Spicy Yam and Coconut Soup

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Spicy Yam and Coconut Soup

Springtime… is it a myth? Will winter weather ever end? Here in my chilly neck of the woods, I am starting to wonder! One thing is certain… I am tired of being cold. Spicy Yam and Coconut Soup is one of those dishes with the ability to warm you up from the inside out. It’s a perfect meal to enjoy while we wait… and wait… for warm and sunny weather to arrive.

WIN_20150325_174311Ingredients (Makes 4 main dish servings)

4 cups good quality pork stock (substitute chicken broth for a lighter soup, or vegetable broth for vegan soup)

2 large or 3 small red yams, peeled and sliced

1/2 cup white onion, peeled and chopped

1 teaspoon chili paste such as nam prik pao (use more or less depending upon your tolerance for heat)

1 cup coconut milk

1 tablespoon all-natural peanut butter (optional, but adds a nice earthy element to this soup)

WIN_20150325_184515Directions

Step 1) Simmer yams and onion in pork stock for 20 minutes or until yams are very tender. Remove from heat.

Step 2) Puree yams, onion, and pork stock with an immersion blender. Add chili paste, coconut milk, and peanut butter. Blend well.

Step 3) Ladle soup into serving bowls. Garnish with thinly sliced greens (bok choy or any other leafy green) and small dots of chili paste.

Step 4) Serve immediately and enjoy while dreaming of sunshine.

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