My weekly trip to the Wedge Coop last weekend resulted in me coming home with several large sweet potatoes and a humongous bunch of dandelion greens. Now, nearly a week later, I still have both of those items in bulk. What to do? After flipping through a few cookbooks, the Gypsy Soup recipe in Moosewood caught my eye. The original recipe calls for sweet potato, tomato, onion, and green peppers, but Mollie Katzen says in her recipe notes that any orange and green vegetables will work. So, I modified the recipe heavily and made my own….
Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Dandelion Greens Soup *full recipe below
To start, I chopped up three stalks celery and two sweet potatoes and added them to a large pot with a little bit of olive oil:
I didn’t think they were cooking much since they were piled so high, so I added a little bit of water in the pot and let steam for about 5 minutes. After a few minutes, I added three cups water along with paprika, turmeric, basil, cinnamon, cayenne, a bay leaf, and some soy sauce:
After simmering for about 15 minutes…
I added a half bunch of roughly chopped dandelion greens:
I simmered for another 10 minutes and then added some leftover cooked chicken. I used one wing, one breast, and three legs, but you could use whatever you have on hand!
As soon as I added the chicken, I turned the heat off, stirred to combine, and left in the pot to heat through:
I had the soup for lunch with a cheesy tortilla. I wasn’t familiar with dandelion greens before making this, and they were a little bitter – perhaps a sweeter green, like spinach, would be a bit better. Nonetheless, the soup was delicious with a good spice level. Plus, anything with sweet potatoes is fine by me.
Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Dandelion Greens Soup, serves 4 Ingredients - 2 sweet potatoes - 3 stalks celery - 1 tbsp oil - 3 cups water - 2 tsp paprika - 1 tsp turmeric - 1 tsp basil - 1 bay leaf - 1 tbsp soy sauce - pinch cinnamon - pinch cayenne - half bunch dandelion greens (approximately 5 cups) - leftover chicken (approx. three cups or whatever you have) Method 1. Chop sweet potatoes and celery and heat in large soup pot with oil for approximately 5 minutes. Add a bit of water depending on size of the pot. 2. Add 3 cups water and spices and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. 3. Add dandelion greens and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. 4. Add chicken (shred or chop, according to preference), stir, and turn off the heat. Let sit until chicken heats through.