Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup

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You need this soup.

Are you sitting somewhere looking out a window staring in disbelief at white snow, thinking “what in the world???”. You need this soup.

Are you wondering what lowlife bribed the groundhog to convincingly tell us all a boldface lie about spring? You need this soup.

Are you wondering why the heck people believe a rodent about seasonal change, but refuse to believe science about global warming? Well, then you need to come sit with me…’cause I like you…and we’ll have this soup.

This recipe came from a great vegan food blog called the Lunch Box Bunch. It is so very, very good. Slightly sweet, spicy and rich. A great winter soup that is also vegan and gluten free (yes, really!). And once you have a baked sweet potato, it takes about 10 minutes to make. Easy, delicious, healthy and quick. What’s not to love? Except that snow outside…and that damn groundhog…

You can get the original soup recipe HERE. I changed it up a bit, using coconut milk instead of vegetable broth/soy milk and one chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (I love those things) instead of chili powder. Also finished with a squeeze of lime and some home baked chipotle lime tortilla strips. Next time, I might try adding curry to get some turmeric in that soup! YUUUUUUMMMMMM. My version is below.

Check out the Lunch Box Bunch blog (and Twitter feed) for more great, healthy, vegan recipes!

Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup (2 servings)

1 large, organic sweet potato
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1 lime

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap sweet potato in foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove pulp from sweet potato when cool enough to handle.
Combine sweet potato pulp, coconut milk and chili pepper in a sauce pan. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Add juice from half the lime and stir.
Heat through, then ladle into serving bowls. Squeeze remaining lime half of lime into serving bowls. Top with crispy tortilla strips, avocado chunks, lime zest or roasted pumpkin seeds. Serve immediately.

Spicy Red Curry Chicken and Vegetables

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I love Thai curries, but I haven’t made them at home because of the intimidation factor. I thought making the incredibly flavorful curry broth would be difficult or require a lot of ingredients I would never use again. I was very wrong! I saw THIS lovely recipe on the blog Wanna Be A Country Cleaver and felt inspired! What a beautiful and delicious recipe!

This recipe is chock full of healthy vegetables. It is rich and spicy, and just the thing for a late winter meal when we are all sick of the usual soups and stews. Not only that, it looks beautiful, too, which can make everyone’s mood a little lighter!

True to all home cooks, I made some small changes based on what I have and what my family likes. Here is what I changed:

  • Used sliced, sautéed chicken instead of tofu
  • Added chopped Swiss chard from our garden
  • Increased the curry paste to 4 tsp.
  • Used lemon zest and juice instead of lemongrass

I am so happy to have found an easy recipe for making Thai curry at home! Yay! Try this–you will not be sorry.

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