I know I am probably the 5397th Albertan to complained about the weather but seriously, this has been a cold one. We are definitely feeling the cabin fever over here. While the kids can be entertained semi-easy and you can take them places to burn off energy, the dogs are starting to go stir crazy. I feel bad but there isn’t a high enough number of squirrel around to convince them to go run it out!
My husband and I were lucky enough to get away in the beginning of the week and while it was somewhere warmer, that was only by a few degrees meaning it was still well below -20. Brrr. We were brave enough to go dog sledding which was pretty cool. I normally would’ve probably want tit to last longer then it did but I think it was safe to say, an hour was enough. I was slightly worried about some of my limbs for a bit but I’m happy to report all fingers and toes made it. And the fact that we were dressed for a polar expedition also meant we were more than ready for anything on the drive down.
We also decided to brave the cold and try out the roof top hot tub at our hotel. Honestly I have never experienced something quite like that. We obviously had to wear hats and it didn’t last very long. We did stay long enough to have a drink and I have to say I have never experienced my lips sticking to the can as I was drinking. Our drink was also gradually changing into slush and we were only out there for maybe 15 minutes so you know it’s cold when..
It was nice to get away as this was our first weekend away without kids since before Declan was born! While I would love to say that we slept in, the good ol’ internal clock had me up pretty early, but it was nice to take it easy and relax. Highly recommended haha
Needless to say, we have been staying cozy inside for the week. And what better way to stay cozy than a big pot of soup.
You guys know by now I love to jam pack my soups with lots of ingredients. That’s just how my husband likes them so if he going to take them to work, I have to oblige. Besides, it is just way more filling and satisfying.
I have been using coconut milk a little bit more in cooking recently. I just bring a richness you can’t really get from other options. Sure it is higher in saturated fats but it’s also not we are eating it every day. Besides, coconut bi-products contain MCT oils which can be link to lots of good benefits like aiding brain and memory function. It also has been link to lower cholesterol.
And realistically, you can’t have a curry dish without it in my opinion.
I originally served this soup with some jasmine rice that was pre cooked but it is also super filling without. So you can do either way! We also like big flavor in this house so you may need to adjust the curry powder.
I think the weather is finally going to warm up so if you are looking to warm up your house with this soup, you may need to hurry!
Sweet potato and red lentil curry soup
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 3 sweet potato peeled and diced
- 2 cups spinach packed
- 1 can diced tomato
- 3/4 cup red lentils dried
- 2/3 cup coconut milk
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger grated
- 2 tbsp curry powder
- 2 cups jasmine rice cooked
- Heat oil in a large pot.
- Add the onion and cook for 2 minutes or until translucent.
- Add in the ginger, garlic and sweet potatoes and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Stir in the curry powder for a minute or until fragrant then add the stock, diced tomatoes and lentils. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until lentils and sweet potatoes are cooked.
- Add in the coconut milk and spinach and cook until wilted or about 5 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste then serve over jasmine rice.