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African Sweet Potato & Peanut Soup

Spring has been reticent here in Chicago. With each seasonably warm day comes a discouraging string of unseasonably dark, cold, and windy days. But we must make lemonade out of lemons! And so I’ve come to view the capriciousness of the seasons as a time to continue my hibernation, cooking up big vats of richly flavored soups, ideally full of my favorite winter vegetable – sweet potatoes!

This deceptively hearty soup is in actuality quite light and invigorating, with its abundance of vegetables, deeply layered flavor profile, and decisively spicy kick. It provides you with a cherry little bowl of nutrition, no matter how dour your climate may presently be. I also love it for its vibrantly orange color and ability to rally the spirits on a frigid, gloomy night in April where you find yourself wondering why you’ve chosen to live in a climate where such temperatures dare to show themselves past March.
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A morning at Chicago Green City Market and a Carrot Soup

Quick Carrot Soup
Serves 2-4

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2″ knob of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
a large bunch of carrots, greens removed, peeled, and roughly chopped
2 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted and ground
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
greek yogurt, for serving
a few handfuls of cilantro, roughly chopped

1.) In a large pot or Dutch Oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Saute onions for 10 minutes; until begin to turn golden. Add garlic and ginger and saute for 1 minutes. Add carrots and saute for 2 minutes.

2.) Add broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until carrots are very tender; 20-30 minutes.

3.) Cool slightly and puree in batches. Return to pot and stir in cumin and coriander. Serve garnished with a spoonful of yogurt and a large handful of chopped cilantro.