Tuesday, March 6, 2012

creamy avocado chipotle sweet potato soup


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one thing i can never get enough of during the winter month's is a nice big bowl or two of homemade soup - everyone should make homemade soup more often
it really is easy - and so much better for you, not to mention a heck of a lot cheaper then canned, boxed or frozen soup which typically has loads of sodium

making your own soup can take as little as 10 minutes - you can pretty much throw anything into a soup pot pour water, stock or broth over it simmer and call it soup
and it will taste good, i promise
you know why?
because you made it and everything made at home 9 times out of 10 is better
i say 9 times out of 10 cause, you know we have all been there and have had a disaster or two- read inedible experiments or recipes that just plain go wrong

this soup is the latter - nothing but goodness in a bowl
i went back for seconds, maybe you will too

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i normally always have sweet potatoes on hand or some variation of potatoes
they thicken a soup without the need to add any additional fats or cream
garlic, honey, limes and avocado are always in my everyday stash
when i buy chipolte peppers i never use the whole can, so i freeze them and use them as i need them

cumin is absolutely one of my favorite spices along with white pepper
salt, well i have a salt collection - need i say more

i am sure most of you have all of these things sitting on your counter - you do, good!
now go make some soup - but first stay a little longer and visit with me
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one you have everything peeled, chopped and diced it all goes in your soup pot
along with a few cups of water & simmered for about 15 minutes until your potatoes are tender




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the honey is an absolute must - it balances out the heat & spice of the chipolte & cumin
marrying all the flavors together in perfect harmony
did you know technically i am a beegan - honestly i hate labels ; but vegans that love honey are referred to as beegans - hey,  you learn something everyday
avocado gives the soup a creamy, velvety texture
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lime juice is added at the very end, squeezed over and stirred brightening all the flavors
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so many toppings work well here
tortilla chips for crunch
vegan sour cream for a bit of color and creaminess
if cilantro is your thing, sprinkle it around - i had no cilantro on hand so i added a bit of torn baby spinach; so, so good but not very southwestern
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the soup is pureed using an immersion blender - if you are a frequent visitor you will have noticed i love pureeing soups with my immersion blender; as i have mentioned before though you can always use your blender; but really an immersion blender is so much better and faster

for those of us still in the thick of winter and day dreaming of springs arrival- this soup for you
until then, i am going to go and enjoy my soup - i  hope you do too!
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Creamy Avocado Chipolte Sweet Potato Soup
serves 4

you will need:
1 avocado - skin removed and sliced
1 large sweet potato peeled and cubed
1 chipotle pepper in adobo roughly chopped
2 cloves of garlic minced
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp raw honey or agave
juice of 1 lime
3-4 cups of water

optional toppings
cilantro
tortilla chips or strips
sour cream
sliced avocado
torn baby spinach

assembly:
in a medium soup pot or dutch oven add all ingredients EXCEPT the lime juice
add 3 1/2 cups of water to the pot
over medium to high heat bring to a boil and simmer for 15-20 or until the potatoes are tender - remove from heat and blend to desired consistency with an immersion blender or a stand blender (batch blending with the top vented allowing the steam to escape)
add the additional 1/2 cup of water if desired (or more until consistency you desire is reached) - add the juice of 1 lime and stir

once served garnish with desired toppings

enjoy!


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51 comments:

  1. oh woow...this soup looks so delicious. It looks so creamy, the avocado is such a nice idea !! I will note this recipe down and make it happen !

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    1. Let me know Lysa if you do try out the soup and how you liked it; would love to know if you add your own twist too :)

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  2. What beautiful photos! And the soup sounds delicious! I wish I had seen it last night before I whipped up a generic potato soup recipe. I did, however, add an avocado for the first time and it was DELICIOUS! So perfectly creamy.

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    1. Thanks Ashlae! Don't you hate when that happens, althoug I am certain your "generic" potato soup was delicous :)

      I have been on a crazy avocado kick lately; I can't get enough of them!

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  3. OhmyGod. I want that now. And it's breakfast time here. But I still want it. Definitely making this later in the week, thanks for sharing! I think you should open a vegan cafe. Let me know if you want a baker, I miss the Northeast and academic life is too stressful ;-)

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    1. The Northeast is a special place that is for sure; I will let you know if I ever to open up that B & B with teh Vegan Cafe :)

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  4. whats not to like in this soup. i love that color! so pretty! you are on a posting spree!:) i am having a blah head since last week.. i just cannot think up anything different. i just read somewhere today that catching a nap gets the creativity going..hello i have been sleeping 8-9 hours properly since the last 2-3 days and napping too.. creative juices... are you there! maybe they need some creamy orange soup!:) and for the 10th not so happy outcome.. i just add a load of garlic and garam masala.. fixes everything!:D

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    1. LOL that is what happens when I have the week off! I have a long list of recipes I am testing out this week...although I did take today off from the Kitchen..and I treated myself to a massage yesterday and a Girls night overnight at the Inn with my Cousin - I figured I shoul fit in a little vacation time this week!

      I definitely have had my fair share of "lack of creativity" blocks it will pass- with all those super recipes you have been posting maybe your creativity needed a break; after the homemade dorito pasta (so amazing) maybe your creativity needed a mini vacay!

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    2. i know right.. some days i just dont want to go to the kitchen.. i made a bunch of things yesterday.. indian sweets. then called up hubbs to tell him that i am not cooking dinner and he has to either get some or come home and cook:D. ended up cooking the dinner to though.. but wait till the weekend when he has to pamper me.. luckily for me and unfortunately for him.. his wife is a food blogger and he just has to follow the recipes on the blog :))

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    3. I have had that conversation many times and I too ussualy end up making a dinner :) but he has to do the dishes and rub my shoulders - fair and even tradeoff :)

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  5. You must have heard that the way to my heart is through a bowl of soup! Mmmmmmm. AND you included chips??? My favorite. Sorry folks, but this post is for me :)

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    1. A bowl of whatever soup your heart desires will be waiting for you when you get yourself to NH :)

      Aww the chips were so good- dare I say even when they were a little soggy and chewy- YUM!

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  6. Ooh, this looks great! I have an avocado in my kitchen that is ripening. I've no idea what to do with it so this is a must!
    Soup with some Wasa crackers? That'd be an awesome meal!

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    1. Wasa Crackers- definitely googling those; you have me curious!

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  7. This creamy soup is fantastic, i love sweet potatoes!
    ...and i love your red saucepan, it makes me happy! :-)

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    1. LOl my little Le Cruest Dutch Oven and all its sassy color makes me happy too :)

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  8. What a wonderful soup - very creamy and flavoursome :)
    Perfect for our wet weather here!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Brown Butter Mixed M&M Chewy Cookies

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  9. My friend posted this on my fb wall because she knew it sounded like me. I've pinned it and can't wait to secure the missing avocado and chipotles to make it this week. Thanks for sharing...beautiful pictures too.

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    1. Hi Booturtle! Thanks for stopping by and thanks to your friend for leading you over to SMBP; I hope you enjoy the soup as much as I did- let me know how it turns out for you!

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  10. I love soups like this - creamy from root veggies without needing to add cream! Cumin is definitely one of my fave spices too, but I never would have thought to add avocado to a hot soup - love that idea! I haven't bought an immersion blender because I tell myself I don't make soup often enough to need one, but then I curse every time I have to transfer batches of soup into my blender!

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    1. This is my favorite way to make soups - i love pureed soups with just a little bit of texture from toppings!

      My immmerson blender was the best $20 i have ever spent; I use it to blend the base of my vegan mac n' cheeze sauce too - (winter squash or sweet potatoes and almond milk with a bit of daiya stirred in!) also to make milk shakes with frozen banana- YUM!

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    2. I didn't even know you could use them to make smoothies! I should invest ;)

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  11. What a great looking soup! Avocados are my favorite, so I'm pro every recipe that includes them.

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    1. Then this soup is definitely for you! I had some reaheated last night topped with with some chopped avocado & tortilla chips- SO GOOD!

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  12. This soup look absolutely delicious! And your photos are really great, honestly; I love the style and clarity of them. Great post and recipe!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Jackie and your wonderful compliment on the photos :)

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  13. For those of you that were apparently offended by my Beegan Statement and choose to return to see a response- I chose to ignore your negativity, to erase your comments and would prefer you read the entire post before judging or do a little research yourself - here's a link to anwser some of your questions about Beegans - I am pretty sure i also stated I dislike lables , I was simply stating a new fact I learned: http://rawfoodhealthwatch.com/what-is-a-beegan/

    You are all entitled to your opinion, however only positive comments and/or suggestions are welcome on my site.

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    1. Anyone commenting negative things about the fact that you choose to eat honey is positively ridiculous! Maybe use that energy to love the person next to you would be a better response. Heather, eat whatever you damn well want :)

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  14. I saw your recipe on Finding Vegan and made it for dinner last night (I had all the ingredients!) I was stunned at how awesome it tasted. While I was cooking I was tempted to add some additional spices because I have trouble leaving well enough alone when following recipes. I'm so glad I followed it exactly. I had it again for lunch today, and oh my gosh it is filling! This is one of those recipes that will go into my regular rotation. Thank you!

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  15. Thank you so much for stopping by Meredith; I am so happy that you found us and stopped by; even for excited that you tried out this recipe and loved it! Would love to hear back if you decide to make this soup again and which spices you decided to add if you become adventurous next time around :)

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  16. This recipe looks delicious. I agree with all you said and more about soup!

    Come and join in my blog event starting April at THE SOUP KITCHEN, HERE everyone is welcome to participate, hope to see you there very soon.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and for the Invite to the Soup Kitchen Event; so excited to participate!

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  17. This soup looks simply divine! So creamy and hearty... I make a soup very similar to this one, except it doesn't include avocado. I'll have to try adding some in next time around!

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    1. Don't you just love creamy soups, they are my absolute favorite!

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  18. Wow, your pictures are gorgeous. I just made a sweet potato and onion soup, I'm ready to use sweet potatoes again so this recipe looks perfect! Thank you! :)

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    1. Thank you for the kind words- I will have to try adding in some onion next time around; I hope you enjoyed the post!

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  19. This soup looks delicious and I love the way that you took your photos. Great work!

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  20. I just want to say that this soup is amazing.

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    1. Thank you!

      I am assuming that you made it, did you make any fun additions to the soup or make it straight up?

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  21. I just happened upon your blog and absolutely am dying to make this soup. My 2 favorite foods are sweet potato and avacado. I cant wait to make it. Carolyn

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  22. This is so decadent and sounds like such a great combo of avos and sweet potatoes! BTW...I'm a beegan too!

    Thanks for sharing on HVF!

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    1. YAY for beegans :) do you find this to be a super sensitive subject with some vegans - do you tend to shy away from using honey in your blog recipes? When I mentioned the word beegan in this post I was pretty much crucified by a few people...just curious if you get the same reaction?

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  23. HI, I just wanted to let you know how much I loved this soup. I made it exactly as the recipe directs, only I topped it with caramelized onions & sauteed mushrooms and it is extremely hearty and delicious. Thanks for a great recipe!

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