Monday, July 25, 2011

Favorite "Clean" Recipe

I'm not certain I want to jump into the food blogging world just yet. I'm perfectly content as a quiet observer. However, Marla at Family Fresh Cooking has a contest that caught my eye. Its for a Blendtec blender and seeing as how a $400+ blender is a little out of my price range, I thought I'd give it a shot!

Below is a soup that I came up with after being inspired by a few other blogs I follow to come up with a "go-to" clean recipe that is easy to whip up, I'm not going to be bored with and will help get me back on track after indulging :)

This soup is truly amazing. I've made it a few times and have made little tweaks here and there and each time has gotten better. I'm always amazed watching the veggies that go in and tasting how rich the final product is. If I hadn't have made it myself I would swear it has to have cream or something unhealthy in it!

South West Soup

- 1 Tbsp. olive oil

- 1 medium red onion, finely diced

- 1 large clove garlic, minced

- dash ground cumin

- dash ground ginger

- sea salt to taste

- dash turmeric

- 1 large or 2 medium sweet potatoes (or yams), peeled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks

- 1 can black beans, well rinsed and drained

- 1/2 cup carrots, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces

- 1 cup fresh broccoli, chopped

- 1 quart chicken broth (can do vegetable broth to make vegetarian)

- Juice of one lime

Saute onions and garlic in olive oil for 2-3 minutes in dutch oven. Add remaining ingredients and simmer on low (covered) for 30-45 minutes. When sweet potatoes are soft, its done! Carefully blend soup until there are no visible chunks left (I had to do this in batches) and serve hot!





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