March 23, 2015

Roasted Red Pepper and Squash Soup (Paleo, SCD, GAPS, Gluten Free)




Hi friends! Yes I am still alive. Just living in my little study bubble I'm afraid. It's not a very fun bubble let me tell you. Have you missed me? I've missed you! I decided it was about time I took a little study break to bring you another recipe because it has been way too long since I last posted. I'm sorry! Plus before it gets too warm outside I needed to share this soup recipe with you. Because, well, it's delicious. 




And besides being delicious this soup also contains some very healthy ingredients like bone broth, vegetables and coconut milk. Plus a little bit of bacon fat. Yes you read that right. Bacon fat. Because everything is better with bacon fat. Am I right? 

As a believer in eating real food, I think it's very important for you to know what is being put in your body. That is why I am rather upset to see that the newest genetically modified apple that doesn't turn brown when sliced, has just been approved for sale in Canada and the USA. Boo! 

It still baffles my mind that these genetically modified food items don't have to be tested for long term safety before they are placed in our stores for human consumption. Does this not seem totally bizarre to anyone else? I am really hoping there will be some sort of labelling put in place so that we can avoid this laboratory created little gem of a food item. What's wrong with a little bruising on an apple anyways? I mean seriously? Although to quote the creator of this new GMO apple, "We know that in a convenience-driven world, a whole apple is too big of a commitment". Um really? I can't remember the last time someone told me that eating an apple simply required too much commitment. It's like the apple has suddenly become a long term relationship or something. 

It's no wonder people have no idea what real food really is anymore, with products like this being touted as healthy and natural. And it's only going to keep getting worse as more of these GMO foods get approved by the FDA. Apparently a bruise free potato is what's next to be served up on our plates. I just can't tell you how many meals I have had ruined by a bruise on my potato. Sheesh. And yes I know the potato isn't really paleo. Let's not even go there people.  

I could keep ranting about this forever. But I will save you guys from that. If you do want to learn more you can read the whole article here 

And before I let you get to the recipe, as always, I would be thrilled if you visited me on my other social media pages: PinterestInstagram and Facebook
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Happy eating everyone! 





Ingredients

3 large red bell peppers (or 4 smaller ones), diced
3 TBSP bacon fat
2 TBSP chopped chives (or sub one small onion, diced) 

2 lbs uncooked butternut squash (I used the pre-cut ones from Costco)
2 cups bone broth (make your own or buy it here)  
1 can full fat coconut milk (I recommend this brand
1 TBSP dried basil (this is my favourite
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper


Directions

1. Place a large frying pan on medium heat on on the stove
2. Add the bacon fat, chives and red pepper to the pan and cook until the peppers start to tenderize (the edges turn golden)
3. While the peppers are cooking place a large pot on the stove on medium heat
4. Add the squash, bone broth, coconut milk and remaining spices to the pot and bring to a boil
5. Once the peppers are done cooking transfer all the ingredients from the pan (including fat and chives) to your pot with the soup
6. Allow the soup to come to a boil
7. Once the soup is boiling turn down the heat and simmer for another 15-20 minutes
8. Remove from heat, and use your immersion blender to blend the soup until smooth
9. Serve and enjoy!  








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2 comments:

  1. Soup look amazing! And your pictures are so pretty :) I love all the colorful crockery you display in your photo's, Erin. Just WOW about the apple thing. There is just so much wrong with that, I can't even....really, what Carter means to say is, "in a convenience driven world we will do whatever we can to capitalize on people's growing dependence on said convenience". It always comes down to the all-mighty dollar. Navigating the grocery stores these days is like navigating your way through a mine field. Cheers! Colleen

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    1. Colleen thanks so much for your kind words! And I totally agree with you. It's all about making a buck these days. Health? what is that? It is beyond frustrating

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