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Organic Sweet Potato Chili and Coconut Soup Recipe | AD

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This sweet potato chili and coconut soup recipe is paid-for content.

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 are vegan then it’s not any easier. Traditional vegetaria 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. Which I appreciate are not up everyone’s street.

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.

Feed Your Happy This Christmas

Cook what makes you and your family happy.  It doesn’t matter if it’s particularly Christmassy. This is because whatever you make, you can make it a family tradition that your family associates 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. Since then our Christmas main meal has mostly revolved around Quorn Roast. 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. This means 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. However, 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. Instead, I will be serving up this organic sweet potato, chili, and coconut soup. 

It’s tasty, comforting, vegetarian, vegan, and slightly spicy (everyone in my family, especially my kids, loves spice). What’s more, it 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. This is because the journey from field to fork is less damaging to the environment and to the growers and pickers.  It’s also a healthier choice all round. This is why I’ve partnered with the Feed Your Happy campaign, a campaign run by the Organic Trade Board, in order to raise awareness of the joy of organic food, to share this delicious organic recipe.

Sweet Potato Chili and Coconut Soup Recipe

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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.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 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 3 cm 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

Instructions

  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!

Enjoy!

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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Life & Style, Special Occasions

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas For All!

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Looking for ethical Christmas gift ideas? You’ve come to the right place – let me share with you my top gift ideas for 2021.

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I was wondering if it was a bit too early to share my ethical Christmas gift ideas with you.  However, during my trip to the Cairngorms last week I hung about with some reindeer, saw snow, and even came across a pop-up Christmas shop at the top of the Cairn Gorm mountain of all places.  It all left me feeling, dare I say it, a little bit festive, so I thought why not!

I’ve rounded up 37 beautiful and affordable ethical Christmas gift ideas, starting from just £3 and not exceeding £55.  I like to keep things budget-friendly because it really is the thought that counts, which can easily be forgotten at this time of year.  Despite what other gift guides say I always feel that it’s ok to spend only a small amount of money on a well-thought-out ethical gift for your partner or your friends or family.  As such I’ve sourced a range of gifts from a range of independent shops and makers to suit a range of people within a small budget.

Enjoy!

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas For Her

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1. This incredibly cute little oak shelf from Etsy is only £10 and made from old rulers.  I’m in love.  You can also purchase the little house in the glass dome too for £16!

2.  These hidden message mittens (£35) are vegan friendly, and are sure to warm anyone’s heart on a cold day.

3. A Nasty Feminist brooch (£15) from Folksy because why not?

4.  These brass and resin panther earrings (£32) from Etsy are sure to make a statement.

5.  Beeswax Candles (£10) from The Future Kept.

6. I am a little bit obsessed with this embroidered succulent terrarium wall garden hanging (£22.99) from Ovo Bloom.  On my Christmas list for sure!

7.  A pretty handmade necklace (£15) from the talented Beth Pegler.

8.  A ‘Chia Me Up’ organic cotton jumper (£45) to bring a small to her face.

9.  The concrete planter making kit (£15) from Sandy Leaf Farm contains everything you need to make a stylish plant pot holder.

10.  A weaving kit from Wool Couture (£15) for wannabe weavers.

11.  Sea Salt Spray (£24) by Herbivore Botanicals, the cult natural beauty favourite.

12.  A pretty triangle hair clip (£10) from Etsy.

13. This Pomegranate Soy Candle (£8) from Olive Soy Candles, is handmade and comes in a sweet cotton bag, ready for gifting.

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas For Him

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I’ve said for him here arbitrarily, but actually, with the exception of the shirt and t-shirt I’d be pretty pleased to receive any of these lovely ethical gifts, so do feel free to disregard these gender labels.

1. An inspiring vegetarian cookbook – Green Kitchen Stories At Home (£15.42) – to help inspire future feasts.

2. A handmade classic bicycle bell (£17.99) from Etsy to help bling his/her bike.

3.  A stylish mug (£32) from The Future Kept to hold the morning’s rocket fuel.  Get 10% off if you sign up to the Future Kept mailing list.

4.  A cycling t-shirt from Not On The High Street (£20), hand printed in Cambridge.

5.  A bee and bug boudoir (£30) for any budding entomologists.

6.  Loose leaf breakfast tea (£3) in a brown paper bag, because thoughtful gifts don’t have to be pricey.

7.  A Starling lino print (£12) from Etsy, for bird lovers.

8.  Elephant Gin (£29.25) – really tasty gin that donates proceeds from the sale of each bottle towards elephant conservation charities.

9.  A cosy hat (£30) from Finisterre*.

10.  A check shirt from Thought Clothing (£49.90) because can you ever have too many check shirts?  I think not.

11.  Finally, a chicken-themed enamel mug (£10) from Etsy, for gardening, allotmenteering, camping, and all-round outdoor adventuring.

Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas For Kids

ethical gift ideas for kids

1. Ethical and organic unisex pyjamas (£30) from The Bright Company.  Pyjamas (and books) and my number one to go gift for kids.  They rarely go wrong.

2.  A set of 3 wooden elephants (£16.50) from Sarah and Bendrix, for a kids toy that’s easy on the eyes but still lots of fun for little kids.

3. The cutest t-shirt with an important message (£19.72).  Also available in grown-up sizes, if you’re as smitten as I am.  PS: this item ships from the States, so allow postage time.

4.  A sweet dolls house (£55) from Olli Ella.

5.  The sweetest animal mittens (£19.50) from Not On The High Street.

6.  An Explorers Atlas (£15.91) for inquisitive minds.

7.  Bright ethical wellies made in France (£30) for puddle jumping adventures.

8.  A book to inspire – Emmeline Pankhurst for kids (£10.42). There are heaps of other inspiring women in the Little People, Big Dreams series to choose from too. These include Ada Lovelace, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo, Ella Fitzgerald, and more!

9.  A cat cushion (£20) that’s purr-fect for relaxing on.

10.  A colour in cardboard igloo (£12) from Hobbycraft.  Kids can draw on it, play in it, and when they are done it can be dismantled and placed in the recycling.  I got one for my kids in the October holidays and it was an instant hit!

11.  A lovely unisex wool jumper from Tootsa (£38) available in a range of colours.  I have bought a couple of jumpers from Tootsa over the years, and they have now been handed down to my youngest.  They wash so well and are so durable.

12.  A sweet little wooden bunny necklace (£12) from Etsy.

13.  Finally, a Botanicum Activity Book (£6.92) for a fun look at plants.  The illustrations in this are something else.

More Christmas Gift Ideas

I have more Christmas gift ideas from my archives:

I also have some non gift Christmas ideas if gifts aren’t your things, and some homemade Christmas gift ideas if you’re after something a little less commercial.