Butternut Squash Soup Recipe That Actually Tastes Like Butternut Squash ♥

Today's butternut squash soup recipe: Just four ingredients plus water and salt, yet the butternut squash soup that emerges is luxuriant, silky-smooth and almost custardy. And oo-la-la, if it doesn't taste like butternut squash too! This stuff is so elegant, I considered serving it in wine glasses!
They had me at "butternut squash soup that tastes like butternut squash". There's no counting the recipes I've tried, reaching in vain for that color of honeyed gold, making one after another Sisyphean trip up the hill of butternut squash soup worth making, for its own sake, for its own silky-soup winter squash glory.

Finally. I loved this soup, I think you will too, I want you to love this soup!

Spicy Cauliflower Soup ♥ Recipe

A quick 'n' easy cauliflower soup, spicy with spices, not spicy with heat. Very Weight Watchers Friendly: Zero Freestyle points! Low Carb. Naturally Gluten Free. Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real".
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Can't say I know, exactly, what gruel is, but I suspect it might look a lot like a pot of Spicy Cauliflower Soup, smudgy and watery, muddy-yellow and dirty-brown.

But please don't judge this soup by its appearance. What it lacks in aesthetics, it compensates in flavor. The spices are "Indian-style" – coriander, cumin and turmeric, plus a little chili powder for a small measure of heat. That's right, this soup is spicy – but not spicy-hot, just spicy. I found it a spare and satisfying antidote to a weekend of too-rich food and too-little exercise.

My soup bowl remained monastic and rustic, just the soup itself and a gorgeous loaf of rye bread from St. Louis' bakery The Daily Bread. But the inspiring recipe called for t…

Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Tagine ♥ Recipe

Today's tagine recipe: A magical pairing of sweet potatoes and butternut squash, healthy 'bright orange' vegetables married with a medley of Moroccan spices, cooked in a tagine and served tableside. Beautiful color to banish cold-weather blues! Works as a side dish or a vegetarian supper. Not just vegan, "Vegan Done Real".
~recipe updated & republished 2014~
~more recently updated recipes~
You know how you cook something and it's so good that its memory lingers? A week, a month, some weeks later you're still feeling all dreamy? You intend to make it again, but then the moment passes, and yet the memory still lingers? And best of all, then you finally make it again and reality matches the memory?

When we first made this tagine a year ago, it was a side dish. But when I remade it this week and paired it with Oven-Baked Brown Rice, whoa, it made for a fabulous vegetarian – vegan even – supper. I was completely blown away. The ingredients are 100% famili…

How to Cut Brussels Sprouts, with Photos & Recipe Suggestions

People ask all the time, What's the best way to cut up Brussels sprouts? Is there an easy way? A quicker way? My answer, sorry, is that it depends. That's why I'm sharing four ways to cut Brussels sprouts. One method works best for cooking Brussels sprouts whole; another way works best for roasting and sautéeing; another for cooking quickly and lightly; still another for quick-cooking just the leaves. Step by step photo illustrations of each technique.
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Buying, Washing & Trimming Brussels Sprouts
#1 Best for Cooking Brussels Sprouts Whole
#2 Best for Roasting or Sautéing
#3 Best for Cooking Quickly & Lightly
#4 Best for Cooking Just the Leaves

Some times, you look at a vegetable and wonder how in heavens to cut it up for cooking. Take Brussels sprouts. The baby cabbages may look like green golf balls but take a closer look, they're really tightly bound leaves surrounding a dense core.

(While we're at it, how do we…

Homemade Vegetable Bouillon ♥ Recipe

Today's vegetable recipe: How to make bouillon from scratch using fresh vegetables, a few herbs, lots of salt and a food processor. No cooking required! Keeps in the freezer for everyday use, makes a great homemade food gift.
In 2006, no-knead bread zoomed from blog to blog and oven to oven. Will the same happen in 2010?

Thanks to the always-innovative Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks and author of Super Natural Cooking: Five Delicious Ways to Incorporate Whole and Natural Foods into Your Cooking, I predict -- and dream! -- that all of us will dump those dusty cubes of bouillon straight-away into the rubbish because now we have something even better, bouillon made at home, fresh, convenient, frugal. Let's make this recipe for homemade bouillon the "recipe that flew across the world" in 2010!

(Word dancing: and yes, the word is spelled bouillON, not bullion or boolion or my own fumble-fingered spelling, bouillion. The word is pronounced [bool-yon] or [bool-yuhn] or in t…

How to Succeed with Weight Watchers & Win a Kitchen Scale

Sunday is the last day to enter to win a kitchen scale!
This week, I dusted off the tips and techniques I used in 2002 to lose 30 pounds using Weight Watchers, see How to Lose Weight with Weight Watchers.

I invited readers to share their best tips too and boy, have they, all to win one of my favorite Weight Watchers tools, a kitchen scale.

If you don't have a kitchen scale, head on over to the contest to enter to win, it's easy and there are five ways to enter!

~ Weight Watchers recipes ~
(sorted by Weight Watchers points)
~ Low-Carb Recipes
~ Low-Calorie Recipes ~
from Kitchen Parade, my food column

~ Weight Watchers Recipes ~
(zero-point, one-point and two-point vegetable recipes,
including the famous Weight Watchers Zero-Point Soup Recipes)
~ Low-Carb Vegetable Recipes ~
from A Veggie Venture, my food blog about vegetables

© Copyright Kitchen Parade 2010

Quinoa Salad with Zucchini & Lemon ♥ Recipe

An adaptable salad, either lots of zucchini tossed with chunks of crisp-sautéed zucchini or, my favorite, that same crisp-sautéed zucchini tossed with some quinoa for texture contrast and a little protein. Either way, this salad is light and bright and one to make over and over again with other vegetables, seasonal or what's on hand.

Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Inexpensive Ingredients. Weeknight Easy. Great for Meal Prep. Not just vegan, Vegan Done Real. Naturally Gluten Free.