Thai Butternut Squash Soup

Thanks for being such cheerleaders yesterday with my 2.8 pound gain – still can’t wrap my brain around it, but I am going to kick ass this week!

I was super busy right off the bat at work (even got in a bit early) so I only had time to take two quick pictures.  They both sucked ass.  But breakfast was delicious – I had a steak scramble (actually 2 ounces of the leftover beef stroganoff from the weekend), with 1 egg, egg whites, baby spinach and a 100 calorie pack of guacamole on top –  with blackberries on the side.  I had no idea how much fiber was in a cup of blackberries – 7.6 grams!

Breakfast comes in at 367 caories, 17 fat, 21 carbs, 10.8 fiber and 34 protein.

I was going to run outside at lunch yesterday – the temperatures were in the high 30’s, but two things prevented me from going – first was my blood sugar wasn’t high enough – it was only 90 – I usually like it in the low 200s before working out.  Then it started raining.  I just have to suck it up and get to the gym in the morning before work – at least I won’t be cold at the gym!

I found I had a butternut squash in my pantry and decided to make this Thai Curry Butternut Squash soup.  My slight changes are in red.

1 medium onion, chopped (nope!)
2 large carrots, chopped
3 stalks of celery, chopped
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped
4 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon curry paste ( or use curry powder to taste instead) (I used african curry powder)
2 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced (mine was huge, so I needed 8 cups of broth)
Approx. 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth, or bouillon cubes dissolved in an equivalent amount of water  Salt and black pepper to taste.  I also added 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes.

Instructions: Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. When hot, add the onion, carrot, and celery. Cook for a few minutes, and then add the ginger and the garlic. Cook for a few minutes more, until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the curry paste or powder. Now add the squash and enough broth or water to just cover the squash. Cover and simmer over low heat until the squash is tender, almost to the point of falling apart. Allow to cool somewhat, then run through a blender or use an immersion blender until smooth. Serve garnished with fresh cilantro and Sriracha.

Again, these pictures don’t do it any justice – but the stats are wonderful.   This makes A LOT of soup – each 1.5 cup serving is 184 calories, 8 fat, 22 carbs, 3.7 fiber and 8 protein.

I decided to accessorize my lunch with a Subway grilled chicken baby spinach salad – with 2 tablespoons of light ranch and the soup, lunch comes in at 394 caories, 17 at, 35 carbs, 6.7 fiber and 29 protein. 😀

I never finished my total grocery shopping over the weekend.  I spent $51 at Fresh Market, mostly on meat.  Tony finished the rest of my shopping yesterday (thanks Tony!) so we should be set for the week.  Our weekly groceries came in at $91.

One of the meats that I got at the Fresh Market was marinated skirt steak, so we had fajitas for dinner.  I only had one tortilla with two ounces of steak, red and green peppers, 1/2 cup of black beans and an ounce of tortilla chips.

I love this cast iron grill pan, but it smokes up the whole house. 😦

Dinner comes in at 460 calories, 15 fat, 57 carbs, 11 fiber and 23 protein.

Since I didn’t get up to go to the gym, I had to do a work out – Level 2 of Jillian’s 30 day shred was the perfect workout.  I pushed it hard and got in a great 30 minute workout.  Although, I don’t recommend doing 30 day shred 30 minutes after you eat fajitas!

Here is what I look like after I tell Jillian to f_ck off:

Hannah didn’t realize I had it on manual setting, that’s why the picture is blurry – still makes me laugh though.


Pretty sure I am the strongest woman alive.  😀

Here’s another awkward Christmas Card – gotta love it! 😀

I am off. . . to the gym! Make it a great day!

24 thoughts on “Thai Butternut Squash Soup

  1. hahahhahha- nothing says I love my dog like a sweatshirt with their picture on it. Way to get your workout in at night- boooooooooooo yahhhhhhhh! mmm bn squash soup- so freaking amazing

  2. You are the strongest woman in the world!! 🙂

    I wish I could like blackberries more, they ARE super healthy, my kids love them, I think they are just “okay”.

  3. Haha! I love that pic of you giving Jillian the f you! Those fajitas look good – I’m doing shrimp fajitas tonight. Great job getting to the gym!!

  4. Great recipe and I love the pics 🙂 haha to the awkward family photos.

  5. Does he seriously have a “World’s Best Dad” sweatshirt on with his puppy on it? I get the whole “My pets are my kids thing” but, um. . .when did they get that puppy? Last Tuesday? It barely looks weaned. heehee

  6. That’s the way to tell Jillian off!! I’ve done that video and it’s tough!

    Food, like always, looks delicious!

  7. And…I hate working out in the cold!

  8. I’ve had 30 day Shred since it came out…and I think it’s still in the package. I should take it out & use it… I figured just buying it should work…but nope, not so lucky!

  9. You know, I am looking at your food for the day and while you started off pure Paleo, you ended up eating low glycemic. Ever thought of trying that as the method to use to finish off your weight loss?

    I don’t think it’s a good idea to eat ANYTHING before doing 30 Day Shred. Are you crazy?! Why yes, yes you are.

  10. Ha! Great workout picture! You look great, and you are working so hard. I have one of those iron grills too and have my very loud vent on the entire time. Bummer but it does make great steaks. I love our Fresh Market and have enjoyed their meat department the best. Try their applewood smoked bacon- it’s the bomb. Pricey but a great treat!

  11. I like that recipe….looks good!

    I love those pics of you getting your FIT on! 🙂 Whoohoo!

  12. Let me start off by saying that I love your blogs!

    Unfortunately the last week or so they have been a little annoying in that there are huge blank spots instead of pictures? It happened right around the time you mentioned people having trouble downloading your pictures in their e-mail. Do you happen to know what I need to change in my e-mail so I can begin seeing your pictures again?

    Let me end this by saying that I love your blogs 🙂 🙂 🙂

  13. You look super sassy in that picture where you tell Jillian off! Love it! 🙂

    Seriously…what are these people thinking? Our family got our photos done last weekend and I was able to pick out at least 3 other families that were future awkward family photos. I just pray that our pictures don’t one day go into circulation! 😀

  14. I love the workout pictures! You are a beast…and absolutely, the strongest woman alive…Jillian would cower in fear if she met you in person!

  15. omg I love the “f ck off” picture! you look so beautiful!

    damn the only butternut squash soup that I make comes in a campbell’s carton lol

  16. Love your can do attitude. As usual your meals look so great. That pic at the bottom is so funny. He has his dog and is wearing a pic of his dog……..hmmmmm, very interesting.

  17. The soup looks great! I pinned it!
    Love that last photo of you – you look awesome

  18. I love this recipe. I need another go-to lunch idea. I can definetly do this one.

  19. Yay for lifting! 😀 I think you look very strong!

  20. you’re so awesome, tell that julian what’s up! i love the salad and fajitas, have you become as obsessed with protein as i have. all i ever buy anymore is meat! costco doesn’t know what’s hit them!

    have a fabulous day biz!

  21. what a lovely soup recipe, i love anything curry and the squash is so perfect for the winter season!

  22. I’m hungry for fajitas now!!
    You have to be the strongest woman in the world, sure looks like it!! 🙂 Love the pic of you telling Jillian to f***k off…………. someone had to do it…:)

  23. I been reading Biz, just haven’t been commenting but I had to stop by today. 1-I love the pictures, 2-when did you go back to doing calories and not points, I’ve missed that part, 3-you fix such amazing meals, YUMM!!!, 4-you go girl on your exercise, yeah for Biz.
    Take care and have a blessed evening.

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