Something I have always wanted to do is make a food blog where I can post pictures of the food that I make and recipes of healthy meals that I have discovered and improvised with that are not too expensive. My goal is to show everyone it is possible to eat well and stick to a budget. I know it is hard to make time to cook every night but once you get in the habit of making some simple quick recipes it is definitely worth it.
Now this is my first time blogging with the price tags next to what I purchased and what I did was post how much the food item was per pound and how much I spent. I will try to do this from now on and most of the food I buy is from the Safeway in Lebanon. I did not add the price that I paid for the cumin seeds because it was ridiculous and I am just going to hope that all of you out there have cumin seeds or ground cumin at your house as well as the coriander… If not then either buy it or get creative with other spices!
Time it took for all this to happen: 1 hour-ish
Ingredients for the soup:
- 2 tablespoons of canola oil
- 2 cups of chopped onions (1 medium sized onion) ($0.60 — $0.99/lbs)
- 2 cups of peeled and corred chopped apples (3 medium sized apples) ($1.20 — $0.88/lbs)
- 6 cups of peeled and seeded chopped butternut squash ($5.22 — $0.99/lbs)
- 2 cups of peeled chopped sweet potatoes ($1.99 — $0.99/lbs)
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds or ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons of ground coriander seeds
- 4 cups water
Tips: If you have a food processor, I suggest using it to finely chop the apples, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes. Saves some time.
- Cook on medium heat the chopped onions with canola oil for about 10 minutes.
- Add the spices, salt, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, apples, and water to the onions in the pot.
- Last step: Bring to a boil, then lower the heat, cover, and simmer on lowest heat for about 40 minutes, until all the ingredients look thoroughly cooked. Add a little cinnamon and cumin to add more flavor before serving.
Recipe serves 6.
When serving the soup, if you have a blender or food processor, add about 2 cups of the soup with 1/4 cup of water to blend it if you believe it is too thick.