Whole 30 Day 26: Bored? Enter: Mysterious, Sexy Turban Squash Soup

It’s the end of the Whole 30 and I am bored. I am bored with sweet potatoes, with cauliflower, with eggs, with cooking in general! Friends, this weekend, it felt like the end. I was ready to just throw in the towel. But then, my Bounty Box arrived. It contained the usual: sweet potatoes (somebodyfuckingkillme), yellow onions, greens…but then…I saw an exotic, mysterious, inexplicably sexy stranger…a Turban Squash! Let’s be real. It looks intimidating. But, I was just happy to have something new.

Turban Squash

I had questions. How do I cook it? Is it safe to eat? More importantly, how in the hell am I supposed to cut this?!

First, I found this YouTube Video that is completely useless. And creepy. Not helpful. Why are they whispering? And, really, a spoon?

So, I decided to cut it like a jack-o-lantern. I sharpened my knife and moved it around the seam that connects the “turban” to the rest of the squash. It was a great bicep workout and I only yelled “You dumb fucking squash!!!” once or twice. Win.

I decided to use my “All Purpose Curried Squash Soup” recipe, because I am so tired of eggs that I am only eating soup for breakfast these days. So, here ya go! This basic recipe pairs well with¬†almost any winter squash and you can add ground beef, shredded pork or chicken…the possibilities are endless. The best part? It’s even better reheated as leftovers.

Curried (Turban) Squash Soup

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ingredients:
1 medium Turban Squash
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4c diced sweet yellow onion
1/3c coconut milk from a can
1tbsp coconut oil
3c chicken broth
2tsp salt (or to taste)
1/4tsp ground ginger
2tsp Masaman curry powder (my fav is Uncle Harry’s)
red pepper flakes (optional)
fresh parsley to garnish

method:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cut top off of Turban Squash. Scoop out seeds and yucky pulp.
  • Place cut side down on foiled, lightly oiled cooking sheet.
  • Bake in oven for 60 minutes. Let cool to room temperature and then scoop out flesh and set aside.
  • In a deep stock pot, melt coconut oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add diced onions.
  • Cook onions until softened, then add the flesh from the squash.
  • After a few minutes of sauteeing the squash, add 2 cups of the chicken broth.
  • Use an immersion blender to process the squash until it is mostly smooth.
  • Add the remainder of the chicken broth, salt, ginger, curry and the coconut milk. Process again lightly with the immersion blender to mix.
  • Allow the soup to come to a low boil, reduce heat and then simmer for 20 minutes. Cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • You can put the soup back into the hollowed out squash to serve or spoon it directly into bowls. Add some¬†red pepper flakes and garnish with parsley.
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