Friday, June 3, 2016

Avocado Lime Soup with Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage

The amazing and multi talented Instant Pot makes every meal a huge time saver! Try this avocado soup and be ready for dinner in less than 30 minutes. Perfect if you’ve had a busy day at work, or the kids are starving after a long soccer practice. Add a simple salad or some steamed veggies and you have a quick, healthy and nutritious meal.

Avocado Lime Soup with Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage
by Lori C.
Serves 4-6

3 True Story Sweet Italian Chicken Sausages - find them at Costco
Enough olive oil for sautéing
1/2 of a large onion, diced
1 bunch green chard, coarse chop
3 very ripe avocados
4 cups water
1 tablespoon Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base
5 tablespoons chives, chopped (save 2 Tablespoons for garnish)
1/2 teaspoon lime zest, packed in teaspoon
Juice of 1 lime
1 Tablespoon Jada Chicken Salt Lime seasoning
1/3 cup whole milk Fage Greek Yogurt 
1 8-ounce carton Organic Valley Whipping Cream

Begin by heating your Instant Pot on the Sauté - Normal setting. Add a bit of olive oil just so there is no sticking while cooking and brown the 3 chicken sausages. Once browned, remove from the pot and slice into 1/4-inch thickness and set aside.

Add more olive oil to the pot, add onions and chard and saute until cooked down. Add avocado, water, chicken bouillon, 3 Tablespoons chives, lime zest, lime juice and Jada’s Chicken Salt Lime seasoning. 

Use a hand blender to blend to a semi-smooth consistency, then change to the Sauté - Less setting and continue to heat through with the lid on, stirring frequently.

While soup is heating through, take 1/3 cup yogurt and hand whip in a small bowl, then add just enough whipping cream to arrive at the consistency of sour cream. You’ll use this for a garnish along with the remaining chopped chives later.

When your soup is heated to your liking, you’re ready to go! 

I garnish with a dollop or two of yogurt-cream blend, and some chives. This pairs nicely with a minty cucumber, onion and kalamata olive salad, and steamed beats.

I hope you enjoy this hearty, quick and delicious meal!

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