By nutritional therapist Christine Bailey
Perfect for autumn, roasted squash or pumpkin is naturally sweet and comforting. It is also packed with antioxidants – particularly the carotenoids – and the addition of fat in this recipe also enhances absorption of carotenoids. Apple is a great source of prebiotic fibre to support the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut.
1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
1 small butternut squash or 300g peeled and cubed squash or pumpkin
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 eating apple, cored and chopped
500ml chicken stock or vegetable stock
Fresh herbs or pesto to top
Peel and deseed the butternut squash and cut into 2cm cubes.
Heat the coconut oil in a large heavy-based saucepan. Add the chopped onion and garlic and sauté gently for 2-3 minutes until the onion is soft.
Add the chopped butternut squash, apple and the stock. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the butternut squash is very tender
When the butternut squash is tender, use a handheld blender process the soup until smooth and creamy. Season to taste.
Ladle the soup into bowls and top with herbs or spoonful of pesto.
About Christine Bailey
Christine is an award-winning nutritionist, chef and author. With a passion for creating delicious nourishing recipes, Christine has a reputation for transforming people’s health and love of real food. As well as seeing clients and writing for national press, Christine runs ‘Nourish’ cookery classes including popular hands-on days for children. Christine is an inspiring nutritional chef well known for her engaging style and enthusiasm.
Christine is the author of numerous health and recipe books including ebooks on paleo eating and gluten-free recipes. Her books include her popular Supercharged Juices and Smoothies, The Juice Diet Book, The Raw Food Diet Book and Eat to Get Younger. Christine has particular specialisms in paleo diets, allergy free cooking, digestive health, coeliac disease and other autoimmune conditions, allergies, healthy ageing and weight loss.