Another amazing use of the iPhone:  While at the grocery store, I can look up recipes people have emailed me.  I never, ever write down recipes or print them out, so I always end up forgetting about them at the store.  Thank goodness for technology, or I might have never made this wonderful soup, courtesy of Beth!


The original recipe is on this blog, but I made some modifications.


  • Used four cups of vegetable broth.
  • Cooked on the stovetop for about two hours, not in the crockpot.
  • After cooking, I removed 1 cup of liquid and then put the soup into a blender. 
  • More peanut butter!  I put in about 4 tablespoons.  You can never go wrong with peanut butter.


The soup contains sweet potatoes, diced canned tomatoes, ginger, garlic, onion, dark red kidney beans, red bell pepper, jalapenos, spices… and PEANUT BUTTER!  Trust me, it works.


It is very thick and hearty and definitely serves as an entree, not a side.


With a spinach salad:


Dessert was a serving (or two?) of Ginger Ice Cream.


Dare I say my dinner was… epic?  😉


In other news, today was quite productive.  I got a lot of work done.  I think the key was moving my laptop from my kitchen table back into my office.


(My board says, “Instead of worrying about what people say about you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they’ll admire?”)


I was super snacky all afternoon.  My light lunch, combined with my bike ride, set my appetite on fire!  I kept it healthy, so it’s all good.  Food is fuel!


I had a Cherry Chocolate Bomb (1 cup almond milk, 2 cups raw spinach, 15 cherries, 1 scoop Nesquik):




And blue chips + hummus:


I leave you with…


The Curious Dachshund.






  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) March 30, 2010, 7:34 pm

    Maggie pictures always crack me up! I love that teensy little bit of tongue peeking out of her mouth in the first picture 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 30, 2010, 7:36 pm

    That soup sounds so good. I can’t imagine anything with peanut butter being bad!

  • BethT March 30, 2010, 7:38 pm

    Love the Maggie pics!

    I’m beginning to think Chobani pineapple does not exist on the west coast. I have never, ever, EVER seen it. Fail.

  • Meghan@traveleatlove March 30, 2010, 7:39 pm

    Theres a great site called where you can store/look up recipes, and email yourself the shopping list to your iphone. Pretty neat.
    That soup is perfect for a rainy night like we are having!

  • sarah (shep) March 30, 2010, 7:39 pm

    i love your inspirational quote 🙂

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner March 30, 2010, 7:47 pm

    That soup sounds awesome! Anything with pb 🙂

  • Emily March 30, 2010, 7:49 pm

    hahahaha those Maggie pictures made this post!

  • clay March 30, 2010, 7:54 pm

    That was an epic dinner ;).. Haha I love when dogs tilt their heads in curiosity… So cute!!

  • Jolene ( March 30, 2010, 7:57 pm

    That soup sounds so good … I love that there is PB in it – that would be SO good!!

    Your desk area looks so clean!

    • Cat March 30, 2010, 8:19 pm

      Agreed on the desk front! My home office is a disaster!

  • Christine March 30, 2010, 7:59 pm

    Great sounding soup – bet you could really spice it up nicely…and/or thin it with coconut milk. Such a cute pup!

  • Jenna March 30, 2010, 8:02 pm

    Soup with PB in it? YES PLEASE!

    I don’t think I could get work done in the kitchen, I’d probably be too busy mindlessly snacking, lol.

  • Mama Pea March 30, 2010, 8:02 pm

    I love that quote! I think it means to stop leaving comments and to work on my danged project!

  • Lara (Thinspired) March 30, 2010, 8:03 pm

    We are currently without a desk/office in our little apartment, and my laptop being at the dining room table sucks! I can definitely see how moving it would increase my productivity!

    The soup sounds delicious. PB is good in everything, I bet it’s amazing!

  • Matt March 30, 2010, 8:06 pm

    Wow that looks good!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 30, 2010, 8:13 pm

    I love soups like that! Yum!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin March 30, 2010, 8:13 pm

    Thanks for the shoutout! And glad you enjoyed the soup… its weird to think of PB in it, but it really mellows out the jalapeno! so good!

  • Niki (Running in Pink) March 30, 2010, 8:22 pm

    Those pics of Maggie make me want to just snuggle her silly.

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) March 30, 2010, 8:25 pm

    That soup looks incredible!!


  • Jenny March 30, 2010, 8:26 pm

    Love that quote!

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health March 30, 2010, 8:26 pm

    I literally “LOLed” at The Curious Dachshund…bahahah! That soup looks BOMB. Sweet potato AND peanut butter? Uh, yes please.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 30, 2010, 8:35 pm

    That soup sounds awesome!! It’s amazing how much more work I get done in my office than the living room…you’d think I’d attempt to work in my office more, but not so much 😉

  • Trish March 30, 2010, 8:38 pm

    Oh puppy!!!! So cute!!!! 🙂 And the soup looks very yummy.

  • Evan Thomas March 30, 2010, 8:38 pm

    I never need an excuse for more pb

  • Ashley March 30, 2010, 8:40 pm

    Ooo I can’t wait to make that soup!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 30, 2010, 8:41 pm

    Cutest doggy EVER! Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to get one of my own. Dang apartment living….

    I’m not really a fan of soup, but it looks so pretty!

  • Kelly March 30, 2010, 8:49 pm

    Haha those pictures of Maggie are adorable!

  • Kelly March 30, 2010, 8:55 pm

    Wow that soup looks delicious! I definitely think a change of scenery can make me a lot more productive!

  • Julie @SavvyEats March 30, 2010, 9:03 pm

    Love the pictures of Maggie… classic.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 30, 2010, 9:09 pm

    Absolutely adorable picture of Maggie!!!! And the soup sounds amazing, yum!

  • Lisa March 30, 2010, 9:12 pm

    Cutest.picture.ever of maggie!

  • chandra hall March 30, 2010, 9:41 pm

    ““Instead of worrying about what people say about you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they’ll admire”<— I should really get that embedded into the inside of my eyelids. or, "avoid criticism, do nothing." lol, my best friend jokes with me – "omg, if you ever do get published one day your first reaction will be something along the lines of 'I'm so embarrassed!'" (she's exaggerating. sort of)

    love the PB in zee soup! yummmm 🙂

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) March 30, 2010, 9:48 pm

    This soup looks awesome — what a fab mix of flavors. 🙂

  • Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run March 30, 2010, 9:48 pm

    Do you watch Biggest Loser? Alison Sweeney said “epic” tonight! 🙂

  • Cristina March 30, 2010, 9:51 pm

    mmm…pineapple Chobani = amazing!!

  • Jenna March 30, 2010, 9:52 pm

    looks yumm!

  • Katie March 30, 2010, 9:58 pm

    I love the message on your dry erase board. So true – I need to follow this more often.

  • Kirsty March 30, 2010, 10:03 pm

    Absolutely loving the quotes you post – you’d be surprised how many I’ve written down and stuck on the bathroom mirror, the fridge, the computer, etc, etc. Would you ever consider posting a list of your all-time faves?

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight March 30, 2010, 10:09 pm

    WOW! This soup looks FANTASTIC! I love the peanuts on top. I think I might own that bowl too haha LOVE IT!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) March 30, 2010, 10:14 pm

    I enjoy that quote!

    Your hummus always looks so much thicker than mine! Do you always buy that brand??

    • Caitlin March 30, 2010, 10:17 pm

      Sabra is the best!

  • Candice March 30, 2010, 10:15 pm

    Love the picture of your baby! So funny:)

    The soup looks awesome!

  • Jenn ( March 30, 2010, 10:27 pm

    The soup looks great! And I love what your board says. So true. 😀


  • Anna March 30, 2010, 10:39 pm

    Oooo must make ASAP. If you liked this African soup, you should make ndengu, a Kenyan bean stew that I tried to replicate about a month ago: It’s super-healthy and delicious.

  • John March 30, 2010, 10:53 pm

    Nice looking soup!
    You’ll have to read my post to see how my ride went 🙂

  • Katie @ Two Lives, One Lifestyle March 30, 2010, 11:39 pm

    Love that quote… such a good life lesson to remember. Thanks for sharing!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 31, 2010, 12:09 am

    great quote…very inspirational! the soup sounds great…very filling!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 31, 2010, 3:11 am

    Ohh that soup sounds good! peanut butter in anything is ace, but combined with sweet potato….yum!
    Beautiful dog picture 🙂

  • Angel31@keepingslimandgettingstylish March 31, 2010, 3:21 am

    Hi Caitlin, have you seen the Evernote application for the iphone? Its brilliant for clipping information from websites. I use mine for clipping recipes from blogs. I have the programme on my work and home pc plus my iphone, all of the information syncs up so you can always check your ingredients lists when your on the go. And Evernote is free, google it! I use it for loads of stuff, you could find it really handy x

    • caitlin March 31, 2010, 8:00 am

      i will definitely be downloading this!! thanks!

  • Amy March 31, 2010, 5:26 am

    My dog makes the same face when I ask her. “do you want to eat?”. I love the head tilt. 🙂

  • Janelle March 31, 2010, 6:53 am

    I LOVE African-inspired soups – so tasty. Mama Pea has a recipe for one that is incredible (and kind of similar to the one you just made).

    Where do you get all of your fantastic quotes? I love them!

  • Anne P March 31, 2010, 7:46 am


    Also, those are hilarious pics of Maggie. hahha

  • Lia March 31, 2010, 7:59 am

    The soup looks great Caitlin!

    One of my favorite apps is the Whole Foods app. You can make grocery lists or even type in an ingredient you have on hand and it generates some recipes. It will also tell you if the recipe is vegan, high fiber, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. It’s great because regardless of whether you’re at Whole Foods, you can still get buy the ingredients required for the recipes — and they’re all pretty healthy!

    • caitlin March 31, 2010, 8:00 am

      oh thanks!!!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat March 31, 2010, 8:33 am

    Okay, that’s it, I’m buying cherries this weekend. That smoothie just sounds too good.

  • cara March 31, 2010, 10:00 am

    I love the quote and the soup looks amazing. I have my own version but this one has some different variations that I think I would love. mmmm.

  • ActiveEggplant March 31, 2010, 10:06 am

    You know, I can’t let my Dottie “hear” this but I must say that Maggie just might be one of the cutest dachshunds I’ve EVER seen!

    Can’t wait to try the soup! You’ve definitely opened my eyes to LOTS of great recipes that even my somewhat picky husband likes! Keep ’em coming!

  • Robyn March 31, 2010, 10:19 am

    HAHA such a cute dog!

  • Rose March 31, 2010, 10:22 am

    That soup looks SO good.

    I love that quote!

  • Lisa March 31, 2010, 12:08 pm

    I LOVE that quote! It’s now staring at me from a post-it note on my computer. 🙂 Thanks!

  • Laurie March 31, 2010, 12:47 pm

    I love that picture(s) of Maggie!!! She is just too cute!!

  • Tara March 31, 2010, 1:13 pm

    Oh man, that soup looks de-lish! I wonder how much sodium is in it! I might have to make a low-sodium version!

    In college I got on this crazy asian-noodles-with-peanut-sauce kick, so I’ve been ssort of peanut-entreed-out since then. But I think it’s time to rekindle the fire.

    LOVE the Maggie pics! Aren’t dogs hilarious? And speaking of Maggie and peanuts, my aunt has a mini dachshund named Peanut and looks like a mini version of Maggie! Yay piebalds! (here she is with the other 2 doxies, Sammie and Ghillie… and my sister: )

    • caitlin March 31, 2010, 2:20 pm

      its a baby maggie!!! i love it.

  • Olivia March 31, 2010, 2:23 pm

    OMG. This looks AMAZING! And I already have all the ingredient in my pantry … bonus! In my head I’m already signing “Sweet Potato Soup – it’s what’s for dinner.” Seriously can’t wait to try this one. Thanks! 🙂

  • Christine March 31, 2010, 4:25 pm

    Maggie makes my life!!!!

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