What season is it?

Posted on September 28, 2017. Filed under: Main Course, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

First day of fall as about a week ago. Before that, we had fall weather; chilly a night, somewhat nice during the day but not cold. But, the day that fall fell (haha…?) on the calendar, it was over 90 degrees. In fact, it was like that for about a week before that. I’m not complaining, I love the heat. That being said, I had that nasty cold everyone had on my last day off. I had originally thought about making this soup then. But it was 1000 degrees and soup wasn’t in my vocabulary at that point.

Today was my day off for…who knows how long? (Probably 2 weeks, I hope. ) My plans included working out (done) and going to the beach. When I woke up to use the bathroom this morning, I checked the weather. 70 – (maybe)75 degrees. Not really beach weather. (The wind coming through my window was cooler than that). I decided to go to the zoo, and to make this soup, cause, why not?

This soup is vegan (just leave off the cheese) good for you, and really quick. Oh, and it has beer in it, what could be better?

Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

Here’s what to get from the store:

Vegetable Brooth
Beer (an ale of some sort)
Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Corn
Broccoli
Black Beans
Red Onion
Chiplote peppers
Manchego cheese
Goat cheese

Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

1 red onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, diced
4 ears corn, de corned and divided
1 head broccoli, diced
3 chiplote peppers
1 12 oz bottle beer (I used Spotted Cow)
2 cartons vegetable broth
3 sweet potatoes, diced
1 can black beans
1/2 cp brown sugar
Salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne, tumeric

  1. In a dutch oven, saute the onion until fragrant. Add the garlic. Make sure to salt and pepper throughout.
  2. Add half the corn, saute until almost cooked.
  3. Add the beer, bring to a boil and reduce to half.
  4. Add the sweet potatoes, peppers and broth.
  5. Once the potatoes are cooked, spoon the mixture into your blender (or use an immersion blender) to blend until smooth. You may have to add more broth to the mixture to thin it out.
  6. Once blended, add the rest of the corn, the broccoli and beans. Cook until the broccoli is tender. Taste, then add the brown sugar. You may need more or less than I used, depending on how spicy it is.
  7. Top with manchego and goat cheese, if desired.

One the things I’ve been helping with at Unos has been the beer menu, along with the education. I have to say, it’s been a lot of fun trying new breweries and learning new stuff about beer to teach to my coworkers. I’ve already taught one class, and my next one is slated for 2 weeks from now. Even though it’s extra work, it’s fun work, and I don’t mind doing it especially since my boss trusts me to do the class. Say what you will about the drinking culture, but we have some really cool things to learn.

I’m still able to excersice before work every day, even when I’m tired. If you had known me 10 years ago, you wouldn’t have believed I could do that; hell, even I couldn’t have believed I could. At 32, I’m in the best shape of my life and I couldn’t be prouder.

 

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