Sweet Potato, Sausage and Kale Soup

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For a while, both of my sisters were following the Paleo diet. They were always trying to get me to try their recipes (remind me to tell you about the avocado brownies, ew!) and occasionally I actually liked one of them. This soup was my absolute favorite. It is so good for you — but you’d never know it with all the awesome flavors swimming around in the bowl. I originally though it would just be dinner for Jeff and I, but (surprise!) the kids ended up liking it. Carter may have eaten around the kale, but what 7-year-old wouldn’t?

You can make this soup as spicy or un-spicy as you want. I removed the seeds from the jalapeno before using it, because I’m a wimp. You can leave them in if you’re not. The other peppers aren’t hot, so don’t worry about those. They just add great flavor.

You don’t have to be Paleo to like this soup, I promise! (I mean, my name isn’t Sugar Mama for nothin’!)

Sweet Potato, Sausage and Kale Soup

Sweet Potato, Sausage and Kale Soup

Ingredients

1 lb. ground sausage

2 medium yellow onions, chopped

2 anaheim peppers, chopped

2 poblano peppers, chopped

1 jalepeno, chopped very finely

6-8 cloves of garlic, minced

1 bunch kale (I used 1 whole bag of the pre-washed pre-cut stuff)

1 LARGE sweet potato, peeled an diced into 1/2 inch cubes (like the

size of your forearm, large...or a few smaller ones)

1 can diced tomatoes

3-4 quarts of chicken stock

Salt, Pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon cumin

Instructions

Start by browning your sausage over medium heat in the bottom of a big soup pot. When it is browned, remove it from the pot and set aside on paper towels to drain. Pour some of the grease out of the pan, leaving 1-2 tablespoons. Add all of your peppers, onions, and garlic into the same pot and saute until translucent, about five minutes, stirring often. When the veggies are cooked through, add back in your sausage, then add tomatoes, chicken stock, salt, pepper and cumin.

Bring to a boil. Add in your sweet potato chunks and turn heat down to a simmer. Let simmer until potatoes are fork tender. Add kale, one handful at a time, until you've added the whole bunch/bag. Let it simmer away for another 5-10 minutes. If you need more liquid, add additional chicken stock until soup is desired consistency.

Serves 4.

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