Warming Butternut Soup (Recipe)

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The Buddha taught that mindfulness meditation should include sitting still, walking and also eating. Mindful eating draws substantially on the use of mindfulness meditation and Buddhist Psychology. Mindfulness helps focus our attention and awareness on the present moment, which in turn, helps us disengage from habitual, unsatisfying and unskillful habits and behaviors. For a taste of our upcoming workshop Warm Winter Cooking with Carina and Cassandra, check out this recipe below:

Warming Butternut Soup

1 large butternut squash
1 medium onion
2 pears
1/2 head of kale or collards
2 tsp whole coriander seeds
4 Tbsp ghee** or coconut oil
pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon
salt (to taste)


Instructions: Bake butternut squash halves cut-side down with some water on 350F for 45-60 minutes, or until it is soft. As they are cooling (just enough to peel the skin) sautée coriander in heated ghee in a big pot on medium for 5 minutes. Add in onions and sautée until soft. Now if the butternut’s are cool enough to handle, peel and add to the pot along with cook water from the squash. Toss in chopped pears. Blend everything with a hand blender, or portion into a stand up blender, adding water as needed*. Back on the stove, mix in rough chopped kale, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt to taste.

* Note: instead of water, you can add broth to the soup for added warmth and depth
** For a homemade ghee recipe visit: stillpointhealth.com/writings


Mindfulness in the Kitchen with Carina and Cassandra
Warm Winter Cooking
Jan 28, 2012

This workshop series educates and activates mind-body vitality through healing foods and mindful kitchen practices. Carina is a doctor of chiropractic and yoga teacher with a background in whole food nutrition in practice in Toronto (www.stillpointhealth.org). Cassandra is a raw vegan chef, yoga teacher, and adult educator and has a thriving raw food table at local Toronto farmer’s markets (www.earthandcity.ca).


About Michael Stone (Centre of Gravity)

Centre of Gravity is a thriving community of Yoga and Buddhist practitioners integrating committed formal practice and modern urban life. We offer weekly sits, text studies, yoga practice and dharma talks. Retreats, guest speakers, online courses and audio talks deepen the feel. Each week Michael Stone dishes a talk, often on primary texts by Dogen, Patanjali, and the Buddha, that are collaged with today's headlines and psychological insights to produce an engaged shape shifting dharma, at once historical, personal and political. Notes on these talks by Mike Hoolboom form the heart of this blog. Michael Stone is a yoga teacher and Buddhist teacher. He travels internationally teaching about the intersection of Yoga, Buddhism and mental health. He has written four books with Shambhala Publications on ethics, yoga's subtle body, inner/outer pilgrimmages, and the sometimes uneasy blend of social engagement and Buddhism. Please check out the website at www.centreofgravity.org .


3 Responses to “Warming Butternut Soup (Recipe)”

  1. dan says:

    I'm eating it (sans kale), delicious, thank you

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  3. Mike says:

    I know this meant sound weird but I actually give thanks to the food I eat. When I eat I say thank you pig or cow for sacrificing your life to give me life. This may sound really weird but it helps me relax which causes my body to secrete more stomach acid. This helps me break down the food I eat. Praying to your food can be quite good for you in many ways. Coconut oil is good on anything at least to me although I'd probably enjoy this more with ghee.