Adventures of Eating with dReJ: healthy, cheap, delicious

Here’s the link to the soup:

Link to Shrimp Cobb Salad: 

Yummy wintertime soup!

 10 servings, about 3/4 cup each
Active Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds (1 small to medium) butternut or other winter squash
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile (we used canned chipotle’s in adobe sauce found in the International Aisle)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 6 cups vegetable broth (we used chicken broth)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (we just used regular salt)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt (we used the non fat plain greek yogurt)
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives, or chopped parsley (this is just for garnish – so use it if you have some on hand!)

dReJ Tip: So we are big fans of the butternut squash this time of year (if you haven’t noticed). Part of the fun of eating cheap and healthy is eating what’s in season!

This soup is only 60 calories a serving, so we made all 10 servings and it into 4 servings at 150 calories a serving. We decided to pair it with a side salad to make it more filling.

Shrimp Cobb Salad:

Ingredients (this is for ONE serving!)

  • 3 cups chopped hearts of romaine
  • 5 grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced cucumber
  • 1 hard-boiled egg, sliced (see Tip)
  • 5 cooked peeled shrimp, (31-40 per pound)
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons light blue cheese dressing

Feel free to add or remove ingredients as you wish. For instance, we skipped the cucumber (gross!) and added carrots instead and went with a parmasan peppercorn light dressing. So do what you want – this is a super simple salad idea to add about 270 calories.

dReJ says: Okay, we were divided about this meal. I really enjoyed it although it was pretty freaking spicy on top of just being warm in temperature as a soup of course. I thought it was different and delicious. Both times I ate this meal I took it to work and it reheated perfectly. I actually never had time to eat the side salad with my soup.

RJ, on the other hand, really didn’t like this soup. He felt it was overseasoned or that the spices were off for him. So as in all recipes – you win some, you lose some!


Comments on: "Baja Butternut Squash Soup with Shrimp Cobb Salad" (4)

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  2. Ramona M said:

    This soup was Delicious! The produce section at Costco had butternut squash already prepped. It made this recipe very easy to make. Since I was on a quest to use spices I already had, I substitued ground chipolte chili with ground anchoe chili pepper; and I served this soup with Costco’s roasted chicken, and baby spinach salad. OH! yummy for my tummy.

    • Ramona – glad you enjoyed this recipe! I love when i find a good deal on pre chopped veggies! It seems to make things go so much faster! I heart butternut squash!

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