Happy New Year!!
I can't quite believe it's already 2012, but hopefully you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to get this year started right ;) If you didn't catch my 11 Best of '11, there are some goodies in there!
While there are quite a few things I have to tell you about, I chose something a bit healthier to start off with, in case you're still in a cookie coma! This dip morphed into a delicious soup, so you could certainly go whichever route you're craving. Is it 50 in december? Perhaps you'll prefer some crisp veggies and dip. If it actually feels like winter where you are, I'd opt for a nice bowl of this delicious soup!
Sweet Potato & Red Lentil Dip
adapted from Whole Foods
1-2T extra virgin olive oil
1 sm onion, chopped
1 lg garlic clove, chopped
2 sm sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2" cubes
1" knob of ginger, grated
1/2t curry powder
1/2t smoked paprika
1/2t garam masala
1/2t sea salt
few grinds black pepper
1 1/2c red lentils, picked over
3/4c light coconut milk
2 1/2c water
juice of 1 sm lemon
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute, stirring occasionally until softened, ~5-7min. Add sweet potatoes and spices (ginger through pepper) and saute until fragrant. Stir in lentils, water and coconut milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until the sweet potatoes (and lentils) are soft, ~20min. If your liquid cooks off before the sweet potatoes are tender, add a little more water (but not too much, or that will make for a thin dip).
Remove the pan from the heat and let cool a bit. Add lemon juice to the mixture and puree using a blender or food processor. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Serve with a drizzle of olive oil or chopped herbs, if you remember ;)
Sweet Potato & Red Lentil Soup
leftover sweet potato and red lentil dip (recipe above)
remaining coconut milk from the can
water/broth, if desired
Add dip and coconut milk to a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat. Stir or whisk to combine and add any water to reach your desired consistency. Serve warm, topped with chopped scallions or herbs, or some greek yogurt.
How did you ring in the new year?