Sweet Potato “Chili”

This soup is delicious. Even my husband loves it (we don’t normally LOVE the same foods). This “chili” has all the right flavors and textures.

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This is an adaption from this website.

Again, I give no measurement for spices because I never measure them myself.

4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
4-5 medium carrots, chopped into small chunks
3-4 large ribs of celery, chopped thin
1 bell pepper, chopped into small pieces
2-3 cups frozen green beans And/OR
1 large zuchini, quartered and chopped*
1 can diced tomatoes
1 quart chicken broth (I make my own)
1 pound ground beef (local grass-fed!)
Cumin
Paprika
Oregano
Salt

*I recently had to substitute zuchini for the green beans because the beans make my baby spit up. I still wanted something green so I chose zucchini

Throw all the veggies, tomatoes, and spices together in a large crockpot and cook on high for about 4-5 hours.
At that time, fry the ground beef in skillet (I use cast-iron) and season how you please (I’ve actually been doing Italian Seasoning and salt). I leave the meat a bit pink and then add to the soup (it’ll keep cooking in the soup and we really dislike overcooking beef). And turn off your crockpot because it’s done cooking 🙂 I like to add salt and extra seasonings at the end.

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Mexican Chicken Soup

I didn’t snap a picture of this yummyness when I made it. I’ll try to get a shot next time I make it and post it here.

This soup is a real winner! Proof that one can eat good even when on such a ridiculous allergy-free diet as mine! I apologize for my rather unspecific recipe instructions. Here’s an earnest and hopeful attempt at a written recipe:

Half chicken breast, cut into small pieces
2 medium onions, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 yellow squash (or zucchini) chopped
2 cups frozen corn
2 cups frozen peas
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 cups cooked navy or pinto beans (already cooked)
1 to 1-1/2 cups finely chopped kale or spinach
2 cups diced tomatos
chicken broth (if you have any good stuff- mine was leftover from previous chicken drippings)
coconut oil
oregano
basil
cumin
cilantro
sage
pepper
salt

Saute onions and celery in coconut oil.
Add water and squash, corn, peas, and red pepper. After that comes to a boil, simmer until it seems pretty well cooked.
Add beans, kale, tomatoes, chicken, chicken broth, and everything else left on the ingredients list. Go heavy on spices (but not the sage or pepper), I like flavor.
Add more water if neccessary.

I’m sure it would taste great substituting the chicken with ground beef or lamb. I might try that next time. I’m not a big fan of cutting up chicken.
My husband added some lime juice to his bowl and it tasted pretty good. I’m sure a dash of lemon would taste excellent as well.

Corn chips and guacamole would be a nice side dish.