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Coconut Sweet Potato Soup

Posted Nov 02 2012 8:28pm

I originally posted this recipe on Eat Happy about two years ago. It’s still a family favorite, especially for me, because it’s so ridiculously easy to make.


sweet potatoes (you as a machine/flickr)

1/4 cup coconut oil

4 small or 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed

Substitution: 4 cups butternut squash, canned or fresh (peeled and cubed).

Doctor Mama says: Sweet potatoes are packed with beta-carotene. A powerful antioxidant, beta-carotene survives the high temperatures of cooking and is best absorbed along with some fat (like coconut oil).

little fingers grating ginger (Kim Beauchamp)

1 tsp powdered ginger, or 1/2 inch peeled, grated fresh ginger

Doctor Mama says: Invest in a ginger grater. There’s nothing like the spicy, pungent flavor of fresh ginger in a recipe. It makes all the difference!

1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped

3 cups water

coconut milk (Phú Thịnh Co/flickr)

1 can (13.5 ounces) coconut milk

Cilantro and lime wedges for garnish



Place coconut oil in a heavy bottomed pot and heat over medium. Add onions and cook until quite soft, about eight minutes.

Add sweet potatoes to the pot, then add water and ginger. Cook for 10 minutes, until potatoes are tender.

Transfer most of the potatoes to a blender or food processor, along with about 2 cups of liquid. Process until smooth and return to pot.

Turn heat to medium low, stir in coconut milk and heat for another minute. Add salt to taste.

Remove pot from burner and put into soup bowls. Garnish with fresh cilantro and a twist of lime. Serve with whole grain crusty bread.


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