Easy Butternut Squash Soup and A Quiet Life of Love

Good afternoon everyone and a very Happy Wednesday to you!

Some days I sit down at the computer bursting with excitement over a new recipe and story to share with you. Other times I crawl into my computer chair, exhausted from the day’s events and rub my eyes as I try to recall details. Today is the latter. So instead of a story I’ll share with you a bit of positive energy and thoughts that compliment this humble soup perfectly.

For many years I had a huge focus on what I was feeling. What things were going on in my life. How was the world impacting me. But lately, I’ve tried shifting my thinking to a more humble, outward view. Someone once told me, “.. and you of all people I expected to understand how I feel”. In that moment, I had let my friend down. I didn’t take the time to stop and care about how they were feeling. And that made me pause and begin to ask: how can I live my life in better service to those around me?

And so lately I’ve tried doing intentional things to spread a bit of love to others. While I’m at the grocery store I walk down the greeting card aisle and pick up a card for any upcoming birthday. Sure, they may never say thank you or send one back, but I choose to spread the love anyway. When I remember it is a friend’s birthday I’ll send a text message. Sure, they may send back one emoji in thanks and not really care, but I send the text anyway.

In Buddhist teachings it is said that, “those who believe in Buddha taste this universal purity of oneness in everything, and in that mind they feel compassion for all and have a humble attitude to serve everyone”. (Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, “The Teachings of Buddha”, p.416). It is with this mindset that I want to live my life. I don’t want to spread love and gratitude whilst looking for something in return. I want to simply live a life of love. I want to exist with humanity in peace and harmony.

Of course this is easier said then done. It is difficult to have a zen state of mind when a driver cuts you off on the highway. Or when your child is throwing a temper tantrum in the middle of the store. But perhaps if in those moments we take a split second to look inward and find our inner peace and love, and use that to relax in the moment, maybe… just maybe… we can be kinder to others.

And now, onto the recipe. 🙂

This recipe for easy butternut squash soup was something I stumbled upon by accident. It had been a long day, and all I wanted was for dinner to appear on the table without me lifting a finger. Silly, I know, but sometimes we all have those days, right? I walked into the kitchen with my hands on my hips and was determined to make a meal that was healthy, and would cook from start to finish in under 30 minutes. Seeing a large butternut squash in my fruit bowl I set to work to make an easy, tasty soup. Enjoy this delicious, flavorful recipe everyone and keep on cooking! 🙂

Easy Butternut Squash Soup
Easy Butternut Squash Soup

Easy Butternut Squash Soup

Courtesy of: Lisa aka The Noob Chef

Yields: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 large (2-3 lb.) butternut squash, peeled and seeds removed
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp. Minced garlic
  • 4 strips bacon, fried and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Garnish: chopped chives (optional)

Instructions:

  1. First, peel, de-seed, and chop the butternut squash into large chunks and toss into a large soup pot. Fill with water and bring to a boil. Boil on high heat for 20 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork.
  2. Next, Drain the squash and pour back into the pot. Mash with a hand masher or use an immersion blender to puree the squash.
  3. Add the milk, cheese, garlic, and bacon pieces and mix until evenly combined.
  4. Season with salt and black pepper and garnish with chopped chives. Serve hot and enjoy!
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