- Prep Time : 15 minutes
- Cook Time : 60 minutes
- Yield : 4
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Prep all vegetables and lay them on a baking sheet. Cover with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme. Bake for 1 hour until veggies are fork tender.
Put entire contents of the baking dish (including drippings) into a food processor or blender. Add butter, cream cheese and milk. Blend until smooth and serve.
This recipe was created purely by accident. I was having coffee with a girlfriend talking about our weekly menu ideas. This is a common occurrence as I try and plan my week ahead of time to cut down on the number of trips I take to the market and also the turmoil of sitting in front of the fridge starring at food trying to get inspired when it is time to cook. If you haven’t ever tried it, do so. I find it takes the inconvenience out of cooking, but I am an organization freak so who knows?!?
All of a sudden I had this idea for a healthy roasted vegetable soup. A trip to the store was unnecessary as I had everything I needed already. I pictured this hearty soup full of flavor and imagined a side of homemade biscuits or maybe some baked croutons from a loaf of stale bread I had on hand. I thought I had a golden idea and went on to the next day of meal prep. That was until I got home and was nearly ready to finish the soup when I realized I didn’t have any stock. How do you thin out a soup with no liquid but water? I suppose I could have gone with water but there is nothing like taking a little help with flavor when you can and using good old store bought boxed stock!
What I was left with after blending my roasted veggies was a thick, rich mash that made me Mmmmm out loud upon tasting. I decided to go with it. It would pair wonderfully with pretty much any protein. Which leads me to my next problem, I didn’t have one. So, to be honest, I wrapped the mash up and put it in the fridge. We ordered take out and the mash became an afterthought.
The next morning my neighbor called. He had a very successful day of fishing and had caught seven (yes, SEVEN) Mahi Mahi tuna and had plenty to share. I immediately called up the girlfriend I had coffee with the day before and invited her family over for dinner. I paired the fish with what else…the veggie mash and boy was it a hit! (And let me mention, better tasting on day 2)