Monday, October 24, 2005

Sweet Potato Soup

I have received several requests by both email and comments for the recipe that I mentioned yesterday. Let me tell you that it is from Crazy Plates which is a unique and wonderful cookbook that follows the very successful Looney Spoons. Both books specialize in light cooking and are packed with humor and many lifestyle and food tips.

The publishing of Looney Spoons was quite a story. They had an idea but little money and no publisher. They designed the book using Corel Draw, and subsequent books follow the same homespun appearance. I don't see the most recent volume online yet; it's titled Eat, Shrink & Be Merry! by Janet and Great Podleski. It's worth supporting these ladies by purchasing one of their books.

The Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

  • 6 cups peeled, cubed yams or sweet potatoes (about 3 large)
  • 1.5 cups coarsely chopped onions
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 5 cups low-fat chicken broth (that's about one large box and 1 can although I have just used the one box at times)
  • 1 tbsp each grated orange zest and ginger root
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1/2 tsp each ground cumin and salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 6 tbsp low-fat sour cream (I just let people add how much they want)
  • Chopped, fresh cilantro for garnish (optional -- I never use it)

  1. Spray a shallow roasting pan with non-stick spray. Add yams, onions, olive oil, and garlic. Stir well. roast uncovered for 25 minutes. Stir once halfway through cooking time.
  2. Transfer mixture to a soup pot. Add broth, orange zest, ginger root, clove, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
  3. Working in batches, transfer soup to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Serve hot with a swirl of sour cream in the center. Garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired.



Rainypete said...

Aren't those some of the best cookbooks going?

Chelsea said...

Thanks AC. I'll check those books.

Bonita said...

Looney Spoons recipes are pretty low calorie...and here I'm trying to put about 15 more pounds on my kids. It's a loosing battle, when we are young we can't sit down long enough to eat, and when we are old, we can't eat what we'd prefer if we could sit down.

Do you have that "I could have had a V-8!" commercial? ... If I ate your squash soup,it would make me want pumpkin pie.

swamp4me said...

That soup sounds like supper to me. It has been a cool and rainy day and I'm to the kitchen.

swamp4me said...

And so it was that the soup was quite tasty...even without the orange zest :)

defiant goddess said...

Thank you for the recipe and the inspiring story of entrepreneurialism.

Simply Coll said...

I love the title " Eat, Shrink & Be Merry!". Now if only that were true.

Norma said...

My daughter made something similar about 2 years ago for Thanksgiving. I think it was Martha Stewart. It was wonderful.

Beau said...

This makes me hungry.

swamp4me said...

Just thought I'd add that the soup reheats was a delicious first course to tonight's dinner!

Dale said...

Sounds delicious! I'll try it one day and let you know how it turns out.