This is a fabulous nutrient dense soup, rich in both Lycopene and Beta carotene for those looking to boost their weekly uptake of antioxidants. Its also a wonderful option to try for the kids if they are not so great at consuming the 2 main ingredients, tomatoes and sweet potato! (I know mine are guilty of this!)
Tomato is a nutrient-dense superfood that offers benefit to a range of bodily systems. Its nutritional content supports healthful skin, weight loss, and heart health.
While tomatoes are fruits—botanically classified as berries—they are commonly used as a vegetable ingredient or side dish. You can eat more tomatoes by adding them to wraps or sandwiches, sauces, or salsas. Alternatively, eat them cooked or stewed, as these preparation methods can boost the availability of key nutrients.
This soup is a winner for a light but filling starter at a family gathering or a main meal with a side salad! Leave us some comments below of you try it :-)
Tomato and Sweet Potato Soup
LLWL Programs - Phase 4 onwards
10g fresh ginger, finely chopped
1 garlic glove, finely chopped
40g onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
500g sweet plum tomatoes, cut into small pieces
300g sweet potatoes, cut into small pieces
800ml water plus extra for steaming
1 teaspoon homemade/powdered organic vegetable stock
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp Maple Syrup
1 handful fresh thyme
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat and cook the ginger, garlic and onions, stirring occasionally, until the onions soften, about 5 to 8 minutes. Do not let the onions get brown.
2. Add tomatoes, 200g sweet potatoes, water, vegetable stock, maple syrup and pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook until the sweet potatoes soften, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat.
3. In the meantime, prepare steamer, bring water to a boil then add remaining sweet potatoes and reduce to a simmer and steam until tender, approximately 20 minutes or until soften. Remove carefully and set aside.
4. Purée the soup with a stick blender, or working in small batches, pour the soup into a blender and purée until completely smooth.
5. Divide soup among serving bowls. Season to taste then arrange steamed sweet potatoes on top and serve warm.