Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes - The Salty Kitchen

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes – The Salty Kitchen

 

Winter is by far my least favorite season. Cold weather and I just don’t get along.

Honestly, I don’t see how you folks up in the northeast handle it. Really. Cold weather is only good if I can stay inside.

To add insult to injury, we here in Houston don’t even get snow. So it’s just cold. However, every once in a while, we’ll get some snow flurries or sleet…to which I’m glued to the local news station for those famous words…

SNOW DAY!

Alas, it doesn’t happen often.

When it’s cold – just cold – I feel the need for hearty breakfasts. You know, something to “stick to my ribs” for the long day ahead in the cold.

Or in my case, a long day of work in a warm cubicle wishing it was snowing and I was at home.

Either way, these take care of business.

Because really, how could you go wrong with chocolate chips for breakfast?

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes - The Salty Kitchen

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes – The Salty Kitchen

Adapted from Garnish & Glaze

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes
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Serves: 10 pancakes
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1½ T. sugar
  • 1½ t. cinnamon
  • ½ t. salt
  • ¾ t. baking powder
  • ¾ t. baking soda
  • ¼ t. nutmeg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 T. milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients, except chocolate chips.
  2. In another bowl, combine all wet ingredients.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, and mix until just combined.
  4. ** Batter is slightly thick. Pour a little milk into batter to thin it out, if desired. **
  5. Add chocolate chips.
  6. Heat a non-stick griddle or large non-stick pan over medium heat.
  7. Pour ¼ cup sized batter onto griddle and slightly flatten with spatula.
  8. Cook for 1-2 minutes, then flip.
  9. Cook 1-2 more minutes, and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate until all batter is cooked.

 

Chicken Enchilada Soup

 

Chicken Enchilada Soup - The Salty Kitchen

Chicken Enchilada Soup – The Salty Kitchen

** This recipe was originally posted last year, but my photos were terrible. Not that these are spectacular photos today, but they are a whole lot better than last year’s. A recipe this wonderful deserves a second chance in the photo department. Besides, I make this all the time – why not give it another shot (photo humor….BWAAHAHAHAHA). **

 

Before I get started, let me first tell you to not be afraid of the butternut squash in this recipe.

Again, DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THE SQUASH.

When I first read this recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, I was skeptical.  I guess, I shouldn’t say skeptical.  I was afraid.  You see, I’m a little afraid of squash in the whole “enchilada” spectrum of foods.

However, I’m really trying to broaden my horizons when it comes to vegetables.  Plus, Mel said this was the “best” chicken enchilada soup.  Who am I to judge?

She said her kids ate it up.  Squash???

So I tried it.

Rich and creamy.  A touch of spiciness.  Healthy and filled with vegetables that even the pickiest of eaters (hello, husband of mine) don’t even notice.

A funny story about this is after I made it the first time, Brian loved it.  He LOVED it.  He didn’t see what the ingredients were, and one of the biggest kicks I get out of life is tricking him into eating vegetables.  The next time it was requested, he saw the squash.

He wrinkled his nose and said, “What’s that for?”

At this point, what do I say?  He already loved the soup the first time I made it.  He actually requested it be made the second time (I’ve made it several times since).  I told him the truth.  He ate it.

Please, stop what you are doing and make this.  You will not regret it.  I must warn you – this makes enough for a small army.  I am doubling it next time!!

Chicken Enchilada Soup - The Salty Kitchen

Chicken Enchilada Soup – The Salty Kitchen

 

 

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Chicken Enchilada Soup
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Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or diced
  • 2 T. canned chopped jalapenos
  • 1 large onion, peeled and quartered
  • 4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 4 cups butternut squash cubes (I used a whole squash)
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1½ t. cumin
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt, plain (you can use sour cream)
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 T. taco seasoning (packaged)
  • Toppings (Optional):
  • avocado
  • shredded cheese
  • Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • jalapenos
  • red onions
  • tortilla chips
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, bring the chicken broth, potatoes, squash, onion, pepper, jalapenos, garlic, salt and cumin to a boil. Simmer, covered, until the vegetables are tender (about 25 minutes).
  2. Once the vegetables are soft, add to a blender to puree until smooth. You may need to do this in several batches.
  3. Add pureed mix back to the pot, and add chicken to heat until warm. Whisk in yogurt (or sour cream) and tomato sauce.
  4. Stir in taco seasoning and beans, and cook until heated through.
  5. Serve in bowls, topped with any toppings you choose. I’m telling you, this is DELICIOUS!!

**  Side note – this freezes really well!

Chicken Enchilada Soup - The Salty Kitchen

Chicken Enchilada Soup – The Salty Kitchen

 
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French Lentil Soup

French Lentil Soup - The Salty Kitchen

French Lentil Soup – The Salty Kitchen

Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? French Lentil Soup.

Oh, how I wish I could pull off “fancy” in any sense of the word.

Our household is so far from fancy. Ohhhh……so far from fancy.

We’re still in the stages of “Beans, beans the musical fruit,” and where loud burps still garner huge bursts of laughter, along with applause when needed.

We still think the words “poopoo” and “boobies” are utterly hysterical.

And we still think teeth brushing is optional.

(You do know by we, I mean the kids, right? Just making sure.)

In reality, this soup is as far from fancy as we are.  It’s basic, comforting, and it is completely delicious.

If you need a little kick to this, I wholly recommend adding some jalapenos, shredded cheese, and a spoonful of sour cream. It will totally take away the French-fancy part, but we aren’t really fancy people anyway.

Besides, burping the alphabet is still a goal of mine.

 

French Lentil Soup - The Salty Kitchen

French Lentil Soup – The Salty Kitchen

French Lentil Soup
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped celery, plus chopped celery leaves for garnish
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1¼ cup lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes in juice
Instructions
  1. In a large stockpot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, celery, carrots, and garlic.
  2. Sauté until vegetables begin to soften (about 15 minutes).
  3. Add broth, lentils, and tomatoes.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Stir and reduce heat to medium-low and cover.
  6. Simmer about 30-35 minutes, or until lentils are tender.
  7. Use an immersion blender to puree until mostly smooth. I like my soups non-chunky, so I might have overdone it.
  8. If you don't have an immersion blender, transfer 2 cups to a blender, and puree until smooth.
  9. Return to pot and stir.
  10. Season as needed with salt and pepper.
  11. Serve and garnish with celery leaves.

 

 

French Lentil Soup - The Salty Kitchen

French Lentil Soup – The Salty Kitchen

Spicy Beef Chili

Spicy Beef Chili - The Salty Kitchen

Spicy Beef Chili – The Salty Kitchen

This Halloween my husband and I decided we’d be grownups.

We also got our kids’ costumes up and ready A WEEK EARLY. I know. Not.a.typo.

Of course, they did have a Halloween party to go to last Saturday night. I’d like to think we were really this far ahead of the game. Like usual. Ahem.

Halloween costumes for kids. Done.

We also signed up for a 3 mile race on Thanksgiving. Not sure what I was thinking when I did that, but I’m sure I had a good reason. I can’t run a mile. I can’t run to the mailbox. I get winded going up a flight of stairs. And I love to watch The Biggest Loser while I eat tacos.

But we’re locked in for a race. My husband will totally give me a hard time if I come in last.

Motivation for exercise. Done.

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Paleo Snack Mix

 

Paleo Snack Mix - The Salty Kitchen

Paleo Snack Mix – The Salty Kitchen

We are in the midst of some serious football season ’round these parts.

We start our Saturdays, usually (I’m not sure how we got the “lucky” stick on this one) with an 8:30 am 8-year old football game at the YMCA. We cheer, grumble, clap wildly, and jump up and down for all the boys. Yes, even at that horrible, horrible hour on a Saturday.

Then there are errands to be run, groceries to be bought, and yards to be mowed. Oh, and laundry to be done, rooms to be cleaned and floors to be mopped.

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