Sweet Potato Peanut Soup
October 25, 2012 § 23 Comments
Have you ever been in the crossfire of someone’s bad day? Ugh.
There was that woman behind me in line at Trader Joe’s who made sure to confirm her dirty look to me, when I asked to buy a 99 cent reusable bag that apparently resides on the other side of the store. I’m only trying to save the environment, jeeeeeeez.
And when at JCrew, the cashier wouldn’t give me an ounce of sympathy, because I couldn’t provide a school ID for the student discount… Probably because I’m not a student any more… But let’s face it, we could all use a little 15% off.
Really though, it’s that fire you see coming out of the ears of the person who flicks you off on the highway– the same one who weaves through bumper to bumper traffic, rushing and rushing. They will soon find that they will arrive at just the same time as their buddy who’s cool as a cucumber in the right lane. (so cool… as a cucumber. @$#&*!!!!)
These ‘tudes have the ability to be contagious; they run through hallways, across buildings, and jump into your own body.
Because each time, I walked away with their feeling of vengeance, wishing I had told them what I really thought. I wanted to call them out on their bad day, to remind them that mine was just fine, and that their sour attitude should be left at the door.
But a wise man once told me, “if they’re going one way, you are going the opposite.”
That wise man, being the doorman downstairs, was absolutely right. We’ve all got to get far and away from those toxic people.
Ironically though, I think we all know, it takes one to know one. I was having my own kind of “stupid day” and decided I needed some warmth & comfort.
This soup’s ingredients are creative, and work surprisingly well together. The vegetable juice grounds the sweetness of the sweet potato & peanut butter mixture. The onions and green chiles add texture, and a little spice. It’s a vegetarian recipe (and possibly vegan? help me out!) but hardly lacking that heartiness that meat eaters seek. Best of all, this soup is thick without a drop of cream. The flavors are supposedly West African, but they were far from exotic. In fact, they reminded me of home.
sweet potato & peanut soup
makes around 5 servings
adapted from eatingwell.com
2 large sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups vegetable juice or tomato juice
1 4-ounce can of green chiles
2 tsp minced fresh ginger
1 tsp allspice
1 15-ounce can of vegetable broth
1/2 cup smooth or crunchy NATURAL peanut butter*
ground pepper to taste
cilantro to garnish, or chopped scallions
Cook sweet potatoes as you desire (oven or microwave), plain. Set aside to cool.
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Sautée chopped onion, around 3-4 minutes. Stir in juice, green chiles, ginger, all spice. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, peel the sweet potatoes. Purée one of the potatoes, adding the peanut butter, until completely smooth (you don’t need a food processor to do this). Chop the other potato and put into the large saucepan on the stove.
Thin the soup to your desire with the vegetable broth, slowly adding and stirring. Let the flavors come together; leave for 10 more minutes.
Season with ground pepper. Garnish with cilantro, or chopped scallions if you prefer.