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I have had a serious case of P.M.S. lately, ugh like total “grunch-itis.”

I’m totally not rude or mean in real life…I promise.

Just lately, I don’t really feel like answering 10 million questions from people every day…it pesters me.

I’ll deal with it 🙂

Oh, and I cannot stand re-explaining myself to someone who wasn’t listening the first time I told them the story.

Ya know what I’m saying?

Okay.

It’s Monday.

We can love it.

Okay, no body really loves Monday…but I assure you that we can get behind this whole “I love Monday” campaign.

We should also be able to get behind the “summer + fall smash-bang recipe” thing.

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Yes, I made something w/ pumpkin.

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Butttttt…I added some lime juice and toasted coconut flakes.

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So really, it’s like summer + fall in a soup.

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I’m totally ready for my black leggings, cowboy boots, pea coat, falling red and orange leaves and the smell of sweet pumpkin pie cooling on the window sill.

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Don’t judge me.

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I live in 99.99999% humidity.

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Do you know what thick, long hair looks like in 99.99999% humidity?

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It’s Texas-sized …that’s all you need to know.

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Pumpkin Lime Soup with Toasted Coconut
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Recipe type: Soup, Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4
 
A simple, creamy, pumpkin soup flavored with fresh lime juice and topped w/ toasted coconut for a bit of crunch. Gluten-free, paleo, and vegan.
Ingredients
  • ½ c. unsweetend, coconut flakes
  • 2.5 c. unsweetened, original almond milk
  • 1 15 oz. can organic, pure pumpkin
  • ½ t. fine sea salt
  • juice of 1 small lime
  • zest of 1 small lime
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Spread the coconut out evenly onto the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 2 minutes, toss with a spatula, bake for an additional 2 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  5. Set aside to cool.
  6. Heat a large sauce pan over low-medium heat.
  7. Add the almond milk and let heat until it begins to simmer.
  8. Whisk in the pumpkin and bring the heat to medium until the soup begins to bubble.
  9. Let bubble for 5 minutes, reduce the heat, add the salt, and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove the soup from the heat, whisk in the lime juice.
  11. Serve with lime zest and top with a couple tablespoons of the toasted coconut for each bowl of soup.

 

MANGIA!!!

Zuppa Del Sol.

Yesterday, I wrote an email to Summer.

Dear Summer, please come quick.

I need a snow cone and a sunbathing session like yesterday.

I am sick and tired of the days of gloves and layers.

I need to see my legs and wear flip-flops that show off my freshly painted toes.

Did I mention I need a snow cone?

Yea.

Let’s talk Mexican food. Tex-Mex is the stuff I grew up on.

Buuuuut I was also privileged to grow up around many authentic Mexican restaurants down here in Houston.

Taqueria’s run rampant here. No joke.

Sometimes all I want is to take a trip to my childhood Taqueria Del Sol. I grew up 5 minutes from this place and it was a treat on weekday/weekend nights for my parents to take seester and I out for an authentic Mexican meal.

Now, I’m talking enchiladas with homemade red sauce, smothered in Mexican cheeses, and rolled between corn tortillas that you know your abuela is back there pounding out with her hands.

Did I mention this place has a bakery? My fave are the “pig” cookies.

Google it.

The best part of this experience for me was the check-out line and a frozen cooler that carried a variety of “La Brisa” Mexican popsicle flavors.

You haven’t lived unless you have tried a coconut or a chocolate La Brisa.

This past Sunday my parents called me from a little Mexican market that they found a couple of blocks away from my house.

La Brisa jackpot!

They were like kids in a candy store.

Spring/summer is on the way, but let’s make the most of it.

Chicken Enchilada Soup.

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Take that winter!

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And by “winter” I mean it’s 70 degrees here and it’s freezing.

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This stuff is legit. Heartwarming, ooey, gooey, crispy with crushed tortillas on top, “Did I really just eat a bowl of enchilada filling?” soup.

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Today, I am your abuela.

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Chicken Enchilada Soup
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Recipe type: Lunch, Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 6-8
 
Gluten-free, Paleo
Ingredients
  • extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling the pan
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeds discarded, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small sweet yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 large stalks of celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 t. ground cumin
  • 1 t. ground paprika
  • 1 t. ground New Mexico chile powder
  • 1 t. granulated garlic
  • 1 t. granulated onion
  • freshly ground black pepper and fine sea salt, to taste
  • 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes, no salt added
  • 2½ c. low sodium organic chicken broth
  • 1 plain, rotisserie or smoked chicken, shredded
  • ½ bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • crushed corn tortilla chips, optional garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat a large dutch oven or saucepan over medium heat and drizzle with olive oil.
  2. Add the poblano pepper, garlic, onion, carrots, and celery and saute until the vegetables become tender and break down. About 10-12 minutes.
  3. Add the cumin, paprika, chile powder, granulated garlic, granulated onion, salt and pepper and stir well, coating the veggies evenly.
  4. Saute for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes and chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil.
  6. Once boiling, reduce the temperature to low and allow the mixture to simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  7. Add the shredded chicken to the pot and mix well. I divided the shredded chicken in half, pureeing some of it, and leaving a few chunkier pieces. 🙂
  8. Using an immersion blender, gently puree the soup until you reach your desired texture. I love my soup slightly chunky. You can also do this using a high powered blender or food processor.
  9. Add the chopped cilantro to the soup last and stir well.
  10. Check the seasonings and season with salt and pepper according to your taste.
  11. Serve warm with crushed tortilla chips, a dollop of sour cream (or Greek yogurt), warm corn tortillas, fresh garnish of cilantro, and/or Mexican cheese.

MANGIA!!!