Spicy chipotle pumpkin soup!

Gooood morning. Rather than pick one thing to talk about in this post, I feel like talking about some current events in bullet points…
  1. This morning I read a really interesting article from Al Jazeera about how American biotechnology corporations (basically Monsanto) are literally taking over the crop production around the world by enforcing farmers to use their GMO seeds instead of their own genetically diverse seeds. The expensive seed has put farmers in debt and led to over 250,000 suicides in India. Get the deets here
  2. Presidential elections often sneak up on me and I feel under educated in the stances of the candidates. I spent a bit of time this morning gettin’ down and dirty with Mitt Romney’s plans for America – seeing as he is the current front runner for the Republican party. There is one particular segment in his foreign policy plan that is quite scary. It implies a severe decrease in American rights to privacy under the guise of a “counterterrorism strategy.” It kinda sounds like SOPA and PIPA on crack… squared.  I don’t want to delve too deeply into my opinions, so you can make up your own mind on the foreign policy here. And the job plan here. And the ‘health care’ here
  3. Yesterday, my three house mates came to the university gym with me and let me teach them how to squat with the squat rack! It was awesome. They all picked it up incredibly quickly and were super badass. The key form points I tried to stress were: STICK YOUR BUTT OUT so you look reminiscent of a duck, feet shoulder width apart and toes forward, push through your heels, and support the bar completely with your upper-back, not your hands or arms. It was nice to not be 1 of 2 girls on the “man side” of the gym!
  4. Due to my nasty schedule, I haven’t had as much time to exercise as usual. If I cut anything out, it is cardio. By having two days off of any exercise a few times in the last couple weeks, I have noticed how much more I can lift and do when I do get to the gym. My squat weight has increased by 10 lbs! Definitely becoming more of a fan of rest days.
Onto the recipe! I had some leftover chiles in adobo sauce from that last amazing recipe and I wanted to make some kind of soup with it. I had a can of pumpkin leftover from my pumpkin craze and thought the creaminess of the pumpkin would go nicely with the spicy chiles. The soup ended up being so good that I finished the entire batch in one sitting. I don’t recommend doing that though – I was painfully full for several hours…

spicy chipotle pumpkin soup 

Recipe: Serves 1-2

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced (add additional pepper cautiously, it gets spicy fast!)
  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp half & half
  • salt, to taste
  • greek yogurt, to garnish (sour cream could be good too)
  • fresh cilantro, to garnish

Directions – In a large sauce pan, saute the onions and garlic on the stove top with the butter, until caramelized. Add the spices and minced chile pepper and stir. Scrape the canned pumpkin into the pan and stir. Add the chicken stock and stir until smooth. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the desired consistency has been reached. Add the half and half. Serve with a large dollop greek yogurt and fresh cilantro!

Benefits:

Chile peppers * a source of vitamin A and many potent antioxidants. They have anti-inflammatory properties due to their capsaicin content. Capsaicin also has a metabolism elevating effect.

Pumpkin * An impressive source of vitamins A and C and iron, manganese, and riboflavin! Also is high in fiber and low in fat.

9 responses to “Spicy chipotle pumpkin soup!

  1. mmm this soup!!! yum!

    dude i’d totally want you to teach me a thing or two about lifting weights… lucky housemates!

  2. Good job taking your friends in the weight room !

    My mission in 2012 is to go with my sister !! It’s gonna be hard but fun =)

  3. It’s funny, when I squat I always tell myself to stick my butt out…I feel so goofy doing it but I know it’s worth it!!

  4. What great results from your rest days! You’d think that rest days would hinder success, but they actually help! :)

  5. This! This just sounds right up my ally, ive been a sucker for chipotle lately. If i can only master blending the heat of habanero with the flavor of chipotle ill be eating chili, soup, and mexican food for the rest of my life.
    I just had a convo with my dad about the corn crops being genetically modified and patented, making them one time use only. Evil i say! I hate these companies that do this bullshit. The farmers are the slaves. If they dont use it, they lose contracts with buyers. I could go on for days about conagra too.

    • And if they do find a miracle and rebel, and find seeds without patent… Oh ya, your neighboring farmer uses the gm seeds and they bred with yours , creating seeds that probably also have a patent. And then they get sued off their ass. So the only safe thing to do it bow down, and buy the same seed as everyone else so that you dont lose your farm. Now i got started haha. I knew this bs went on in the US… Poor India… Ever read fast food nation by the way? An old teacher in high school told me to read it. So good! I went vegetarian for like a month! Now i just try to keep my goodies from whole foods. Mmm quality

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