Meal prep ain’t over ’till it’s over baby. I think it’s only fitting that winter meal prep always includes some sort of warm & comforting dish, whether it be a chilli, a soup, a stew, ya know?
Any who, I asked you guys if you preferred a carrot soup or a sweet potato soup & the results were (un)shockingly in favour of sweet potato soup! Not gonna lie, I was kinda happy. I mean, I still wanted your guys’ feedback & opinion, but I posted that poll secretly hoping you guys wanted sweet potato soup!!!! And you did not let me down – you never do!
When I was brainstorming the recipe, I didn’t want it to be something too difficult or complicated. I find soups can be one of two extremes: really freaking simple & easy or really complicated & long AF to make. I decided to go the really freaking simple & easy route, simply because I had a million other dishes to prepare. BUT, as you guys know, with me, anyway, SIMPLE & EASY DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU HAVE TO COMPROMISE FLAVOUR OR HEALTH BENEFITS!
And so, if you’re wondering what I mean by simple & easy (not to mention QUICK!), I mean that your only effort is chopping & throwing ingredients into a pot, then pressing the “soup” or “blend” setting on your blender. How much do you love me though?
I know. A LOT. I LOVE YOU TOO, BABES <3.
This soup is:
- velvety & creamy!
- naturally sweet!
- the definition of “texture goals”!
- filling & satisfying!
- & BASICALLY… PERFECTION!
But why did I even give you the option of carrots vs. sweet potato? Well, hello, have you met me? BECAUSE THE BOTH PACK LOADS OF HEALTH BENEFITS. I could go on & on about both of them but this post would go on for hours. So I’ll spare you guys just this once & rant about the benefits of sweet potato for just a sec!
- Sweet potatoes contain tons of essential nutrients _ antioxidants (thank stop the beta-carotene).
- They help lower blood sugar level spiking + blood pressure.
- They are full of fibre + natural sweetness.
- They help boost the immune system, may help cure stomach ulcers, provide relief from arthritis + fight certain types of cancers.
- They are also great for digestion + maintain a healthy water balance in the body!
FLAVOUR-WISE: The onion, garlic, ginger, cayenne & tomato paste all complement the natural sweetness of the Ceylon cinnamon & potato & bring everything together in a dish that seems (& tastes) like MAGIC!
This soup makes for a perfect side dish with a meal or throw in some walnuts & pumpkin seeds, drizzle some olive oil & nutritional yeast & have this as your meal! YES, a soup like this one can be a meal if you add in some healthy fats!!!!
Now, without further ado, let’s discuss what you need to make this baby!
- Coconut oil cooking spray;
- 1 medium onion, CUBED;
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, MINCED;
- 1 tsp. ground ginger;
- 1 tsp. cinnamon;
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper;
- 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric;
- 3 cups of organic low-sodium vegetable broth;
- 2 large sweet potatoes (for approximately 2.5 cups, CHOPPED;
- 1/2 cup of organic tomato paste (make sure to buy the kind with no salt or sugar added!);
- A splash or two of Naked Coconuts coconut aminos;
- Sea salt & black pepper for seasoning;
- The juice of one lemon;
- OPTONAL TOPPINGS: Walnuts, slivered almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts, chia seeds or flaxseed, olive oil, avocado oil, Sriracha, red pepper chilli flakes, nutritional yeast, Parmesan/Romano, shredded cheese etc.
OKAY, now, for that HOW-TO?
- Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat & spray with coconut oil cooking spray! Once heated, add in the onions & garlic. Let the onion & garlic cook for about 5 minutes, until browned, fragrant & onion is translucent!
- While the onion & garlic are sautéing, peel & chop the sweet potatoes into cubes;
- Now, add the spices, broth, sweet potatoes, tomato paste, coconut aminos, sea salt, black pepper & lemon juice to the stockpot & lower the heat to medium. Let the mix simmer & come to a slow boil.
- Stir occasionally. After 15-20 minutes, check on your sweet potatoes! They should be soft (poke one with a knife & see if it slides in – if it does, you’re good to go; if not, simmer for a bit longer!) & a lot of the broth should be absorbed!
- Once your potatoes have softened enough, pour the mixture into your blender & BLEND AWAY! If your blender has a soup setting, use it. If not, you can simply blend like you would any other soup or smoothie!
- Add more vegetable broth (or water) if you find the soup is having trouble blending or if you want to thin it out in terms of consistency!
- Taste & adjust seasonings, if necessary!
- If you do happen to add more spices or sauces, make sure you blend again before pouring the soup into a bowl, Mason jar or tupperware!
- Serve & top with some of the optional toppings I mentioned above, or any toppings to your liking!