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Organic Sweet Potato Chili and Coconut Soup Recipe

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Today I’m sharing my favourite sweet potato chili and coconut soup recipe.  Not only is it organic, but it’s vegan and vegetarian friendly too,

As a vegetarian, I always find Christmas a difficult time food-wise.  When I think of traditional Christmas foods I inevitably think of things like turkey, goose, pigs in blankets, potatoes roast in goose fat.  And if you’re vegan it’s not any easier as traditional festive treats include brandy butter, cheese boards and other such dairy treats.

When I try to think of traditional vegetarian and vegan Christmas foods my mind goes blank apart from Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce and nut roast.

What I always say is that if you are having a vegetarian or vegan Christmas too, then the number one rule for happiness is to rip up the rule book!

You don’t have to have nut roast because someone in the seventies decided that’s what vegetarians and vegans should eat (I’ve never had a nice one).  Just because Brussels sprouts are the done thing at Christmas doesn’t mean your whole meal has to revolve around them.

Cook what makes you and your family happy.  It doesn’t matter if it’s particularly Christmassy because you can make it a family tradition that your family associate with Christmas year on year.

Which brings me to the question – what food makes my family happy?  And that, my friend, is a very good question.  My partner and I have been vegetarian for 11 years, and our Christmas main meal has mostly revolved around Quorn Roast, which we first started eating out of convenience and which then grew into tradition.  The trouble is it isn’t dairy free, which poses a problem as my youngest daughter was just this year diagnosed with a dairy intolerance so our beloved Quorn Roast is out this year.

sweet potato chili and coconut soup recipe

I’m still not 100% certain what we will cook for the main course, but I have at least settled on the starter.  As it’s our first Christmas going down a vegan route I am steering completely away from tradition and will be serving up this organic sweet potato, chili and coconut soup.  It’s tasty, comforting, vegetarian, vegan, slightly spicy (everyone in my family, especially my kids, loves spice), and is quick and easy to make.  Basically, it makes each and every one of us happy – and that’s what Christmas is all about!

Organic food makes us especially happy as the journey from field to fork is less damaging to the environment and to the growers and pickers.  It’s a healthier choice all round, and it’s why I’ve partnered with the Organic.  Feed Your Happy campaign, a campaign ran by the Organic Trade Board, in order to raise awareness of the joy of organic food.

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I adapted this recipe from one I found on Bearded Baker.  It was a little spicier than my family’s palate allows for, so I’ve toned down the chili, brought in some additional flavours for extra depth, and reduced the amount of sweet potato for a less thick soup.  And of course, I’ve made it organic, which adds that extra bit of happy to the dish!

Vegan Organic Sweet Potato, Chili & Coconut Soup Recipe


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Serves 6

Vegan Organic Sweet Potato, Chili & Coconut Soup Recipe

Make this delicious vegan and vegetarian friendly organic sweet potato, chili, and coconut soup with easy recipe.


  • 600 g organic sweet potatoes, peeled & sliced into thin coins
  • 1/4 organic red chili, de-seeded & finely diced
  • 1 finely chopped organic red onion
  • 1 3cm x 3cm nub of organic ginger, finely diced
  • 2 cloves organic garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 400 ml can of organic coconut milk
  • 600 ml of organic vegetable stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to season


  1. Add the oil to a medium sized soup pot and heat gently.
  2. Once heated add the onion, and cook over a medium heat until translucent.
  3. Once the onions are translucent, add the chili, ginger and garlic to the pot, and heat for two minutes.
  4. Then add the sweet potato, the vegetable stock and paprika.
  5. Bring to the boil and then let the soup gently simmer for 15 minutes or so until the sweet potato has completely softened.
  6. Now add the coconut milk.  Don't worry if some of it has solidified in the can - this will soon melt in the soup.
  7. Heat for a further 2 minutes, then remove from the pot from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  8. Using a hand blender, blitz the soup until smooth, and then season to your taste.
  9. For an added festive touch, toast some of your favourite organic bread and use a star cookie cutter to cut out some star shaped croutons!


And if you are looking for one central place to find organic Christmas ingredients or gifts for the family, then why not pop over to the Soil Association’s Christmas Marketplace?

ps: I have more vegetarian and vegan Christmas dinner ideas right this way!

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Hello!  How are you on this fine Sunday?  Up to much today?  We are over on the west coast, albeit briefly, visiting my family.  I’m hoping to catch up with my lovely grandad – he’s 95 and loves to tell a story or two!

Before we head to this week’s links I just wanted to say thank you so much for your words, likes and shares of my book news.  It’s been wonderful reading your words of support, and I can’t wait for the book to be released in February so that you can see it in full!

On to this week’s links:

1.  Climate change is manifesting itself in many unforetold ways.  Beyond the effects on weather events, crops, sea levels and the other obvious examples, it turns out climate change is also responsible for creating a new generation of child brides: “Everyone has their own idea of what climate change looks like. For some, it’s the walrus struggling to find space on melting ice floes on Blue Planet II.  For others, it’s an apocalyptic vision of cities disappearing beneath the waves.  But for more and more girls across Africa, the most palpable manifestation of climate change is the baby in their arms as they sit watching their friends walk to school“.

2.  How an app is helping to stop pollution in China.

3.  I love Wool & The Gang’s “Green Gang” – a gang full of inspirational ladies to help inspire a green movement.

4  A lobster has been found with what can only be described as a Pepsi tattoo on it’s claw and it’s raising alarm over the extent of ocean pollution levels.

5.  We all know that trees can help absorb carbon dioxide levels, and help reduce flooding, but now research shows that planting trees can help reduce the occurrence of asthma attacks.  The magic of trees, yet we still cut them down.  All we have to do now is to prove that trees can boost wifi signals and we’ll be densely forested in no time, right?!

6.  Whilst we’re on the subject of trees here are ideas for eco friendly Christmas trees.

7.  Simple is always best.

8.  Could recycling at home or in a community hub catch on?

9. I stumbled across Refinery29’s Money Diaries this week and was instantly hooked.  The first one I read was about a student mum, with no maternity pay, living on her partner’s earnings.

10.  So relieved that this kid is our future.

Enjoy your Sunday!