Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Lentil sweetpotato soup

Full Disclosure: I received free samples of California sweetpotatoes mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Sweetpotato Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
 
 
Fall screams soups and stews. I refuse to give them up over the summer, but I'm strange like that. You know another thing I'm strange about (1 of many I'm sure)? I will eat sweet potatoes at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Toss them into a smoothie, top with coconut oil, make fries--but shockingly I've never combined soup and sweet potatoes. Thank goodness I made a new friend: the California sweetpotato. They're delicious, nutritious and versitle--perfect from sunrise to sunset!

As much as I love these red tubers, I must say I always get confused about yams vs sweetpotatoes. Well boy did I learn! Sweetpotatoes are sweet and moist, while yams are dry and starchy and not readily available in the U.S. Plus sweetpotatoes have more beta-carotene--your skin and eyes love that! Sweetpotatoes are also loaded with fiber and vitamin C.
 
I'm a sweetpotato lovah but I'd never seen a white one. Look at that! California O'Henry sweetpotatoes (yup grown in gorgeous California) have a pale skin, and sweet and creamy flesh that woeks great is soups and stews. Time to throw it and Covington (gorgous orange flesh) into a stew!

Into my crockpot specifically. I adore my crockpot--it makes life so much easier
Lentil Sweetpotato Soup
Makes ~6 servings
  • 2 cups green or brown lentils
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 California sweetpotatoes
  • Any greens you have on hand (I used kale and green beans)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Sea salt
1. Thoroughly rinse your lentils
2, Dice sweetpotatoes and greens
3. Spice it up!
4. Toss in the crockpot on low for 8 hours, or on high for 5.
5. Enjoy with a hearty piece of fall bread.

Looking for more ways to enjoy sweetpotatoes? Check out these creations by Recipe Redux members:

3 comments:

Serena said...

Lentil soup is my all time favorite soup...reminds me of growing up! But I've never had it with sweetpotatoes. I will make for sure this fall/winter!

EA-The Spicy RD said...

This looks delish! Before I made my sweetpotato hash, I thought about making something w/ sweetpotates and lentils too. Great minds think alike :-) Happy ReDux!!!

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