Introducing ZipList’s Online Recipe Box and a Recipe for Jalapeno-Ginger Butternut Squash Soup

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Before I get to today’s recipe I am excited to share a brand new feature on my blog. All my recipes will now have a blue “save recipe” button which allows you to save all your favorite recipes from Nutritious Eats onto your own personal, online recipe box. Look up at the top menu to access your “Recipe Box” along with links to create a meal plan, find online grocery deals and create a shopping list. I am thrilled to be partnering with ZipList who are the stars behind creating these awesome tools that you see on some of the biggest cooking sites including Martha Stewart!

So here is how the Recipe Box works: once you create your free online recipe box, you can start saving any recipes to it and start creating shopping lists, etc. The shopping list actually pulls from the recipe ingredient list so you don’t have to hand type anything in! It also puts items it thinks you might have in a separate list (such as flour, salt, oil) so that they are not on your shopping list but you can easily click an item if you need to add it. Any time you see the ZipList powered “save recipe” box on a recipe (even if from a different blog or website) it will be saved to the SAME recipe box. You can access your recipe box from my blog, from or from their mobile app. By adding their app to your phone, you will have easy access to those recipes and lists when you are out shopping!  Please note some of my older recipes haven’t been changed over to the new format but I am working on that so you will soon be able to save any recipe from my blog into your recipe box.

Now about this soup.  I originally thought it just looked ok. I had a butternut squash that I was tired of looking so I put it on the meal plan, but I wasn’t all that excited about it. However after making it, I thought it was DELICIOUS. It has a perfect balance of sweet and spicy. I also loved it because it’s super healthy yet very flavorful and doesn’t include a ton of ingredients. My kind of recipe! It can easily be made vegan by switching the chicken stock for vegetable stock and it a pretty affordable meal. When I first tasted it out of the blender I thought substituting coconut milk for the water would make it ever more flavorful but in the end after simmering for about 10-15 minutes I thought it was pretty close to perfect (just using half stock-half water). Since I am watching my food spending I figured why buy anything else?! Water is free!

I decreased the salt from 1 Tablespoon in the original recipe to a heaping 1/2 teaspoon! I seriously can not believe it called for so much salt! Anyway, if you feel like it needs more, add more but using half stock gives in a lot of depth and enough sodium along with that half teaspoon.

Penny Pinching meal planning continues. I am so proud of myself- we are going on week 4 and I am totally staying in budget (well I went over by $7 but that is totally acceptable). I can’t wait to get our credit card bill next month.

I am definitely putting soup on the menu this week- it’s rainy this week with highs in the 50s and I love either soup or chili on Halloween! What will you be having?

Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas, Mexican Rice

Butternut Squash Soup (recipe below), Crusty Bread and Spinach Dip


Halloween! Simple Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chips and Guacamole

Leftovers, plus Hot Beans & Cheese

My youngest turns ONE! In complete denial. I might switch it up from pizza and make a pasta dish since he loves pasta.

Company- not sure what I making yet!

Jalapeno-Ginger Butternut Squash Soup
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped (or grated) ginger
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • heaping ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 4 pounds butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon light brown sugar
  1. Heat olive oil in a 4 to 5 quart soup pot over medium heat. Add garlic, ginger, jalapeno and salt. Cook for 1-2 minute, stirring constantly, until fragrant but not brown. Add cayenne and cook for 30 seconds, stirring.
  2. Add squash, stock, water and brown sugar and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until squash is tender, about 20 minutes.
  3. Pour soup into blender (might have to do this in batches depending on size of your blender) and process until smooth.
  4. Return pureed soup to pot and keep on low for ~10 minutes to allow flavors to come together and soup to thicken a little.
If desired drizzle each bowl with cream or crème fraîche before serving. I personally thought it did not need a thing! To make vegan, just substitute vegetable stock for chicken stock.

Recipe adapted from Sunset Magazine

Question: What are you having this week? Do you have a typical Halloween meal that you make?

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  1. Gretchen says

    I am always intrigued by soups like this but never try them. I might have try this one out. Here are our plans for the week.
    Sun- fajitas with burracho beans and cilantro lime rice.
    Mon- freezer potstickers and leftovers
    Tues- quesadillas
    Wed- Britt’s making sweet potato and black bean tacos
    Thurs-vegan pasta figioli soup
    Fri- we are eating out
    Sat- baked potatoes

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Gretchen- I thought of you, Britt and Dana as soon as I tried this soup. It was so yummy and this is not something that looked all that good to me at first. I really just made it because I had the squash, wanted soup and had the ginger/jalapenos on hand. I am soooo glad I tried it because I will make it again and again. Love those kind of pleasant surprises!

  2. says

    Sun: bean and pepper quesadillas
    Mon: Pesto, pasta, and peas with walnuts
    Tues: We have a dinner mtg :)
    Wed: Sweet potato and black bean tacos with slaw
    Thurs: Butternut squash soup (Mind doesn’t have jalapeno! YUM! I may need to go to the store and get some!)
    Fri: pizza
    Brittany Smith recently posted..Vegan Tortilla Soup…Yum!My Profile

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says

      Britt- if you don’t do it this week, you have to try this recipe. Just the simple addition of the heat and the ginger makes this soup soooo awesome. I totally thought of you girls the minute I tried it and I almost didn’t make it because it didn’t sound that great to me at first. So glad I did.

  3. Dana says

    Monday- spring rolls and Thai veggie soup
    Tuesday- Pasta and Broccoli
    Wednesday- Britt’s tortilla soup
    Thursday- your butternut squash soup, i LOVE butternut squash, i can’t wait to try it
    Friday- camping- veggies burgers over a campfire, foil packets of veggies
    Saturday- fresh veggie sandwiches with homemade chipotle hummus

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