Sweet Potato & Coconut "Soul Food Special" Soup

Submitted by Trinity on Wed, 04/05/2017 - 19:16

This tastes divine! I've made so many different versions of this soup over the years at home, for friends or whist catering on retreat. It is perhaps the one meal I eat more than anything else. Anyone who's been on an Openhand retreat that I've catered for will recognise this one! It's the 'Soul Food Special'! This soup originally appeared in my first book Trinity's Conscious Kitchen, although I've never made the same twice. It does however, always contain my signature ingredients coconut, tomato and sweet potato.

It's fast, it's easy and it's soul-stirringly de-e-e-lectable.

The perfect alchemy to nourish the soul

The key is to use organic, compassionate, plant-based ingredients and to infuse with the biggest heart full of love - the perfect alchemy to nourish the soul and raise our vibration. You'll create a thick and satisfying meal-in-itself with each ingredient enhancing and bringing out the best in the others. With a gorgeous medley of flavours, texture, protein, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats it is out-of-this-world awesome! You are gonna love it.

Creamed coconut - life just isn't the same without it

One of my favourite 'can't live without' ingredients in this is coconut. Coconut is nectar for the soul, and for me, makes being incarnated here as a human being all worth while! Of course, ideally we'd always eat them right off the tree but in this recipe I am using it in the form of creamed coconut (which is JUST coconut, nothing else, ground right down, retaining its awesome coconut aroma, flavour, creaminess and taste). I can't recommended the stuff highly enough for it's velvety, fragrant, melty, delectability. If you want to find out what creamed coconut is (and where to get it), check out my page here: What is Creamed Coconut Note: If you don't have creamed coconut available to you right now, then you can easily substitute in this recipe for coconut cream.

Anyway let's dive right in! I made a quick video demo so you can see exactly how I make this soup, please do check this out first...

Sweet Potato Soup for the Soup Recipe

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 small cauliflower
  • 4 brown mushrooms
  • 75g ( 1/2 cup) red lentils
  • 75g ( 1/3 block) creamed coconut
  • 500ml (2 cups) water (plus more if desired)
  • 500ml (2 cups) passata
  • 1 heaped teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1 heaped teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Pinch black pepper
  1. Chop sweet potato into small cubes.
  2. Chop cauliflower and mushrooms into pieces.
  3. Chop coconut block into small pieces.
  4. Peel and finely grate ginger.
  5. Add all ingredients to a pan. Bring to the boil and allow to cook for about 20 minutes (until the lentils are cooked and you can easily piece the sweet potato with a fork). Stir every now and again and add more water if desired.

I do hope that you enjoy this as much as we do here!
Soul to Soul

22 years ago Trinity had a profound spiritual awakening that interconnected her with the deeper consciousness of life. What followed was a journey of compassion for all sentient beings, and a passion to share conscious eating for the benefit of all. Trinity is the Openhand retreat chef and recently published two recipe books: Trinity's Conscious Kitchen & Angelicious.
Find Trinity here on www.Openhandweb.org, and here:
Trinity's Conscious Kitchen Website

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I love all versions of this recipe Trinity (with and also without coconut). One of them is in your Angelicious book. I am actually making this tonight for a group of friends. Thanks - Wish me luck! :) xx

Oh how fabulous to hear that you are making this for a group of friends Aspasia - makes me feel like we are cooking up something in the kitchen together.
Have a wonderful evening.

What I've noticed about your food Trin, is that not only is it tremendously tasty, but ridiculously easy to make. Where are all the conscious male food eaters? Come on guys, let's jump right in!

PS - have a great dinner Aspasia *OK*

Hi everyone :)

Thanks to Trinity and Openhand, I can say that I have been inspired to take the extra step and adopt a vegan diet since the last half year or so, while avoiding processed foods and going for organic food as much as possible.

People ask me if I observed any changes after this shift. Apart from not feeling bloated, I can confidently say that I am more aware of bodily sensations compared to before.

Thank you for being a source of inspiration- I will definitely try this recipe soon!!

Best wishes,

Yay - delighted to hear that you are moved to explore eating consciously Alexandros.

It sounds like it is having a good effect on your energy and awareness.

Thank you both, yes it was fab! People loved it :) and Trinity you were there with me cooking indeed..on my iPad! :)

Alexandre, may I ask whether you are Greek? I am. Reading about your transition to vegan conscious eating makes me smile :) thanks

Since I switched to vegan based diet, I feel more energy and lighter. And yes, i have both Trinity's books and love cooking from them. Especially enjoy sweet potato falafels and different loafs. Well, it wouldn't be complete if i don't mention all the raw deserts (ahh, chocolate ones as well), healthy and get those endorphins flowing. It is so delicious that I may have added some lovely pounds but keeping it contained as I mix it with some physical activity.

Thanks Trinity. I will try this next.

With Love

P.S. It is a bit challenging with kids but doesn't stop me.

For me it is a process to change my diet. My wonderful wife is a self proclaimed carnivore and she does all the cooking. She is also the most supportive person in the world and has been cooking more and more vegetarian and vegan food. Slowly bit by bit my diet is changing. I am so lucky to have her in my life!!!

After finally moving into my new home after two months of nomadic living, which has meant staying with kind friends. Due to the practicalities of living out of a suitcase I have not been able to cook and eat in my regular way and it has been a struggle. Today I have unpacked enough kitchen things and have just prepared Trinity's awesome sweet potato and coconut dish. This posting was so timely, and the food aspect is such a major part of my life and being able to cook consciously will help me settle into the new house. Thank you for the house warming gift. Mark

Ahhhw I am honoured to have been part of your celebrations Mark, with my soup recipe. Big congrats on the new move... finally! You must be thrilled. A new chapter. A new kitchen. New adventures and new unfoldings. I am happy for you :)