Instant Pot Spicy Ginger Sweet Potato Soup

Spicy Ginger Sweet Potato Soup
Spicy Ginger Sweet Potato Soup

Pairs well with grey days, warm slices of sourdough toast, and your favorite mug. We’re talking about this Spicy Ginger Sweet Potato Soup.

Often times, sweet potato soups (and for that matter, pumpkin and butternut squash soups) are too sweet for me. This one employs a generous amount of shallots, roasted garlic, fresh ginger, and a dash of cayenne to balance that out. Plus, it’s velvety smooth, thanks to a can of coconut milk.

The result is a soup that is like one big creamy autumn hug. Which, sometimes you just need.

We keep our house at a brisk 62°F during the winter months, and I’ve grown used to living in my slippers and wrapped up in a blanket. (That’s not a complaint, I do like being all bundled up and cozy!) Something warm to sip on or slurp is definitely a bonus on the chilliest days!

Keep things simple, by topping your mug with cilantro and cayenne, or if you’re feeling fancy try crème fraîche (I love a good dollop of crème fraîche, though I’m never quite well enough prepared when the time is right.)

Spicy Ginger Sweet Potato Soup
Spicy Ginger Sweet Potato Soup

Instant Pot Spicy Ginger Sweet Potato Soup

Published November 1, 2018 by
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Serves: 6   |    Active Time: 30 minutes



Ingredients:

  • 2-3 shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3 pounds sweet potato, washed and peeled
  • 1 15-ounce can coconut milk
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash ground cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Optional, to serve: minced cilantro, additional cayenne, and/or crème fraîche

  • Directions:

    1. Heat coconut oil in the bottom of your Instant Pot (affiliate link!) on the sauté setting.
    2. Sauté the shallots, ginger, and garlic until fragrant and shallots being to turn translucent.
    3. Roughly chop sweet potatoes and place in pot, along with coconut milk and broth.
    4. Add nutmeg, cayenne, ground black pepper, and salt. Place lid on Instant Pot and set to “Soup” setting, with the timer at 7 minutes and the vent sealed.
    5. After the timer goes off, release the pressure. Using an immersion blender (I use this one (affiliate link!)) puree soup to desired consistency. You can make it super silky smoothy, or leave a few small chunks if you prefer.
    6. Serve soup hot, topped with cilantro, additional cayenne, and/or crème fraîche as desired.

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    Chickpea Antipasto Salad

    Chickpea Antipasto Salad

    In the kitchen, there is the sound of a ticking clock. From the open sliding door on my right, the leaves rustling in the breeze. The high today is seventy-one degrees. The last time I could say that was probably early April, and it feels like a treat. 

    We had no idea what to expect when we arrived in McCall. Boise is surrounded by golden dry hills, the city itself an sprawl of big box department stores. But the further north you go the more trees you find, and the grasses begin to turn green. As you coast down the road into McCall's center you spot Lake Payette, like a gem in the rough. 

    Here, I'm going to be soaking up the cooler weather -- currently drinking orange cinnamon tea - but back home, I'm still defaulting to no-cook, no-bake, minimal effort meals, like this Chickpea Antipasto Salad. 

    This dish is a bit like pasta salad, minus the pasta, and all you do is mix. That's right: skip the oven, skip the stove, and even skip dishes -- it's a one-bowl wonder. 

    Antipasto pasta salad is a picnic classic, with olives, artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, and cheese. But I wanted to make a version that didn’t use pasta. Something gluten-free with more nutrients per bite. Chickpeas are the perfect option here — they have a starchy quality that makes them a good filler, though they are also filling, more so than pasta, and in a good way. So there you have it, a way to fill those pasta salad cravings when you don’t want to fill your stomach with pasta.

    You can make this salad ahead of time and chill it. Served over a few fresh lettuce leaves, it makes for a great make-ahead lunch in the middle of summer! Or, put everything in a large serving dish and tote your chickpea antipasto salad along to a potluck.

    Chickpea Antipasto Salad
    Chickpea Antipasto Salad

    Chickpea Antipasto Salad

    Published August 23, 2018 by
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    Serves: 4-6   |    Active Time: 10 minutes



    Ingredients:

  • 2 sixteen-ounce cans chickpeas, drained
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 1 cup artichoke hearts, quartered and drained
  • 1/2 cup sliced sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained
  • 1/2 cup sliced kalamata olives, pitted and drained
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup feta crumbles
  • Optional: serve over a bed of butterhead lettuce

  • Directions:

    1. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and stir to combine.
    2. Serve immediately, or make a day ahead of time, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
    3. Optionally, serve over a bed of butterhead lettuce leaves.

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    Raspberry Pistachio Fool (Sweetened with honey!)

    Raspberry Fool
    Raspberry Fool

    A simple dessert such as this one hardly needs a full blog post to go with it — soft folds of whipped cream, fresh raspberries accentuated with just a touch of honey and lemon, bits of slightly salty pistachio. That ingredients list alone will do. 🤤

    A “fool” is a British dessert where puréed fruit is layered with custard or whipped cream. This version used whipped cream, which is lighter and pairs well with fresh raspberry, which are sweet and delicate at their peak.

    The raspberry bush I planted last year is producing it’s first round of berries right now (a miracle really, because the backyard is basically a jungle of weeds). There are only a few berries and they’re not quite ripe yet, so I used store bought for this recipe. In a pinch, frozen berries would work — just thaw the berries before macerating.

    And — I’m all for dessert-for-breakfast, so if you're looking for something you could eat in the morning, you could swamp the whipped cream in this recipe for your favorite Greek yogurt and make a parfait.

    Pistachios add a nice crunch to this fool, which is otherwise all fluff and fruit. You could really use any type of nut, but I like the flavor of pistachio with raspberry and whipped cream, and also love the way the color pops!

    And now, onwards, because there’s really nothing better than tasting this one for yourself. 

    Raspberry Fool
    Raspberry Fool

    Raspberry Pistachio Fool (Sweetened with honey!)

    Published July 3, 2018 by
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    Serves: 3   |    Active Time: 20 minutes



    Ingredients:

  • 10 ounces fresh raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2-3 teaspoons honey, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup crushed pistachios

  • Directions:

    1. In a small bowl, combine 8 ounces of raspberries with lemon juice and 1 teaspoon honey. Set remaining raspberries aside. Using a fork, mash the 8 ounces of raspberries with the lemon and honey. The mixture should resemble a jam or compote. Set aside.
    2. In a second mixing bowl, whip cream to soft peaks using an electric mixer. Add in vanilla and 1-2 teaspoons of honey, depending on your tastes, and continue to whip cream for another minute to incorporate.
    3. In three serving glasses or bowls make alternating layers of whipped cream and the raspberry mixture. Place reserved fresh raspberries on top, and sprinkle with crusted pistachios. Serve immediately.

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