This week I am going to give a hodge-podge of ideas.
A warm drink the girls and I have been enjoying is a cup of hot milk with a tsp. of almond extract and a bit of maple syrup (for sweetness). Top with a dish of cinnamon. I also make a drink I called Butterscotch Milk which is a hot milk with a spoonful of coconut sugar but you can use brown sugar too.
Lastly I made this soup for my girlfriends and it turned out so good. I mean really good! You need roasted sweet potatoes, so I suggest a few days before you make sweet potatoes fries (that is what I call them for my girls) with your dinner and make extra to set aside.
Sweet Potatoes fries.
Cut sweet potatoes in wedges peeled or unpeeled according to your taste. Toss sweet potatoes in enough olive oil to coat fries, some salt, smoky paprika and granulated garlic. Set sweet potatoes in a wide pan so they are not crowded. Roast sweet potatoes at 350 until they are soft and edges are crispy. About a good hour or so.
You can use other sausages, but linquica is my favorite. It is already cooked so you are sauteing it only to render a bit of fat and to crisp it up. Feel free to add, change, etc. the spices to your suiting. It could be made much spicier for those who like more heat, such as hot curry, red pepper, etc.
Curried Sweet Potatoes Linquica soup
1 link of Linguiça
2 cans of garbanzos (I Like Trader Joes the best, cheap but perfectly cooked and not slimy)
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic, cloves finely chopped
a generous cup of roasted sweet potatoes, cut in small cubes
2 cups broth
2 tsp. smoky paprika
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. sweet curry powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
salt and pepper
1/ cup yogurt
Cut Linguiça into small cubes and sauté in stock pot until it is crisp and releases some oil. Pull out sausage but leave fat and set sausage aside for later. Add a TBL olive oil to the fat from the sausage and sauté onions until soft, add broth, beans, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, spices and then cover with water and simmer about 15 minutes. Then with one of those puree sticks (or you can mash with a potato masher) puree about a 1/3 so you have it creamy but still lots of whole beans and veggies. taste. When you are ready to serve you add the Linguiça and yogurt. Important do not boil soup after you have added yogurt. Heat slowly or the yogurt will break and become grainy.
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