Roasted Apple and Sweet Potato Soup with Spiced Walnuts

storyboard005During these chilly winter days, almost nothing could compare to a warm, homemade bowl of soup. Especially this soup with it’s perfect blend of sweet apples, sweet potato and savory spices.  Just the smell of the apples and sweet potatoes roasting in the oven will warm you from the inside-out. The velvety, wholesome soup is great to make in a big batch for quick and easy lunch to help maintain your stamina level throughout your workday.

Ingredients (Makes 6 servings)

Soup:

  • 5 cups sweet potatoes (3 to 4 medium potatoes) peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups apples; peeled, cored, and quartered
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 long, red chilli pepper, left whole with ends removed
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Spiced Walnuts:

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup halved walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

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To Make:

Soup:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C)
  2. In a large bowl, add sweet potatoes, apples, cinnamon, chilli pepper, salt pepper, and oil. Stir well combined
  3. Line baking sheet with parchment; Spread potato and apple mixture evenly on baking sheet and place in oven
  4. Roast for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally, until apples and sweet potatoes are golden and tender
  5. In a large pot over medium-high heat, add butter and melt completely
  6. Add chopped onions and thyme; saute for 5 minutes or until onions are tender and lightly golden
  7. Add roasted potato and apple mixture, milk, and water. Decrease heat to medium and let simmer for 20 to 30 minutes
  8. Make spiced walnuts while soup is simmering
  9. Once simmered, remove the chilli and thyme sprigs; puree soup with blender until smooth
  10. Stir in apple cider vinegar before serving

Spiced Walnuts

  1. While soup is simmering, heat a small small frying pan over medium heat, add butter and let melt
  2. Add thyme, cinnamon, cayenne, walnuts, salt and pepper
  3. Continue to saute for 5 minutes; stirring frequently until walnuts are golden

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Pumpkin Hot Cocoa

It’s definitely that time of year again, where cuddling up in blanket and refusing to face the cold has become a part of my daily struggle to get out of bed! So lately, I’ve been resorting to bribing myself with nice warm,creamy hot cocoa.

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I don’t care who you are, no one can turn down a good warm cup of hot chocolate! :D Especially this pumpkin hot cocoa. It’s a perfect mix of rich and creamy, without being over the top sweet.

Ingredients: Makes 2 servings

  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp all spice
  • 2oz semi sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups milk
  • Whipped cream (optional)

To Make

  1. Heat milk in saucepan over medium-low heat
  2. Stir in pumpkin puree, seasonings, and sugar; whisk until smooth
  3. Add chocolate and heat until melted (7-8 minutes); stirring frequently
  4. Once chocolate is melted pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove lumps
  5. Top with whipped cream, sprinkle with a little bit of cinnamon, and enjoy! :)

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Want another delicious holiday hot chocolate recipe? Try my peppermint hot cocoa! :D

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Peppermint Hot Cocoa

This is one of my all time favorite hot cocoa recipes! :) Unlike my pumpkin hot cocoa recipe in which, I make a couple servings at a time, I’ll make a giant batch of peppermint hot cocoa, seal it up in tupperware, and drink it all week long. It’s also a great addition to some cold brew coffee. It sounds a little strange, but I heat up a cup of peppermint hot cocoa and pour the cold brew coffee over it. It cools the hot cocoa to a reasonable drinking temperature, and it’s a cheaper version of a Starbucks Peppermint Mocha. :)

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Of course you can always just reduce this recipe to try it out first, but if you like peppermint and hot cocoa, there is no way you won’t LOVE this recipe. If you make it in big batches to store in the fridge, make sure you give it a good stir before pouring it in a cup to heat up, the chocolate tends to settle to the bottom.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup hot water
  • 7 cups of milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract (depending on preference)

Optional Ingredients:

  • Whipped cream
  • Crushed candy cane

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To Make:

  1. In a large pot over medium heat combine sugar, cocoa powder, salt and water.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, add milk and heat through
  3. Remove from heat, add vanilla
  4. Add peppermint in increments of 1/4 tsp and taste before adding more. A little goes a long way.
  5. Optional: Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with crushed candy canes
  6. ENJOY! :D

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Want another wonderful holiday hot cocoa recipe? Try my pumpkin hot cocoa! :D

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