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Three Sisters Soup (P, TNT)
Source: Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fat Free Clinic
Serves: 6-8

3 pounds winter squash (such as acorn or Hubbard) or pie pumpkin
3 small onions, chopped
3 cups bouillon
3 heaping teaspoons Southwestern Spice Blend
3 cans (16-19 oz.) cannelini or other white beans, undrained
3 cups fresh or frozen lima beans
3 cups frozen corn kernels
3 tablespoons chopped chives or green onions for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.

Cut the winter squash in half, remove the seeds and lay it on the cookie sheet, cut sides down. Bake the squash for 30-45 minutes, or until the flesh is soft enough to scoop out with a spoon.

Meanwhile, bring 1/2 cup of the bouillon to a boil, add the onions and cook 5-10 minutes. Stir in the rest of the bouillon, the Southwestern Spice Blend and the white beans. Simmer gently until the squash is ready.

Scoop the soft squash flesh out of the shells and stir it into the soup. Mash the beans and squash slightly to thicken the soup (you can puree it in a blender if you want a really smooth consistency).

Add the lima beans and simmer 10 minutes or until the beans are tender. Stir in the corn, ladle the soup into bowls and garnish each serving with chopped chives or green onions, if desired.

Poster's Notes:
I found this recipe at and clapped. I've been looking for almost this exact recipe for over a year now. The web site, which is a lovely one and has many nice looking recipes, is kind of an extensive ad for a book so some things (like the exact makeup of the Southwestern Spice Blend) are not available. However, it's easy enough to guess at it; more than likely it contains chili powder and cilantro, and blend to your own taste. I'm thinking about making this for a camping trip; I don't know how well it will freeze but if it's pureed who cares how well the beans keep their shape?

BTW, while I can't claim this as TNT, I've had something a lot like this before and it's wonderful. To me it tastes like a hot, dry summer in Arizona. This may not sound appealing to you, but wait until you've lived through a Pacific Northwest winter and think about this again!

Posted by Gypsy/Phyllis Wilson

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A