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Organic Sweet Potato Chili and Coconut Soup Recipe | AD

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vegan soup recipe

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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Food & Drink, Kitchen Staples

The Vegan Milk That Doesn’t Curdle In Your Coffee

vegan milk that doesn't curdle

I’ve been on the hunt for vegan milk that doesn’t curdle for years. Years. For me, personally, it’s been the biggest barrier in switching from regular milk to vegan milk.

I don’t drink coffee that much.  However, I like a cup in the morning to fire me up for the day. And yet with every vegan milk I tried, and I tried them all, every single milk curdled in my morning coffee.  See exhibit A.  A cup of milky coffee is an indulgence of mine, and curdled milk was not cutting it for me.

The Vegan Milk Problem

I tried so many kinds of vegan milk in the quest to find vegan milk that doesn’t curdle.  From rice milk to soya milk.  Oat milk to almond milk.  Sweetened almond milk to coconut milk.  Them all. 

I then tried heating the milk. Waiting for my coffee to cool.  Pouring the milk into my coffee over the back of a spoon.  You name it I tried it.  Yet the milk still curdled.

The Vegan Milk That Doesn’t Curdle

I had given up the vegan milk quest (although I was reducing dairy in other parts of my diet).  This was until the other day.  I was in a shop and stumbled across Oatly Barista Milk.  Made from oats, it’s marketed to baristas who want foamable milk for making latte art.  How hipster!  I’m no latte artist, but I figured at £1.95 a carton it would be worth a try to see if it wouldn’t curdle when poured straight into the coffee.

vegan milk that doesn't curdle

I got home and made myself a coffee, and lo and behold, my hunch was right – Oatly Barista Milk is the first vegan milk that doesn’t curdle that I’ve come across!  

Taste & Texture

I’ve also found I much prefer the taste and texture of this milk over the standard Oatly oat milk I tried before or any vegan milk for that matter.  It has a nice thick, non-watery texture unlike all the vegan milks I’ve tried before, and a pleasant taste that doesn’t overpower the tea or coffee.  And it tastes nice in breakfast cereal and porridge too!

Where to Buy Oatly

Oatly is available in Waitrose and Sainsbury’s.  It may also be available in some organic/natural food shops.

The Oatly Barista Milk has a long date on it.  Unopened it can store un-refrigerated for a year.  I, therefore, want to buy it in bulk as it’s not available in my local area.  

It’s been hard to track it down as a bulk buy available for postage.  The best price I can find it online in bulk is £11.21 for a pack of six* with free delivery from Healthy Foods Online, a third-party seller on Amazon.  If you don’t mind shopping directly with Amazon, I have found it for £7.20 for a pack of six* with free delivery.  

If you want to avoid Amazon altogether, it is available for £11.21 for a pack of six with a £2.99 delivery charge from 123 Healthshop.

vegan milk that doesn't curdle

Since this post, I’ve done some investigation into which oat milk is the best in terms of ethics, which you might be interested in.  I’ve also written on how to freeze oat milk to help reduce food waste.  Do check them out!  And if you are a tea drinker then might like this post on is there plastic in your tea?