I am, admittedly, a lazy cook. I like good food, but I’ve never been dazzlingly talented in the kitchen. I’ve developed only a couple of things I can really brag about. So when this histamine issue materialized, you’d think I’d revert to eating steamed vegetables. But I came up with a soup recipe that is chock full of antihistaminic foods, tastes great, and is super easy! I eat this at least twice a week. Depending on what vegetables you can tolerate, you can play around with the idea of it.
Roasted Apple Butternut Squash Soup
This recipe is for one serving. You might already know that leftovers are a big no-no because as foods age the histamine content raises, so make only what you, or you and your family, will eat for one meal.
1 apple cut into small pieces
an equal amount of cubed butternut squash (I always keep a bag of organic frozen in my freezer)
1/4 medium onion, or a large shallot
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 teaspoon of salt (I’ve added up to a 1/2 when I use the cashews.)
1/2 cup of water
1/4 cup cashews (optional)
Cut the apple and butternut squash into small pieces. Cut the onion into similar sized chunks. Peel the garlic.
Throw all of the vegetables into a roasting pan or whatever you use to roast vegetables. You can throw them on a sheet of tinfoil and lay it on top of a cookie sheet too. Sprinkle them with some olive oil and toss.
Roast for about a half hour at 400 F degrees.
When they’re soft and a bit browned take them out and throw them into a blender with 1/2 cup of water and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
I also add 1/4 cup of raw cashews to add a healthy fat. I can tolerate nuts though many histamine intolerant people cannot, so if you can’t use them leave them out. They make the soup a bit richer and thicker but don’t really alter the flavor too much.
Blend all the ingredients until you get the consistency you like. Now this makes a pretty thick soup. I use a Vitamix and it comes out light but thick. If you want a thinner soup add more water.
To top it off I sprinkle a little smoked paprika on top. This should be ok for most people. Just don’t confuse it with hot paprika. And then I sprinkle a little balsamic vinegar on it too. It needs a bit of an acid and the balsamic is the perfect thing. But be warned: balsamic vinegar is a high histamine food. It’s one of my biggest triggers actually. But I use so little it doesn’t seem to affect me. But only you know what you can tolerate, so eat wisely. Eliminate the nuts, spice and balsamic if you’re concerned about having a reaction.
When I’m done the soup is not hot. It’s room temperature which I actually prefer. If you want it hot you’ll have to pour it into a pot and warm it a bit.
I usually eat a small salad or a serving of broccoli with it and a slice of rye bread.
It’s so quick and easy even a lazy cook like me will make it!
No Cook Oatmeal
Did you know you don’t really have to cook oatmeal? This is a super easy method of making a quick breakfast. I make it in the morning and take it for lunch sometimes too.
Again, this is one serving:
Soak a half cup of rolled oats in a half cup of water overnight.
In the morning, toss the oats into a food processor with a banana and a handful or walnuts. Process until blended. You can make it as smooth or as lumpy as you’d like.
I top mine with some dried fruit. You can put it into a pot and warm it, or eat as is.
Remember, if nuts or dried fruit are your triggers, don’t use them. Use whatever works for you. Maybe dates or honey. I know some people cannot eat bananas either. I am lucky enough to be able to.
See, how lazy is that? No cook oatmeal! But it’s really good.