slow cooker butternut squash and apple soup

October 27, 2011

The Husband is afraid of weird colored foods.

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It’s true. I’m pretty sure that anything that is green, yellow, or orange are in his “off limits” territory when it comes to eating. Guacamole? Not so much — he claims it’s all about the “texture”, but I’m pretty sure it’s because guacamole is green. Brussels sprouts? No siree — although I may or may not have won that battle already. That boy has already eaten brussels sprouts twice in his life.

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I have finally gotten him to enjoy squash in its “whole” form — he loves stuffed acorn squash as long as it is filled with some sort of carb and cheese. I can do that for him.

Now, here’s the thing — I’m not trying to trick the Husband into eating something. I would never do such a thing. What I am trying is to get him to at least try different foods without getting the “86” on the dish I made without him even trying it. Call me a bad wife or tell me that I am bossy, but I think that’s a reasonable request.

Yesterday morning, I  was holding my breath and crossing my fingers that the Husband would like the soup.  As he sat down to dinner, I knew it was coming.

“What’s this?” — he asked.

“Soup.” — I replied

“I can obviously see that. What kiiind of soup is this?” — inquired the Husband.

“Squash soup — butyoureallylikesquashremember?"” — I had to get that one out really fast before he could say he didn’t like it.

“Do I like squash soup?” — the Husband wanted to know.

My usual reply would be something like “yes, of course you do. don’t you remember eating squash soup last year?” But I decided to go with the truth.

“I’m not sure — but there’s only one way to find out.” — holds breath and turns blue.

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I was ready on defense to tell the Husband to try a few bites before he made up his mind. I was almost passing out because my breath was being held for at least 6 hours (did you see the cook time on that slow cooker?).

I, in fact, didn’t want to bring up whether he liked the soup or not. I figured if he didn’t like it, he would just keep it to himself (maybe) and let it be. If I asked, there could be repercussions.

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His response after many saltine filled bites?

“You know.. this soup doesn’t really taste so ‘”’.

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I’m taking that as a “oh my gosh this soup is so good and delicious and creamy that I can’t believe it’s vegan and doesn’t have any dairy in it. You should make me this soup every day for the rest of my life so I can turn orange and we can look orange together and people can make fun of us for the rest of our lives.”

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I’m excellent at reading in between the lines.

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