Butternut Squash, Chickpea and Zucchini Soup | Performance Soup for the Big Game!
EAT 3-4 HOURS BEFORE TRAINING OR COMPETITION
It's 3-4 hours until you train or compete and this is the time to be eating an energizing balanced meal like the Butternut Squash, Chickpea and Zucchini Soup. This is comfort food that will supercharge you for your next training or game! Packed with Energizers, Superfoods and Muscle Builders, this recipe will not disappoint!
LET'S GET COOKING!
(per 6 servings)
1 butternut squash
6 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups onion, diced
3 zucchini, diced
1 tsp curry powder
5 cups canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
3 cups chicken broth
3 cups plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F.
Cut the squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds. Place the halves on a baking sheet, cut side down. Bake about 45-50 min until soft. Alternatively, cook each halve separately in a microwave oven: Place each halve in a bowl, partially covered, then cook at high intensity about 8 min for each halve. Let the halves cool down, carve out the pulp then dice it into 1.5 cm cubes. Set the cubes aside.
Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables: Dice the zucchini and chop the onion.
Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the onion, zucchini and curry powder. Cook, while stirring, until softened, 2-3 min. Add the squash, chickpeas and broth. Cook over medium heat until the zucchini are tender, about 10 min. Purée the soup in a blender and adjust the seasoning.
Pour the soup into bowls, swirl in the yogurt and extra virgin olive oil. Serve warm.
(per 1 serving)
TIP FROM ET4P
As yummy of a dish as this is, make sure you do not eat this recipe too close to your training or competition. Rather than giving you peak performance, it may make you sluggish as your body is digesting the meal. Remember this is a nourishing recipe for 3-4 hours beforehand to give you that long-term energy and stamina you need.
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