SWEET POTATO-PEANUT SOUP

The good stuff:

  • This is a very rich soup- great if you’re looking for energy in warm, liquid form.
  • And before I start praising the health benefits of sweet potatoes…did you know there are 400 varieties of sweet potatoes? (isn’t nature amazing?!)
  • This delicious root vegetable is rich in Vitamin C, potassium and B6 (good for energy). The orange varieties are especially rich in beta-carotene, an important antioxidant that helps keeps your body strong and your skin glowing!
  • Most studies however indicate that you get the most out of sweet potatoes if they are accompanied with a source of fat- which helps with vitamin & mineral absorption. This soup, which includes peanuts and coconut milk, does just that 🙂

You’ll need:

  • 2 sweet potatoes, washed. Keep skin on (full of nutrients)
  • 3-4 carrots, washed
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1-2 cups water
  • Unsalted peanuts, pureed in a food processor OR 1 generous tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • Ginger, grated
  • Salt
  • Cilantro, chopped

The process: 

  • Chop the sweet potatoes and carrots into chunky cubes. Boil until soft (but not mushy). Set aside.
  • In a blender, add the coconut milk, peanut butter (homemade or store bought), cumin, ginger and whizz.
  • Then add the sweet potatoes, carrots and 1 cup water and whizz some more- until smooth.
  • Transfer this mixture to a pot, throw in a good handful of chopped fresh cilantro, and cook on medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Taste and season with salt.
  • Serve in bowls, top off with more fresh cilantro and some chopped peanuts as optional garnish.

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