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Lactose
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Sodium
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GERD / Acid Reflux
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"I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give."
-Thomas Jefferson, Genius

The refrigerator light goes on...

This is an amazing soup and super simple to make. It takes a little planning because the roasting the squash takes some time. This soup is a lot better if made the day before and refrigerated overnight

Shallots

Shallots are a member of the onion family and have a shape like onions but grow segmented in cloves similar to garlic (but are not as harsh as garlic). They have a thin coppery skin with purple white flesh has a subtle onion flavor.

Two main types of shallots are found in the grocery store. The Jersey shallot is larger and has a sharper onion flavor than the smaller "true" shallot, which has a softer flavor and a slightly grayer skin. As with onions, choose shallots that are firm and round with no dried areas or wrinkling of the skin. If there is a sprout from the tip of the shallot, don't buy it; it's not very fresh.

Shallots keep longer in the refrigerator, but they will flavor other items stored with them, so put them in a plastic bag. They will keep in a cool place for a few weeks and still be fresh. 

1 Tbsp. chopped shallot = 7 calories, 0 fat, 0g sat fat, 0g mono fat, 0g protein, 2g carbohydrates, 1mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol 


 

Acorn Squash Soup with Apple and Bacon



Servings = 4 | Serving size =about 2 cups for a main course serving or 1 cup as a side dish

Cooking Time = 75 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Like many soups, this is actually better if refrigerated overnight and reheated.

1 large acorn squash (about 2 pounds)
2 slices bacon
2 large shallots (finely diced)
2 granny smith apples (peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup 2% milk
1 tsp dried marjoram
1/2 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)

Preheat the oven to 325F.

Cut the acorn squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Place the squash in a large skillet cut side down and place the skillet in the oven. Roast for about 50 minutes until the squash is tender.

Remove, let cool and then peel the squash. Discard the peel.

While the squash is roasting, place the bacon in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Cover. Turn the bacon occasionally. Cook slowly until most of the fat has been rendered and the bacon is crispy.

Remove the bacon and set on a paper towel. When cool, dice the bacon.

Add the shallots to the pan with the rendered bacon fat and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the apples and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. When the apple is slightly soft, remove the apple-shallot mixture to a plate and set aside to cool.

When the squash is done and peeled, place the flesh in the sauce pan. Add the water, and using a stick blender, puree until smooth. (Alternatively, puree in a blender with the water and then place in the pan.)

Add the milk, marjoram, salt and pepper and stir. Add the apple-shallot mixture and the crumbled bacon. Cook over low heat for about 10 minutes.

Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = about 2 cups for a main course serving

Servings = 4

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 232 Calories from Fat 65
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 7g 11%
    Saturated Fat 2g 11%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 437mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 15%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 12%
    Sugars 10g  
Protein 6g  
Vitamin A 23% Vitamin C 51%
Calcium 14% Iron 13%
Vitamin K 1 mcg Potassium 1041 mg
Magnesium 90 mg