Sweet Potato Cashew Soup (Vegan)

Sweet Potato Cashew Soup (Vegan)OH. This one’s a keeper, guys.

While I do have the luxury of working from home and making most of my meals when and how I’d like, I still try to prep at least one dish that I can eat as leftovers all throughout the week. This way, on those busy days when I can’t or don’t want to cook, I have a healthy option already made sitting in the fridge. Soup is the best for this!

Sweet Potato Cashew Soup (Vegan)

Sweet Potato Cashew Soup (Vegan)

I might be late to the party with this one, but I just learned that cashews can be used in soup as a dairy substitute to give it a thick, creamy texture without the milk/cream. I couldn’t wait to try this out—especially since I’ve been playing around with my new Ninja Ultima blender nonstop (I talked more about it in this post, but long story short: I’m in love with a kitchen appliance).

Sweet Potato Cashew Soup (Vegan)

Sweet Potato Cashew Soup (Vegan)

Yield: 6-8 servings

Sweet Potato Cashew Soup (Vegan)

Ingredients

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½” cubes (about 4 heaping cups)
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 5 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 head of califlower, chopped (about 4 heaping cups)
  • 1 sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Put 3 cups broth, the potatoes, onion and garlic in a pot and simmer on med-low heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the cauliflower and basil and let it continue to cook, covered, for 10-12 minutes.
  3. While the pot is simmering, put the remaining 2 cups broth and the cashews in a blender. Blend until cashews are totally incorporated into the liquid (it’ll look kind of like milk).
  4. Stir in the chashew/broth mixture to the pot along with desired amount of salt and pepper. Let simmer for 3-5 more minutes.
  5. Place half the soup in the blender and blend until smooth. Mix back into the pot.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

If you want a really thick, smooth soup, put all of it through a blender. If you want a chunky soup with a thinner base, don’t put any of it through the blender at the end.

http://pumpsandiron.com/2014/03/20/sweet-potato-cashew-soup-vegan/

This soup is like a comforting, creamy chowder but completely dairy-free—I love it! It’s filling and satisfying, and perfect for rainy, cloudy days like today. Try it out and let me know what you think!

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Quinoa Sweet Potato Rounds

Quinoa Sweet Potato RoundsI had no intention of these turning into anything remotely blog-worthy. It was one of those nights when you’re way too lazy to go grocery shopping, also too lazy to walk a block to the nearest restaurant, and too impatient to wait an hour for delivery. Which is pathetic. But we’ve all been there. (I hope?)

Quinoa Sweet Potato Rounds

I had this in my kitchen to work with: a two-month-old sweet potato, a zip-loc bag of frozen banana chunks, olive oil, some dried cranberries, pecans, a nearly empty tub of hummus, a couple stray chives, an avocado that won’t be ripe for another three years, and quinoa. I nixed the bananas and rock-hard avocado, and surprising made something so delicious with the rest that I couldn’t resist photographing it and sharing it with you all.

Quinoa Sweet Potato Rounds

This would work great as a finger food at parties or as an appetizer. It also made for a delicious dinner. As I mentioned, I totally just slapped this thing together, so my ingredient measurements aren’t exact (which is fine, you don’t need to be).

Quinoa Sweet Potato Rounds

Quinoa Sweet Potato Rounds

Yield: 12 rounds (depending on size of potato)

Quinoa Sweet Potato Rounds

A vegan, gluten-free finger food, snack--or meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into ¼” slices
  • 1/3 cup dry quinoa
  • A couple spoonfuls of hummus (I used classic/plain)
  • Handful of crushed pecans
  • Handful of dried cranberries
  • 3 chives (green part only), chopped
  • Extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Toss the sweet potato slices in a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet in the oven at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes (after 10 minutes, flip them over).
  2. While the sweet potato bakes, cook the quinoa (bring ½ cup water to a boil, add in the dry quinoa, bring down to a simmer until fluffy—about 10-12 minutes). Stir in a little olive oil to prevent it from sticking to the pan.
  3. Once the quinoa is cooked, stir in a couple spoonfuls of hummus. Mix in the cranberries, pecans and chives.
  4. When the sweet potato rounds are done, top each one with a spoonful of the quinoa mixture.
http://pumpsandiron.com/2014/01/28/quinoa-sweet-potato-rounds/

Have you had any accidental kitchen successes?

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Avocado Pesto Sauce

Avocado Pesto Sauce Recipe
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen this recipe coming…

In my world, adding avocado to just about anything (cereal not withstanding) makes it better. I loved the creamier texture and taste it gave to this otherwise basic pesto recipe. The only downside—and I mean only—is that, like guacamole, the avocado will cause the pesto to turn brown if you don’t eat it right away. This recipe makes almost 2 cups of it, so I found myself using brown leftover pesto for the rest of the week—still delicious, just not quite as pretty. You could add a little lemon juice to help offset the brown; but the easier solution is just to make less at a time.

Avocado Pesto Sauce Recipe

Avocado Pesto Sauce

Yield: 2 cups

Avocado Pesto Sauce

A creamy, healthy twist on traditional pesto sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed basil
  • 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated pecorino cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor, excluding 1/3 cup of the olive oil.
  2. Start to blend them together, slowly adding in the remaining olive oil.

Notes

The avocado (like with guacamole) will start to turn brown in the presence of oxygen. You can add a bit of lemon juice to offset this if you plan on storing it in the refrigerator, or just make less at a time. When using leftover sauce, it may be necessary to stir in some extra olive oil.

http://pumpsandiron.com/2014/01/17/avocado-pesto-sauce/

Avocado Pesto Sauce RecipeI’ve been eating this pesto sauce with spaghetti squash, spread on toast, mixed into veggie stirfries—I even added a dollop of it on top of my scrambled eggs the other morning (so good!). Make a batch, refrigerate the leftovers, and eat it all week long!

Hope everyone has a fun, healthy (semi-healthy?) weekend! :)

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