Now Let Play Alison Says

OK boys and girls stand up! It’s time to play Alison Says!

Alison Says… eat a giant salad for lunch EVERY DAY.

Alison Says Eat a Salad for Lunch

Woo HOO still standing!

Alison Says… figure out what to do with this giant winter squash you bought from the farm stand on the side of the road on Saturday.

Big Squash

Ohhhh I can do that! I can do that! Let's make soup.

Alison Says… peel that sucker and cube it up.


Done and done.

Dance a jig!!

Oh man didn’t get me! Totally NOT dancing a jig.

Alison Says… add a couple of cups of veggie broth and/or water to a large pot, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until squash is soft.

Alison Says… once squash is tender, ladle out about half into the food processor and process until smooth.

Squash in the Food Processor Pureed Squash

Alison Says… put the pureed soup back into the pot and continue to let simmer.

Add a can of rinsed and drained cannellini beans.

Oops! I mean Alison Says… add a can of rinsed and drained cannellini beans.

Alison Says… saute some garlic and onions in extra virgin olive oil. When soft add them to the pot.

Onions and Garlic

Add some fresh spinach.


Alison Says… add about 8 oz of frozen spinach since you’ve got some in the freezer. Save the fresh stuff in the fridge for salads and sandwiches.

Alison Says… add some salt and pepper and cinnamon too. YES that’s right, cinnamon! You won’t be sorry, I promise.

Time to eat!

Squash Soup

Gotcha! I didn’t say Alison Says!

I LOSE! My punishment? A burned tongue. Ahhh soup season is finally here.


20 Responses

  1. Alison says eat a huge salad everyday for lunch CHECK!!!!! πŸ™‚ you know i agree! πŸ™‚

  2. I love Alison Says, b/c that soup at the end is rockin lookin’. And I commend you for the squash squares all cut up so NEATLY in the pot, knowing they will get cooked and pureed into mush, but they were so neat to begin with. Oh wait, that’s something I do πŸ™‚ Cinnamon and/or nutmeg with squash or sweet potatoes is lovely. Trader Joes makes a “pumpkin pie spice” blend that’s really great too….cardamom, cinnamon, etc all in one happy little jar!

  3. Oh my goodness that soup looks amazing!!! I have a butternut squash right now and I think I just found the perfect recipe for it! Thank you so much!!!

  4. I love this post!! Your soup looks awesome!

  5. LOL you are beyond creative!! I love it. And I love butternut squash. Yummm.

  6. I’ve never been a soup person, but that looks good and healthy, you get all your veggies in too!

  7. Are we done playin’ ? I was waiting for “Alison says pull up a’s time for dinner!

    looks A mAZING!

    gonna make it ! you know I am

    as soon as I can function like a human being!

  8. The soup sounds sooo good! Can’t wait to see what Cindy is going to do to the soup… πŸ˜‰

    I haven’t had a big salad for lunch in a couple days, and I don’t feel too good… I am having a HUGE salad for lunch tomorrow!!! Plus, how could I not since Alison said?… πŸ˜‰

  9. What a cute post! I can’t wait for it to start cooling off here and have the humidity literally go away! Only a few more weeks for us!

  10. yup i always save the fresh spinach for salads too and go hog wild on the frozen stuff for hot meals….

  11. Whit says: I’m coming over for dinner.

  12. What a lovely autumn meal! I love soup on cool days!

  13. Soup!!! πŸ˜€ I just made a huge pot (full of kabocha, lentils, sweet potatoes) this morning to comfort me for the rest of the rainy week. Throw the rest of the squash right here! Love squash to death. πŸ˜€ Your soup must have been fantabulous!

  14. That soup looks sooooo good! I love soup season (for the first month or two, anyways).

    What do you “dress” your salads with? I love to eat them, but I always have a tough time with a healthy variety for the dressing.

    • Shawna, I use Good Seasons Italian most of the time – the stuff you make yourself with their little “packet” of seasoning. I feel good that it’s made with my own organic, expeller pressed canola oil, apple cider vinegar – but I need to find a better alternative to the package of seasonings because I’m sure it’s got extra stuff it in that I don’t want or need! It sure is yummy though! πŸ˜‰

      • That is too funny! That is my absolute favorite dressing. I love making it with extra balsamic and letting it get super-thick like motor oil. It’s awesome on grilled veggies, too.

        I was trying to find an alternative since I think there’s some sugar and other junk in there, so I haven’t made it in a long time. I’ve just been drizzling a bit of olive oil and balsamic, maybe some honey, but there’s that certain zing that the Good Seasons has that I just can’t duplicate. I was just so lazy, I used a little bottled dressing on today’s salad. I see that it has soybean oil in it, and I thought to myself, I bet the Good Seasons made with my own oil/vinegar would be a better option. Too late since I already drizzled my salad with it. Then I come here and read this. I’m definitely having Good Seasons tomorrow. It can’t be that bad, can it?

  15. I have GOT to start making yummy pureed soups like that. I think even my veggie-phobic hubster would eat that! It looks amazing!

    Any great soup cookbooks to recommend? πŸ™‚

  16. You had to have had fun writing this post. (haha) Too funny.

    Soups are great for these upcoming cool, fall days. πŸ™‚

  17. that soup looks dayum good mama! you are my creative inspiration, by the way!

  18. Looks delicious!! I followed a recipe a while back that called for cinnamon. I was worried at first because it was a savory dish but I wasn’t sorry! Or should I say… Allison says: She’s not sorry! Ha ha!

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