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Sweet Potato & Lentil Soup with Apples

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I take a lot of pictures on my phone. Right now there are approximately 4,375 on there (no exaggeration) and yet they’re not quite good enough to post here. And so I finally knocked one thing off my to-do list that has been hanging out there for at least a year (I have plenty of years-old to-do items, sadly) and got up to speed with my phone, which means I can finally (maybe) try to catch up on Instagram and not have to lug my regular camera around and then have to connect it to my computer to upload images.. so archaic! Look at me all cutting edge!

So this post serves as a test, to see if the new toy is up to snuff. I did also want to share this soup.

We had three turkey dinners this weekend – a tryptophan triple header. The first was at our house, with friends who have no family in town, which involved me making the stuffing in an electric skillet and then running across the street to put the turkey in my sister’s oven, and us and our friends eating dinner on the couch because our dining room is filled with a fridge and stuff. The second was out at Mike’s cousin’s house, where they covered their bird with bacon and barbecued it in an aluminum roasting pan. The third was tonight at my mom’s house, and I was charged with soup – something I could do in the slow cooker on my dining room table – and so I tucked a couple sweet potatoes in the oven alongside the turkey on Friday night and then kept them in the fridge in their jackets until this morning, when I peeled and tossed them into the pot. It isn’t much different from a carrot-lentil-sweet potato soup I’ve been making for years – but this comes from the BBC. I do like their recipes.

Sweet Potato & Lentil Soup with Apple

2 Tbsp. canola or olive oil
2 onions, chopped or grated
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 Tbsp. grated ginger
1 Tbsp. curry powder or paste
1/4-1/2 cup chopped cilantro (stems too)
2 medium dark-fleshed sweet potatoes, roasted and peeled or peeled and chopped
1 L chicken or vegetable stock
2 cups water
1/2 cup dry red lentils
1 tart apple, peeled, cored and grated
1 cup half & half or coconut milk
juice of a lime
salt

If you have a stovetop, heat a drizzle of oil in a medium pot; add the onions and saute for 4-5 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute. Add the curry powder or paste and cook for another minute; then the cilantro.

Add the sweet potatoes, stock, water, lentils and apple; bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes, or until everything is very soft. (Alternatively, toss everything in the slow cooker and turn it on low for 8 hours.)

Puree the soup in the pot using a hand-held immersion blender; add the half & half, lime juice and salt, blend again and adjust seasonings. Serve hot.

Serves 8.

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October 13 2014 | slow cooker and soup | 6 Comments »

Chicken Sausage, Butternut Squash & Apple Chili

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Guys! I dunno.. my paper wall calendar says it’s October. I think it might be broken.

We still have no kitchen.. our makeshift dining room kitchen now has a slow cooker and an electric skillet, which take turns on the chair closest to the one electrical outlet that is currently occupied by the microwave and coffee machine.

Apples are in, butternut squash is in.. and sausage is always in. This is something you can chop on a rolling cart and make in a slow cooker – even without a kitchen.

Update soon! Promise.

Chicken Sausage, Butternut Squash & Apple Chili

canola oil, for cooking
1 onion, chopped
3 fresh chicken-apple sausages
3-4 garlic cloves, crushed
2-3 Tbsp. chili powder
4 cups (1 L) chicken stock
1 small butternut squash, peeled and diced
1 19 oz. (540 mL) can white kidney beans or chickpeas
1 Tbsp. butter or oil
1 tart apple, diced

In a medium pot, heat a drizzle of oil over medium-high heat and saute the onion for 4-5 minutes, until soft. Squeeze the sausage out of its casing into the pan and cook it, breaking it up with a spoon, until it’s no longer pink. Add the garlic and chili powder and cook for another minute or two.

Add the chicken stock and stir to loosen any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the squash and bring to a simmer; cook for 20-30 minutes, until the squash is tender. Stir in the beans. (Alternatively, toss the lot into a slow cooker and turn it on low for 8 hours.)

In a small skillet, heat the butter over medium-high heat and saute the apple for a few minutes, turning until golden and caramelized. Stir into the chili before serving.

Serves 6.

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October 01 2014 | beans and slow cooker and stews & braises | 19 Comments »

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