5 pounds of Kabocha squash (weight is before cooking)
4 cups of water
¼ cup gluten-free rolled oats
3 cups of chopped onion (about 10 ounces)
4-6 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon salt-free seasoning (I prefer Benson’s Table Tasty available at www.BensonsGourmetSeasonings.com – 10% off with code AJ).
2 teaspoons SMOKED paprika (different than regular paprika)
1 teaspoon mild curry powder
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
4 cups unsweetened almond milk
1. Cook the squash according to your preferred method. The easiest way is to place the whole squash in the Instant Pot on the rack, filled with water up to the rack, and cook at high pressure for 10 minutes. Removed carefully, cut in half and remove seeds. Rinse out the insert to use again.
2. Place the seeded squash and all of the remaining ingredients, except for the almond milk, back into the insert and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Release the pressure and add the almond milk. Using an immersion blender, add the almond milk and puree the soup right in the pot. Alternatively, carefully blend the contents in a blender.
Notes: This is delicious served over black, red, brown or wild rice. Garnish with fresh chopped chives and sprinkle with smoked paprika before serving. (For $50 off the Instant Pot go to www.Instantpot.com and use code AJ.)
Chef AJ has been devoted to a plant-based diet for almost 40 years, and is proud to say that her IQ is higher than her cholesterol. She is the host of the television series Healthy Living with Chef AJ, which airs on Foody TV, and also hosts a weekly podcast of the same name. As a comedienne as well as a chef, she has made appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Late Show with David Letterman. She is the author of the popular books The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss: A Revolutionary Approach to Conquer Cravings, Overcome Food Addiction and Lose Weight Without Going Hungry, and Unprocessed, the co-producer of Healthy Taste of L.A., and the creator of the Ultimate Weight Loss Program, which has helped hundreds of people achieve the health and body they deserve. Chef AJ was also the executive pastry chef at Santé Restaurant in Los Angeles, where she was famous for her sugar-, oil-, salt- and gluten-free desserts, which used the fruit, the whole fruit, and nothing but the whole fruit. Chef AJ holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University and is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.