Sweet Potato & Red Lentil Bisque

I spent most of my post yesterday talking about , grilling, pasta salads, and foods that remind me of summer.  I’m really going to change things up today and now go with a recipe for a soup.  A sweet potato soup.  Like, am I back in October or something?

Okay, so, in my defense, I just really really wanted to use my immersion blender and also wanted to use up the rest of my Red Lentils… trying something new other than the Dahl I’ve become obsessed with.

Enter the sweet potatoes and now you have a sweet potato and lentil bisque.

This recipe comes from Oprah’s Magazine which I actually found online.  I followed the directions using my beloved Sriracha for the red chile paste, and omitting the pomegranate seeds the original recipe calls for (poms are a winter fruit!).  It was really yummy!  Dave and I packed this in tupperware for our lunches and both found it to be very filling.

It may be hot outside, but my office is always freezing… soup is always welcome over here!

Sweet Potato & Red Lentil Bisque

Ingredients:

1 lb Sweet Potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
1 cup Red Lentils, rinsed (I use the ones from Trader Joe’s)
½ cup Dried Apricots, quartered
½ Onion, chopped
1 tsp Sriracha
4 cups Chicken Broth
1 can Light Coconut Milk
½ tsp. salt, plus more to taste
½ tsp. ground black pepper
Chopped cilantro

Directions
1.  Place the sweet po’s, lentils, apricots, onion, Sriracha, and broth in a large pot.  Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, COVER, and simmer until the lentils are falling apart and the sweet potatoes are cooked through (fork it!).  

2.  Uncover the soup and let it sit for 5-10 minutes with the heat off.  Add the coconut milk.  Using an immersion blender puree the soup until mostly smooth.  Use a blender if you have to working in batches if necessary.  Stir in salt and pepper.  Top with cilantro and serve*.

*I even put some cilantro in the soup before i blended it… we LOVE cilantro!*

Recipe slightly adapted from:  O, the Oprah Magazine

The soup was so good that I devoured my portion before remembering to take a picture!  Blogging-Brain-Fart!!!!!!!

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I LOVE SOUP!  Check out these other yummy soup recipes:

Buffalo Chicken Soup

Buffalo Chicken Soup

Spicy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

Spicy Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy Tomato Balsamic Soup

Creamy Tomato Balsamic Soup

 

 

 

 

Red Lentil Dahl & March SRC Reveal

I am so excited to share this amazing recipe with you!  For those of you who missed last month’s Mexican Shepherd’s Pie (yum!)… I have recently been accepted into the Secret Recipe Club, an awesome group of food bloggers who get to make each other’s recipes and post about them.  Every month, I am assigned someone else’s blog, where I can search their ENTIRE collection and re-make one of their recipes.  We then all post our results on the same day and get to see who had us too!  It’s been so fun!

Secret Recipe Club

For March’s SRC, I was assigned the blog “Chit Chat Chomp“.  What is really cool about my assignment, is that Leigh, the writer of Chit Chat Chomp, is from and lives in Melbourne, Australia!!  Holy cow!  I think that’s just about as far away as you can get from Philadelphia.  Reading her recipes and seeing the types of food that she enjoys and how it differs from mine was so interesting and fun.  Leigh’s posts about her vacations made me seriously jealous… it is absolutely gorgeous over there!

I decided to try out an Indian recipe that Leigh got from a Bill Granger Cookbook called Simply Bill.  While Indian food typically seems super complex and intimidating, this recipe is exactly the opposite as the cookbook says… SIMPLE!  That’s what I’m talkin’ about!  The recipe is for Dahl (not to be confused with Dahv, my nickname for my boyfriend Dave, hehe!) and you’re going to want to try it out for yourself.  It’s just that good.

Dahl

Recipe from:  Chit Chat Chomp

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Red Onion, finely sliced

1 inch piece of Ginger, peeled & grated

1 teaspoon-1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic

1 Jalapeno or other hot pepper (I kept the seeds in for some extra heat)

1 teaspoon Sea Salt

1 teaspoon Cumin

1 cup Split Red Lentils

3 cups Water

1 Tablespoon Lime Juice

Pinch of Coriander

Directions:

1.  Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add the olive oil.  Once it’s hot, add the sliced onion, ginger, garlic, jalapeno, salt, and cumin.  Cook for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally until the onion is soft.  Add the lentils and water and cook, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes, until everything is mixed together and there is no excess water.

2.  Remove from heat and stir the lime juice.  Top with a pinch of coriander and serve hot with warmed naan bread (or other flatbread).

I LOVED this recipe.  Dahl is going to be my new thing.  It’s so good!  The entire time I was eating it, I could not figure out why it was spicy?  It took me almost the entire time eating it to remember that there was a Jalapeno WITH seeds in there.  OH RIGHT.  That’s why it’s hot.  Duh.

I had to take a shot of this pretty red onion... I never use them because they are too strong for me so I'm not used to how pretty they are!

I had to take a shot of this pretty red onion… I never use them because they are too strong for me so I’m not used to how pretty they are!

Adding in some yummy Lentils

Adding in some yummy Lentils

YUMMMMMMMM ... tummy grumbling right now!

YUMMMMMMMM … tummy grumbling right now!

I loved dipping some fresh naan bread into the Dahl, but then again, I could eat fresh Naan bread anytime!

I loved dipping some fresh naan bread into the Dahl, but then again, I could eat fresh Naan bread anytime!

What’s really cool about Lentils is that they are so healthy.  Who knew? (not me… apparently) Lentils are super high in protein, fiber, and iron, and are very low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium.  They are cheap and as you can see, very easy to make.  I bought my lentils from Trader Joe’s a month or two ago but you can absolutely find them anywhere.  The bag I got from TJ’s was only $1.69… loving how cheap this recipe is, and the fact that I’m doing a Meatless Monday by accident!

I bought mine at TJ's

I bought mine at TJ’s

While the original recipe from Chit Chat Chomp was for 4-6 servings, Dave and I split the entire thing and pretty much finished it between the two of us.  We were VERY full, so I would say it should probably have made 3 servings for normal people.  I just couldn’t resist finishing the entire bowl of Dahl knowing how healthy and tasty it was!

With payday still a week away, I think Dave and I will be eating some Dahl again very soon.  YUM!

Thank you so much Leigh for sharing your wonderful recipes with me!  I cannot wait to read more and see more of your gorgeous photos from your travels! 🙂

Now, my friends… take a moment to check out these other AWESOME recipe reveals from this month’s Secret Recipe Club!  There are some that sound sooooo good!