Old man winter is around the corner and warmth is the best remedy for the soul. My husband reminds me every fall how he LOVES hot soups during the cooler months.  I don’t think that there could really have been a bigger hint. Anything to please his taste buds.

When I first met my in laws I did everything I could to empress them. Later that evening as they all hovered in the kitchen just an ear shot away from me. I heard my father in law attempting to whisper say, “well son, she is a looker but can she cook”? For him that was the most important thing for his future daughter-in-law.

 Autumn in a Bowl, Soup for the Soul

Last year, I started building my repertoire of soups. To my delight I stumbled upon a delicious recipe from Martha Stewart that uses ingredients with loads of flavor and texture. I am always inspired by recipes that allows me to easily find everything that I need in my neighborhood market. As a chef, I am always drawn to taste, texture and loads of flavor. The crunch from the almonds is soften being in a butter form.

This past weekend I was having a session with a client and she mentioned how hard losing weight has been for her. Perhaps like her, you were sportive and active as a teen. As an adult your career moves has put you in a sedentary lifestyle. I find this a common story among so many women in the work force. Even if you are self-employed, sitting in front of a computer can add on unwanted weight gain. The easiest thing is to resort to a sandwich since it is quick food, but in the cooler season our body craves warmth. Based upon the type of soup, guess what can happen? You can actually lose weight! Today I am gifting you with a delicious winter soup that you will make time and time again. This will be added to your repertoire of recipes.

This Recipe serves 4 people and if you have any leftovers you can freeze the remainder for another day.

You can double the batch and freeze half for a later meal. The flavors will have an opportunity to infuse so the second container of soup will more than likely have you salivating for more. It’s always a good idea to plan ahead for cold days when you don’t feel like cooking, when you are having a brain freeze on what to cook or simply want to wow your friends with a simple homemade entrée .  I guarantee they will ask for your recipe.

Here is what you will need to get started

  •  4 cups chicken stock (preferably unsalted)

  •  1/2 yellow onion, diced

  •  1 minced garlic clove

  •  1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced (2 cups)

  •  1 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

  •  1/2 cup smooth almond butter

  •  1 cup collard leaves, coarsely chopped

  •  2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

  •  Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

  •  1 lime, cut into wedges

Directions

Combine the stock, onion, garlic, and sweet potato in a stockpot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the chicken, then cover and simmer for 20 minutes

In a small bowl, whisk together the almond butter and 1/2 cup of the soup mixture into a thick paste

Add the collard leaves and ginger to the soup and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes.

Stir in the almond butter paste. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Ladle the soup into your favorite soup bowls. Normally this recipe calls for the cook to squeeze with lime wedge. I prefer to use it as a Garnish with chopped parsley and a small wedge of lime for my guests to squeeze themselves. Everyone may not like the lime taste. People love being able to feel that they have contributed somehow in the final dish. And always I wish you….

 

….Bonne Appetit

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