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Meatless Monday: Very Gingery Pear & Sweet Potato Soup

Ginger, Pear and Sweet Potato Soup

Ginger, Pear & Sweet Potato Soup

This week the weather has been very chilly and all I can think about is eating a warm bowl of soup. So, I got this great book from the library called The Get Healthy Go Vegan Cookbook and made Very Gingery Pear and Sweet Potato Soup. It is very easy to make and has a sweet and savory flavor. It’s amazing. Here’s what you need to make it:

  • 2 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 Bosc or d’Anjou pears (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp crystallized ginger
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1-inch piece peeled fresh ginger
  • 4 cups veggie broth
  • Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions
  1. Put the sweet potatoes and pears in a large saucepan and cover with water and cook for 15-20 minutes until soft.
  2. While the potatoes and pears are cooking, coat a skillet with the olive oil spray and add the onions and cook for about four minutes.
  3. Then, in a food processor add the onions, drained potatoes and pears, and all the ginger. Purée until smooth, using some of the broth if needed.
  4. Then, add the mixture back into the saucepan add the broth, salt, pepper and lime juice.
  5. Cook for about 15 minutes and then ladle the soup into bowls and top with scallions and pears.

This soup is delicious and classy. Great for dinner parties or a nice dinner at home!

Do you have a favorite soup you eat when the weather is cold? Share with us!

Bartlett, Anjou & Bosc Pear Triptych

It’s Christmas Eve today and I’ve been baking goodies, illustrating and painting all morning. I love the shape of a pear and while in school, painting or drawing fruit and vegetable stills have always been my favorite—I have my teacher and friend, Brenda to thank for that. Here’s a few studies I did before completing the final illustrations:

Pear Studies

After doing many studies and testing out techniques with a pencil, a permanent marker and watered down gouache (I just used art supplies I already had) I decided to start the finals. I drew a bartlett, bosc and anjou pear to frame and hang up as a triptych in my bedroom. One thing I love about this style of illustration and painting is the looseness, inconsistencies and imperfections that result. Check them out:

Pear Triptych

These were really fun to create—I’ll have to experiment with other fruits and vegetables for another triptych.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!