Twisted Thai Sweet Potato Soup

This is a delicious soup for a light meal or an energizing post-ski refuel snack. Good hot or cold, it incorporates the delicious velvety goodness of sweet potato, smooth coconut and the nuanced flavours of the Twisted Gourmet’s new Twisted Thai Blend.

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potato, peeled & cubed

1 small carrot, cubed

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp fresh garlic, grated

1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp Twisted Gourmet Twisted Thai Seasoning Blend

1 carton salt free chicken stock (900 ml) Substitute vegetable stock if preferred

1/2 can – 1 can of full fat coconut milk to taste

1 lime

2 tsp raw cane sugar

Method:

In a good sized stock pot or cast iron dutch oven, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Sauté  onion ’til it begins to soften. Add garlic and ginger, sauté another minute or two.

Add the Twisted Gourmet Twisted Thai blend seasoning to pan, stir to warm and release fragrance. Add sweet potato and carrot cubes, then add the stock.

Simmer for 20-30 minutes until vegetables are soft and cooked through. Remove from heat.

Using  an immersion blender, or carefully transfer hot soup into blender. Process until the soup is smooth. Add coconut milk – less or more, depending on your preference and dietary concerns, (though the fat in coconut milk is the good kind of fat). Juice the lime and add it along with the sugar. Blend again until all additions are well incorporated.

Serve garnished with coconut milk and lime or green onion. Enjoy!

 

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Twisted Turkey Veggie Curry*

Simple poached turkey or chicken is simmered in a delicious easy coconut curry sauce filled with colourful veggies.

Ingredients – poached turkey

1 Tbsp neutral vegetable  oil (I prefer safflower oil)

1 small onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic

2 lbs turkey breast meat (can use chicken), de-boned & skin removed. Cut turkey meat into palm sized pieces

1 carton chicken stock, salt free

 

Curry sauce:

1 Tbsp neutral vegetable oil

2 Tbsp Twisted Curry Seasoning Blend

1 medium onion, chopped

12 cherry tomatoes halved or 4 roma tomatoes coarsely chopped

1 can coconut milk

1 sweet potato peeled and cut in 1 inch cubes  (I recommend pre-cooking the sweet potato in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes first, to get to the finish line faster. )

handful fresh green beans, 1 inch slices

 

Method, Turkey:

In a stockpot or dutch oven, heat oil and sauté onion & garlic until soft… a few minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil. Add the turkey; return to boil then reduce heat to simmer, and poach for 15 minutes. When turkey is cooked through, remove from heat and shred turkey with your fingers or two forks.

Method, Curry Sauce:

In a deep skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add Twisted Curry seasoning and sauté a few minutes until the fragrance is released and the spices have come alive. Add onion and tomatoes, stir a few more minutes until onion begins to soften and tomatoes have released some juice. Stir in shredded turkey and stir until well seasoned.  Add coconut milk, sweet potato and green beans and stir until everything is golden and lovely. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes or until vegetables are fork tender and the meat has taken on the curry flavour.

Serve over chopped spinach for a delicious, satisfying, grain free meal OR serve over rice or with naan bread.

* This dish is Whole 30 compliant without rice or bread.

THROW IN ANY VEGETABLES YOU WANT! Use CHICKEN if you prefer… there are no rules 🙂 Really good on a cold and blustery night.

 

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Zesty Lime Chili Chayote Squash

Chayote squash are apple green in colour and about the size and shape of a pear. They’re from the gourd family, along with melons & squash. Native to South America, they are popular around the world.  I discovered them in Vietnam where they’re called Su Su. The mild flavoured flesh is similar in texture to a raw apple, with a slightly starchier bite. They hold their shape well when sautéed, are good raw and are a nice addition to a stew, soup or salad. I like them raw, with a squeeze of lime and sprinkle of chili. Try this  recipe… I would recommend a half chayote per person for a good sized side dish. It’s nutritious and healthy; 1 good sized chayote has only 39 calories, 9 grams of carbohydrates, has 3.5 grams of fibre and a quarter of your day’s recommended Vitamin C intake. Yum!

Ingredients:

1 large chayote squash

1 small onion

1 small clove garlic

1 tsp Twisted Gourmet Zesty Lime & Chili Salt

1Tbsp neutral flavoured oil (safflower is my preference)

 

Method:

Slice onion thinly. Mince small garlic clove. Wash & halve chayote. Remove heart, half again lengthwise then cut into 1/2 inch slices.

In a wok, heat oil over medium heat and add onions. Let soften, then add garlic. Saute for a few minutes or until onions are becoming translucent. Add Zesty Lime & Chili salt, then chayote squash. Stir to coat squash in oil & salt.

Cook over medium heat for 15-25 minutes or until onions have begun to carmelize, squash is nicely browned at the edges & tender. Do not cook over higher heat or onions will fry and garlic will burn. This is a nice slow sauté, to get the lovely sweetness out of the onion & the squash.

Delicious as a side dish.

 

 

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Twisted 7 Maple Roasted Butternut Squash

7 spice maple roasted squash

7 spice roasted maple butternut squash

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