Cheap and Easy Butternut Squash Soup and Five Frugal Things

I daren't mention the garden/allotment today. We had terrifying winds and rain today and Gary the Greenhouse has collapsed into a jumble of plastic, poles and dead seedlings. RIP Gazza (did you really have to take all my seedlings with you though!?)

Instead I'm trying to stay positive and think about the things that went well!

Five frugal things I did this week:

  1. Organised collection of some greenhouse staging and a plastic composter from freecycle.
  2. Continued to eat out of the freezer and cupboards, so I don't buy food whilst I already have things that need using up.
  3. Pre-prepared soup for Mon/Tues lunches. I'll probably spend some time out and about, but knowing I have some soup at home means I won't be tempted by expensive and unhealthy convenience food.
  4. Built another composter out of free pallets
  5. Had a friend over for an evening of home cooked food and board games (including the rather naughty Cards Against Humanity). The night was practically free, we didn't need to shout over loud music and we had a lovely time.
The soup I made today was truly delicious. It would work just as well in a slow cooker. Though it's cheap, healthy and filling it's also delicious. Sage, to me, always makes me feel cosy and content, so mourning a cheap greenhouse warranted a generous spoonful of it.

Butternut Squash Soup

1 tbsp oil/butter
1 butternut squash/500-700g frozen butternut squash, roughly chopped
1 carrot, roughly chopped
1 stalk celery, roughly chopped
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 tsp dried sage (or any herb you prefer)
1 veggie/chicken stock cube
Fried sage leaves, to garnish (optional)

  • Fry the vegetables in the oil until slightly coloured and aromatic (about 10-15 minutes)
  • Add the sage, stock cube and 500ml boiling water.
  • Bring to the boil, reduce and simmer for 20 minutes, or until all veggies are soft.
  • Blend with a stick or jug blender.
  • If using, grab some sage leaves and fry until crispy - trust me, you'll be glad you did!
We had this with homemade bread rolls followed by a hot crumble. I learnt about "soup and a pudding night" on a frugal forum I visit; the idea is that you give your family a cheap and healthy soup (using up as much ropey, past its best veg you can get your hands on) and then compensate/further fill them up with a yummy homemade pudding. What's not to love?


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