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Weekend Agenda: Seasonal Soup with Chef Maria Hines

In this Weekend Agenda we’re excited to bring Chef Hines back with a seasonal soup recipe that will warm you from head to toe. Featuring kabocha squash, grated ginger, some pomegranate seeds, and spices, this hearty dish will keep you sustained whether your marathon is for movies or running.

 This recipe is designed to go along with our 16oz Classic Food Canister. Like a stovetop for your soup or a freezer for your ice cream, the mighty MiiR Food Canister can do it all. It even protects the more fragile snacks, like berries, chips, or your kid’s peanut butter & jelly. Including measure markers and a leak-proof lid, this stainless steel BPA-free vessel will protect your food, and you, on the go.


Creamy Kabocha Squash Soup with Pomegranate Recipe

Yields: 4 servings


  • 1 Kabocha squash (butternut squash will work too)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon aleppo pepper (or paprika)
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoon pomegranate seeds, for garnish

Maria Hines Soup


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cut Kabocha squash in half and scoop out the seeds
  • On a sheet pan with parchment paper, place squash halves, flat cut side down so it creates a dome shape, and cover with foil.
  • Roast squash for 30 minutes or until completely soft.
  • Take squash out of the oven and scoop out the flesh.
  • Place the squash flesh, ginger, lemon juice and spices into a blender, add enough water to cover the squash, and blend until smooth.
  • Add pomegranate seeds as the garnish and serve in a MiiR Food Canister.


Nutrition/Wellness Tips:

  • We created this dish for February to honor seasonal eating. Food tastes the best when it’s picked at optimal ripeness, in season. It also has a higher nutrient value when you eat a fresh product picked at the right time.
  • Hard squash are an incredible source of magnesium, potassium, and minerals
  • Did you know that being low in magnesium may have links to higher levels of anxiety? Partly due to glands that control a person’s reaction to stress.
  • Potassium is a key type of electrolyte that helps with your nerve function and helps muscles contract.
  • Hard Squashes are a slow burning carb that helps regulate blood sugar and gives you longer lasting energy. So it’s the perfect fuel for an outdoor adventure.


Tech Tip:

Fill up your MiiR Food Canister with some warm kabocha squash soup on your next adventure for sustained energy.

Follow Chef Maria on Instagram for more nutrition and recipe tips! 

3rd photo credit: Dan Nordstrom

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