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Let’s face it we tend to indulge in high caloric recipes over the holidays, I personally buy butter in bulk this time of year. And sad to admit maybe more than once. From cookie recipes to buttery casseroles we go thru a lot of butter. However, everything about the holidays does not have to be fattening. How about including a few healthy eating recipes at our dinner parties so we can indulge in the desserts later? My grandmother lived to 97 years old and her key to longevity was always moderation.
While shopping at Sam’s Club before Thanksgiving, I saw their large bag of sweet potatoes in the produce section and knew I had to come up with a few extra recipes to finish off the bag. Sweet Potato recipes are one of our favorites at holiday time and they are full of nutrients Instead of serving it filled with butter and marshmallows we are going to serve up small cups of Creamy Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup. at our next party.
The hardest part of this recipe is truly taking the skin off the potatoes. Solicit some help from the kids on this part!!
I used leeks instead of onions because I had them on hand and love them in soups.
I also buy the large bag of organic carrots at Sam’s club as we go through a lot of carrots in dips and dishes all thru the holidays. By buying the baby carrots we saved time on peeling the carrots!
Instead of moving the soup to a blender, I love my emulsion blender. A must have in any kitchen really. IF you don’t have one consider asking Santa for one. You can blend the entire pot of soup with out having to move it and clean a separate blender.
If you don’t plan on serving this soup the same day as you are cooking it, do not add the half and half. The best thing about most sweet potato recipes is that you can make them ahead of time and heat them up the following day.
This is a very filling soup and your guests will probably only want a small tasting before dinner. This is why we decided to serve it in our tea cups. Also add a touch of the half and half before serving in addition to the sprig of thyme. Don’t you think it makes it more elegant looking?
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- 3 tablespoons butter, divided
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 4 ¾ cups peeled, cubed sweet potatoes
- 3 ½ cups water
- 3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
- 3 cups chopped carrot
- ¼ cup half-and-half
- ½ teaspoon salt Pinch of pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
- 1 cup chopped sweet onions or Leeks
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and cook 5 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
- Move onion mixture to side of pan. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to open space in pan. Increase heat to medium-high and cook 1 minute or until butter begins to brown. Add sweet potatoes, water, broth and carrots. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat and simmer 35 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
- Place half of soup mixture in a blender or do this in your pot with an emulsion blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape). Secure blender lid and place clean towel over lid opening to avoid splatters. Blend until smooth. If not using today, stop here and refrigerate.
- Stir in half-and-half, salt and pepper. Top each serving with a touch of thyme. Or add a touch of cream into each serving bowl at service.
Per Serving: Calories 296, Carbs 46g, Fat 11g, Protein 5g
Adapted from Walmart Healthy LIving