Butternut Squash Chili

I really need a hobby.

Because my phone storage cannot handle me being Lou’s personal photographer/videographer.

Literally all I do is take 235 photos & videos of her doing the exact same mundane thing each day.

And I love every minute of it. And I hope my friends do, too, because I send them to everyone. People are probably like, “Oh, great, another photo of Rachel’s baby laying in her pack n play sucking on her pacifier, excellent.” I’m sorry, I really cannot help I birthed the world’s cutest baby. It’s a blessing & a curse! I can’t keep this cuteness to myself. She must be shared with the world! She’s been here for 6 weeks & I swear I have no fewer than 1,000 photos. I went to the doctor today & it took everything in me not to just shove my phone in everyone’s faces and say, “SEE, see what I made!”

Now how do I get her face on a jar of some pureed peas?

Time: 1.5 hours (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash, chopped into cubes
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo (depending on your preference), chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 2 tsp. of cumin
  • 1 tsp. of paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cans of black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 2-3 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • S+P, to taste
  • Avocados, for serving
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

How to:

  • Heat oil in a stock pot over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add jalapeno + bell peppers + butternut squash + S+P, cook another 6-7 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add chili powder + cumin + paprika + cinnamon, cook another minute
  • Add chipotle peppers, cook another minute
  • Add bay leaf + black beans + tomatoes + broth
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover + simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally
  • Serve hot with cilantro + avocado + tortilla strips
  • Curl up in the warmest blankie + stare at your twinkling Christmas tree + stuff yourself until you explode

Adapted from here!

Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Stew

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I think I’ve finally decided what to give up for Lent.

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I know you were all really concerned with how I’d be recognizing the lenten season, and the wait is over.

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I’m giving up music.

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Doesn’t that sound BLEAK?! Have no fear. I’m not giving up all music, just everything other than Christian music. That might still sound bleak to some of you… but I love my Jesus jams! I’m going to go 6 weeks without playing other tunes – no emo, crying music, no Rachel’s Trax playlist on Spotify (complete with all the songs that make me so emotional they literally stop me in my Trax, get it?!?!), none of my mixed CDs from 2013, nothing! Obviously, I can’t avoid other music all together. I’d be thrown out of establishments if I ran around with my ears plugged, screaming “LA LA LA, I DON’T HEAR YOU!!!!” But when I have a choice, ya girl is rocking out to Jesus.

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Taylor Swift picked a really inopportune time to release a new music video.

 

 

Time: 1 hour ( prep + cooking) | Serves: 4-5

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 lb. of sweet potatoes, peeled + chopped
  • 1 beefsteak tomato, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1 can of chickpeas, rinsed + drained
  • 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. of chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin
  • 1 tbsp. of smoked paprika
  • 3 cups of vegetable broth
  • 2 cups of spinach leaves
  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro + more for serving
  • S+P, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 1 cup of cooked brown rice, for serving

 

How to:

  • Heat olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 4-5 minutes
  • Add bell pepper, cook another 2-3 minutes
  • Add garlic + ginger, cook another minute
  • Add sweet potatoes + tomatoes + S+P, coat + cook another 5 minutes
  • Add peanut butter + chili powder + cumin + smoked paprika, stir until everything combined
  • Add broth, cover + bring to a boil
  • Lower heat to a simmer + add chickpeas, cover + simmer for 25 minutes
  • Turn off heat + add in spinach + cilantro + juice of 1/2 the lime
  • Serve warm over brown rice with more cilantro + lime wedges
  • Stir it all up + do a cannon ball into the smack dab middle

 

Adapted from here!

Spicy White Bean Soup

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This world is the freaking worst.

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I want no parts of it! I want out!

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The brokenness, the suffering, we weren’t meant for it. This wasn’t God’s design for us.

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Recently it seems our circle of humans is experiencing more loss and sadness than ever. It leaves me with so many questions and so much confusion. We’re experiencing the loss of loved ones, pregnancies, and dreams. We’re introduced to health problems, financial stresses and relationship issues. It’s just all too much. I wish we could all have the desires of our hearts and our pain washed away. I don’t have anything clever or cute to say. I’m just sad. My faith has really been shaken the last few weeks, but I won’t let go. I’m holding tight to the promises of God. I trust He is in control and near our broken hearts.

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And I trust in soup. Lots and lots of soup.

 

 

Time: 1 hour (prep + cooking) | Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of harissa
  • 3 cans of cannellini beans, drained + rinsed
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 bunch of broccolini, florets cut off + stems diced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tsp. of crushed red peppers
  • S+P, to taste

How to:

  • Heat olive oil in a stock pot over medium heat
  • Add onion + S+P, cook 3-4 minutes
  • Add garlic, cook another minute
  • Add harissa, cook stirring often for 2-3 minutes
  • Add beans + S+P, cook 2-3 minutes, smushing a few of them
  • Add broth + broccolini stems, bring to a simmer + cook for 20 minutes
  • Add broccoli tops + lemon juice + crushed red pepper + S+P
  • Serve hot with cilantro
  • Curl up in jammies + blankies, grab some Kleenex + just drown your sorrows in the whole vat of this

 

Adapted from here!