Spring Chili Soup with Carrot and Zucchini Noodles

If you’re like me and have an unused spiralizer sitting in your cabinet, this is a perfect reason to bring it out! It’s a wonderful, light recipe for the cooler nights of spring.



2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 yellow onion, medium diced

1 large red bell pepper, medium diced

2 small ribs celery with leafy tops, medium chopped

4 cloves garlic, pressed, grated or finely chopped

¾ tablespoon ground chipotle pepper powder

⅔ cup fresh corn cut from the cob

1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes with the juice, pulsed a few seconds in the food processor or broken up by hand

1 16-ounce can organic kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 quart vegetable stock or organic chicken stock

1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes

⅛ level teaspoon cayenne pepper (omit for less heat if desired)

¾ tablespoon chili powder, your choice of brand and heat level

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon sea salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (or ¼ teaspoon dried)

½ tablespoon organic honey (preferably raw and local)

For the noodles:

1 zucchini, at least 1.5 inches in diameter

1 carrot, at least 1.5 inches in diameter

See the entire recipe and directions at Elizabeth Rider’s blog.