Feeling chilly? Try some chili!
Feeling chilly? Try some chili!

Spice up your fall with these recipes

The chilly, late fall wind is blowing in Calgary. You can’t fight the changing of the seasons but you can fortify yourself with some soothing and spicy comfort food. The Vertica blog team wants to spice up your fall with these recipes. We hope they fill you and your home at Glenmore Gardens with warmth.

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

This Vegetarian Tortilla Soup calls for tofu, rather than the traditional chicken. It’s every bit as satisfying and fun to make. Start by toasting your chiles over an open flame (using metal tongs) until the aroma fills your kitchen at Glenmore Gardens. You can also toast them in a dry pan over medium heat. Let them cool, then remove the stems and seeds. Break them up into pieces and blend them with tomatoes. Next, heat some oil in a large pot and add onion and garlic. Cook for 6 to 9 minutes before adding this to the tomato mixture in the blender. When it’s blended smooth, transfer it all to the pot, add vegetable broth and water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer. Add some tofu to heated oil in a skillet over medium heat. When it browns, add to the soup and continue to simmer for 30 minutes. Add kale, chard or spinach. Cook until the leaves are wilted, then ladle into bowls. Serve topped with sliced avocado, tortilla chips and shredded cheese.

Chicken Curry

This perfectly spiced and comforting Chicken Curry can be prepared in just 30 minutes. Start by heating oil in a pot over medium-high heat and adding onions, sauteing until soft. Add boneless chicken breasts. Sear them until they’re golden on both sides, then add garlic and ginger. Coat the chicken in paprika, turmeric, coriander and cumin. Pour in a can of crushed tomatoes and some chicken broth and bring it to a simmer before adding heavy cream, salt and pepper. Simmer until chicken is cooked through. Garnish with cilantro and serve over rice with lemon wedges.

Mexican Chocolate Avocado Mousse

This Mexican Chocolate Avocado Mousse is a smooth and spicy finish to any fall meal. It’s also easy to make. Combine ripe avocado flesh, raw cacao powder, coconut milk, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and spicy ground ancho chile in a food processor. Process until it’s smooth. Chill it in the fridge before serving.


The Vertica Resident Services blog team hopes that these recipes help spice up your fall and provide some warm and soothing comfort for the coming chilly Calgary weather. For information on Vertica Rental Properties in Calgary, including the beautiful, park-like setting of Glenmore Gardens (2105 90th Avenue SW), please visit our website.