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Asian Sesame Sweet Potato & Squash Soup

Sweet Potato Squash Soup

Asian Sesame Sweet Potato & Squash Soup

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that as we grow older, eating becomes more tiring?  First world problems I know but whew!  After this past weekend I still feel like I’m in a food coma.  In general, I eat pretty healthy throughout the year so I think my body just shuts down when affronted with so much fat and sugar.  I love pigging out over the holidays, but I was really craving something healthy.  This Japanese-inspired Asian Sesame Sweet Potato Squash Soup was just what I needed after an overly indulgent weekend.

Over the years I’ve made every variation of sweet potato and squash: roasted, mashed, baked.   This holiday season, I really wanted to try something new.  Butternut squash soup is popular, but I decided to add sweet potato, to bring out the sweetness of the squash.  I had to keep this soup dairy free, so I used a bit of miso instead of cream for a richer taste.  Building on this Asian-inspired flavour, I included some mirin (sweet cooking wine) to add acidity to the dish.  For the garnish I topped with toasted sesame seeds and nori (dried seaweed) for a bit of salty crunch.

Asian Sesame Sweet Potato & Squash Soup

Asian Sesame Sweet Potato & Squash Soup

Festive and easy to prepare, I loved this healthy, hearty soup on a cold, winter’s night.  The nori, mirin and miso can be found in the Asian aisle of a big chain supermarket, or at any Asian grocery store.  If you don’t want to buy a whole bottle of mirin, you can substitute for sake and keep on drinking this holiday season!

Asian Sesame Sweet Potato & Squash Soup

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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Asian Sesame Sweet Potato & Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1" piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed and diced
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup mirin (sweet cooking wine)
  • 2 tbsp light miso paste
  • 5 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 6 snack size sheets of nori (dried seaweed)
  • 3 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat sesame oil in a large pot or saute pan on medium-high heat. Saute onion, garlic and ginger until softened, about 2 minutes. Add squash and sweet potato and sauté 1 minute longer.
  2. Whisk together mirin and miso paste. Add to vegetables along with chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down and simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes, or until vegetables are soft.
  3. Using an immersion blender or food processor, puree soup until smooth. Return to pot and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Lightly toast the sesame seeds in a toaster oven or in a small pan on the stove top over low heat.
  5. Serve and top with toasted sesame seeds and pieces of nori.
http://iseehungrypeople.net/2016/11/14/asian-sesame-sweet-potato-squash-soup/

Sweet Potato Squash Soup

Asian Sesame Sweet Potato Squash Soup

What is your favourite holiday soup?  Let me know if you enjoyed the Asian flavours in this Sweet Potato Squash Soup!

American’s Test Kitchen’s Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Growing up, my mother would often serve Habitant Pea Soup and this was always one of my favourite lunches. Every so often, I have a craving for pea soup so when I found a recipe in my America’s Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution cookbook I was all over recreating my favourite childhood soup.

I picked up a ham hock from the local butcher and had some delicious leftover ham steaks from Thanksgiving. I shredded and cubed the ham a bit thicker than the recipe and the result was everything I dreamed of and more. Chunky salty pieces of ham swimming in a creamy, smoky split pea soup; the perfect comfort food to warm your soul on a chilly fall evening.

American’s Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 9 hours

Total Time: 9 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

American’s Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 onions, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced fresh thyme or ½ teaspoon dried
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 pound green split peas (2 cups ), picked over and rinsed
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 smoked ham hock, rinsed
  • 8 ounces ham steak cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. In a medium microwave safe bowl, microwave the onions, garlic, oil, thyme and red pepper flakes, stirring occasionally until the onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker.
  2. Stir broth, water, split peas, carrots, and bay leaves into the slow cooker. Place ham hock in slow cooker and cover. Cook 9-11 hours on low or 5-7 hours on high until peas are soft and tender.
  3. Remove ham hock and shred. Discard skin, bone and bay leaves. Allow soup to settle for 5 minutes then skim fat from the surface with a large spoon.
  4. Stir in shredded ham hock and steak, cover and cook on high until heated through for about 15 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Thanksgiving Turkey Burger w/ Sweet Potato Hummus & Kale Brussels Sprout Slaw

Thanksgiving Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Hummus & Kale Brussels Sprout Slaw

Thanksgiving Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Hummus & Kale Brussels Sprout Slaw

After being away for most of the month of May, it was nice to return home to warm weather and BBQ season! I love spending a lazy Sunday lounging around with friends, firing up the grill, and soaking up the afternoon sunshine.

Thanksgiving Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Hummus & Kale Brussels Sprout Slaw

Thanksgiving Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Hummus & Kale Brussels Sprout Slaw

In the spirit of the barbeque, I’ve put together a turkey burger full of the flavor of Thanksgiving – because when I think of turkey I want all the fixings! My thick and juicy turkey burger is both sweet and savory, inspired by the classic Thanksgiving dressings of cranberry sauce, mushroom gravy and cornmeal sage stuffing. The burger is topped off with some sweet potato hummus and a kale brussels sprouts slaw, three of my favourite vegetables to make for holiday side dishes. The crunch of the slaw is a nice contrast to the creamy hummus and hearty burger, and together they make a perfect rustic, summer meal.

Thanksgiving Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Hummus & Kale Brussels Sprout Slaw

Thanksgiving Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Hummus & Kale Brussels Sprout Slaw

Thanksgiving Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Hummus & Kale Brussels Sprout Slaw

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Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 4 burgers, 2 cups of hummus

Thanksgiving Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Hummus & Kale Brussels Sprout Slaw

Ingredients

    For the sweet potato hummus:
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 540ml can chick peas drained, rinsed
  • ¼ yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small garlic clove, peeled & smashed
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon toasted fennel seeds
  • ½ cup cold water
  • For the turkey burger
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 yellow onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 celery stalks, finely diced
  • 4 white mushrooms, wiped, stems removed and finely diced
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 8 large sage leaves, finely chopped
  • handful chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • ½ teaspoon all spice
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil or grapeseed oil for cooking
  • 4 x crusty burger buns or gluten free bread
  • For the kale brussels sprout slaw
  • 8 kale leaves, de-stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 8 brussels sprouts, stems removed and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Instructions

  1. Cook sweet potato in microwave on potato setting approx. 8-10minutes.
  2. Heat butter in a sauté pan over medium and sauté onion, celery and mushrooms until translucent approx. 5 minutes. Let cool in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Place hummus ingredients in a blender. Slice cooked sweet potato in half and scoop out cooked potato into the blender. Process until smooth, adding a bit more cold water if hummus is too thick.
  4. Add remaining burger ingredients to the mixing bowl with the onions, celery and mushrooms. Mix meat with hands and shape into 4 large burgers, forming a small concave on top to hold the toppings.
  5. For the BBQ:
  6. Heat grill on high or a charcoal grill until the charcoals glow bright orange. Brush turkey burgers with olive oil and grill 5 minutes per side until golden.
  7. For the stovetop:
  8. Heat grapeseed oil in sauté pan or cast iron skillet on high. When the oil begins to smoke, turn down the heat to medium-low. Place burgers, two at a time in hot pan and cover with aluminum foil. Cook for 7 minutes, add a bit of water and flip. Cook for another 7 minutes then place on a plate and cover with foil. Let sit.
  9. While the burgers cook, assemble the slaw. Place all the ingredients in a salad bowl and massage the kale with your hands for 1 minute.
  10. To assemble the burger:
  11. Cut buns in half and place open faced on a place. Spread hummus on the top bun and place the turkey burger on the bottom bun, topping with some more hummus. Scoop a generous spoonful of slaw on the top side of the burger. Eat open faced or cut in half and hold together with a skewer.
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Thanksgiving Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Hummus & Kale Brussels Sprout Slaw

Thanksgiving Turkey Burger with Sweet Potato Hummus & Kale Brussels Sprout Slaw