Curried Sweet Potato Soup

Curried Sweet Potato Soup

Thanks to one of our new clients, Lisa N, who shared this tasty recipe with us!!!

FLAVORFUL CURRIED SWEET POTATO SOUP by Dr. Daryl Gioffre

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 1⁄2 inch piece of ginger, sliced and crushed
4 cloves garlic, minced
Zest and juice of one lime
2 tsp. curry
3 sweet potatoes, peel removed, and cut into 1 inch pieces 1 15 ounce can of full fat coconut milk (organic preferred – I use Native Forest)
2 cups filtered water
1⁄2 bunch cilantro, chopped

DIRECTIONS
Heat coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Add ginger and garlic, lime zest and cook until slightly browned, about 3-4 minutes. Add curry and cook until fragrant – about 1 minute.

Add sweet potatoes, coconut milk and water. Bring to a boil, reduce to low and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes.

Turn off heat and leave on stove for 1⁄2 hour to allow flavors to meld.

Puree soup in blender or food processor. Garnish with chopped cilantro and lime juice.

Enjoy!

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Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Thanks Stacey Calhoun for sharing this recipe!!!

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
BY REBECCA BOHLIN SOUPS
This soup is everything you like about chicken enchiladas, simplified in a bowl. It is an easy way to make a tasty, filling meal with just the right amount of heat. Using the slow cooker saves you time and energy in the kitchen, requiring little prep work for a lot of flavor.
Basically, you just add chicken to the bottom of the slow cooker and pile all of your favorite ingredients on top. Bell peppers, onions, and jalapenos all give this soup more substance. A few hours later, an amazing soup is ready to enjoy. I usually serve the soup with a bit of avocado to lend more creaminess to the dish as well.

I prefer to prepare a slow cooker meal in the morning and then have it ready when I come home for dinner. Or you can choose to throw everything together right before you go to bed and have the dish ready when you wake up in the morning. Which works especially well if you are packing up the food to take to work for lunch. Either way, cooking the chicken in a long and slow manner makes it completely tender and savory.

There are also two ways that you can prepare this soup as a freezer meal. One way is to prep the veggies – the onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic. Place them in a large resealable bag with the chicken, cumin, chili powder, oregano, and paprika. Place this in the freezer to store away for a rainy day. Then when you want to make it, simply defrost, place right into the slow cooker, and all you have to add is diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and salt and pepper to taste. This is great for people who like to plan ahead. The second way is to simply transfer the finished cooked soup to bags and freeze that instead. If you are cooking for one, freeze the leftovers so you can enjoy them later!

Ingredients
1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
2 cups chicken stock
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1 avocado, pitted and sliced
Instructions
Add the chicken to the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the onion, bell pepper, jalapeno, and garlic on top of the chicken. Pour the diced tomatoes and chicken stock over the top. Sprinkle with chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours. Use a fork to shred the chicken before serving. Garnish with cilantro and avocado.
Notes
Servings: 4-6
Difficulty: Easy
By Rebecca Bohl (PaleoGrubs.com)

Tiffanie Taylor – studioVIBE Client Spotlight

“I feel so good when I leave! I honestly love every workout I have here!”  Tiffanie Taylor

Tell us about you…where were you born and how did you end up in Cary, NC?
I was born in Ohio, grew up in Mansfield, Ohio and went to OSU (I am a proud Buckeye!)-then, via Chicago, NYC, and Canterbury & London, England (where I went to graduate school, met my husband and had my oldest daughter), I came to settle in North Carolina in 2012. My parents moved here when I was in college so it was kind of my home away from home for many years. Now, five years and another daughter later we are settled here and loving it!

What originally brought you to studioVIBE?

I was looking for a studio that was close enough to both home and work that focused on Pilates/Barre/Yoga – studioVibe was the perfect fit, I am so glad I found it! I love the atmosphere, the classes and all the instructors and I also got to try something new I fell in love with-TRX!

Tell us a little about your water sports injury and when did it happen?

On September 13, 2016 I randomly decided while out on a friend’s boat to try wakeboarding…big mistake! We did not realize the boot bindings were not close enough together for me so I had trouble getting up and into position, then my lower left leg snapped from the pressure of the water! I was taken by ambulance to UNC where I had surgery and they inserted titanium plates and pins in from my knee down. I was in the hospital for a total of a week (the longest week ever!).

What classes are you taking and how have they helped with your rehab?

How soon after your injury did you come in?
After my surgery I was exactly three months non-weight bearing on my left leg. During this time, I did gentle mat exercises and Pilates at home, focusing solely on my core and arms. Then as soon as I could start standing on two feet again I got myself back in to the studio, first on the Tower and slowly worked my way up to Physique40. I had to go very slow but with persistence I quickly was coming in regularly again. I definitely credit my quick recovery to the fact I did Pilates on a regular basis before my injury! I am on a cane now, still recovering, but I am looking forward to getting back to TRX as soon as I can.

What is your favorite part about coming to our studio?

I feel so good when I leave! I honestly love every workout I have here…some people complain they hate working out and I say you must not be doing the right kind of work out or going to the right place then because I love all my workouts; my body always feels stronger and my mind feels clearer.

What would you tell someone who is feeling intimidated about coming to studioVIBE?

Everyone at studioVibe is so welcoming and accommodating, the instructors will help you find the right kind of workout to fit you. One of the best things about the studio is that you can find classes of all levels to attend. I love the Flexcard because it allows me to play around with classes and mix up the type of class and times that work for me and my schedule!

So tell us about you…tell us about your life outside of studioVIBE and what you do for fun?

I have a two daughters (a seven year old and a three year old) and an amazingly supportive husband, so the three of them take up most my free time. I work full-time at a private foundation in RTP that funds biomedical research and STEM education, and I am also very involved in the PTA at my daughter’s school. I also volunteer within our local community trying to be an advocate for community development and positive change.

Just for fun…What 3 things would you want if stuck on a deserted island?

A radio, a pillow and a blanket so I could have a long nap!

What was your favorite vacation?

I feel really lucky to have had so many amazing vacations but my favorite would probably be a toss-up between backpacking through SE Asia after I graduated from college, or staying at a beautiful resort in Belize with my husband, sister and brother in law.

If you had to pick three words to describe studioVIBE, what would those words be?

Welcoming, challenging, accommodating

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Teacher Spotlight – Meet Phyllis Adams

Tell us a little about your Yoga journey?  I began my yoga journey in 2001.  I was on a fitness path and observed that there was a greater picture and path to follow. I went to NC School of Yoga for initial certification and from there have explored and studied under various teachers and systems of yoga over the past 15 years.

What makes you feel most alive?  Discovering new places! Family, friends, and dogs!

What do you love most about Yoga?  What do hope to inspire in others?  I love the aspect of yoga that allows you to move and explore through joy and inspiration from within. I have learned through the practice of Yoga and by sharing my passion that other’s were on board and it has blossomed into a supportive community of likeminded bright souls! My self esteem, self confidence, and general sense of well being has been nurtured through my practice. I hope to be a guide to other’s on their yogic path, and as a teacher I am totally inspired by my students!

What is your favorite quote?  “Wage peace by practicing kindness”

Favorite Yoga pose?  Half Moon

How has Yoga changed your life?  Yoga has changed my life in the sense that I have been inspired to seek purpose, self awareness, and trust.

What do you think are some of the biggest challenges people face when they begin to practice Yoga?  To show up without expectations and enjoy the ride!

What do you want people to take away from your classes?  I want students to leave with a sense of feeling accomplished whatever that is for them on any given day!  Sometimes that is by simply showing up! I love smiles and have a playful approach to my practice and style of teaching.

What tools do you think are essential for starting a Yoga practice?  Attitude is as important as a willingness to explore and be receptive to new things!