Golden Bisque with Chipotle Shrimp

As we slide into the New Year, it seems like everyone has a case of the yucks! Coughing, sneezing, sniffling is running rampant, and sometimes you just need a good soup to warm you to the bone. Look no further than this hearty squash-based bisque which pairs fabulously with a kick of heat from some chipotle shrimp. Enjoy this clean eats sick bed treat guys!

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Golden Bisque (makes about 1.5 quarts of bisque)

2 medium sized yellow squash, cut into cubes

2 shallots, diced

3 cloves black garlic, whole

4 cups chicken broth or chicken stock

1 teaspoon savory

1 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 buttercup squash, cooked and cubed

optional: a few dashes of hot sauce

1 bunch of fresh chives, chopped

Chipotle Shrimp (yields about a cup of seasoning)

Shrimp

1/3 cup chili powder

2 tablespoons cilantro

2 tablespoons cumin

2 tablespoons oregano

2 tablespoons basil

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon thyme

1 tablespoon crushed chipotle pepper

In a pot, place all of the bisque ingredients except for the fresh chives. Simmer over medium heat until the yellow squash becomes tender. Pour the mixture into a blender (or use an immersion blender) to blend the bisque thoroughly. Meanwhile, mix together all of the dry ingredients for the chipotle seasoning (you can try this on chicken, fish, even in burgers!). Sprinkle the chipotle seasoning liberally on both sides of the shrimp. Sear in a lightly oiled pan over high heat on both sides until the shrimp is fully cooked. Top the golden bisque with the chipotle shrimp, and sprinkle with the chopped fresh chives. Add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt if you’d like as well! Yum!

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