Sweet Potato, Kale & Chorizo Soup

Sweet Potato, Kale and Chorizo Soup

Tis the season for all things sweet potato, pumpkin, and squash. What do all of these things have in common? Besides being in season in the Fall, they also all have a sweetness to them.

Unfortunately for me, I don’t love sweet. I hardly crave sweets (unless it involves chocolate!), and despise sweet dishes. Ok maybe despise is too strong of a word to use. Dislike would be better. But strongly dislike at that! If I’m going to eat a food that tastes sweet, there’s got to be a savory element to it.

Like my Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Bake. Or my Butternut Squash Soup (that has jalapeño). Or my Curried Butternut Squash Soup. Or my Wonton Tortellini with Butternut Squash and Brown Butter Sage Sauce. You get my point.

As I’m not a huge fan of overly sweet dishes, I’ve got to think of other ways to enjoy the local foods that are in season this Fall.

And thus, Sweet Potato, Kale & Chorizo Soup was born.

I can enjoy sweet potato fries, but only if they come with a seasoned sour cream-like dip that isn’t sweet. And sweet potatoes with a honey-mustard sauce (the mustard cuts the sweetness enough for me) are good. What I don’t love is sweet potatoes with maple syrup, cinnamon, or any of the other sweet toppings.

I bought these sweet potatoes from the farmers market the other week, and needed to figure out what to do with them before they went to waste.

After some browsing through the internet, I stubbled across this recipe from Emeril: New-Style Caldo Verde. Apparently Caldo Verde is a traditional Portuguese soup. I looked at the ingredients and BAM! (as Emeril would say), it looked like the perfect fit. I tweaked it a bit, substituting sweet potatoes for regular and omitting some of the herbs. Overall though, it was amaze balls (yes, I just used that word).

The fiancé, and I am quoting his words here, even stated that this “is the best thing you have ever made”. BAM!

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. :)

sweet potato kale chorizo & soup

Ingredients:

1 onion, diced

4 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced

1 bunch kale, leaves removed and sliced thinely

8 cups chicken stock

1 lb. fresh chorizo, removed from casing

2 TBS. olive oil

2 sweet potatoes, diced into 1/2 inch pieces

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper

salt and pepper, to taste

cilantro, for serving

cotija cheese, for serving

Directions:

Sauté onion and garlic in large pot over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes.

Add in red pepper, salt, and pepper and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Pour in chicken stock and bring to a boil.

Add in potatoes and lower to a simmer. Simmer until potatoes are cooked through and falling apart.

Meanwhile, brown chorizo in separate pan. Drain from fat.

Once potatoes are soft, add in chorizo and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until chorizo is cooked through.

Add in kale. Continue cooking until leaves have softened but are still crunchy and bright green.

Serve, topping with cilantro and cotija cheese.

 

Sweet Potato Kale and Chorizo Soup

Savory or Sweet? What’s your preference?

Any pumpkin, squash, or sweet potato recipes that are your favorite?

Until next time,

Happy Clean Eating!

Kate

Sweet Potato, Kale and Chorizo Soup
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Serves: 4-6
 
A hearty and filling soup perfect for a cold night. Healthy and delicious.
Ingredients
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch Kale, leaves removed and sliced thinely
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 1 lb. fresh chorizo, removed from casing
  • 2 TBS. olive oil
  • 2 sweet potatoes, diced into ½ inch pieces
  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • cilantro, for serving
  • cotija cheese, for serving
Instructions
  1. Sauté onion and garlic in large pot over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add in red pepper, salt, and pepper and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Pour in chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  4. Add in potatoes and lower to a simmer. Simmer until potatoes are cooked through and falling apart.
  5. Meanwhile, brown chorizo in separate pan. Drain from fat.
  6. Once potatoes are soft, add in chorizo and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until chorizo is cooked through.
  7. Add in kale. Continue cooking until leaves have softened but are still crunchy and bright green.
  8. Serve, topping with cilantro and cotija cheese.

Cheesy Kale and Ham Quinoa Cups

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It’s here, it’s here, the last day of the year! And oh how cooooold it has been. I haven’t really wanted to leave the house these past two days (surprise, surprise). Yesterday I finally made it out for a 8:30 yoga class (yes, 8:30 p.m.). And today, I am currently still at home in my scrubs (it’s almost 4:00), contemplating going to the gym and perhaps stopping at one of my favorite discount boutiques before we go out to dinner and ring in the new year with some friends tonight. Well see how far I get with that one… :)

So what have I been doing these past two days? Well let’s see. Cleaning, doing laundry, wedding planning, and yes, spending lots of time in the kitchen. Falling more in love with our new juicer, and whipping up some other deliciousness. Yesterday morning for breakfast I made these little loves: Cheesy Kale and Ham Quinoa Cups. We had extra ham to use up from Christmas, and you can only have so many leftover ham sandwiches (or ham and cheese omelets). :)

I sacrificed some kale that I was originally going to juice, added in the diced ham and some good cheddar cheese. Yum, yum, yum. These are great to make ahead, freeze, and then grab on your way out the door for a hearty (not to mention, healthy!) breakfast.

Enjoy!

Cheesy Kale and Ham Quinoa Cups

Adapted from iowagireats.com 

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked quinoa (about 3/4 cups uncooked)

3 eggs

1 1/2 cup kale, cut into thin strips

1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/3 cup onion, diced small

salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2) Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix until well combined.

3) Spoon into prepared muffin pan.

4) Bake for 20-25 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean and edges are browning.

5) Enjoy!

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Wishing you all a very happy (and safe!) New Year! See you next year, ya’ll.

Cheesy Kale and Ham Quinoa Cups
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Serves: Makes 12 muffins
 
Hearty, healthy and delicious. Can freeze to make a great grab-and-go breakfast option!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (about ¾ cups uncooked)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cup kale, cut into thin strips
  • 1½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ⅓ cup onion, diced small
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix until well combined.
  3. Spoon into prepared muffin pan.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean and edges are browning.
  5. Enjoy!