Thai Curry Butternut Squash Soup

This delicious take on a fall time favorite will make it your go-to soup this year. This is a quick and easy recipe in a stovetop, Instapot, or slow cooker.

Yield: 6 servings

Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon coconut or olive oil

1 sweet onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

2 tablespoons red curry paste

3 cups low-sodium vegetable stock

4 cups uncooked butternut squash (1-inch) cubes

1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk

1 lime, juiced

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup torn fresh cilantro for serving

1/3 cup chopped roasted peanuts for serving

Directions:

  1. Heat a large pot over medium-low heat and add coconut oil. Once it’s melted, add in the onions and the garlic with a pinch of salt and stir. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add in the ginger and curry paste and stir until it is incorporated. Cook the curry and onion mixture for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour in the stock and add the squash cubes. Cover the pot and increase the heat to medium. Cook until the squash is soft, about 20 minutes.
  3. Once the squash is soft, turn off the heat and very carefully pour the entire mixture into a blender. Blend until the soup is smooth and pureed. Pour it back into the pot and turn the heat on to medium low.
  4. Add in the coconut milk, lime juice, salt and pepper, and stir. Cover and cook the soup for 10 minutes until it’s completely warm. Taste and season additionally if desired. Serve the soup with a garnish of torn cilantro and crushed peanuts.

Nutrition Facts per Serving: 230 calories, 11g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 245mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate, 7g fiber, 4g sugar, 6g protein

Healthy Recipes: Zuppa Toscana

PREP TIME 10 MINUTES

COOK TIME 10 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME 20 MINUTES

SERVINGS 6

INGREDIENTS

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 lb mild or spicy Italian chicken sausage

1 medium onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups peeled and chopped potatoes

32 oz vegetable stock

1/2 tsp oregano

salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 cup half and half

3 cup chopped kale

Instant Pot Instructions:

1. Press the ‘Sauté’ button, and add the olive oil. When the pot is hot, add the chicken sausage and brown it until no longer pink, about 3 minutes.

2. Add onion and garlic and sauté for another 3 minutes. Add potatoes, vegetable stock, and oregano and season with salt and pepper. Stir everything.

3. Lock the lid and turn the valve to ‘Sealing’. Press the ‘Manual’ or ‘Pressure Cook’ button and adjust for 10 minutes, pressure set to ‘High’. When the cook time is over, turn off the Instant Pot by pressing the ‘Turn Off’ button. Carefully quick release the pressure with a wooden spatula by turning the valve to releasing. Make sure you don’t hurt your hands from the steam.

4. Once the steam is completely gone and the metal pin on the lid drops, carefully open the lid and add half and half and the chopped kale to the pot. Stir everything, and serve warm.

Stove Top Instructions:

1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook sausage, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned and no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes.

2. Add onion to pot and let cook until soft, 2-3 minutes, then add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Season with salt, pepper and oregano. Add vegetable stock and potatoes and cook over medium heat, until potatoes are tender, 23 to 25 minutes.

3. Stir in kale and let cook until leaves are tender and bright green, 1-2 minutes, then stir in heavy cream and simmer 2 minutes more.

4. Season with pepper, and serve.

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Did you know dental caries are the most common chronic disease in childhood?  Over half of 3rd graders in Washington have at least one cavity. Children who experience tooth decay are 3 times more likely to miss school and then often fall behind on their school work.

Here are 6 easy things you can to do protect your child’s teeth!

  1. Brush teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.  If your child is unable to tie their shoes that is a good sign they are unable to brush well without supervision.  Make sure they are getting all surfaces and brushing for 2 minutes.
  2. Avoid sugary drinks.  Juice (even 100% fruit juice) and pop have a lot of sugar which fuels the bacteria causing cavities.  If your child is going to drink these, make sure they drink it all at once and not sip on it throughout the day.  Also, it is best to rinse with water after sugary drinks or food.
  3. Schedule regular dental visits.  To keep your child’s teeth healthy they should see the dentist every 6 months starting from when their first tooth comes in.
  4. Dental Sealants.  Dental sealants are a hard plastic coating which is placed on the chewing surface of teeth by the dentist.  This acts as a barrier protecting the teeth from cavities.   Once your child’s molars come in, talk to your dentist about dental sealants.  Sealants can prevent up to 80% of cavities in children.
  5. Drink water.  Water helps rinse the teeth and removes the sugars that can build up and cause cavities.  This is especially important after eating candy or other sugary foods.  Water is the healthiest drink for your child.
  6. Fluoride supplements.  Spokane does not add fluoride to the water placing all children at high risk for dental caries.  Ask your doctor or dentist for a fluoride supplement to help keep your child’s teeth strong.  Your doctor or dentist can also apply fluoride varnish up to 4 times a year to help keep your child’s teeth strong.
The East Mission Dental Clinic and NHCW ribbon cutting and reception is photographed in Spokane Valley, Wash., Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. (Young Kwak for Community Health Association of Spokane)

What’s Hiding Beneath Those Gums?

Don’t you love seeing a baby’s adorable, gummy smile? Believe it or not,
those tiny teeth are already there, and you need to be thinking about how to keep them healthy. The first step is to take care of your own teeth while you’re pregnant. Make sure you care for your oral health and see a dental provider for a check-up before you deliver. Once the baby is here, take care to wipe her gums after feedings, to not put her down to sleep with a bottle,
and begin brushing her teeth once one appears! For more information about oral health during pregnancy and for your infant, visit Healthychildren.org/tinyteeth.