Sweet and Spicy Peanut Soup

Hidey Ho, my friends!  As of late, things have picked up around these parts.  I have lots of updates, but that's for another time. 

Today, we talk about soup.  Sweet and Spicy Peanut Soup., to be exact.  

When I first glanced at the recipe, I balked.  This wasn't soup at all; it had peanut butter in it.

After a hot second, I revised my opinion because...guys...IT HAD PEANUT BUTTER IN IT. Also, I have recently come into possession of an immersion blender.  And I was dying to take it for a little spin. ;)

The recipe that I used was from my favorite cookbook, Ellie Krieger's The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life.  The Food Network showcases the recipe online, where it's called Nutty Sweet Potato Soup, but no matter what you call it, it's delicious.

I love that Ellie's recipes have produce as the focal point and then she judiciously places small amounts of a more decadent ingredient for maximum flavor with minimal calories added.  I do, however, often find myself doubling the amount of spices, to accommodate my tastes.

Earlier this afternoon, I chopped up all the ingredients, which I've laid out below.  See what I mean about produce being the focal point?  There are so many veggies in this bad boy--sweet potatoes, red peppers, carrots, onion, tomatoes, ginger!  

This soup came together very quickly, once all ingredients were chopped (isn't that always the pain point?!)  

The recipe calls for you to sauté all of the chopped veggies in a tiny bit of oil, add the spices, and then the tomatoes & chicken broth.  After simmering that all down until the potatoes are soft, you blend it up with the immersion blender, which--by the way--is my new favorite kitchen tool. 

Once everything is blended, you finish it off by stirring in the peanut butter & honey.  

Like I said, I know that it sounds super weird. But please, just trust me on this one.  Step outside your comfort zone :)  The end result is amazing.

Also, once this was all cooked up and ready to go, I realized that all my bowls were currently dirty.  I was famished and didn't want to take the time to wash one, so I just ate my soup out of a glass.  Staying classy.

Hope your fall season is off to a great start!