This easy slow cooker soup blends butternut squash, bell pepper, and carrots for deep natural sweetness. Blended until smooth and creamy, it's garnished with crispy cumin-roasted chickpeas for a nice textural contrast and a little extra heft. Get the recipe.
There are plenty of uses for roasted red peppers, and though a store-bought jar of them will do in a pinch, freshly roasted and skinned peppers are easy enough to do yourself. This method involves a little more energy than others—a little dinner-prep calisthenics.