Saturday, March 17, 2012

Céad Mile Fáilte - A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

On the last day of my celebration of all things Irish, you may think that this dish is an odd choice - other than the orange and green of the flag . . .

However, when we lived in Dublin one of my favorite things as a "foodie" was the amazing mix of true ethnic restaurants.   In fact I've never eaten better East Indian or Chinese food than in my little neighborhood in Dublin!  So when I found this recipe I decided that it was a fitting tribute to the warm and welcoming spirit of the Irish which is evident in the ethnic diversity in this beautiful country!

Coconut Sweet Potato Kale Soup

FEBRUARY 19, 2012

Coconut Sweet Potato Kale Soup
(Serves 4-6)
-2 Tbsp. olive oil
-1 medium onion, diced
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-2 tsp. finely minced ginger
-1 large sweet potato, cut into bite-sized cubes
-1 heaping Tbsp. curry powder
-1 tsp. cinnamon
-2 scant tsp. salt
-1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
-1 Tbsp. brown sugar
-4 1/2 cups of water
-13.5 fl. oz. can lite coconut milk
-1 lb. kale, chopped
In a medium-large pot, heat oil over medium high. Saute onion until nearly translucent. Add garlic and ginger, and cook for another minute, stirring to prevent sticking.  Add spices, salt, brown sugar, and sweet potatoes. Cook additional minute, stirring frequently.
Add water, cover, and bring to a simmer. Cook until sweet potatoes are nearly fork tender, 15-20 minutes. Add kale and coconut milk and cook a remaining 5-10 minutes, or until kale is tender. Serve with a side of brown rice, if desired.

NOTE: Because of the dramatic health benfits of coconut oil, I substituted coconut oil for the olive oil and used Thai Kitchen organic coconut milk (I did not use the lite variety) which allowed me to eliminate the brown sugar.  Additionally, substituting quinoa for the brown rice provides a vegan soup with a complete protein profile!

I hope you have enjoyed this week of recipes celebrating the things that remind me of one of the loveliest places on earth . . .

Beannachtam na Femle Padraig!
(Happy St. Patrick's Day!)

Dr. P

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