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Oh, Right…Food

September 23, 2011

Friday!!!!! Our weeks go by pretty quickly here, but even so, I’m always glad when Friday rolls around.  I think because we were traveling last weekend, this week has felt a little packed and stressful.  Luckily, this weekend all we have planned is attending a dog fair in the park, so things should be pretty low-key.  🙂

Thanks again for your comments on my last post.  You know…it’s not the “sweetest” pregnancy story, but I have a feeling it’s one a lot of new parents can probably relate to.  And we’ll have plenty of time for sweetness in the upcoming months…like when I came home from a trip in August to find this in my office:


That guy!  I hope the baby gets Ryan’s kind-heartedness.  But not his dance moves. And actually, not my dance moves either.  We both look like mentally-handicapped panda bears when we dance, so this kid is kind of screwed on that front.

But he or she sure will know a lot about classical rhetoric!

Poor kid.

The onesie looks SO small…when I look at it, I can’t believe we’re going to have something little enough to fit into such a tiny piece of clothing.

On the other hand, when I think about having to push that something through my vagina, it becomes pretty large.

Things are about to get real over here.

Anyway…moving on…food. 

Obviously one large reason why I lost my kitchen mojo and thus my blogging mojo was the pregnancy.  I actually haven’t gotten sick yet (!!), but for about two weeks, I felt very, very queasy.  I know, I know—a lot of pregnant women have it much worse.  I’ve had friends whose morning sickness has lasted pretty much their entire pregnancy, so I’m very lucky that mine was relatively mild and only lasted a few weeks.

On the other hand, some mornings I found myself wishing I would just throw up—I hate feeling nauseous but never knowing if you’re actually going to get sick or not.  Ugh.  Any way you look at it, morning sickness just isn’t fun. 

Still, after a few weeks of eating what ultimately amounted to all white foods (crackers, bread, butter, cheese…actually, it wasn’t a bad couple of weeks), real food started to sound good to me again.  My kitchen mojo was BACK!

I made this soup for a guest post for Emily as they anxiously await Peanut’s arrival, and while it won’t go up on her blog until October, I can’t resist sharing the recipe with y’all now.  This soup/stew was GOOD.  Really, really good.

Sweet Potato Almond Butter Soup:


1 tbsp. olive oil

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, finely minced

2 medium-to-large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1inch cubes

½ red bell pepper, chopped

1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. paprika

½ tsp. cardamom

salt and pepper to season

6 cups chicken or vegetable broth

½ cup almond butter (I use Maranatha raw almond butter—it’s pricey, but is so creamy and delicious, I think it’s worth it)

peanuts to garnish


In a heavy-bottomed soup pot, heat olive oil. Add onion and cook for about 10 minutes, until beginning to soften. Add garlic and cook for another 3 minutes. Add bell pepper and sweet potatoes, plus ½ cup broth. Cook for about 10 minutes. Add beans and spices, seasoning with salt and pepper as well. Add remaining broth, and bring to a boil. Boil for about 2 minutes, then reduce heat and cover.

Simmer, covered, for about 20 minutes, until sweet potatoes have softened. Uncover and simmer for another 15 minutes or so, until desired thickness is achieved.

If you want the stew to be more “broth-like,” you can leave it as is. If you want it to be thicker and chunkier, you can mash up some of the sweet potato chunks with the back of a wooden spoon, leaving however many chunks whole as you’d like.

Add in almond butter and stir to blend. Garnish with peanuts, and enjoy!




So tasty.  As with most stews, this one only got better with time.  I made it around noon on Tuesday, and we didn’t have ours for dinner until Wednesday night.  By that time, the flavors had really melded and the stew was super-thick.  The almond butter makes it so creamy and mildly sweet.  If you’re looking for a good fall stew, this is it.

That’s about it on our end.  I have a ten o’clock coffee meeting about a University event I’m helping out with in October, and then a noon faculty meeting up at campus…and then, the weekend is ours! I think we may go see Drive…has anyone seen that yet?  It’s getting great reviews, and you know I love me some Gosling.

Have a great weekend!

12 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2011 1:54 pm

    Oh wow, that sounds awesome. Glad to hear you’ve not been really sick. That’s great.

  2. September 23, 2011 2:04 pm

    I’ve seen so many delicious soup recipes this morning and considering we’re on day 4 of crap weather here I’m really tempted to make one later today.
    I read a review of Drive on someone’s blog this week that said it was seriously gorey and they walked out. can’t remember whose though. Sorry!

    • September 23, 2011 2:11 pm

      Really?! Yikes!! We saw Contagion this week already…not sure if I can handle more gore…

  3. September 23, 2011 2:42 pm

    That soup does look amazing!

  4. September 23, 2011 6:37 pm

    Mmm love sweet potato and squash soups this time of year!

  5. Becka permalink
    September 23, 2011 6:57 pm

    I’ve never commented before but I had to today. Congrats on the baby (I’m due Halloween). I think the same thing about how tiny the clothes are. Can I really be trusted with something that small and then my husband reminds me that it has to come out of me lol.

  6. September 23, 2011 8:29 pm

    This looks so good…anything with creamy AB in it would be really good and i bet it just adds to the flavor so much!

    And yes, the big/small discussion…ahhh, yes, I remember having those same thought. But the human body is an amazing thing and you will constantly be impressed what it can do as this pregnancy journey continues!

  7. September 23, 2011 8:42 pm

    First off, congratulations! I’m so excited for Baby Weber this spring!

    The soup looks divine.

    I hope you have a lovely weekend Anna.

  8. September 24, 2011 1:57 pm

    oh that soup sounds perfect for fall!

  9. September 24, 2011 3:23 pm

    I just now caught up on your big news, congrats! So excited for you! Glad you’re not feeling sick and things seem to be going smoothly. And the soup looks amazing!

  10. September 24, 2011 8:21 pm

    That is the one aspect of pregnancy I do NOT look forward to. While I’m someone with a really strong stomach, I know that doesn’t go when you bring hormones into the picture. Wishing you a healthy and happy remaining months! Congrats again!!!

    • September 24, 2011 9:42 pm

      Hey, I think you’re doing pretty well if you only have one aspect that you’re not looking forward to. I had (and have) a whole list, haha!! 🙂

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