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Healthy Eating with Sweet Potato Recipes
Ooh, the holidays. A time for family, fun and lots of yummy food! If I’m completely honest, food is high on my list of priorities during the holiday season! And as much as I would love to engorge myself on sweets and copious amounts of bread this time of year, I am eating for two, and while an occasional indulgence is okay, I need to provide my body (and growing belly) with the nutrition it needs to function and thrive.
One of the easiest ways I indulge in healthy eating this time of year is by making plenty of sweet potato recipes.
Sweet potatoes are jam packed with wonderful nutrients that our bodies need. While looking at the Sam’s Club Healthy Living Made Simple app (available on ipads and iphones), I learned that 1 cup of potatoes, weighing in at only 144 calories, contains 377% of your daily intake of Vitamin A, 52% of Vitamin C, and 50% of Manganese! #SimplyHealthy. That is definitely something you can feel good about eating!
I also picked up a delicious (and outrageously healthy) recipe for creamy carrot and sweet potato soup. It looked simple, and I knew the sweet notes of the carrots and sweet potatoes would ensure that my picky 4-year-old would actually eat it, which was a huge bonus!
I went to visit my mom over the Thanksgiving holiday, and there is a Sam’s Club near her town. Since I am 2 hours away, I always hit up Sam’s and stock up on essentials whenever I visit! They had some amazing prices on the ingredients I needed to make the creamy carrot and sweet potato soup, and I was able to save a ton of money on my other shopping needs.
This soup is amazing. It’s creamy, full of the holiday flavors that one comes to crave this time of year, and it’s so nutritious. This is probably one of the healthiest soups I have ever made.
I also picked up a freshly baked baguette from Sam’s bakery, and sliced some thin pieces. I put a few cheese slices on the baguette pieces, broiled them for a minute or two, and made mini grilled cheese sandwiches for my daughter to dip into the creamy carrot and sweet potato soup.
I set the bowl of soup and mini grilled cheeses in front of her, and she told me she was afraid to try new foods. After a bit of reassurance, she finally tried the soup, and literally yelled out, “Yum!”.
And then I pat myself on the back. This is definitely a recipe that’ll get put into monthly rotation, not just around the colder months. (I bet this soup also tastes amazing cold, like a gazpacho!)
Here it is. I hope your family enjoys this nutritious soup as much as mine does!
Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup
Serves 4 – 6
- 3 tbsp butter, divided
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 5 large sweet potatoes, cubed
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 3 cups chicken broth (use vegetable broth for a vegetarian soup)
- 3 cups organic carrots, chopped
- 1/4 cup half-and-half
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large pan, over medium heat, and sauté onions until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle in cinnamon and nutmeg, and set onion mixture aside.
In the same pan, heat remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, and add cubed sweet potatoes. Allow the sweet potatoes to brown in the butter for a couple minutes, stirring frequently to make sure it doesn’t burn. Add in water, chicken broth, and carrots, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 35 – 45 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes and carrots are fork-tender.
In two batches, blend the soup, making sure to vent the blender and hold a towel over the top, so the hot soup doesn’t explode (speaking from personal experience, here). Blend until smooth, and return to the pot.
Add in remaining ingredients, and warm through over medium-low heat, until ready to serve.
Add any garnishments that you desire. I recommend a dallop of sour cream, which adds some extra creamy texture, and a nice contrasting white color to the orange hue of the soup. Chopped chives, green onions, or even diced walnuts would also be a great addition.
Have you ever tried sweet potato soup before? Share your favorite sweet potato recipe in the comments below!
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