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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.

my current culinary obsession

I rarely ever make recipes twice. Even if a meal is quite good, I yearn for variety and newness. I have heard this referred to as a “flavor slut.” Crude, but true. Basically, I’m the girl that walks into the froyo shop and samples all 9 flavors and then loses interest once its time to get a cup. (This does NOT apply to ice cream.) I think that’s why I loved the idea of cake pops and suffered through hours of labor to make Luxirare’s mini-pie pops.

A week ago, I had my friend Hope over for dinner. I had been eyeing a recipe on Eats Well With Other‘s and decided to go for it, despite the fact that I had no idea what chiles in adobo sauce were.  Within 45 minutes, we had a delicious meal of honey-chipotle spiced chicken, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes.

And Hope loved it too! Proof…

Spiced Honey-Chipotle Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

from Eats Well With Others

Recipe: serves 3

  • 1 large butternut squash, cubed
  • 2 sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • fresh cilantro, for garnish

Directions – Preheat the oven to 400. Dice the potatoes and squash into cubes. Toss with 1 tbsp olive oil. Spread over baking sheet and bake for 15 mins.

In a small bowl, mix together the honey, vinegar, salt, cumin, cinnamon, garlic, and chiles with some of the adobo sauce until they form a mixture. Rub the mixture all over the chicken breasts. Use any extra to drizzle over the vegetables. Place the chicken breasts over the potatoes and squash and bake for an additional 25 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.

The second time I made this recipe, I was in more of a time crunch. I made the exact same sauce and cooked the chicken in it on the stove top. I heated up half of a roasted acorn squash, drizzled maple syrup over it, and then topped it with the adobo chicken. An amazing combo of sweet and spicy!

Evidence of recipe repeatage:

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.

Vinegar * helps increase calcium absorption, controls blood sugar levels, and temporarily increases the body’s tendency to burn fat instead of glycogen for energy

Chicken * a lean source of protein and B vitamins!

Butternut squash * a great source of Vitamin C, A, potassium, manganese, and folate. It is also very high in fiber and water content!