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Organic Sweet Potato Chili and Coconut Soup Recipe | AD

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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 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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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


  • 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


  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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Autumn, Food & Drink

Organic Porridge with Cinnamon Spiced Roast Plum | AD

organic porridge with cinnamon roast plum

porridge with roast plum

Let me share with you my most very favourite porridge recipe.

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What makes you happy?  Right now I’m enjoying the early autumnal walk back from school as I drop my eldest off for the day.  The journey there is always a rush to get out the door and to get to school in time, but the journey back is a much more placid affair.  My youngest and I can take our time and wander slowly home, saying hiya to all the neighbourhood cats and dogs,  and watch the leaves go plip as they fall from the trees.  Because autumn is happening, whether you like it or not.  I found my first conker today.  Just saying.

Once we get home it’s my time for breakfast.  I never have time before school to eat so I make a point of taking time to eat a hearty breakfast once I get home as that morning walk always works up a serious appetite.

For the love of porridge

I love porridge, particularly when the seasons transition from summer to autumn. Here, on a cold day, a cold breakfast just doesn’t quite cut the mustard anymore.  On those chilly mornings when you feel like you need something warm and comforting for breakfast, there’s nothing quite like a bowl of porridge to fill you up and warm your cockles.

As good as porridge is, I quite like to add some variation to my porridge depending on what’s in season.  This month, it’s all about the plums.  While fresh chopped plums are pretty good in porridge, for a little extra treat when I’m feeling fancy I will roast my plums with honey and cinnamon for a sweet and spiced healthy breakfast of kings.

organic porridge with cinnamon roast plum

We have a huge plum tree on our allotment and have an abundance of them right now.  What makes me extra happy is that our plums are grown organically.  We don’t use any pesticides or herbicides on our allotment.

Why Choose Organic?

I also try to buy organic foodstuff where possible, where my budget allows.  There are myriad reasons to buy organic.  Not least because it’s better for us, better for the environment, better for wildlife, and better for farmers and farm workers.  My daughter so sweetly used to describe fairtrade as “something that makes the farmers happy”, which I think could definitely be applied to organic food as well!

The Organic Trade Board is inviting you to feed your happy by experiencing the unadulterated joy of organic food.  As part of this, I thought I’d share with you my recipe for organic porridge with cinnamon-spiced roast plum.  My hope is that this delicious healthy and organic breakfast makes you as happy as it makes me (and the environment)!

Organic Porridge with Cinnamon Spiced Plum Recipe

organic porridge recipe


Makes one portion

I’ve put links of where to buy the ingredients organically in case you can’t find them locally.

Approx 30g organic oats

Approx 250 ml water

Pinch of salt

1 organic plum

1/2 teaspoon organic honey or maple syrup

Pinch of cinnamon

Splash of organic milk or vegan milk (optional)

A handful of organic walnuts


Preheat your oven to 170°C/150°C fan oven.

Slice your plum in half and remove the stone.

Place your plum halves cut side up in an oven dish and drizzle with the honey and sprinkle the cinnamon on top.

Place in the oven for around 15 mins.

After 10 minutes of roasting time, prepare the porridge as per the instructions on your packet of oats.  I find that adding around 30ml of oats and 250ml water, with a pinch of salt, and bringing that to the boil, and then stirring vigorously for one minute does the trick for me.  However, you might have your own preferred porridge technique that I don’t want to get in the way of!

Add a splash of milk (if you want to make creamier porridge) and stir well. Finally, top with your honey roast plums and a few chopped walnuts and sit back and enjoy!

Do also check out my post on other vegetarian breakfast ideas.  I’ve got so many ideas!

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