I work in a freezer.
Okay, maybe not an actual freezer, but I know I have mentioned on a few occasions that my office is c.o.l.d. I officially have 3 blankets, 1 hooded sweatshirt and 1 pair of fingerless gloves and will likely soon bring my heating pad in too (though I want this one!). A discussion with coworkers began last week when someone asked, “is it just me, or is it cold in here,” to which I replied, “I am cold 100% of the time I am in this office,” and continued with me giving my advice on how to stay at least kind of warm while I’m at the office. (You know, aside from bringing your blanket into a meeting and having your boss catch you with the blanket over your nose because you can’t feel it…)
Well, aside from ALL of the layers (including wearing sweaters in the middle of summer while at work), one of my new favorite things has been bringing soup for lunch. I know this probably seems obvious, but admittedly I forget that warm soup is a great way to warm yourself up, at least for a little bit. (Yes, I do hot coffee and tea too!)
With some fresh butternut squash from my parents garden and a couple other veggies in the fridge waiting to be used up, I decided it was the perfect time to make some creamy butternut squash soup for lunches last week. It was so easy and I loved it so much that I made another batch for my lunches this week!
Seriously, this couldn’t be easier!
(Note: this recipe is vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and paleo-friendly)
- 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 apple, chopped (you can peel if you like, I left the skin on because I was feeling lazy)
- ½ box veggie stock
- Toss all ingredients (minus veggie stock) on a tray with olive or coconut oil, salt and pepper and roast in a 425* oven for 20-24 minutes, stirring occasionally
- When veggies are done, put into a blender or food processor and add veggie stock; blending until smooth.
- If you’re planning to eat now, pour into a pot on the stove to heat to the desired temperature OR if you did what I did and this was meal prep, you pour into containers all set and ready for your lunches. 😉
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Is your office freezing? Any tips for staying warm?
What is your favorite soup?