Sweet Potato Soup

On my latest trip to The Wedge, I picked up a couple sweet potatoes.

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When most people hear sweet potatoes, they think something like this:

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In reality, sweet potatoes come in several colorations and many varieties have darker skins with a cream-ish, almost white, interior. I bought some dark purple-skinned and cream interior sweet potatoes and ended up making a delicious soup. *full recipe below

When I bought these sweet potatoes, I wasn’t sure what would become of them. I had some extra beef broth in my fridge from the Passover brisket, so I quickly settled on a soup. This recipe was SO easy and came together in no time with very little prep work.

First, I roughly chopped a half onion and cooked for about 5 minutes in a small bit of olive oil:

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Next, I added 1.5 cups beef broth, 1 cup water, and 2 chopped sweet potatoes:

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I covered the soup, brought to a boil, and simmered for about 30 minutes until the potatoes were very tender:

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Once the potatoes were completely soft, I removed the pan from the heat and used an immersion blender to puree the soup. I made sure to get rid of all the big chunks, but I didn’t blend for so long that the soup lost texture.

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This soup didn’t even need any spices – the broth and vegetables made it so flavorful!

Sweet Potato Soup
Ingredients
- two sweet potatoes
- 1/2 onion
- 1.5 cups beef broth
- 1 cup water
- olive oil
Method
- heat olive oil in a soup pot
- chop the onion, add to pot, and cook over medium heat for 
5 minutes
- add the potatoes, broth, and water
- cover the pot and bring to a boil
- simmer for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender
- remove pot from heat and puree with an immersion blender 
until smooth but still textured
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Asian Turkey Meatloaf

A couple weeks ago I saw a recipe for Asian style meatloaf on Meals and Miles. I was particularly intrigued since the recipe included apricot preserves, and I happened to have a jar I was trying to finish off in my fridge. The recipe was pretty simple, and I made it to go along with my sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts for the week.

Ingredients: 1/2 cup oats, 2 tbsp. apricot preserves, 1 tbsp. teriyaki sauce, 2 tbsp. soy sauce, chopped parsley (I used whole package in the picture), 1 lb. ground turkey, one egg

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Combine everything in a bowl:

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Throw in a few shakes of ground red pepper. Mix well and form into a loaf on a baking tray. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes.

Serve with roasted sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts:

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I really liked the flavor of this meatloaf. It wasn’t too heavy, and the slight Asian flavoring made it unique. The parsley added a little color and lightened up the meatiness of it a little bit. I would highly recommend the recipe!

Chatterbox Pub

What a weekend! Sunday was the Jewish holiday of Purim, so the weekend was full of festivities. Saturday night was the megillah reading and shpiel, and Sunday there was a Purim Carnival. Lots of fun and lots of running around led to lots of exhaustion and a hungry belly. On Sunday afternoon, Noah and I went to The Chatterbox Pub to rejuvenate.

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Although there during happy hour, we didn’t partake in any drinks (besides water), but we did order some food. Highlight being…

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SWEET POTATO FRIES! Given that sweet potatoes are among my favorite foods (quite likely THE favorite), eating them sliced and fried is always a sure winner with me. These fries were just the type I like – not too thin to lose the ‘body,’ but still crisp. They were served with a cinnamon honey mustard (dip container at the bottom of the pic) which was really good – hardly mustard tasting at all. The staff was also very friendly and accommodating. In fact, the above fries were actually free since they accidentally burned Noah’s pizza and we had to wait while they made another.

As you might suspect, the truth is that countless establishments around Minneapolis have good sweet potato fries. Why Chatterbox then? Because they have something on their menu that no where else does:

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GAMES! I am lover of board games, and Noah is a lover of video games. So, clearly, this place was a win-win. While we waited for the food, we perused the board games collection:

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We selected Othello. I had never played, and Noah had only played a few times, so we reviewed the rules and went for it. The game is played with black and white discs, and the objective is to end the game with more of your color discs on the board than your opponent. It starts like this:

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This is what it looks like after Noah makes a big mistake (I am white):

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This is what it looks like when I end up losing in the end anyway:

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If that didn’t make sense to you, look up the rules online because I don’t understand them well enough to articulate in a blog post. 🙂 As the game was ending, our food arrived. I got the ‘South by Southwest’ sandwich which was chicken breast, black bean spread, cheddar cheese, guacamole, roasted onions and peppers, and cilantro pesto on focaccia. Actually, the sandwich came on ciabatta, but I swapped the bread.

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The sandwich was tasty, but definitely a heavy meal – not a ‘light’ lunch sandwich – and not something I am rushing back to get again. Noah got a cheese and chicken pizza which he liked but was also a bit much:

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Of course, we Noah couldn’t leave without testing at least one video game, so he visited Q*bert on our way out.

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He was very focused…total concentration even when I tried my best to distract…

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It paid off though since Noah received the 4th highest score after only playing it a few times! Congrats, Noah – you are famous!!!

Overall verdict for Chatterbox: The environment is really fun and unique and the sweet potato fries are top notch, but otherwise the food is nothing amazing. I would say that this is a good spot if you’re looking for a fun date location, but if you want quality food and a nicer meal, put your money elsewhere.

Yellow Split Pea and Sweet Potato Soup

Do you ever go to the bulk bin at your grocery store and buy something random? I do. Most recently, I bought some yellow split peas. Sure, they sound good in theory, but what am I going to with yellow split peas. Luckily, my favorite recipe-finding app had the answer: Yellow Split Pea and Sweet Potato Soup. I followed the original recipe fairly closely (excepting cutting it in half – more or less – and not adding any pumpkin seeds).

The recipe required a bit of time (cooks for an hour), but the ingredient list is short and preparation is very simple. All you need is a heaping cup of yellow split peas, one chopped sweet potato, and one chopped onion:

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Add the onion to a pot with 1/2 cup of water and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add a tablespoon of fresh ginger and cook for another minute. Then, add 4 cups of water, the sweet potato, and yellow split peas.

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Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for one hour. After an hour, use an immersion blender to puree soup:

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All blended!

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To go with the soup, I prepared some pesto cheesy bread. For two servings: split two english muffins, smear with pesto, and top each half muffin with 1/2 of a mini Babybel cheese.

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Place on a baking pan and cook under the broiler (set to high) until cheese has melted – approximately 4 minutes.

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Why does the melted cheese look like marshmallows?!

For an extra veggie punch, I served the soup over spinach:

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This was good.