Creamy Sweet Potato With Ginger Soup

Creamy Sweet Potato With Ginger Soup

Creamy Sweet Potato With Ginger Soup

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INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ pounds peeled raw sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 large onion, cut into large dice
1 tablespoon butter
1 pinch sugar
3 large garlic cloves, thickly sliced
1 ½ teaspoons Orange Ginger Spice Blend
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cups chicken broth, homemade or from a carton or can
1 ½ cups half-and-half (or whole milk)
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large, deep saute pan until shimmering. Add sweet potatoes, then onion and saute for around 7 to 8 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to low and add butter, sugar, and garlic; continue cooking until all vegetables are a rich spotty caramel color, about 10 minutes longer.
  3. Add Orange Ginger Spice Blend, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper; continue to saute until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute longer.
  4. Add broth; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, until sweet potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
  5. Using an immersion blender or traditional blender, puree until very smooth, 30 seconds to 1 minute. To ‘clean’ the canister, pour in a little half-and-half, blend briefly, then add to the soup. Return to pan (or a soup pot); add enough half-and-half so the mixture is souplike, yet thick enough to float garnish. Taste, and add salt and pepper if needed. Heat through, ladle into bowls, garnish and serve.

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INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup butter
1 large onion, chopped
6 potatoes, peeled and diced
2 carrots, diced
3 cups water
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon powder
ground black pepper to taste
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1 tablespoon Herbs de Provence

DIRECTIONS

  1. First, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook until the onion has softened and turned translucent about 5 minutes. While the onions are cooking, place the diced potatoes, carrots, water and chicken soup base in another pot and bring to a boil. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Do not overcook. Season with ground black pepper to taste.
  2. Add the flour to the cooked onions to make a paste. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Gradually add the milk and stir well. Cook over low heat stirring constantly until warmed through. Add the potato and carrot mixture. Stir in Herbs de Provence.
  3. Then carefully place mixture in a blender or using a hand blender, blend the mixture until creamy and smooth. You may need to do this in batches. Be careful as the mixture will be very hot. Return creamy mixture to the pot to heat through.
  4. Serve hot. For a little kick, add a pinch of our Hot & Spicy Cajun Spice Blend to each bowl when serving.

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INGREDIENTS

2 tsp coconut oil, divided
1 package of extra firm tofu
¼ cup tamari or soy sauce
1 tbsp agave
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 yellow onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled and chopped into coins
1 bunch scallions, chopped and divided into two piles
1 tbsp Thai Style Green Curry Spice Blend
3 cups vegetable broth
1 can full-fat coconut milk
zest and juice of 1 lime
cilantro
peanuts
4 cups cooked rice

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut tofu into cubes and place them in a medium-sized bowl. Mix tamari, agave, and sesame oil together in a small bowl. In a large dutch oven or soup pot heat 1 tsp coconut oil over medium heat. Pour tamari mixture over cubed tofu and toss to make sure each piece is evenly coated. Add tofu to the hot pan and brown on all sides, about 15 minutes. Remove tofu from the pan and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining 1 tsp coconut oil. Add onion and carrot and cook until soft and fragrant. Add half of the chopped scallions (reserve the rest for garnish), and Thai Style Green Curry Spice Blend. Cook for 2-3 minutes until very fragrant. Add the stock and coconut milk and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the lemongrass from pan and toss it. Season the soup broth with salt and pepper to taste and add the lime zest and juice. Place a serving of rice in each bowl, pour the soup broth over the rice, and top with tofu, scallions, cilantro, and peanuts. Enjoy!

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2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons "The Gourmet Collection" Garlic and Bread, or to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
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  3. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until browned and crisp. Flip twice with a spatula during cooking in order to ensure even browning.
  4. Remove the potatoes from the oven, toss with parsley, season to taste, and serve hot.

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1.3 pounds pumpkin, peeled and diced
2 carrots, diced
2 cups water
3 chicken stock cubes
14 oz low-fat coconut milk
1 small bunch coriander leaves (to garnish)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Coat a large saucepan with cooking spray and sauté the onions and curry paste. Add pumpkin, carrot, water and stock cubes, allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
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4 cloves garlic, diced
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2 tbsp cornstarch
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1 red onion, chopped
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2 tsp fresh parsley, chopped, to garnish

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3 tbsp olive oil
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