Happy Friday! (& EM break for Minnesota teachers!)
I recently added a new recipe to greens n’ such; butternut squash soup. It is so tasty and perfect for these cool, crisp, fall nights.
When I was a little girl, I was one of the pickiest eaters. Some nights, my parents would try anything to get me to eat dinner – they refused to give in to a picky eater, too. I remember multiple times I wasn’t allowed to leave the table until certain things were eaten. My parents would clear their plates, along with my sisters, and would do the rest of the dishes; the lights and bustle in the kitchen would dim and quiet. They would move into the family room to watch TV or do whatever was on the family agenda for the night, and I would be left sitting at the kitchen table, with a dimly lit chandelier over my head, and a cold plate of food. There would be other nights where my mom would let me leave the table, but would cover my plate with Reynolds wrap and stick it in the fridge. Later in the evening, when I would complain I was hungry and wanted a snack, my mom would take my plate out of the fridge, warm up my meal, and set it in front of me to eat.
Now, for the record – this is not a pity party – I don’t blame my parents one bit for not giving in to me and my eating habits. My youngest sister, Justine, has some picky eater tendencies, and it is so frustrating trying to make dinner for her, (even now, when she’s almost 18!). There were some nights I would go to bed hungry, but eventually, I learned I needed to eat what was put in front of me, (except for when I wanted a puppy and stopped eating for over a week – I wouldn’t eat until I got one. More to details on that story at a later date – ha!).
Long story short – my mom used to try to get me to eat squash during this ‘picky phase.’ One of her tricks was smothering it with butter and brown sugar – it worked! I would gobble it up! I still LOVE to eat squash with brown sugar and butter, but now, being older, I try to keep things healthier. This soup was the key! It has just enough buttery flavor, without defeating the purpose of eating a helping of veggies. It was delicious!
You can find the recipe here.