Although I’m not a huge winter foods person, I LOVE butternut squash soup. I doubt I’m the first person to think of adding chipotle, but it really gives this sweet, creamy soup a smokey kick. I garnished with simple parsley, but roasted pumpkin seeds or big fat crunchy croutons would be a great topping.
If you’re looking for a last-minute, easy soup that’s a little different but will keep Thanksgiving purists happy, this is the one.
I’d hate to toot my own horn, but toot toot ya’ll! This pasta is delicious! It’s spicy and smokey and creamy and I made it 3 times before I decided it needed to go on the blog. I made the sauce in both a high-powered blender (like a Vitamix or BlendTech), and a regular ol’ food processor and both versions turned out great. The tomatoes add a sweet note and kale is just delicious is anything, but feel free to substitute whatever veggies you love. I added tempeh bacon this time around, but don’t put it in the recipe because it turned out a little too smokey for my taste.
The recipe’s below the cut!
I really love salsa. Like, a lot. A few years ago I made a huge bowl of fresh salsa and ate it all in one sitting. (Using a spoon when I ran out of chips. I know, I’m shameless.) This resulted in me having the most puffy, inflamed lips as a result of all the acid and salt I had consumed in one sitting. It was …. weird, and if you eat salsa, you should probably do so in moderation.
But my love of salsa has not wained since that horrible incident, and I continue to basically drink the stuff. I wasn’t surprised when I saw Guy Fieri’s brand of jarred salsa in my local supermarket, but I was surprised I could eat something with Guy Fieri’s name on it. Does he know salsa is vegan?
According to the label, “DA $PICE IS RIGHT,” and I guess when you use a dollar sign in place of a S, no one can really argue with you. I personally hate jarred salsa, (By hate I mean I’ll still eat an entire jar of it, I just enjoy it less than fresh salsa) but I couldn’t say no to Fieri’s smiling face, so the chipotle salsa came home with me.
It was … fine. There was a distinct chipotle flavor and it was better than a lot of jarred salsas I’ve had, but it wasn’t out of this world. It wasn’t incredibly spicy (probably a medium heat), either. If you’re curious to try it yourself, there’s currently a sale on the Food Network website where you can buy 2 jars for $10.