Japanese Sweet Potato Soup
We had this soup with some oven roasted chicken and roasted eggplant for dinner on Sunday. The Japanese Sweet potatoes give it a roasted chestnut flavor that is oh so yummy.
A recipe of sorts as I'm taking a guess at what Stephen tossed together in the pot:
Rich and Creamy Japanese Sweet Potato Soup
ghee or butter to cook the leeks and veggies
4 Japanese sweet potatoes - peeled and rough chopped
3 leek whites - cleaned and roughly chopped - great tips on how to clean leeks here
2 carrots roughly chopped
a teaspoon or so of chicken better than bullion - This stuff is salty so a little goes a long way. I noticed at my local market that they do have a lower sodium version that I want to give a try. I also noticed it contains sugar so maybe I need to make more chicken stock.
6 cups water or stock to cover the potatoes and leeks
salt and pepper to taste
A little bit of milk or cream about 1 cup
Saute the leeks in some ghee or butter, then add the sweet potatoes and carrots. Then cover with water and bullion or stock. Let cook until soft. Run though a food mill or use a hand blender. Add some cream or milk at the end.
Sweet Potato Chips
I followed the directions I found here which has you cook them at 400 deg for a short period of time. I sliced mine up in my food processor which worked fine. I forgot to salt mine and wish I had. They were good but I think salted a head time they would have been better. They didn't get as crunchy as I would have liked. Oddly the got a bit crunchier after I took them out of the oven. Next time I'm trying a lower temperature for longer and see how that works.
Monday's dinner: Dad's Pork Chops topped with some kale chips, roasted okra, feta-basil-garlic-tomato salad
This was my first time cooking up pork chops in a long, long time. I was a vegetarian for several years. Even though I've been an omnivore again for quite some time, I avoid cooking cooking meat and let my husband Stephen be the adventurous one. Since I do most of the cooking during the week and our current diet require more meat protien I need to just do it. So I did. The chops turned out good and would have been even better if I had cooked them a little less. It was a tasty meal anyways.
One pint cherry tomatoes chopped
purple basil as much or as little as you want
2 cloves garlic minced
salt and pepper to taste
a drizzle or so of olive oil
top with feta when you serve