Anna Meets the King

One of my favorite musicals was The King and I, wherein the proper English governess goes to Siam to teach and is involved in culture clashes of epic proportions.  Today’s menu juxtaposes  the English poached egg  with a butternut squash soup with Thai flavors. A happy meeting.

Poached Egg on Toast   303 calories                                    PBPoached Egg on Toastone slice of 70-cal bread                                                                                                                  one 2-oz egg                                                                                                                         one and 1/2oz of apple or 2 oz melon                                                                               5 oz fruit smoothie or green smoothie or unpasteurized apple cider        blackish coffee or blackish tea or lemon in hot water

If using an egg poacher, lightly spray the egg cup and heat the water to a simmer. Toast the bread. Poach the egg for 3-4 minutes, according to your preference. Slide the egg onto the toast, season to taste, and enjoy with your hot beverage, fruit, and the smoothie.

Thai Butternut Squash Soup   260 calories/ one cup    GF PBThai butternut squash soup

Found in the newspaper in Nova Scotia, this recipe makes a lot of delicious soup. It freezes beautifully, so you can enjoy it again and again. Don’t forget to add 3 oz of chopped shrimp to each serving.

HINT: makes 8 cups of soup. Save out one cup for dinner and freeze the rest in portion-sized servings.

2 Tbsp vegetable oil                                                                                                              2 cups chopped onion                                                                                                           2 cloves garlic, chopped                                                                                                            1 tsp salt                                                                                                                                       1 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated                                                                                      1 tsp Thai red curry paste, or more to taste                                                                      2.5 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped [about 6 cups]             3 cups water or unsalted chicken broth                                                                           1 lime, zest and juice                                                                                                             1 cup unsweetened coconut milk                                                                                         per bowl: 3 oz chopped shrimp [raw or cooked – it will cook as the soup is heated]                      1/4 cup baby spinach cut as chiffonade [strips]

Heat oil in large soup pot over medium-low heat. Add onions, garlic, and salt. Cook about 10 minutes or until onions have softened. Stir in ginger and curry paste. Cook for a minute or two longer. Add squash and water/stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until squash is tender, about 15-20 minutes.

Zest and juice the lime. Put 1 tsp of zest and 1 tbsp juice in the pot. Save remaining zest and juice. When squash is tender, stir in coconut milk. Puree the soup in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Return to pot, reheat, adjust flavor with more lime juice and/or curry paste. For each serving, stir spinach and chopped shrimp into hot soup. Serve when spinach is just wilted.

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