Farewell, Squash Your Tears Soup
We already know red onions have more antioxidants than yellow or white onions. Yet some red onions are mild and have fewer antioxidants compared to the “hot” red onions. The mild onions can be recognized by their wide and flat shape. The red onions highest in antioxidants are those which are round or oblong. These so-called hot varieties are the ones that bring tears to your eyes. You can tell you’ve made a nutritionally sound decision when you are struggling to see through a veil of tears.
- 6 cups water/homemade vegetable broth
- 1 large butternut squash, cubed
- 1 cup uncooked lentils
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 2-3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
- ¼ tsp white pepper
Mince garlic and set aside. Place all ingredients except garlic, and basil in large soup pot. Bring to a boil. Turn off heat and leave covered on hot burner until lentils and squash tender, about 1 hour. Stir in garlic and basil and let sit for another 15 minutes. Season to taste with black pepper.