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Asian Crunchy Leek and Sweet Potato Soup

Asian Crunchy Leek and Sweet Potato Soup

When it comes to soup, I’m facing an interesting challenge. In our family of five, everyone has different preferences. My older daughter likes only clear Asian broth with some veggies and protein, the middle one needs everything pureed, and the little boy absolutely loves soup, any kind, every day! I hope it will stay that way. Of course, this means every time I prepare soup, someone will skip it. Well, I guess that’s a challenge many of you are familiar with. 😉

Are you wondering why I named this soup “crunchy”? The soup itself is creamy and (optionally) slightly spicy due to the ginger and the red curry paste. I used a 30% fat reduced coconut cream and my Homemade Vegetable Broth to keep it light. The crunchy part is the dehydrated leek I add just before serving. This crunchy leek gives the soup an awesome kick.

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Sweet Potato and Thyme Gratin

Sweet Potato and Thyme Gratin

There are many ways to prepare sweet potatoes, just like carrots. You can enjoy them raw, cooked, fried, or out of the oven like in this recipe. They’re not only delicious, but also a great source of beta-carotene, which helps raise the vitamin A level in our blood. Adding just a little fat helps to extract the beta-carotene even more. This recipe I created as a side dish for my Wild Christmas Menu where it accompanies a delicious Fillet of Venison on Sweet Potato Gratin, Brussels Sprouts, Red Wine Shallots, and Juniper Berry Foam. The slightly sweet nutty flavor of the sweet potato combined with intense thyme flavor goes very well with it.

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Brazilian Pineapple & Chicken Stir Fry

Brazilian Pineapple & Chicken Stir Fry

In this recipe I created a highly nutritious sports lunch for two, combining sweet and savory ingredients from Brazil, the host country of the 2016 Olympics. While it’s important for anyone to eat well in order to stay fit and healthy, it’s especially important to fuel your body with the right nutrition when competing or being very active.

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Sweet Potato Hummus

Sweet Potato Hummus

Hummus is always a great snack in between or as a tapa or meze when welcoming guests at your home. In this recipe I used sweet potatoes, which are not only delicious, but also a great source of beta-carotene, which helps raise the vitamin A level in our blood. Adding olive oil helps to extract the beta-carotene benefits of this root vegetable even more.

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Sweet Potato Mash

Sweet Potato Mash

I love the taste of sweet potato, especially the darker-skinned variety with the thick and dark orange colored pulp. It has a hint of sweet with a moist texture. Sweet potato is low in carbohydrates, has a high nutrient density, and is source of certain vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A and Beta-carotene. As a result, sweet potato is a great alternative for a healthy side dish.

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