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Witch's Brew

Posted Nov 17 2010 8:14pm

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, and it is second only to Christmas in my book of favorites. Something about the cool air, spooky look of the sky, and beautiful fall foliage just makes my heart warm ! Speaking of warm, as Fall approaches, I find myself craving lots of soups and warming and soothing foods like soup. Baked squash is one of my favorite dishes and so today, I took my favorite squash, acorn squash, and decided to use its pretty orange color in a Halloween soup, but then I got the urge to use a new kind of sweet potato to accompany the yummy orange acorn squash in the soup:
A Japanese Sweet Potato! 
Have you ever seen such a pretty little purple potato? These taste just like your old time favorite orange sweet potato, but they're extremely high in antioxidants, and are obviously, a heritage of Japan!  So, all in all, here's the lovely soup dish once it's finished. Did I mention this is delicious? It's warming, soothing and very creamy. It's Witch's Brew and perfect for a spooky- looking Halloween dish!   Witch's Brew Soup Recipe:*High in beta-carotene ( a form of Vitamin A), antioxidants, and fiber. 

1 acorn squash1 Japanese sweet potato1 knob of fresh ginger 1 inch long, sliced into small pieces1/4 of an onion, sliced into strips and diced2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil1 tsp. paprika1 tsp. garam marsala ( optional)  1 tsp. black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a large glass baking pan with nonstick spray, or I just use a little olive oil and rub it on the bottom of the dish. Place the acorn squash and the Japanese sweet potato in the baking dish, with the skins left on. Bake for 1 hour. Remove from the oven, slice open one side on the potato and one side on the squash, just  to let it cool and let it sit on the countertop in the pan for about 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, place the onion pieces and the ginger with the olive oil 
  and saute for 10 minutes, letting the onion brown without the ginger burning. Remove after the onion has browned ( *hint*- it will smell really strong before it's done).

3. Scoop out the seeds of the cooled squash with a spoon or melon ball peeler. Discard the seeds or save them to toast in the oven for a yummy little treat. 
4.  Scoop the flesh of the squash out with a spoon, and scoop out the flesh of the potato.Discard the skins. 

5. Place all of the squash flesh and the potato flesh in a large blender. I use my Vita-Mix blender for great results. Add 5 cups of water. 

6. Add the ginger and onion mixture, the spices and puree on low for 10 seconds and then medium for about 20 seconds. 

7. Pour the soup mixture into a large stockpot or soup pot. It may look spooky, but it is delicious! It smells great too!

8. Cook on medium high heat for 15 minutes and remove. Serve warm. 

Enjoy ! 

You could easily add some delicious sprouted bread such as whole grain bread or some whole grain crackers or serve with celery slices. 

I had mine with a side salad:)

Happy Halloween!! :) 

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