Fall Perfection: Spicy Sriracha
Chicken Avocado Soup
Nothing compliments spicy chicken like bite-sized chunks of smooth and fresh avocado. Try this light, low in calorie recipe -- perfect for a cool autumn evening with family and friends.
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 cups diced yellow onion
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3 cups chopped cooked turkey
3 (15.8-ounce) cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup diced tomato
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
2. Add onion and sauté 10 minutes or until tender and golden.
3. Add chili powder, garlic, and cumin. Sauté for 2 minutes.
4. Add oregano and beans. Cook for 30 seconds.
5. Add broth and bring to a simmer. Cook 20 minutes.
6. Place just 2 cups of bean mixture in a blender or food processor. Pureeing the bean mixture gives the chili more body. Process until smooth, and return pureed mixture to pan.
7. Add turkey, and cook 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
8. Remove from heat. Add diced tomato, chopped cilantro, salt, pepper, and lime juice. Stir well.
Sriracha: Spicy Tang, Elevated Mood
In addition to the sweet and tangy taste, sriracha also offers a variety of health benefits. The red chili peppers in Sriracha contain capsaicin which is known to help boost metabolism and aid in weight loss. Additionally, eating these chili peppers is said to boost your endorphins and promote serotonin, which can enhance both mood and memory. The garlic in sriracha helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Additionally, sriracha can aid in the body‚Äôs ability to improve circulation, dissolve blood clots, and fight inflammation. This delicious paste made from distilled vinegar, sun-ripened chili peppers, garlic, salt, and sugar, has a heat rating of 2,000 scoville units, making it less than half as hot as a jalape√±o pepper.
Avocado: Good Fats and Heart Healthy
There are many reasons to love avocados, and include them as a regular part of your diet. Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins, and folic acid. They enable the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.
Most notably, more than 75 percent of the fat in avocados is considered ‚Äúgood‚Äù fat, with 3 grams coming from monounsaturated fat and 0.5 grams from polyunsaturated fat (per 1-ounce serving). Our bodies need healthy fats and needs bad fats to be kept at a minimum. Furthermore, avocados are also completely free of cholesterol and sodium.