Butternut Squash Soup with Crispy Chickpeas

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Few things feel more quintessentially fall than a blended winter squash soup, wouldn’t you agree? The color mimics that of the foliage outside the door, the warming flavors seem just right when coming in from the cold, the silky smooth consistency feels wonderfully comforting. Butternut squash is our go-to soup squash, and rightfully so – it makes for a creamy soup without adding any cream, the flavor is sweet and nutty AND it’s very versatile when it comes to toppings. Combinations are endless! 

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Jerusalem Artichoke Soup

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There’s probably nothing more common to make with Jerusalem artichokes (or “sunchokes”, as they’re also called) than soup, and there’s a plethora of recipes available just a quick google search away. Nevertheless, we wanted to share our own version – or actually versions, because it seems we really can’t choose a favorite here! Anyway, let’s start from the beginning. Jerusalem artichokes are those funny looking tubers you’ll find in just about any grocery store – they’re starchy, just like potatoes, but the nutty, almost sweet flavor is not like that of any other root vegetable. They’re glorious just roasted in the oven, or sliced thin and baked into flavor bursting chips (a very sophisticated snack to welcome your dinner guests with, if we may humbly suggest so). And, of course, they’re fantastic in soup. Before we lose ourselves completely in soup galore though, a little heads up: Jerusalem artichokes contain inulin, which is a more or less indigestible form of carbohydrates that can cause… a touch of bloating. Now, the reaction is very individual – those with IBS might want to be careful with their consumption, while those with a healthy gut flora can munch away and be fine. See, inulin acts as a food source for your beneficial gut bacteria (hence the increased activity), and can therefore actually promote a happy bowel environment. And you know what? You can easily build up your tolerance for inulin, so a small bowl of soup today could mean a much bigger next week. Point is, don’t give up on Jerusalem artichokes. They’re way too delicious to be given the cold shoulder.

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