Monday, 3 January 2011

Wheat Dodger Winter Warmer: Sweet Potato & Chilli Soup

The tree has been taken down, all the Quality Street have gone (apart from the rubbishy orange cremes) and you've put a few too many pounds on even though you've politely declined the stuffing, the Christmas pudding and the mince pies. Even worse, you're feeling lethargic and grumpy because your poor, unsuspecting relatives have accidentally served you gravy with wheat flour in on Christmas Day and it's still giving you grief a week later.

To top it off, you've got to go back to work tomorrow! Argh!

Well, we won't be having any grumpiness on this here blog, so here's a lovely cheap, warming, filling, healthy and easy meal to help you feel more energetic, cheerful and will hopefully make your jeans a bit less snug.

I'm a bit skint after Christmas and have been putting the big shop off until we've used up every last morsel in the cupboards. I had loads of veg left in the fridge that needed using up so thought I'd have a go at making a soup.

I'm not into fancy cooking, I just like easy, cheap and tasty stuff. So here is my Cheap 'n' Cheerful Sweet Potato & Chilli Soup which is gluten and wheat free, and can be made dairy free too. It's a common misconception that you have to boil soup for hours on end. This recipe is really easy and you only have to simmer it for 10 minutes.

So here is my winter warmer of a recipe:

Makes 6 servings and will keep in the fridge for 3 or 4 days

  • 750g sweet potatoes (= 1 bag from Morrison's which was only £1 or £2)
  • 1 medium onion (red or white. I used a mixture)
  • 1 knob of butter or one tablespoon of olive oil for dairy dodgers
  • 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1 medium sized red chilli
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 pint of vegetable stock (gluten & wheat free stock cubes are widely available, check the label).
  • Salt & pepper to taste

  1. Wash the sweet potatoes and roast them in a 200c oven for 45 mins (I make baked potatoes in the oven for tea at the same time so I saved energy and didn't have to make a special effort). You can set them aside for a few hours if needed.
  2. Roughly chop the onion
  3. Finely chop the chilli
  4. Melt/heat your knob of butter/olive oil gently in the pan
  5. Add the onion, chilli, ground coriander and garlic to the pan
  6. Peel the sweet potatoes (they should have gone all squidgy and gooey)
  7. Add the sweet potato to the pan
  8. Add the vegetable stock and simmer all ingredients for 10 minutes
  9. Add salt and pepper to taste
  10. Either serve immediately or leave to cool and add to a blender until smooth (I did the latter).
Serve with grated cheddar cheese or with a garnish of coriander if you're a dairy dodger.

This soup genuinely cheered me up and made me feel good that I was having something healthy rather than eating half a selection box for lunch.

Happy New Year wheat dodgers!



  1. Your 'wheat dodging' winter warmer looks delicious! Do you fancy entering it into our winter warmer soup competition? Here's some more info: :)

  2. Sorry New Covent Garden Soup I have only just seen your comment as I have had a break from blogging. Hope you found a lovely soup :)