The winner of my 2 year blog anniversary giveaway is Linda of The Weekend Cook! Congrats Linda, your name was pulled out of the basket! I will email you for details 🙂

This month the Cooking Light Virtual Supper club decided to share Soups & Stews. The Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club consists of 5 bloggers who love to cook and eat healthy and they all love Cooking Light! To read more about the bloggers, click HERE. I wanted to do something I had never done before – meaning I didn’t want to make chili and I didn’t want to do a beef/venison stew. I was browsing through one of my Cooking Light catalogs when I came across this recipe for Shrimp and Butternut Squash in Coconut Milk Broth. They were magic words to me. I love shrimp, I love Butternut Squash and I love coconut! It was settled that I was making this dish!

This was a very delicious meal…..for me. Grumpy ate it, but didn’t care for it so unless I’m feeding someone else besides Grumpy, I won’t be making it again. What on earth can I do to change this man’s palate?! I have to say at least he eats what I make even if it isn’t his favorite. However, he will tend to get “grumpy” if I do this to him all the time! 😉

I loved the creaminess of the dish the sweetness of the squash and coconut milk and the heat from the red pepper flakes. Some fresh cilantro mixed in and then sprinkled on to garnish only made even more appetizing to me!

What did the other Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club bring to the table? Check out their links below to find out!

Val of More than Burnt Toast: Spicy Chicken Stew
Helene of La Cuisine de Helene: Spicy Tomato and White Bean Soup
Aggie of Aggie’s Kitchen: Orange-Saffron Shrimp and Snapper Stew
Jamie of Mom’s Cooking Club: Spicy Sausage Chili
Shelby of The Life & Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch: Shrimp and Butternut Squash in Coconut Milk Broth

Shrimp and Butternut Squash in Coconut Milk

3/4 cup fat-free low-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 (14 ounce) cans light coconut milk
2 cups butternut squash, 3/4-inch cubes
1 cup red bell peppers, julienned
1 lb large shrimp, peeled, deveined and halved lengthwise
2 cups hot cooked basmati rice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

Combine chicken broth, brown sugar, salt, tomato paste, crushed red pepper, black pepper and coconut milk in a large saucepan and stir with a whisk. Stir in squash and bell peppers.  Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until squash is tender. Stir in shrimp.

Bring to a boil and cook for about 1-2 minutes or until shrimp are done; stirring occasionally.  Stir in rice, lime juice, and cilantro. Heat for 2 minutes.


About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Bellini Valli January 13, 2010 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    This sounds like something we all need to try other than virtually Shelby. Thanks for bringing this to the table.

  2. Mags January 13, 2010 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Wow, does this ever look delicious. I'm a huge fan of soups/stews and always looking for new recipes.

  3. Jessie January 13, 2010 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Oh Grumpy lol he cracks me up. I would eat that entire bowl of stew! I love everything in it!

  4. Sweet and Savory January 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    I am so happy for Linda.

    Your menu looks hearty, this time. Great for the winter or anytime.

  5. noble pig January 13, 2010 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Oh my word this looks yummy.

  6. teresa January 13, 2010 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    i'm in the same boat as you. i would love something like this, but not my guy! maybe i'll just have to make it for lunch!

  7. Ingrid January 13, 2010 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Congrats to the winner.

    This looks terrific. I definitely think that all but my youngest would enjoy it. She's my grumpy and says her taste buds change from day to day. 🙂

  8. Jamie January 13, 2010 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    This looks so creamy and satisfying Shelby. Too bad Grumpy wasn't a fan but we can't please them all the time, right? Thanks for sharing this dish and congrats to your 2 year blog anniversary winner.

  9. Gera @ Sweets Foods Blog January 13, 2010 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Creaminess and sweetness, are you talking about me? 😉
    A fabulous meal Shelby!



  10. Helene January 13, 2010 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Love the way you did your pictures. This looks great. I love shrimps so I should make it. Thanks for sharing with us.

  11. Katy ~ January 14, 2010 at 12:58 am - Reply

    Grumpy's a good sport.

    Grins. I just made a butternut squash soup as well. Fortunately, I really liked it and ended up eating the entire thing over a couple of days.

  12. Linda January 14, 2010 at 1:00 am - Reply

    MMMM…I don't love shrimp but this sounds like something my family would really like.
    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!!I can't believe I won and I definitely can't wait to receive it. ~Linda

  13. Coleen's Recipes January 14, 2010 at 10:11 am - Reply

    I've come to the conclusion (after 39 years of marriage) that we can't always eat what Hubby wants to eat. I should make some recipes (like this one) JUST of ME!!!

  14. pigpigscorner January 14, 2010 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    This sounds so creamy and comforting!

  15. Kathleen January 15, 2010 at 4:38 am - Reply

    Oh Shelby! Lol!!! Grumpy just cracks me up!!!!

  16. Miranda January 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    You always have the best cooking light recipes….Love this.

  17. Andrew's Mom January 16, 2010 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    My husband will not eat anything with:

    most vegetables
    any fruit

    and he doesn't care for potatoes.

    He's impossible!

  18. Flourchild January 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    I think this looks and sounds so good. I love that it has Coconut in it..I love the stuff..I make my oatmeal with it!
    Sorry about Grumpy not liking hubby is the same way. He really is a true red meat and potatoe man!He will try things I make but I know he does not care for it when he says.."Oh, that's interesting."!

  19. "Guppy" Honaker January 18, 2010 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Oh man, now I'm hungry all over again, and it's a few hours 'til dinner!

    Keep up the good work on you blog. – David

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  20. Lori January 19, 2010 at 2:44 am - Reply

    I have made a lot of soups lately so I will so be checking out your recipes. I love Cooking Light.

  21. Pam January 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    What a fantastic soup – I love the color and flavors.

  22. Lynda January 19, 2010 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Poor Grumpy…guess you can't really change them! 🙂
    However, I would love this dish!

  23. Teresa January 20, 2010 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    This sounds delicious to me. 🙂 I know my husband would grmble about it too though. LOL!

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