by Julie Snyder
Does the horrible weather have you looking for comfort food? The sweet flavor the butternut squash provides and the vibrant colors make this the perfect fall and winter dish. With these fantastic flavors and textures, it's sure to become a cold-weather favorite.
It's deceptively low in calories and fat. A bowl full of this hearty stew satisfies your cravings and dishes up a generous serving of protein, vitamins A and C and fiber.
Who knew you could satisfy comfort food cravings, fill your home with delightful aroma and get a well-rounded meal with the same dish? You can! Make a pot and you'll be patting yourself on the back for this tasty stew all day long.
Prep time: 20 minutes | Total time: 45 minutes | Yield: 6 servings
• 1 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
• 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
• 2 cups cooked turkey, shredded
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
• 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
• 2/3 cup uncooked quinoa
• 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and quartered
• salt and pepper to taste
• 1/4 fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
Steam or bake the butternut squash until barely tender, about 10 minutes. Remove half of the squash pieces and set aside. Cook the remaining squash for an additional 4 to 6 minutes, until very tender. Mash this squash with the back of a fork and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in large saucepan set over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and slightly brown, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add minced garlic and oregano. Cook, stirring, for 1 additional minute.
Add the chicken broth, tomatoes, butternut squash and quinoa. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat. Simmer until the quinoa turns translucent, about 15 minutes.
Stir the turkey, olives and pepper into the stew and simmer, uncovered, another 5 minutes. Stir in parsley and serve.
Cook up a batch of chicken thighs or breast meat if your leftover turkey's finally gone. Shred those and add to the soup.
Do you have a family member who is not a fan of olives? Leave them out of the stew and offer as an "add your own" garnish.
Do you have a soup recipe that begs to be shared? Do it!
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