Thai food is my go-to comfort food, and this time of year, so is soup. Enter this improvised Thai inspired butternut squash soup. It's warming, satisfying, and filled with immune boosting ingredients to help you fight or avoid a winter cold. Serve it up with some brown Jasmine or Basmati rice and garnish with cilantro.
Here's a very loose recipe--adjust amounts according to taste:
--butternut squash (baked for about 1.5 hrs first, then take meat out)
--garlic clove, minced
--finely chopped lemongrass
--lime leaf finely chopped(optional--sometimes very hard to find)
--galangal root (like the lime leaf, easy to find at Asian markets. Ginger works okay too)
--spoonful red curry paste (I like a brand called Maes which is vegan. Again, at the Asian market)
Place ingredients in pot, blend with hand blender (or you can do it in your regular blender, but be careful not to fill it too full or you'll get really hot splatters!) and let cook on low heat 20-30 minutes. You can add tofu, vegetables, whatever you want!