Not Chipotle (just to clarify). The chipotle pepper. It's been an ingredient in countless recipes I've made (or wanted to make) over the years. But chipotles scared me a little bit. I have a long history of acid reflux. Through trial and (much painful) error, I have been able to identify (and avoid) certain foods which are certain to trigger an attack. This includes: tomato paste (my public enemy #1) and anything containing tomato paste; thick slices of raw onion (but thinly sliced and minced is okay); the green veins in garlic (I have to cut them out); coffee (*sigh*); cayenne pepper; red pepper flakes; and anything hotter than a jalapeno, in general. Chipotles seemed to fit into that "anything hotter than a jalapeno" category, even though, technically, a chipotle is a jalapeno. It's just a jalapeno that is hotter than normal. Are you confused? Yeah, me too.
However, I've been doing really well with my reflux as of late, and I was feeling brave today. I decided to test the waters and try a new recipe from Appetite for Reduction, the Spicy Blue Potato & Corn Salad:
This is a hearty salad of fresh corn, potatoes, pinto beans, and red onion, tossed with a smoky, spicy chipotle dressing. This salad required a little bit of prep, but I was able to get it all done during my son's nap. I let the salad chill for several hours before eating to let the flavors meld.
At dinner time, I must admit, I was a little hesitant to take my first bite. But once I did, I was so relieved - it had a kick to it, yes, but it was more tongue-tingling than tummy-tormenting :) The dressing packed a lot of smoky flavor and was a nice match with the chilled potatoes and corn. I served it over some baby romaine, and both my hubby and I enjoyed it very much.
I'll be interested to see if any reflux kicks in later tonight :)
For lunch today, I made a spin on Kristen Suzanne's Blueberry Cardamom Breakfast Smoothie. I wanted to make it a little more filling, so I added four chopped romaine leaves, some hemp seeds, and some hemp protein powder. It hit the spot on a hot day!