Easy Summer Squash Soup

Oh summer, what would you be without the delicious squash?

Of all the summer vegetables available, squash is one of the ones that comes to mind first, besides being, quite possibly, my favorite (ssh, don’t tell the tomatoes!). I love squash sauteed with onions and butter. I love it grilled. And I even love it in soup.

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I made this summer squash soup a couple weeks ago for lunch when I didn’t have time to hit up the grocery store on my lunch break. (Lunch break? What’s that?)

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I only had time to pluck this yellow squash from my garden before scavenging my freezer for other items to cook with it.

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When I don’t have fresh proteins around, I almost always have a can of beans (or previously cooked batch in a tupperware in the freezer) that I can rely on. I love beans for a quick and easy vegetarian protein. Not because I’m vegetarian. No, I’m obviously a meat eater. But I like to have protein with every meal so I’m not hungry 5 minutes after eating.

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Easy Summer Squash Soup Recipe

This easy (and fast!) summer soup makes a great, light lunch served with whole grain toast. You could also leave out the beans and serve it as a lighter first course for a multi-course meal. Nom!

Freeze the leftover for an even easier emergency meal for later.

*Vegan/Vegetarian if you use appropriate broth/stock*

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow squash, cut into half moons, about 1/3 inch thick
  • sprinkle salt/pepper.
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion (I used frozen)
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth/stock
  • 1/4 cup frozen corn pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 cup frozen cooked pinto beans (or 1 can rinsed and drained)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped, optional
  • additional salt/pepper, to taste
  • fresh basil, ripped or chopped, garnish, optional

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add extra virgin olive oil, squash, onion, sprinkle of salt/pepper, and saute until onions are translucent and squash are starting to get tender, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add broth, corn, and basil and bring to a boil. Add beans and cook until beans are warmed through.
  3. Taste test and add parsley, if using, and add additional salt and/or pepper, as needed. Stir.
  4. Serve and top with fresh basil. Enjoy!

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What’s your favorite thing to do with summer squash?

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Project Think Positive {Week 2}

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Week 2 {Counter a Negative Thought with a Positive Act}

There was a time a couple years ago where I have was having a horrible day at work. Everything seemed to be going wrong. I was getting frustrated with everything, especially myself. As my frustration grew, I decided to do something positive rather than storming around or being all pissed off or sad. I wrote an Operation Beautiful note and, when no one was looking, stuck it to the mirror in the ladies restroom. I didn’t realize at the time that that’s exactly how Operation Beautiful got started, but after having that moment, it totally made sense. Sometimes the best way to counter negativity is to do something nice…not for you…for other people.

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There are so many ways you can do something nice for someone else. Can you think of some other ideas?

Inspiration

“If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.” ~Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama

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