sweet potato & lentil soup
This chunky soup is really hearty and could probably fall into the stew category! If you need warming up then this will work. Despite the spices it’s kid-friendly too - my daughter enjoys it although as she prefers a smooth soup I blitz all of hers up rather than leaving half chunky. The cooking of this soup is very hands off and easy to rustle up for a quick lunch. I sometimes like to add a dark green leafy veg such as chard, kale or spinach to the soup and I just stir this in at the end to wilt.
210g (1 cup) Puy lentils
1 tablespoon of avocado oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 carrots, cut into small chunks
3 sweet potatoes, cut into small chunks
2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon of tomato puree
800ml chicken or vegetable stock
Handful of fresh coriander leaves to garnish (optional)
Dark green leafy veg such as chard, kale or spinach (optional)
prep time: 20mins
cook time: approx 40mins
Start by placing your Puy lentils in a bowl and cover with water to soak for 20 minutes.
While the lentils are soaking prepare all your vegetables.
Heat the avocado oil in a large pan and then add all the vegetables. Soften for 5 minutes and then add all the spices and tomato puree.
Give everything a good stir and leave while you drain the lentils.
Add the lentils and stock to the mix in the pan.
Bring to the boil and leave to simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the lentils and vegetables are cooked.
Remove half of the soup to a blender and blend until smooth.
Return the blended soup to the pan and stir everything together.
If you want to add a dark green leafy veg to wilt now is the time to do it.
Sprinkle with the coriander leaves and serve.
the health boost tip
Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, which in most people converts to vitamin A. However did you know that not everyone has the gene to convert beta-carotene to vitamin A? Sweet potatoes have also been shown to help with blood sugar regulation in those with type 2 diabetes.