Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup #Thanksgiving #Recipe from Linda Wiken, author

We're into the countdown to Thanksgiving with recipes galore for this next week. I'm going directly to the beginning, the soup. What I like about this Sweet Potato and Carrot soup is that it's fast and easy to make, a must when the rest of the meal beckons to be prepared. It's also perfect for a fall day. And, did I mention, easy?

Of course, if sweet potatoes or carrots are being used as sides, you may want to go with a butternut squash soup or similar. But if that's the case, keep this recipe around for another chilly fall evening.

I've tossed around ideas from a friend's recipe and a couple that I found online. The two main ingredients -- sweet potatoes and carrots -- remain the same in all of them, of course. But, depending on the twist you want, or touch of heat, you can play around with the remaining ingredients. Use your favorite reliable spices or even peppers, if you'd like the heat turned up. This version is ideal for a mixed variety of tastes around the table -- not too anything but oh, so good.

Also, please note that the cooking time will vary according to how large you chop the pieces.

 I added some coconut yogurt at the end -- a dollop or two will do. Many recipes call for sour cream but Greek yogurt is my go to. This time, coconut-flavored.

Final note -- it's the color of fall. The warm orange glow will appeal to you and your guests.

What you'll need:

5 medium carrots, chopped
1 medium sweet potato, chopped
1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, sliced
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. tumeric
16 ounces chicken stock
16 ounces water
8 ounces coconut milk
dollop of yogurt or sour cream

What to do:

In a heavy pan, heat the olive oil then saute the onion and garlic until soft. Add the cumin and tumeric and continue to saute for 1 minute.

Add the chicken stock, water, sweet potatoes and carrot chunks. Bring to a boil then simmer for approx. 20 minutes, until vegetables are soft.

Remove from heat and add the coconut milk, stirring thoroughly.
Either using a hand blender or a food processor, puree the mixture then reheat for a few minutes.

Dish out and add a dollop of yogurt.

Enjoy a  Happy Thanksgiving!


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  1. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I love soup any time of year. It always says comfort to me.

    1. I'm with you there, Deb. Thanks for your comment. Hope you enjoy!

  2. I have been leaning a bit to frequently upon my butternut squash soup. This will be a great alternative with the comfort and color of the season.

  3. Hope you enjoy it, Lil. Please let me know on Facebook if you play around with the spices. I'm always looking for new combinations.

  4. Oh, that soup looks delicious. Happy Thanksgiving, Linda! xoxo ~ Cleo

  5. Today's lunch was leftover soup, which seemed to have even a deeper taste than last night. This time, I also changed out the yogurt for a liberal sprinkling of Kale Krumbs, a mixture of coconut, mango, curry and kale. I'll post a photo on Facebook since I can't figure out how to do it here. :) Delicious addition.

  6. Looks and sounds wonderful.