Spiced Squash and Sweet Potato Stew

A warming recipe: spiced stew and soup amalgamation! Butternut squash, sweet potato and tummy warming spices!

Another in my #soupseries! When I tried making this the first time round, I basically made sweet potato and tomato mash… a bit basic. It didn’t taste awful, but it wasn’t exactly amazing, so I’ve amended it to make sure this is a yummy one you can create. I’m not too sure if I can still call it soup as I like to make it quite thick, so it’s a mix; curry, stew and soup.

Its colourful blend of curry powder and spices is complimented by the subtle squash and sweet potato, with the feature of kidney beans for a little protein boost and texture.

Ingredients
– 200g Butternut squash, peeled and cubed into thumb sized chunks
– 350g Sweet potato, peeled and cubed into thumb sized chunks
– 1 x 400g can tomatoes (plum or chopped)
– 1/2 tsp paprika
– 1/2 tsp chilli flakes/powder
– 1 tbsp curry powder
– 1 tsp turmeric
– 1/2 tsp cumin
– 60g red lentils
– 1 tsp dried oregano
– 1 x 400ml can coconut milk
– 1 x 400g can red kidney beans, drained

Method
1 – Place the butternut squash and sweet potato in a glass dish and loosely cover before placing in the microwave. Put on high power for 2 and a half minutes – do this 3 times, shaking after each time until soft.
(Alternatively, you could cook them in the oven at 200°C for 20 minutes or until soft)
2 – Tip the coconut can upside down and open, so the cream and milk separate; place the milk in a bowl and put the cream into a pan.
3 – In the same pan, add the tomatoes, spices and lentils, including the squash and potatoes with some seasoning.
4 – Bring all to the boil, before reducing the heat to a simmer for at least 20 minutes where everything should soften. Throughout, make sure to top up with the separated coconut milk in stages until it is all gone.
5 – Stir occasionally. After 20 minutes, add the kidney beans and keep on the heat for a further 5 minutes.
6 – Blitz in a food processor or use a hand blender, until smooth or slightly chunky with some kidney beans exposed.
No blender? Leave it be and enjoy as a chunky version!
7 – Serve with a roll, some quick croutons, or enjoy it on its own!

QUICK CROUTONS
Toast a slice of bread and cut into crouton shapes – save yourself some time and pennies!

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