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The Over Achiever Veggie

| 11/18/2014 10:08:00 AM

Valerie BoeseGrowing your own fresh vegetables is very rewarding. However, sometimes we get over rewarded with a particular vegetable. I call this baby the “over achiever veggie.” This is a veggie that has over achieved way above any of its previous year’s plantings. So what do you do when you have an “over achiever veggie”? I get creative and start preparing that veggie in many different ways. I get very determined that my family and I are going to eat all of it – easier said than done, sometimes over achiever veggies are not always fully appreciated.

Every year I seem to have at least one over achiever. This year is no exception; butternut squash wins my “over achiever veggie” award. We have oodles of it, so guess what we have been eating? Squash! I have been pan frying, baking and stir frying it with other veggies. We probably have been eating it three to four times a week. Maybe a bit too much for my family; I am thinking I better come up with a new way to eat squash or I will be the only one eating it.

Over the weekend I had a little more time to be creative with my cooking, and I came up with a recipe for butternut squash soup. Squash soup, hmm, that does not sound too appealing, I am sure my family will run the other direction if I tell them, “dinners ready, time for squash soup.” I can just see them rolling their eyes and hear their father saying, “Let’s go out for dinner.”

Hmm, this is going to be a challenge; I thought I had better be creative in naming my new squash soup. I decided to call it Creamy Butternut Potato Soup. Everyone likes potatoes, right? And we all like creamy stuff. You may have noticed I left the word squash out of the soup title. I figured this way, my family will at least try my new soup, and I am sure with my keen cooking skills I can win them over.

I made the Creamy Butternut Potato Soup, and my family really truly enjoyed the soup; they thought it was very delicious, so unlike the fried or baked version of squash they had been eating. They could not believe they were eating butternut squash in such a delicious way. Scroll down for my recipe; it truly is a delicious thick, flavorful and creamy soup. I can’t wait to make it again, but maybe not three to four times a week.

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