Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

y'all. we're three weeks out from our LA festival and if the emails and phone calls don't kill us before we get there, it will be a miracle. How did we so quickly forget the chaos that is 1 month before a 400 person festival??? 

so let's be real. we are NOT cooking right now. to be on our table - you must either be super quick, or takeout. OR - crockpotted. crock pot to the rescue. 

This recipe, which Kate dreamed up a few years ago, is perfect for this week. 

butternut squash is full of potassium, vitamin A, + fiber to just name a few benefits. all sound good to me. plus the soup has a creamy taste due to the coconut milk. the granny smith apple thrown in? may sound random, but the tangy flavor of the fruit paired perfectly.

best part- after the dicing + chopping, just throw the ingredients in and let the slow cooker work its magic. you’ll have hours on your hands (warning: therefore, don’t start making this when you’re already hungry) to keep living life (in our case- answering endless emails) while the nutritious soup cooks.

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//WHAT YOU’LL NEED//

2 cups vegetable stock

2 cloves minced garlic

1 carrot diced

1 apple (preferably granny smith) diced

1 medium butternut squash peeled and diced

3/4 cup of pumpkin puree

3 sprigs of fresh thyme

1 white onion chopped

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon cayenne

pinch of ground cinnamon and nutmeg

1/2 cup canned coconut milk

(optional garnishes: extra coconut milk, fresh thyme and cayenne)

 

// HERE’S HOW //

add vegetable stock, garlic, carrot, apple, butternut squash, thyme, onion, pumpkin puree, salt, pepper, cayenne, cinnamon+ nutmeg to crock pot. stir to combine all ingredients.

cook for 3-4 hours on high, until the squash is completely tender and mashes easily with a fork, then stir in coconut milk.

transfer soup to a blender (could be 2 batches) + puree until smooth.

garnish with coconut milk, thyme + cayenne

 

PSST... The one thing we snuck in for our Philly crew before we jet off to LA? MEAL PREP CLASS, Thursday, Jan 11th at 7pm. You know, all the recipes we like to meal prep when we come up for air. TWO SPOTS LEFT IF YOU WANNA COME!! Click HERE for your ticket!

and last shameless plug... if you're a west coaster, or in need of a weekend away, be one of the last to get your ticket for GOOD Fest LA! Check it all out HERE.

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