Ben's Kitchen Genius.
Award winning professional chef Benjamin K. Gould provides healthy eating advice for the equestrian athlete with easy keep recipes, time economy cooking tips and culinary delights you can share with friends and family. Whether you are competing, working in hot or cold weather at the barn, trail riding, camping out on the trail or just trying to eat fit and stay healthy, Ben’s Kitchen Genius is the place to find lots of help.
Come In From The Cold
Yes, the cooler weather has arrived in the North East and while you may love to be outside with your horses, as a busy athlete on the go, it is important to keep your energy up. Naturally you don’t want to miss out on riding time.
This hearty and filling soup is great made in advance and reheated. Come in from the cold after barn chores or take with you to the barn in a thermos. This soup holds well and can be stored in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Butternut Squash Soup
Two whole butternut squash, peeled and cubed
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 shallot, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
1 and 1/2 tsp smoked hot paprika
1 cup heavy cream or coconut milk
1/3 cup white wine
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock or water
Salt and pepper to taste
Add olive oil, garlic, onion, carrot, and celery to a 6 quart pot over medium high heat. Sauté until onion is translucent and slightly browning. Deglaze (pour in wine and simmer for 30 seconds) with white wine and add squash. Cover and simmer on medium low heat for 20 mins or until squash becomes tender. Add stock or water to cover vegetables and add the herbs and spices. Cook another 20 mins on medium low heat and then add milk or cream, stir, and purée with food processor or blender. Salt and pepper to taste; serve garnished with a little Parmesan cheese or fresh thyme.