Recipes: Curried butternut squash soup

I adapted this curried butternut squash soup from Eating Clean Recipes blog, which I have bookmarked as a go-to for ideas. It's a vegan site (even though I'm not vegan), and everything on there is so simple and looks so yummy!

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped white or yellow onion
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 medium apple, peeled, cored and chopped
2 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
2-3 cups kale or spinach leaves, chopped (optional)
2 cups vegetable broth (that blog also has a great MIY vegan vegetable broth! Will post soon)
2 cups water
1 tablespoon curry powder
Dash cayenne pepper
1 small can unsweetened coconut milk (2/3 cup)
Dash of salt (I like sea salt)
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions from Eating Clean Recipes: In large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and apple; cook and stir 5 minutes. Add squash, greens, broth, curry powder, cayenne pepper. Bring to boiling, reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 20 to 25 minutes until squash is very tender. Cool, uncovered, at least 30 minutes until cool enough to blend. Use blender or food processor to puree in small batches until smooth. (Use caution when blending hot liquids.) Return blended soup to pot; stir in coconut milk. Heat over medium heat until hot, stirring frequently. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Makes about 8 cups.

My additions were the kale and I also did not use cinnamon, as the original recipe suggested. (I'm allergic to cinnamon. Seriously.) Do be aware, without the greens the soup has a lovely orange color. But with the greens, it... doesn't exactly turn green, but it ends up looking like broccoli and cheese soup. So it doesn't look bad, it just doesn't taste like what it looks like, if that makes sense. I have made this twice, once with and one without the kale, and I really didn't notice a difference in taste. Hint: a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese on top makes it extra yummy.

It has great flavor but it's still very light. And it's very low in calories!

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