Fall is a time for changing colors on the trees, crunching leaves on the ground, and drinking hot apple cider while staring into the flames of a bonfire. It’s a time for dressing in boots, jeans, and sweaters, and breathing crisp, chilled air. Fall is an opportunity to see God’s beauty in all its glory, and appreciate Him for His creativity. It also signals the end of another year, and reminds us of change.
For some of us though, the change in seasons is not visible; it is just something that we know is happening, and we enjoy the trends of our culture during that time of year. Florida is one of those places where seasons are not as noticeable, with the exception of the summer – which does not allow you to ignore its scorching heat. The remainder of the year is a blur of beautiful beach, balmy breeze, and warming sunshine. But just because fall does not smack you in the face, doesn’t mean that you can’t make your house into an autumn wonderland. Break out the cinnamon candles, deck the halls with fall decor, and most importantly, don’t forget to cook.
The flavors of fall are some of the yummiest of the year, but can lead us to make some unhealthy choices. The word cookie, however, doesn’t have to be considered evil, so let’s take a look at how to utilize some seasonal foods, and make dishes that are not only pretty to the eye, and delicious to taste, but also healthy for your temple.
Everyone knows that a creamy, hot soup is one of the best treats during the fall. This recipe comes from a very good friend who does not sacrifice flavor in the name of health. Niki’s Butternut Squash and Ginger Soup recipe is one for your “Best Ever” list. Keep it handy this fall for a quick and easy homemade, fall feeling meal.
You will need:
2 tbs. EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
2 medium sized butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 sweet onion, diced
4-6 garlic cloves, pressed
1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 – 1 ½ tsp. (more if you like it spicy) cayenne pepper
2 tbs. honey or agave nectar (may need to add more at end)
Salt to taste