You Are My Sunshine My only sunshine. You make me happy When skies are grey. You’ll never know, dear, How much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away
Lately I find the sun’s been playing hide and seek. On Monday, it was out in all its bright and shiny glory and then yesterday – – it was as though someone told it to run away forever!! Mr. Sun, I’m ready for you to come out and play … 🙂
When it’s cold, dark and cloudy, add a little sunshine to your day with a piping hot bowl of sunshine soup.
A bowl of sunshine is bound to brighten your day.
It’s thick and velvety, bursting with brightness teasing you like a warm blanket in the middle of the arctic
( … whoever said I was dramatic, totally doesn’t know me 😀 lol)
1 Large Sweet Potato – cubed
1 Large Kabocha Squash – halved
2 Large Carrots – peeled and cut into large pieces
3 Tbsp fresh Thyme
4 Cloves Garlic
¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 Tbsp Salt
4 Tbsp Black Pepper
4 Tbsp Onion Powder
4 Tsp Fresh Nutmeg
6 Cups Vegetable Stock
Preheat oven to 400 oc
In a large bowl, mix together all of the above vegetables.
Add the Olive Oil, as well as all of the above seasonings and spices.
Mix together until everything is well coated.
Roast for 40 minuets until all of the vegetables have become tender.
Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Working in small batches, add the roasted vegetables to a blender, with 1 cup of stock – blend until smooth.
Empty into large pot and repeat with the remainder for vegetables and stock.
And I’m sick of eating leftovers! – yes, we made sandwiches, yes I made quesadillas. I even made a spinach salad and added all the left overs to it.
I got creative and now … I’m done!!
Don’t get me wrong, I had a FANTASTIC Christmas – family – friends and all the food was amazing … cinnamon danishes – beef pies – breads galore – Quiche – smoked salmon – roast beef – baked brie – goat cheese – pâté …. and that was just breakfast. Yep – – the weekend only got better and my work out totally KICKED MY BEHIND on monday!!
Between my carb loaded (but oh so delicious) Christmas weekend and the food coma that I’ll probably go into on New Years Eve – I want to do something good for my body. I want light – I want yummy … pack me with veggies now so I can scarf down some extra goodies when the clock strikes 12 on Saturday.
pretty good logic huh 😉 lol
But let’s be honest, it’s still the holiday season – so lets keep with the festive theme and kick this bad boy up a couple notches.
oh yes – did I mention there’s a LITTLE bit of tequilla in this soup 😀 – really, do you need any more convincing?
This soup is warm, it’s hearty, it’s light (and boozy *what – who said that?!?!*) , it’s packed with veggies and ohhhh soooo delicious!!
Chicken Lickin’ Lime Soup
2 Lbs Chicken Breast Cubed
2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tbsp Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Salt
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
1 Tbsp Steak Seasoning
In a small dish or plate, add all the above seasonings to the chicken. Allow to marinate while you prepare all other ingredients.
1/4 Cup Tequila
7 Limes cut in half
2 Sweet Potatoes Chopped (approximately 2 Cups
3 Yukon Gold Potatoes Chopped approximately 2 Cups
1 Acorn Squash Chopped (approximately 2 Cups)
1 Medium Red Onion Chopped (approximately 1 Cup)
5 Gloves of Garlic Minced
1/2 Cup Chopped Coriander
3 Tbsp fresh thyme
1 Cup short cut pasta
1 Tbsp Onion Powder
1 Tbsp Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Sea Salt
1 Tbsp Basil
7 Cups of Water
In a large soup pot and over medium-high heat, add seasoned chicken to pot and allow to brown. This should take approximately 7-10 minutes, you want to allow all the browning to settle to the bottom of the pan = flavour.
Next, add your chopped red onion and the limes. At this point, the juices from the limes will begin to release all the brown bits from the bottom of the pot (say that 5 times fast 😛 )
Allow to cook until the onions turn translucent – – give it about 10 minutes to do its thing.
Now for the fun part – – time to add that tequila 😀
*one shot for the pot – one shot for you 😉 *
Once all the alcohol has burnt out of the tequila and the pot once again begins to sizzle, add the potatoes, sweet potatoes and squash. Allow to cook for 5 minutes, so any additional juices from the limes can be absorbed.
Then, add water. Allow to boil for 10 minutes.
Remove the pieces of lime – – there should be 14 in total
* don’t forget any in the pot …. – – not that, someone may have done that or something … err – yep.*
Allow to boil for another 10 minutes, so that all of the vegetables lose their crunch.
Add any sort of short cut pasta, in this case, I used baby shells … just use whatever you may have on hand – or omit all together.
Last, add the garlic, coriander, thyme, onion powder, black pepper, salt and basil.
Allow to simmer 10 minuets to allow all the flavours to marry each other.
Get into your comfy sweat pants, cozy up under a blanket and enjoy a big bowl of goodness.