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Butternut squash is an essential vegetable for a Fit lifestyle: rich in B-complex and A vitamins, Fiber and essential Minerals - it is also low calorie and very filling. Most butternut soup recipes use heavy cream, so this is a light and satisfying recipe without the guilt. It is also perfect for vegan and gluten-free diets: try experimenting with different seasoning such as sage or cinnamon for a different twist.

Butternut Squash Soup

1 butternut squash
2-3 cups vegetable broth
2 shallots or 1/2 onion, sliced
1-3 teaspoons spice (I love curry powder in this recipe)

Cut butternut squash in half, and remove seeds. Place on baking sheet with shallots / onion on top of squash. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes, or until soft. Scrape softened squash and shallots from rind with spoon, and put in blender. Process until smooth (if it has a hard time blending, add a little broth) then add to saucepan with remaining broth and seasoning. Stir over medium heat until hot, season with salt and pepper (to taste) and enjoy!

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QuickFit Tip Of The Day

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Opt for low calorie side dishes. If you are asked to bring something to the holiday feast opt for a puréed butternut squash. Butternut squash is naturally high in water and requires just a pinch of salt and nutmeg to make it absolutely delish. Best of all, it is low calorie so you can have your holiday mash without the guilt because this has no butter, cream cheese or oil in it.

- The Hot Plate

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