This is a simple soup with natural ingredients that is big on flavor. Perfect for lunch or with a sandwich or salad at dinner. It is also vegan/vegetarian so it is a meatless Monday favorite.
Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup
2t olive oil
1 yellow onion chopped
4 clove garlic chopped
6 cups sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 2″x 2″ pieces
4 c water
1/2 t dried Chipotle Powder ( found in the spice aisle, a little goes a long way )
1 lime zest and juice
1 t salt
Fresh herbs or arugula for topping if desired.
Heat oil in a 2 1/2 quart sauce pan over med high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes. Add potatoes, water, salt, lime juice, lime zest and chipotle powder. bring to a simmer, cover and cook 30-40 minutes. Let cool slightly by removing from heat. Add to blender in 2 batches if necessary and puree. Add back to pan and keep on low until ready to serve. Add chopped herbs or arugula if desired.
My husband is back on the low carb diet so I am back to being creative with cauliflower. This hand mashed cauliflower has the same texture and flavors of a risotto without the rice and carbs. I don’t even think my kids noticed the difference.
Parmesan and Cauliflower “Risotto”
1 head cauliflower cut into florets
1/2 c ricotta cheese
3 T- 1/4 c cream
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
juice of 1/2 lemon ( about 2 T)
salt and pepper
Steam or cook cauliflower until fork tender. Drain excess water, Add to a med sized pot and hand mash with a potato masher. Add ricotta, lemon juice, cream (start with 3 T and add more if needed) stir in Parmesan cheese and add salt and pepper to taste. Heat over low until heated through.
Here is a close up of the texture. If you prefer a puree of cauliflower instead just add to a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth.
Butternut squash and pork chops are classic fall food, this sauce gets a little zip from oranges which are also coming into season.
Pork Chops with Orange Butternut Sauce
8 boneless pork chops
2 T butter
3 cups butternut squash peeled and cubed
2 garlic cloves
1/2 c chopped onion
3/4 cup orange juice ( used fresh squeezed if possible)
1T balsamic vinegar
1/2 t dried sage
1/2 t ground ginger
1/2 t ground cinnamon
Melt Butter in a large pan over med high heat. add squash and onions, saute until onions and squash are browned. add garlic and saute until garlic is soft and golden.
add orange juice, vinegar, ginger, sage and cinnamon , bring to a simmer and cover. cook for 15-25 minutes or until squash is soft enough to mash with the back of a spoon. Use a hand blender to make into a puree ( you could also hand mash or use a regular blender) remove from pan and set aside.
Sprinkle chops with salt and chili powder, brown on each side in the pan. You may have to do this in small batches depending on chop and pan size.
Add puree back to the pan with chops cover and cook over med heat for 20 minutes or until chops are done. add water if necessary ( I used about a 1/4 cup). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.