Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup. Who doesn’t love a warm and comforting bowl of soup on a chilly day? (Or any day in my case) This soup is incredibly easy to throw together. You can easily omit the curry if your not a fan of that flavor. The rich and sweet flavor of the butternut squash is infused with cream, garlic, onion, brown sugar and curry! Just the right balance. A warm filling and flavorful soup that’s perfect for fall and winter. What is your favorite way to cook butternut squash? Leave a comment below.

Enjoy

Xo- Ayesha

 

 

 

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

One tablespoon olive oil
One small white onion, sliced
Two garlic cloves, minced
One butternut squash, 6 cups cubed. (Feel free to use the pre-cubed packaged fresh squash)
2 cups vegetable stock
1 1/2 cups heavy cream (Can substitute half and half or coconut milk)
1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
Pinch cinnamon
2 Tablespoons creme fraiche, plus more for serving. (greek yogurt can be substituted)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup pepitas (Optional)

*Tip* You can also freeze this for up to a month!

 

Heat oil in a dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat.

Once the pan is hot add onion and garlic, cook until the onion is softened about 2-3 minutes.

Add in your butternut squash. Stir well and add in seasonings along with a pinch of salt and pepper. You can season some more at the end.

Add in your cream, stock, and sugar. Stir well.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Or until your squash is fork tender.

Carefully transfer your soup to a blender. You can also use an immersion blender straight in the pot.

Add in two tablespoons of creme fraiche. Puree until smooth.

Return to pot and adjust your seasonings. Continue to cook over low heat for another 3-4 minutes.

Remove from heat and serve with your desired garnishes!

 

Morning Roasted Pear Oatmeal

Morning Roasted Pear Oatmeal

Now I am always looking for ways to spruce up our household favorites. So I wanted to share with you a quick and flavorful take on an oatmeal recipe that the adults and kids will like this coming weekend. I pair Irish cut steel oats with a little cream and brown sugar and roasted pears. The house will smell like the holidays all over again as you roast your pears away! For the kids, I sometimes just take the roasted pear and just pour the yummy oatmeal over top. It’s like a pear bowl. The kids will love it. It truly amazes me all the things you can add and mix in to truly transform a plain old bowl of oatmeal. I hope that this becomes a new household favorite.

Xo- Ayesha

Morning Roasted Pear Oatmeal

3 cups water
1 cup steel cut oats
1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup heavy cream
One tablespoon brown sugar
Pinch sea salt

Add cinnamon and oats into a pot and bring water to a boil. Stir well and cover. Adjust heat to low and simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Do not overcook! Remove from heat and add butter, sugar, cream, and pinch of salt. Top with roasted pears and a drizzle of pear juice from the pan. Serve immediately.

Roasted Pears

Three pears, cut into halves.
Two tablespoons butter, melted.
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Quarter and core the pears. (Use a melon scooper or small spoon.)

Place pear halves in baking dish. Brush pears liberally with melted butter. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon mixture on top evenly.

Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Allow to cool and transfer to a cutting board. (Reserving sauce in pan)

With or without skin on chop into cubes.

Serve over top of oatmeal.

Enjoy!

Fried Chicken Slider With Crispy Proscuitto And Apple Slaw

Fried Chicken Slider With Crispy Proscuitto And Apple Slaw

I mean who doesn’t love a good fried chicken sandwich?! Well, this slider has all the flavors of a classic fried chicken sandwich with a few upgrades. I’m amping it up with some crispy prosciutto and breaded panko chicken. Topped with a bright and tangy apple slaw that packs a little sweet and heat. All nestled inside a buttery Hawaiian roll. This will please your guests and possibly distract everyone from the big game. Get your kiddos in on the action by helping you chop up the apples and cabbage! Your family will be sure to make these again and again! Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy

Xo- Ayesha

Fried chicken slider with crispy prosciutto and apple slaw

Two boneless-skinless chicken breasts
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Hot sauce, 2-3 dashes
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
Oil for frying (I used canola)
Slider Buns (I used King’s Hawaiian buns)
Sliced tomato for serving.
Romaine lettuce for serving.
Mayonnaise for serving. (I mixed mine with a little sriracha for some kick)

I pre-soak the chicken in buttermilk the night before for this recipe. But you can have the chicken marinate for at least 1 hour before coating and frying.

In a large covered bowl add chicken, buttermilk, cayenne, half garlic powder, hot sauce and refrigerate.

Heat large skillet or cast iron with about 2 inches of oil. Remove the chicken from the buttermilk and set aside. In a bowl combine the flour, panko, garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper. Coat chicken in flour mixture and shake off excess.

Fry the chicken a little at a time for 3-4 minutes per side. You want that golden brown color and juices running clear. Transfer to a lined plate to drain off oil.

Cut your rolls in half and toast them. Top with fried chicken, prosciutto, slaw, and desired toppings. Serve and enjoy!

Crispy prosciutto:

Four slices prosciutto, thinly sliced.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

On a lined baking sheet place prosciutto.

Bake for about 10-13 minutes, or until crisp.

Remove from oven and allow to cool. Set aside.

(You can also crisp them up in a skillet over medium-high heat. But observe as the prosciutto will crisp very fast!)

Apple Slaw:

1 cup finely shredded red cabbage
2 granny smith apples, peeled and cored.
1 jalapeno, deseeded and finely chopped. (Like to leave some of the seeds in for heat)
1 tablespoon lime juice
1⁄4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
Pinch of salt

Slice and cut apples into matchsticks and add to a large bowl. Mix in jalapeño and cabbage.

In a small bowl prepare the vinaigrette. Mix honey, vinegar, honey, lime juice, and salt. Wisk together.

Pour vinaigrette over slaw and stir well. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

(Stir well before serving over sliders.)

Enjoy everyone!

Holiday Cookware Giveaway! *Final Days*

This is the last week to send in your entries for my cookware giveaway. Everyone is sending in some great recipes and photos and I cannot wait to share the winner!

Holiday Cookware Giveaway!

Hi Everyone! I come bearing gifts and just in time for the holidays. My family and I have had such an incredibly blessed year. And as a big thank you to my readers and incredible supporters I want to do a holiday giveaway. My cookware line “The Ayesha Curry Home Collection” recently launched and can be currently found at “AmazonTarget”,“JCPenney” and retailers nationwide. Creating this line was a dream come true! And to celebrate I am giving away my “12pc Aluminum Cookware Set” in brown sugar!

 

This is the perfect set for all your kitchen needs. I am so incredibly proud of the entire line. Not only is it B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L but its oven safe, non-stick, and textured for perfect browning. All you have to do is send in your favorite holiday-inspired recipes. I come from a large family that loves to cook and EAT! Some of my favorite childhood memories are watching my mother cook for the holidays with my grandma and aunts and uncles. So send in your original recipe, food photo, name, and address. The winner’s recipe and photo will be featured on the blog. Deadline for entry is December the 15th, 2017. A winner will be announced Monday, December 18th. Happy Holidays!

 

Winner will receive “12pc Aluminum Cookware Set” by Ayesha Curry.
Please submit all entries to ayeshacurrygiveaway@gmail.com
Deadline: December 15th, 2017
Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of prize!

Holiday Cookware Giveaway!

Holiday Cookware Giveaway!

Hi Everyone! I come bearing gifts and just in time for the holidays. My family and I have had such an incredibly blessed year. And as a big thank you to my readers and incredible supporters I want to do a holiday giveaway. My cookware line “The Ayesha Curry Home Collection” recently launched and can be currently found at “Target” and “JCPenney.” Creating this line was a dream come true! And to celebrate I am giving away my “12pc Aluminum Cookware Set” in brown sugar!

 

This is the perfect set for all your kitchen needs. I am so incredibly proud of the entire line. Not only is it B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L but its oven safe, non-stick, and textured for perfect browning. All you have to do is send in your favorite holiday-inspired recipes. I come from a large family that loves to cook and EAT! Some of my favorite childhood memories are watching my mother cook for the holidays with my grandma and aunts and uncles. So send in your original recipe, food photo, name, and address. The winner’s recipe and photo will be featured on the blog. Deadline for entry is December the 15th, 2017. A winner will be announced Monday, December 18th. Happy Holidays!

 

Winners will receive “12pc Aluminum Cookware Set” by Ayesha Curry.
Please submit all entries to ayeshacurrygiveaway@gmail.com
Deadline: December 15th, 2017
Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of prize!

Smoothie Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to our winner Tatiana Huffman, your smoothie looked amazing! A special thank you to everyone who participated, you all put in so much hard work. There were so many entries and it was very tough to pick just one. Thank you all! We hope the winner enjoys their Brand-new Vitamix blender from our friends at Williams-Sonoma. Take a look at the winning smoothie recipe below and stay tuned for more fun contests!

And the winner is…………..

THE ANTI-INFLAMMATORY SUNSHINE:
☀️️1 inch cube peeled ginger
☀️️1 inch cube of peeled turmeric
☀️️ 1 cup of pineapple
☀️️ 1 frozen banana
☀️️ 1/4 cup of mango
☀️️ 1/2 sweet potato peeled
☀️️ 1-1 1/2 cup of coconut milk
☀️️ juice of 1 lemon
☀️️ handful of ice
☀️️ 1 scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder (optional)

We were very inspired by your words and your creativity with this smoothie recipe. Thank you again for entering. We hope that you all had fun. Look out for much more to come!

xo-Ayesha