Kale and Sweet Potato Soup


Good grief.

I’m freezing cold.  I want Taco Bell.  I want to eat vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce in a hot tub.

I can feel myself being a major brat.

I’ll settle for a giant scarf.  A big bowl of this healthy soup.  Hot chocolate and a bath… and I’ll stop being a dang brat.



I like kale as much as I like brownies.

Wait… could Kale Brownies be a thing?  My head might explode.


Let me tell you why this soup makes everything better.

Big, gnarly kale leaves are shredded and cooked down with delicious sweet potatoes (yams), swimming in a slightly spicy coconut broth.  With the flavors of turmeric, ginger and coconut… this soup is super comforting and delicious served over a big bed of brown rice.

Healthy.  Warm.  Comforting.

Follow with a warm bath and a brownie… just cause that seems dreamy.


Kale and Sweet Potato Soup

inspired by Food and Wine

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2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, chopped fine

2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped fine

3/4 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 teaspoon crushed red peppers

3/4 pound kale, tough stems removed  and roughly chopped

1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (yams), peeled and diced into 3/4-inch cubes

1 1/2 quart chicken or vegetable broth

1 teaspoon salt

fresh ground pepper, to taste

1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk

2 cups cooked brown rice

In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook down until tender and translucent, about five minutes.  Add the garlic, ginger, turmeric and crushed red pepper flakes.  Cook, stirring, for about 1 minutes.

Add the sweet potato chunks and stir.

Add the chicken or vegetable broth and bring to a simmer.

Add the kale once the broth is simmering and submerge all of the leaves, helping them to cook down.

Cook for about 20 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes have become tender.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Lastly, stir in coconut milk, heat through and serve over a bed of brown rice.

157 thoughts on “Kale and Sweet Potato Soup

  1. When I saw the picture at the begining of the post I thought this was going to be another one of those healthy stew-style soups that totally bore me. But the fact that you made this more of a Thai style soup has completely got me interested. It looks so delicious that you probably forget just how healthy it is and leaves room for a guilt-free dessert too. Yum.

  2. I wish more folks would incorporate kale into their diet… I for one, would love some, and it’s so “home cooking” in a nice and nurturing way… the vitamins are stock full… and this looks yummy…

  3. Wonderful! Dairy-free to boot! (whilst nursing baby is allergic). Kale is super-duper healthy, and I hear it’s excellent at combating ‘bratty-ness’!!
    Thanks, Joy!

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