Saturday, April 11, 2015

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup #HealthyEats

I've been bitten by the cooking bug lately, partly because dining out is costly but more so because I'm struggling with to keep my weight at an appropriate level. Well, what was I supposed to expect really? All that stress eating, add my sleeplessness and factor in my lack of physical activity and you have got a recipe for disaster! So, I've resorted to eating sweet potato to limit my rice and junk food intake. Sweet potato is good, but sometimes the good old boiling method gets a little too boring. So, I took it up a notch and made a hearty sweet potato soup and I swear, this soup's never boring.

Creamy Sweet Potato Soup

  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 cup of onion, chopped
  • 2-3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium-sized leek (white and light green parts), chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, chopped 
  • 5 cups of sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup of whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  1. In a medium-sized pot, melt the butter and saute the onion for about 5 minutes, or until translucent.
  2. Add the celery and leeks and saute for another 5 minutes. 
  3. Add the garlic and saute for about 1-2 minutes, until all ingredients have softened.
  4. Pour the water, add the chicken bouillon, sliced sweet potatoes and cinnamon. Partially cover with a lid and bring to a boil on medium-high heat.
  5. Reduce the heat to low, and let simmer until the sweet potatoes are tender.
  6. Using an immersion blender or a standard blender, puree everything.
  7. Pour the mixture back into the pot and add the whipping cream and milk. Stir under medium-low heat until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  8. Season with salt and pepper as desired. Best served hot.

Yield: Approximately 6 to 8 servings.

If you noticed, I'm trying something new with my food photography technique. Low-key photography. It's something I've discovered recently and I'm finding it more appealing than the normally well-lit photography if you play your cards well. I'm just starting out, so apologies if I'm making any boo-boos that are too evident. One of my life goal is to achieve this level of photography. Wish me luck?

I would also love to make some twice baked sweet potatoes, but I'm still on the fence about buying an oven. Or maybe, I'm just scared that I'll go crazy and cook up a storm! Oh dear, what do you think? See you on my next pig out session :)

Your pig out buddy,

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