Over the weekend, I bought this really cute bag of mini peppers for only $2.49! I used about less than half for this soup recipe. I knew I was going to make the soup, but when I made the cauliflower gratin yesterday, right before I was about to drain the liquid I cooked the purple and white cauliflower in, the water was a gorgeous shade of purple and I thought sure there were vitamins in there, so I used that as the base of my soup!
This recipe is based on a recipe I read at Simply Recipes
4 large bell peppers OR a bunch of little ones (I used about 20 mini)
1/4 onion, sliced
1 yukon gold potato, diced
2 cloves of garlic
4 cups chicken stock (or I used 4 cups of the purple liquid + 4 tsp. chicken stock powder)
1 TB. butter
Over a flame on the stove, I charred the peppers. I didn’t totally burn them, just a little. Place in a bowl and cover with saran wrap for about 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes, I removed some of the char from the peppers, removed the tops and seeds. Add that to the pot with the butter. Next I added the garlic and onion and potato and cooked that for about 4 minutes on low, stirring occasionally.
Next I added the purple liquid, (4 cups) and 4 tsp. chicken stock powder and cayenne pepper.
Cook on low/medium heat for about 15 minutes or until the potato is cooked through.
Once it’s all cooked, add it to a blender and puree until smooth. **Do not have the middle of the top on the blender, or the heat will make it explode! Place a towel over the top to allow the steam to escape.
I was wondering if the purple color would stay or not….
Once it was pureed it was kind of a reddish/orange color, but one thing was for sure…my son loved it!! He not only had a bowl before going to bed, he had a big bowl for breakfast too!
I am submitting this for this week’s BSI. The challenge is to use leftovers and it’s kind of like using leftovers using the liquid to cook one thing and turn that into a soup!
On another note, WHO’S UP FOR A CHICAGO-LAND BLOGGER MEET UP???
My twin sister Biz, Mara and Christina have made a plan to meet for lunch at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg on November 21st! BIG BOWL AT 12:30, but if you want to join us, just let me know and you’ll be included on any e-mails!
MORE COUPONS!! Sargento Cheese must really like my readers because they sent me 5 MORE coupons to give away. Sargento now has 2 new flavors of reduced sodium cheese, Pepper Jack and Mild Cheddar!
Here are some tips from Sargento Cheese’s dietician, Michelle:
Since sodium intake is a critical issue for consumers, award winning registered dietitian Michelle Dudash, RD has provided tips and recipes to help you reduce sodium in your daily routine:
· Burst of Flavor: While plain steamed vegetables are naturally low in sodium, they can often be plain and lifeless. Liven vegetables up with exciting additions such as a Sargento Reduced Sodium natural cheese, a splash of red wine vinegar or spices.
· Tastebud Tricks: Make food seem saltier than it really is by adding flavor enhancements such as pepper jack cheese or small amounts of rinsed, chopped capers or olives.
· Stop Shaking: Rather than using the salt shaker at the table, season food with salt-free blends of Italian and Cajun seasoning, garlic powder and freshly ground pepper for superb flavor with minimal effort.
· Cook like a Chef: A small splash of lemon juice, balsamic vinegar or sherry vinegar adds depth and balance to the taste of a dish with little or no sodium.
· Just a Pinch: High sodium condiments can really add up. When choosing to dip, squirt or spritz, do so lightly to decrease the amount consumed. When available, choose their lighter cousins, such as reduced sodium soy sauce or fresh salsa.
· Read the Label: Surprisingly, foods typically thought of as healthy many times contain more sodium than a food commonly thought to be higher in salt. It all boils down to reading the food label.
Thanks for sharing those tips with my readers Michelle!
*I would like to disclose that I was also given a free coupon to try their product.
So if you leave a comment, you might be picked for a free coupon!!