Winter Squash Soup

When my son and I were on the Anti-Candida Diet spaghetti squash was one of the "acceptable" varieties of winter squash on the list. We ate a lot of it. For this recipe try your own mixture of winter squash. Spaghetti and pumpkin are your best low-carb bets. If you're not scrupulously watching your carb in-take then throw in some butternut or acorn for a richer, slightly sweeter soup.

Puree in high-powered blender (in batches):

3 cups cooked SPAGHETTI SQUASH

2 cups cooked PUMPKIN, ACORN OR BUTTERNUT SQUASH

2 cups of CHICKEN BROTH (I use Better than Bouillon Organic Bases—see manufacturer's comments below)

1/2 medium ONION

2 tsp grated GINGER

1 clove GARLIC

Transfer mixture to a large soup pot and add:

1/4 tsp ground CINNAMON

1-1/2 cups ALMOND MILK (make your own, it's so much better)

1 cup WATER

Simmer on medium low for 20 minutes to combine flavors. Serve topped with Onion Spice Pumpkin Seeds (recipe coming) instead of croutons.

Tip for Baking Squash: I a not sure where I stand on microwave ovens. All I know is they make cooking squash super easy and quick. If I have time I bake squash, if not I nuke it (tsk tsk). Either way all you need to do is cut a quarter-sized hole in the squash. The best way I have found to do this is to carefully cut around the stem. Place in oven (on a cookie sheet) or throw it into the microwave. No need to add water. Bake at 350˚F 40-60 minutes or microwave 6 minutes for every pound. You'll know it's done when the rind is soft. Allow to cool cut in half, de-seed and scoop out the lovely flesh!

MODIFIED DIET CONSIDERATIONS:

I wanted to rest assured that one of my kitchen stables, Better Than Bouillon, was gluten- and casein-free (it didn't state it on the bottle). Its convenience can't be beat. I use it so much and dreaded the thought of having to replace it with something else. So I wrote the manufacturer and this is what they said: "We currently have three organic bases that are lactose, casein and egg free. We manufacture Better Than Bouillon Organic Chicken, Organic Beef, and Organic Vegetable bases. Please be aware if any of our bases contained allergenic material you would easily find this information printed on containers ingredient statement."