I added some of my own twists to the soup recipe and along with the "fried rice" it turned into an exotic healthy Asian dinner. Because I like sweetness and asian flavors so much, I think this soup is one of the most delicious things I have made to date. I love all Asian food, but most of it will really pack on the pounds. This you can indulge in guilt free!
Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup with Curry and Ginger
(makes approximately 11 cups, 1 cup=2 WW Points)
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
2 Tbsp coconut or olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
5 cups low-sodium vegetable (or chicken) stock
3 medium-large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
7 large carrots, peeled and sliced
2 Tbsp ginger, grated on a microplaner or chopped
2 tsp curry powder (I used Sweet Curry Powder from Penzey's)
salt to taste
Plain nonfat Greek-style yogurt (optional)
Heat oil in large stockpot. Add onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add stock, then add sweet potato, carrot, and ginger. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.
Add curry powder. Puree with hand-held blender until smooth (or the consistency that you like--leave some chuncks if you prefer), adding a bit of broth if needed. (If you're using a standard blender, allow the mixture to cool first; hot liquid may cause the blender to squirt out contents. Depending on the size of your blender, you may have to do this in batches.)
Add salt. Serve with a dollop of yogurt on top, if desired.
Raw Fried Rice
This does not taste like fried rice, but it is yummy and crunchy. Serves 4 generously, or more as a side dish.
Feel free to serve it very cold as a salad, or slightly warm.
1 Head of Cauliflower
1 ten ounce package peas, thawed, or fresh peas
2 tablespoons onion
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup cilantro (or flat leafed parsley)
1 inch of lemongrass
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tsp sesame oil
2 teaspoons ginger, grated on a microplaner
Soy sauce, Braggs Liquid Aminos or tamari
1/2 cup hulled sunflower seeds
In the bowl of your food processor, pulse cauliflower into ‘rice’ and place in a bowl.
In the food processor, pulse the onion, garlic, lemongrass, and cilantro or parsley until finely minced. Place in bowl.
Place peas in bowl. Stir all ingredients together.
Optional but AWESWOME: Heat on very low heat in a saucepan, stirring contstantly until just warm to the touch, or place in dehydrator for 30 minutes.
I served the Raw Fried Rice over a bed of lettuce for a more filling meal.