Coconut Squash Soup (BPA-free)

Saw this in a cookbook but didn't want to use canned coconut milk because of the BPA in can linings. And the canned stuff is expensive, compared to having a stock of shredded dried coconut in the house. This is a good light but satisfying vegan soup.

Roast 1 quartered and seeded butternut squash (or substitute dense delicious squash like delicata or kabocha; watery types would not do well here).  It takes about 1 hour at 350 F.  When it is cooled, peel and chop into bite size pieces.

Saute 1 diced red onion along with 3 cloves diced garlic, and 1/2 tsp salt in approx 1 TB oil until starting to brown. Add 1-2 TB grated ginger (I use a microplane) and a couple cups hot water. Stir to combine. Bring up to heat and simmer until soft.

Puree part of the soup in the blender along with 1/4 C unsweetened shredded coconut and a small piece of jalapeno pepper or chiles (try to get a yellow orange or red colored chile as green might look a little ugly in the yellow soup). Add back to the pot with rest of soup.

Season with salt and lime juice from 1/2 to 1 lime to taste.

Optional garnish with cilantro.  Optional: feel free to add spices like cinnamon and nutmeg

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