Thursday, December 26, 2013

Yam-A-Leeky Soup

I love making soups with whatever I happen to have handy in the fridge. And I like these soups to be fat free and full of flavour and also low calorie. Soup is such a helpful, healthy way to banish those hunger pangs. Having it to reach for in the fridge when the urge to eat something helps a person stay on track when weight loss is the goal.
Today I have leeks, carrots, onion, sweet potato, and fresh ginger available. And curry paste!  I try to always have salt free vegetable stock in the house to boost the flavour in my soups.
So, here it is:

Yam-A-Leeky Soup - makes 8 cups

2 cups diced carrot
2 cups diced yam
4 cups chopped leek (white and part of the light green)
1/4 cup chopped fresh ginger
1 tbsp salt free seasoning. (I like Trader Joe's 21 seasoning Salute, but Mrs. Dash will work)
A few sprinkles of kosher salt or sea salt  (optional)
1 liter (or quart) low sodium vegetable stock (I used 2 cups stock and 2 cups water today)
1 TBSP Patak's mild curry paste. Less if you want extra mild.

Sweat the small stuff in a large pot, then add the liquid and allow it to simmer until the vegetables are soft.
Add the curry paste and allow the mixture to cool. Puree with a hand blender until creamy.
Optional: garnish with a dollop of plain yogurt when serving.
Enjoy this low calorie soup - only 93 calories per cup (without the yogurt).

This soup has a mild-medium curry flavour with a little bit of a ginger in the background, and is thick and creamy and quite delicious!
To cut back on sodium, use less of the curry paste