to make my own.Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut or hokkaido squash
  • 2 floury potatoes
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 onion (not necessarily)
  • 4 scallions
  • 1 chili
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sweet mustard
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock


Prepare the chicken or vegetable stock in a large stock pot or pan while chopping the vegetables. You can use as much stock as you like, depending on how creamy or not you want to squash soup to be. I didn’t use a lot of stock, because I wanted it to be very creamy.

Halve, seed, peel and cube the squash. Peel and chop also the onion, the potatoes, the carrots and the chili. Chop the scallions and add other herbs to your taste. Heat another large stock pot over medium-high heat with one tablespoon of olive oil and add the chopped onion first for some minutes, until softened. Now you can also add the squash, the other vegetables and the stock. Don’t forget to sprinkle with one teaspoon salt, some lemon juice and to add one teaspoon mustard.Bring everything to a boil, cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30-40 minutes until everything is completely tender. Now use an immersion blender or transfer it to a stand up blender/food processor to blend the soup smooth. You can still add more stock if it should be too thick for you.

Serve in small bowls with a dollop of sour cream or chopped scallions. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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12 thoughts on “Some powerful words and some creamy squash!

  1. lakshmilovestoshop on said:

    Lovely presentation…thank you…you have a great weekend too…

  2. We can’t love others unless we love yourselves first. Fears of the self preclude love. As we are literally what we eat, intentional food allows us to act in a meditative moment of engagement with the world through food and sharing to loving create the future of the ones we love.

    Squash as the autumn’s harvest moment radiates the energy of summer, its outlined sharpened by chili. A soup to strengthen the light and hold off the darkness.

  3. I have some cubed butternut squash in the fridge, just waiting to be made into soup. Your recipe looks like it would be worth a try! Do you recommend the book “A return to love”? I just finished the book I was reading last night…

    • Thanks a lot for your comment! I think it’s a great book about how to find your inner peace and harmony and how to express love in your daily life. It also discusses conflicts in relationships.

  4. Delicious Pot on said:

    Your recipe looks great… you have a cute squash in there :)

  5. I have a friend at work and when I get down, she tells me ” why not you?” I love it, picks me right up and gets me motivated again. It’s wonderful.

  6. I love that quotation; a very good reminder. (And a perfect soup for fall!) Thanks for stopping by my blog. I look forward to checking out more of your recipes.

  7. I love this recipe. You did not use cream, butter or flour at all! A really healthy soup to go with crusty bread. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Hello! What a great recipe :) it differs from the one on my blog, thanks again for liking my page by the way! Have a nice evening!

  9. I have a few butternut squashes sitting in my kitchen at the moment. I will have to make soup – yours looks so good!

  10. Would not mind adapting my butternut squash recipe, thebravecook style.

  11. wonderful quote and soup! I will definitely try and make this soon!

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