Happy 2016 everyone! I hope the New Year is treating you well so far. I'm still trying to get back into the swing of work and life after vacation.
Ever since I became lactose intolerant I've had to say goodbye to cream soups, which is almost as sad as saying goodbye to ice cream. So last night I decided to make lactose free butternut squash soup. If you've never tried Kefir, I recommend picking up a quart and giving it a try. It's a cultured milk drink, but creamier than regular milk. It's a great source or probiotics so it's great for gut health. It's also packed with protein, 1 cup provides 11g of protein! It's tangier than milk. I enjoy drinking it on its own, but the taste probably isn't for everyone. It's a great substitute for cream in recipes though and also goes well in smoothies.
I've talked before about the amazingness of squash seeds, but for real guys. If you're using a whole butternut squash for this recipe, rinse those seeds and back them. The fiancé and I made ourselves sick last night eating every last roasted seed after dinner. Ok, it was just me who ate too much, but they are so delicious I just couldn't stop.
Anyway, on to the soup! This is a very hearty soup. With the pumpkin seeds it provides about 300 calories per serving and 18g of protein. The recipe makes 4 servings.
Ginger Butternut Squash Soup
1 Butternut squash (roughly 4 cups)
2 cups plain Kefir
1 teaspoon ground ginger
4 tablespoons roasted pumpkin seeds
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Peel the squash and then slice it into even slices (mine were about 1" thick). Place the squash slices on a parchment paper or slip mat lined baking sheet. Bake until squash is tender (roughly 1 hour depending on the thickness of your slices).
Once the squash is easily pierced with a fork, put all the squash into a food processor. Add Kefir and ginger and blend until it's a smooth puree. Ladle into bowls and top with 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds.
Taryn is a Los Angeles based Registered Dietitian who's passionate about helping you be your healthiest you.