Winter Squash Soup.MoreThanFood

New Year’s Resolutions + Winter Squash Soup

With the start of this 2017 year, I have been reflecting on this ever-popular idea of New Year’s Resolutions. We tend to speed so fast at the year’s starting line on January 1st toward better health, financial stability, or renewed relationships (all of which are incredible things). Our momentum is 100%-all-in to create change. We can for sure do this. Then, a couple of months into the race, we often times lose a bit of speed, and some of us even stop racing. We let go of the resolution— the commitment to ourselves— to do something differently.

What makes us lose steam? Often, it is one or both of two things: challenge and value (or lack thereof). Change is hard— I get it. We are creatures of habit, as the adage goes. Here’s the thing, though. If something is not working well, not lifting us up or helping lift up others, change is necessary. Are you living a daily lifestyle that creates the best version of you? If yes, keep going, friend! If not, it is time to start reflecting on where change will be a positive thing in your life.

“If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.” 

Value is required to make our priorities. We focus our attention, money, and time on the individuals and things that ultimately bring value to our lives. I classify people, obligations, material things, etc. by their levels of AV (a.k.a Added Value). Is this relationship an AV one, or does it cause more pain? Does this activity I have been doing for the past year have AV, or do I feel uneasy about going each week? AV is a method of deciphering priorities. This idea of AV is not just for you and I personally, but we can use it to measure how much value we add to the world.

So when it comes to resolutions, think about the AV things you want in your life. Write them down, and next to them, scribble down the steps it will take to get there. One foot in front of the other, my friends. And eventually this effort will lead to habit, which morphs into lifestyle. You are changing your life one decision at a time.

To help you on your journey, fill your soul (and tummy!) with comfort and warmth. This Squash Soup is just the ticket to a successful goal-setting evening!

Print Recipe
Winter Squash Soup
Crockpot recipe are the best! All you do is aadd everything to a pot, go about your day, and when you come back, you will have a full meal for days!
Course Just Veggin'
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 4-8 Hours, depending on crockpot time
Servings
Big Crockpot Full!
Course Just Veggin'
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 4-8 Hours, depending on crockpot time
Servings
Big Crockpot Full!
Instructions
  1. Peel the skin off the butternut and acorn squashes.
  2. Chop the carrots, sweet potato, and onion.
  3. Toss all ingredients together (except pumpkin seeds) in a crockpot. Simmer on high for 4-5 hours or low 6-8 hours.
  4. When you are ready to enjoy, put as much soup as you want to eat in a blender, and puree. Top with pumpkin seeds, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

*If you want a thicker, chunkier chili, use 1 cup of broth. With a thinner soup, use 2 cups of broth.

Paleo Mac-N-Cheese More Than Food

Paleo Mac-N-Cheese

This recipe was created by my friend Rebecca at My Natural Family . It is truly delicious! It’s a great way to get some veggies into the mouths of picky eaters.

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Paleo Mac-N-Cheese
Paleo. Vegan. Gluten-free. Dairy-Free. Truly delicious.
Course Just Veggin'
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Hungry Eaters
Ingredients
Course Just Veggin'
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Hungry Eaters
Ingredients
Instructions
Cauliflower
  1. Cut the stalks and leaves off of the cauliflower and chop into small pieces. Add cauliflower to a large sauté pan with 2 tbs of butter, 1/2 tsp of salt, and water.
  2. Place on medium/high heat, and cover with a lid. Let the cauliflower cook inside the pan for about 5 minutes, until mostly tender. Check the water levels every few minutes to make sure that it doesn’t all evaporate.
  3. When almost tender, remove the lid, and let the cauliflower sauté for a minute or two, or until lightly caramelized in spots. Turn heat off, cover, and keep warm until ready to toss with the cheese sauce.
"Cheese Sauce"
  1. Cut squash into small cubes. Dice up the carrots and onion.
  2. Heat 2 tbs of butter in a saucepan over medium/high heat. Add the squash, carrot, onion, garlic powder, mustard, and 1 tsp of salt to pan.
  3. Sauté for 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Add the can of coconut milk to the saucepan and bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the coconut milk has reduced by 2/3 and is thick.
  4. Pour the vegetables and coconut milk into a blender and puree until very, very smooth. If using, immediately add an egg yolk to the puree and blend well. The hot puree will cook the egg which will thicken the sauce and give it a rich texture.
  5. Check seasonings and add more salt or pepper to taste. Add nutritional yeast. Pour over the hot cauliflower and toss to coat. Top with nutritional yeast for more of a cheesy flavor.
  6. Everyone will enjoy this easy dish!