RECIPES

Butternut & Dulse 025

a colourful, nourishing & satisfying soup!

I have always liked butternut squash. It is a real bonus that it is a key source of Vitamin A (so is seaweed by the way). We all know Vitamin A is a key nutrient for keeping our eyes healthy and our vision keen, but that's not all it's good for. Vitamin A helps promote bone growth, keeps the immune system strong, fights disease as a powerful antioxidant, and maintains a vigorous reproductive system.

On the culinary side of things, I am not sure which comes first in my list of 'likes' about it - the creaminess, buttery taste, the golden crust when roasted, the bright orange colour or the fact that it cooks quickly and that you have a dish to savour in 'no time flat'. Butternut squash soup has become a winter staple in our house. I have a few variations of it but this one is particularly good!

INGREDIENTS:

butternut squashto serve 4-6

1 large butternut squash
1 head of garlic
olive oil to roast the squash
500ml of vegetable stock
1 tbsp Smoked Kelp 
Kelp Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste

Garnish:
1 small tin of coconut cream
Dulse flakes (1/3 tsp per person or to taste)
black sesame seeds to garnish
chopped parsley & chopped macadamia nuts (optional)

METHOD:

blog-pics-036Heat the oven to 200 C.
Cut the squash in half lengthwise, sprinkle with oil and bake in the oven with the garlic for 30 minutes or until golden & tender.
Cool for a few minutes so it can be handled. Spoon the golden flesh out & squeeze the cooked garlic cloves out of their skin and transfer into a food processor.
Add some of the stock, the Smoked Kelp and puree until smooth. Adjust the thickness of the soup to your liking by adding more stock and check seasoning.
To assemble, ladle the soup into warm bowls.
Drizzle with coconut cream and garnish with Dulse flakes, black sesame seeds, macadamia nuts (if using) and parsley.

 

Culinary tips:
Smoked Kelp is a delicious vegetarian alternative to bacon for a hint of a smoky flavour. It is particularly delicious with eggs, potatoes and as a salad condiment.

Health tips:
Kelp is the best source of iodine in nature and is a positive alternative to salt in many dishes. It contains less sodium and more of the other minerals than the body requires. It also contains many vitamins, fibre and compounds that can prevent degenerative diseases. Dulse is also a powerhouse of nutrition and is particularly rich in iron, potassium and magnesium.