Thursday, September 1, 2011

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

Breakfast: Banana and apple smoothie

Lunch: Chino Locos Juicy Vegan burrito - Pressed tofu, eggplant, shittake mushrooms, glass noodles, guacamole, tomatoes, edamame beans, red onions, black beans, green peppers, cilantro, chipotle sauce, rustic rice. NOMS

Dinner: Spicy sweet potato soup with home-made bread!

It's getting colder in Toronto at the moment, and I am glad about this for two reasons: 1) I can wear jeans without losing some of my leg mass to sweat and 2) it's soup season again!

To celebrate this, and because the impending turn of the season is making everybody be on the verge of illness, I made this for the first time. The chilis in this open up your airways and can actually help to thin the mucus that's building up in your system, and the ginger is great for staving off illness before it starts. Plus, it's sorta sweet, sorta spicy, and really smooth and delicious.

You'll need
(Feeds 4)
1 giant sweet potato, peeled and cubed
2 large onions, diced
4 chilis, diced
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp ground paprika
5 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large piece ginger, grated
4 cups vegetable stock - more if necessary
fresh coriander
black pepper

Fry the onion and garlic in the oil until they're browning and soft
Throw in the chili and ginger and fry for a minute or so
Add in the cubes of sweet potato and stir for a minute or so
Add in the vegetable stock - you've got the right amount if the water just covers the vegetables
Stir in the paprika and coriander
Bring to the boil then simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the potato is soft
Take of the heat, allow it to cool, and then blend
Stir in the black pepper
Serve, and garnish with a spring of fresh coriander

This is one of my new favourite soup recipes and can be made in under 30 minutes. The spices and the heartiness of the potatoes really help give you some energy and a little boost when you're feeling not your best. Add in the home-made bread and it's killer  - and stay tuned for that recipe next week!

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