Vegan Sweet Potato Soup

P1170412 Thanksgiving has passed, the glory days of sweet potatoes are over until next November. That is, unless you try this amazing sweet potato soup. This soup is creamy, naturally sweet, and it has a little fiery kick from cayenne pepper. I had a non vegan version of this soup at a “Friendsgiving” party and thought that it was really amazing. With only two non vegan ingredients I figured it could easily be vegan-ized for all to enjoy! You may ask yourself, why do I care if its vegan? Aside from the usual reasons, like not wanting to eat animals, there have been a few recent¬†articles¬†about how the meat and dairy industry is a much bigger contributor to climate change than we realize. So if you don’t mind eating animals, try some vegan recipes to be more kind to our planet.P1170375

As a foodie first, and dietitian second, I definitely believe in eating food because it tastes good, not solely because of it’s health benefits. This is why you will not find me chugging green smoothies or downing tasteless protein bars. This soup gets me really excited because it is winning in both categories. Not only is it vegan, but its packed with calcium, healthy fats and vitamin A. Not to mention pepita seeds are the perfect vegetarian food! They are a great source or iron, magnesium, and protein! No need to go light on those soup toppings!vegan sweet potato soup

clearly, I'm a sucker for the pour shot

clearly, I’m a sucker for the pour shot

Vegan Sweet Potato Soup

Sprinkle on those pepitas! Do you like my nails?

Vegan Sweet Potato Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 stocks celery, diced
  • carrots, chopped (about 1/2 C)
  • 2 TBSP vegetable or coconut oil
  • 5 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 32 oz. vegetable broth plus 1 C water
  • 1 C unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 C lite or regular coconut milk
  • Pepita seeds for topping (pumpkin seeds, optional)

Directions

Make mirepoix by dicing first three vegetables.

Add oil to large soup pot. Add veggies when the oil is hot. Simmer on low while peeling and chopping sweet potato.

Add chopped sweet potato and spices (salt, pepper, cayenne pepper). Add vegetable broth and water, turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Check potatoes with a fork, if soft blend soup with an immersion blender or pour into regular blender. Add almond and coconut milk. Stir to combine. Serve hot topped with pepita seeds and coconut milk.

Let me know if you try this recipe at home! I promise, you will not be disappointed!

 

Sweet Potato Cake with Marshmallow Topping

sweet potato cakeAround this time of the year everyone is talking about sweet potatoes, even Ellen DeGeneres. Last week she proclaimed on her show that the brown potato with the orange flesh is in fact a yam, and the white potato with golden brown skin is a sweet potato. Finally I had the facts, thank you Ellen! Until I read this Huffington Post article which says the exact opposite. According to HuffPo (who I am going to trust over Ellen on this one) both the white and orange oblong shaped potatoes are sweet potatoes, and a yam is some ancient breed with a hard shell and is rarely found in supermarkets.

Just 6 simple ingredients for the cake!

Just 6 simple ingredients for the cake!

On to the cake! This cake is moist, delicious, and super easy to make! The base of this cake is good ole’ boxed cake mix. Now, you might turn up your nose at the thought of a boxed cake, but let me tell you, I have made many a boxed cake and people proclaim it is the best cake they have ever had. My secret is adding a little something to the standard recipe. Whether its fresh vanilla bean, pureed fruit, or in this case, sweet potatoes! Sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie spice definitely take this cake from standard to crowd-pleasing Thanksgiving favorite!

This is the part where you pray your cake doesn't stick!

This the part where you pray your cake doesn’t stick!

Sweet Potato Bundt Cake

One little crack, but were going to cover that up anyway…

If you are new to baking, you can make this cake no problem. The “marshmallow” topping is a bit more advanced, which caused me a little baking heartache that I will tell you about later. FYI- the marshmallow topping contains no actual marshmallows. I got this recipe from Betty Crocker and would recommend it in every way. EXCEPT for the fact that the directions for how to make the topping are way more complex than necessary. I like simplicity. There is no need to do the step with boiling the water and whipping the egg whites over the boiling water. Just beat those egg whites and salt sugar until the cows come home and you are good to go. Soft white peaks should form within 5-7 minutes if you have a strong mixer. I used my Grandmas hand mixer from the 1960’s, works like a charm. I love that mixer. I never got to meet my Grandma, but I think its cool that I get to cook with the same mixer she used.

On to the heartache. I used salt instead of sugar in my topping. So upsetting. I don’t swear a lot, but cooking disasters call for a few four letter words. Of course I didn’t realize until I had completely covered my cake with the topping. I took a nice dollop of frosting to taste, expecting this glorious sweet and creamy flavor, instead I got a revolting mouth FULL of salt! What the heck was I thinking? Nobody switched the ingredients on me. I poured 6 tablespoons of salt straight from the salt shaker into my frosting!! I’m so upset, I can barely write this post. Its even giving me baking PTSD and leading me to rethink every step of the cake making process. Did I forget the pumpkin pie spice? How many eggs did I use? I attribute it all to those stupid complex directions that Betty Crocker gives you. Please just disregard step number 4 on the instructions.

Sweet Potato Bundt Cake with marshmallow topping

Cover it with “marshmallow” toping

Sweet Potato Bundt Cake with marshmallow topping

Sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar if you’d like

Sweet Potato Bundt Cake with marshmallow topping

If you have a kitchen torch, give it a whirl!

Sweet Potato Bundt Cake with marshmallow topping

It turns out salt does not brown as nicely as sugar.

If you would like an alternate topping, that’s a bit easier, I recommend a standard vanilla cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the complete recipe please visit the Betty Crocker website!

Sweet Potato Bundt Cake with marshmallow topping

look, I even have a cake stand now! Does that mean I’m a legit food blogger?

Sweet Potato Bundt Cake with marshmallow topping