This Vegan Butternut Squash Pho Is the Cure for Gloomy Days

by Tiffany Lin ; Updated February 13, 2017

If it’s cold and gloomy and you just can’t bear the thought of being outside, well, we don’t blame you. Here’s a heart-warming pho recipe that you can make and enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Our vegan twist on the Vietnamese classic is full of plant-based goodness.

Butternut Squash Pho

It's a tasty vegan twist on a classic noodle soup (🎥 via Mixed Makeup) Recipe:

Posted by LIVESTRONG.COM on Sunday, January 29, 2017

Instead of the standard beef or chicken that usually appears in pho, we’re using chopped butternut squash. Creamy and sweet, butternut squash is high in antioxidants, which help protect your body from free-radical damage. The squash is also rich in beta-carotene, which reduces inflammation, and vitamin C, an immune system booster.

And while traditional pho uses white rice noodles, we’re making ours with brown rice noodles to boost our whole-grain intake. Diets rich in whole grains can help reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

Finally, we’re tossing freshly chopped ginger into the broth. Ginger can help stimulate circulation and provide warming effects — especially welcoming during the chilly winter months.

Once you’ve cooked and ladled the noodle soup into bowls, be sure to dress it up with basil, bean sprouts and a squeeze of lime.

One serving includes 293 calories; 5.19 grams total fat; 4.87 grams protein; and 51.85 grams total carbs.

For the Full Recipe: Healthy Vegan Butternut Squash Pho

About the Author

Tiffany Lin has been a writer and editor since 2008. Her book reviews, news pieces and features have appeared in Cat Fancy, Dog World, Romantic Homes, Cottages & Bungalows, Chickens, Kittens USA and Urban Farm magazines. Lin is currently the Food & Drink and Nutrition Editor for LIVESTRONG.COM.