Avoiding An Illness

by Lauren on November 12, 2012

Good evening everyone!

First up, you may be wondering the winner of my Daily Dose of Green Giveaway.  Well, as promised, it’s posted at the end of the original post so if you entered, make sure you head over there to see if it was you!

It’s been a huge catch up day for me!  I managed to make a pretty hefty dent in my to-do list so now I’m feeling accomplished and ahead to start off the week. I love when that happens on a Monday.

Despite a few technical difficulties with some website issues (not on my blog but on some other websites I manage), everything was going fairly smoothly until a melancholy body appeared in my office with an ill-faced look.  The worst possible thing has happened right now, Toly has the flu!

I’m being 100% careful to steer clear of him as best I can and yes, that even means sleeping on the futon in the guest bedroom for the week.  I simply can not afford to get sick with my travel itinerary this week.  Having the flu on a plane would be the death of me and I won’t let it happen.

I somehow must have known that I’d be dealing with a sick mate because subconsciously, I decided to make soup the other day.  Soup is usually produced in this house when one of two things happens; sickness strikes or I have an over abundance of vegetables that need to be consumed in a short period of time.  In this case, both variables went into this batch.

A few days ago, I spotted my first Kabocha squash of the season.  I didn’t even look at the price and immediately thew it into my cart, mainly out of pure excitement to have the queen of all squash in my possession.  Apparently, Kabocha’s aren’t cheap and it didn’t help that I picked out the largest one I could find.

So after I got over the realization that I spent almost $10 on a vegetable, I knew I had to make something good from it.  Soup sounded like a good solution.

I wanted a soup but I also wanted a hearty, thick puree so I decided to boost up the vegetables and cut back on the liquids.  I’m not really sure what constitutes a stew as opposed to a soup, but I’m calling this a stew, mainly because I like the sound of it.

It definitely came out thick and luscious which I loved.  The squash is incredibly sweet so the balance of cauliflower was a good decision.

Unfortunately, the person who could really benefit from eating this would never eat pureed vegetables if his life depended on it so I guess that means I’ll be enjoying it on my own.  And if my luck should run out from avoiding the germs in this house, at least I’ll have something to eat.


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Roasted Kabocha Squash and Cauliflower Stew
Soup, Entree
  • 1 whole Kobocha squash, about 4 pounds
  • 1 2 pound head of cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  1. Prepare squash by piercing small holes over the skin. Place squash in the oven and roast for 50 minutes or until tender.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and non-stick spray.
  3. Lay cauliflower florets on to the baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tsp of oil and season with curry powder, salt and pepper. Cook for 30 minutes in the preheated oven.
  4. Once the squash and cauliflower have cooked, remove from oven. Cut the squash in half, remove seeds and scoop out flesh into a large bowl. Set aside.
  5. Heat remaining oil in a large pot and add chopped onion. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until it becomes slightly translucent. Add stock and water and heat over medium high. Add thyme and rosemary, Simmer on low for 5-10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Scoop half of the vegetables into a food processor or blender. Add half of the stock mixture. (Make sure you don’t exceed the capacity of your machine. If necessary, split into 3 batches.) Blend until the soup reaches your desired texture (longer, for a very smooth result). Repeat until all batches are processed.



What do you do to stay healthy when others around you are ill?  I need all of your advice!! 

Something to do:

My absolute FAVORITE pancake recipe is posted on the Shiloh Farms blog today.  Check it out!

34 thoughts on “Avoiding An Illness”

  1. Anne says:

    I’m sorry Toly is sick!

    Kombucha squash is my all time favorite too, I love love love it roasted! Right now I am on an acorn squash kick at the moment.

  2. Erica says:

    hehe- you crack me up “The worst possible thing has happened right now”…i agree- Toly being sick stinks and the possibility of you getting sick with travel- even worse! But the worst possible thing? Probably not 😉 I totally overstate situations too and my family calls me on it. Keeping my fingers crossed that you stay healthy. This dish looks amazingly delicious. Love the thickness. BTW- made your chicken chili yesterday- love!!

    1. Lauren says:

      Hmmmm, I guess my sarcasm isn’t coming through. Obviously, this is not the worst possible thing that could happen and I was being a tad dramatic but more so for the purpose of humor. I’ll try and tone it down tomorrow. 🙂
      And so glad you loved the chili! 🙂

  3. I would like it if you did NOT show up to my house with the flu!!! I always sleep in the guest room if John is sick! I don’t take the risk!

    1. Lauren says:

      Girl, I am not even kidding, I got out of this house so fast this morning….LoL. I’m avoiding him like the plague! 🙂

  4. Angela says:

    That does not look good.

  5. Betsy says:

    Kombucha is a fermented beverage… Kabocha is a squash 🙂 Hope Tolly only has a 24 hour version! Soup looks delicious.

    1. Lauren says:

      Haha opps! I ALWAYS do that! 🙂

  6. Kristin says:

    I really like reading your blog, but I hate it when bloggers make you click to the old post to see the winners of giveaways. Is this so you can get more clicks/traffic? Why not just announce the winner in this post?

    1. Lauren says:

      Hey Kristin! Thanks for your honesty. Truthfully, I was just playing around with some options as far as announcing giveaways. I see a lot of other bloggers doing it this way and thought I would give it a try. I’m not really sure if the traffic makes a huge difference or not. Again, I’ll be sure to keep this in mind for future giveaways. And always, thanks for reading! 🙂

      1. Kristin says:

        Thanks for replying, Lauren!!

  7. LOTS of vitamin C, girl! I started my morning with an Emergen-C “cocktail” 😉

    1. Lauren says:

      I’ve already had 2 today! 🙂

  8. Drink lots of water, wash your hands constantly, and keep the windows open! Germs LOVE the heat!

  9. Oh my goodness! I’ve never won a blog giveaway before! SO EXCITING!! Yaaaaaaaaaaay 🙂

    Hope Toly gets better ASAP and you avoid whatever he has. Truth be told, my stomach has been off the past couple of days, and it’s lousy. Being sick is so miserable!

    1. Lauren says:

      CONGRATS Bethany! And I hope you feel better soon!

  10. god that looks good – i need to get my hands on some kabocha!

  11. Floey says:

    Hi dear!
    This is kinda unrelated, but I was wondering if you’ve ever had heart palpitations…

    1. Lauren says:

      I don’t think so. Not that I recall.

  12. This looks delicious! Love the flavors in it! Just roasted my first kaboocha squash and it is so delicious!

  13. Genelle says:

    I definitely recommend Airborne and taking lots of Vitamin C & L-Lysine. Those little buggers won’t know what hit them (if they are in you!). Your stew looks fantastic. I’m not a big stew person but I might give your recipe a try! Thank you

    1. Lauren says:

      Thanks for the advice Genelle! And I think you’ll love the stew. 🙂

  14. Erika says:

    If I even hear one of my family members are sick (even those I don’t live with) I start taking Airborne and double up on my Vitamin C. I also try to get more fresh air – it just makes me feel better. I don’t even remember the last time I had the flu and I rarely get colds.

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried that squash. $10?! Not sure if I’ll try it at that price or not.

    1. Lauren says:

      I hear wonders about Airbore. I’ll definitely be looking into getting some.

  15. I think you are very smart to be sleeping in the guest room…buy some of those doctors’ masks at CVS!

  16. I don’t really have any proof that this helps me avoid sickness, but I make it a habit of taking Vitamin C everyday. I’ve also heard that Airborne is flippin’ gold! haha

    1. Lauren says:

      That’s what they keep telling me. I think I’ll be purchasing some Airborn today. 🙂

  17. Sara says:

    Zinc! And I too swear by Emergen-C – heck, I’ve taken it with vodka. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

    1. Lauren says:

      I did chug some Emergen-C yesterday but skipped the vokda. That’s not a bad idea though. 🙂

  18. Katie says:

    Oh no! Sorry to hear Toly’s sick… hope he feels better and that you don’t get it, too!

    I love a big, hearty soup like that. Thanks for reminding me about kobucha!

  19. Jan says:

    I drink a lot of water, try to get a lot of sleep, and try to cut back on junk food. I also take an immune supplement made by Melaleuca (but I think all of the direct sales companies have something similar). I hope you don’t catch it!

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