Yesterday, my solution was soup. While the boys are at school, I had time to pull it all together and pop it into the crock pot or a ceramic pot in the oven, covered, on low and it was waiting for us when we got home. It was orange, happy, warm, and totally satisfying.
Winter Soup Recipe
I roasted up two small butternut squash I had sitting around, but any squash or root vegetable would do. Just toss in olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and pop them onto a baking sheet in the oven at 190ºC (375ºF) for 40-60 minutes. Remove from the oven when they are golden. I usually line the pan with parchment paper; this makes clean-up a snap because the pan is clean and the paper can be recycled.
|The white bits are quinoa, the round orange bits are the red lentils and the rest of the orange is the squash.|
> Put it all in the pot and simmer over low heat until you are ready to eat
> For a smoother texture, blend with an immersion blender or a regular blender
> Can be served with bits of leftover meat, thawed peas and corn for colour and texture, or a small dollop of sour cream or cream cheese
Salt & pepper to taste and enjoy!