Many of us grow up and through our teenage lives want nothing more than to be completely different from our parents. But as we develop and become adults often we find many traits, habits, traditions are shared. Whether it’s how we keep our homes, careers paths we choose, or just plain old recipes we share there is something to be said about sharing ideals as your parents did. It’s a part of who we are and how we grow. I know I definitely share some habits with my parents and even my grandparents. However not all are the same though, I know that I have deliberately chosen to make healthy choices with the habits I share. Personally I come from a family of obesity and diabetes. Battling my weight is something I knew at a young age I would have to deal with forever.
Having the challenges ahead of me I didn’t get down and give up, I didn’t listen to the doctors when they told me it’s in my genes I’ll always be overweight. About 4 years ago I made the decision to truly make changes, change the way I eat, live, carry myself and think about myself. 60 lbs lighter, healthy active lifestyle, and a role model to my kids that you can change who you are and be what you want to be I’m proud to say I still share habits with my parents.
The whole point of this ramble today is to challenge you to think outside the beaten path laid out for you. My oma who passed it on to my mother which trickled down to me LOVES to find, try and test out new recipes. Something I spend hours on Pinterest doing, but I search out a little differently than they do or did (they are both making great lifestyle changes as well) I purposely search out new ideas for a healthy lifestyle. New recipes that I can share with my family that include their favorite dishes but not loaded with all the fats and sugars the average diet contains.
Today I want to share a new find with you, this weekend I went sweet potato crazy. The benefits of sweet potatoes are great (you can find info here) and I wanted to add them to all types of stuff. For the Superbowl party I attended I brought a sweet potato hummus dip and at home I made a tasty hearty soup. Here is the soup recipe for you -
Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup
yield: 6 to 8 servings
- 1 large head cauliflower (the one I used was at least 7″ in diameter)
- Few dashes garam masala (optional)
- Few dashes curry (optional)
- 3 medium to large sized peeled sweet potatoes, cut into 1″ pieces
- 1 sweet onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic
- 5 cups filtered water
- 2 cups chicken broth
First, preheat your oven to 400 °F and cut up your cauliflower into bite sized pieces. Sprinkle cauliflower lightly with curry. Place cauliflower onto cookie sheet (I used parchment paper) and place in oven. Let roast until golden brown on the tops and tender, but not mushy, about 20-30 minutes. There’s no need to flip ‘em. Just remove from oven and let cool while you cook the rest of the soup.
In large stockpot, bring sweet potato, onion, garlic, broth (I love using homemade broth) and water to a boil. Salt (about 3/4 tsp) and stir. Reduce heat and allow to remain at a constant simmer until sweet potatoes are tender.
Let soup cool and then blend soup in blender until very smooth. Combine with roasted cauliflower and stir. Salt to taste and warm up over stove top if needed.
This week I challenge you to step outside your comfort zone and find a new recipe, you never know what ingredients in your pantry can make you.