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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Ann Arbor, MI!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Acorn Squash Soup, Tips from a Top Chef, and a Giveaway!

There are two things I love about Fall: Seasonal Squash Soups, and watching Top Chef with the husband.

Ok there are lots of other things I love about Fall, but these two are definitely high on the list.

So when I was contacted by the folks at Oikos about whether I wanted to virtually chat with Richard Blais (my all time favorite Top Chef contestant) and receive a healthy recipe from him, and host a giveaway for all of you, I couldn’t turn it down!

Nonfat Greek Yogurt is one of my favorite healthy substitutions – because you can use it for virtually any creamy substance (sour cream – like in these tacos, cream, mayo, etc.).

Richard Blais seems to agree with me 🙂

He used Dannon Oikos instead of cream in this Acorn Soup Recipe, and shared these healthy tips for cooking with Greek Yogurt: 

  • Swap out the dollop of regular sour cream on your mashed potatoes with Greek nonfat yogurt for a nutritious and creamy-thick taste.
  • Greek nonfat yogurt is a great addition to any casserole; the nonfat greek yogurt provides calcium that acts as a binder.
  • Greek nonfat yogurt can be used in dips and dressings as a substitute for regular mayonnaise or sour cream to provide a nutritious twist to your recipe
  • Use Greek nonfat yogurt in marinades – it’s a great tenderizer!
  • Whether you’re making a spiced apple cake, or a creamy cheese cake, Greek nonfat yogurt is a great substitution for some dessert staple ingredients such as oil, butter, cream cheese or ricotta cheese.
  • If incorporating yogurt when cooking, avoid using aluminum products – the acidity of yogurt can react negatively with aluminum.

I can’t wait for all of you to try this recipe!

Acorn Squash Soup

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Calories per serving: 107

Fat per serving: 0.1g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 107 Calories, 0.1g Fat, 23.9g Carbs, 1.6g Fiber, 10g Sugar, 3.6g Protein


  • 1 whole acorn squash
  • 1?4 white onion, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp celery, chopped
  • 1 1?2 quart veggie stock
  • 1/2 cup Dannon Oikos plain Greek nonfat yogurt
  • 2 tbsp cranberry canned jelly
  • 3 leaves cilantro
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Pomegranate seeds for garnish
  • Lime for garnish


  1. In a stockpot, cook the onion, bay leaf, garlic and celery in some olive oil until garlic releases aroma.
  2. Add the chopped acorn squash and then the veggie stock and simmer. When the acorn squash is cooked, swirl in Dannon Oikos plain Greek nonfat yogurt and remove from the heat. Add the paprika to the soup.
  3. When the squash is cooked thoroughly, purée the soup and pass through a sieve so it is smooth. Stir in the cranberry jelly.
  4. Garnish with the cilantro, pomegranate seeds, a squirt of lime and add a dollop of Dannon Oikos plain Greek nonfat yogurt on top.
And now, Stonyfield (the organic branch of Oikos) is partnering with me to host this giveaway for all of you! One lucky reader will receive:
  • A $25 gift card to Whole Foods
  • 5 coupons for 5 free pints of Oikos Greek Frozen Yogurt

To Enter: You can enter in one of four ways (each option below counts as a separate entry):

  1. Subscribe to The Picky Eater via RSS or via email
  2. Follow me on Twitter (@pickyeaterblog)
  3. Like The Picky Eater on Facebook
  4. Follow me on Pinterest

Then post a comment here for each option above that you chose.

This giveaway will be open until Monday, November 5th at 11:59pm PST. I’ll be selecting the winner at random (via and will contact them via email. I’ll be announcing the winner in the comments of this post on Tuesday, November 6th. 


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239 responses to “Acorn Squash Soup, Tips from a Top Chef, and a Giveaway!”

    • Oh that’s so awesome! I’ve wanted to try his restaurant for some time now. So glad it was good! Let me know how you like the soup!

  1. Im following you and some amazing recipes on Pinterest! Indeed, Im making your samosa’s tonight for a dinner party. Props to you!

    • Thanks Priscilla – that’s so great! I’m sure you and your guests will love the samosas 🙂 Have fun at your dinner party!!

    • Thanks Dixya! I love yogurt as a substitution for just about anything creamy – for exactly the reason you described – it doesn’t affect the taste of the meal! I’m sure you will love this recipe 🙂

  2. Following you on my yahoo! email. I definitely want to try this soup, yogurt sounds like a great way to incorporate protein into a meal. Plus I love squash, I just had some in my pasta!

    • I love squash too – especially in the fall! Can’t wait to hear how this soup turns out for you – thanks for the kind words Christy!

  3. Interesting site on the similar note to easy, tasty and healthy food. I did find some inspiring recipes here. Will try them and let u know. btw, just liked u on FB.

  4. Hi Everyone! I just wanted to let you all know that Casey is the winner of this giveaway!! Congrats Casey 🙂 The folks at Stonyfield should be contacting you soon to ship the goodies you’ve won. Thanks everyone who entered – stay tuned for another giveaway coming later today!

    • AHHH oh my goodness!! I can’t believe it! Thank you Anjali – I am a huge fan of your blog and am so stoked to win something here!! Still can’t believe it!! 🙂

  5. My first recipe from your site and really liked it! However, it seems that the instructions forgot when to add the cranberry…I added it at the end but others may be confused. Looking forward to making more of your dishes.

    • Thanks Courtney! Oh and great catch – sorry I must have accidentally left that out! You are supposed to stir it in at the end – the recipe is now updated 🙂 Thanks for letting me know, and so glad you liked this!

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