Cheater soup

Cheater cheater pumpkin potato eater.

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Last week my cousin posted a recipe that looked both tasty and vegan-izable, so I starred it and saved it for a rainy day.  Ok, a cloudy day…this is LA after all, not New York. 

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Yesterday was that day…only I had very few of the ingredients on hand.  No matter, I subbed like a pro and wound up with a totally different (but still very tasty) dish.

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It took very little time since I cheated every step of the way, but trust me, cutting corners never tasted so good. 

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I pre-cooked the veggies using the handiest cheater tool ever (giveaway post tomorrow).  Once the carrots and broccoli were soft, I started in with the stove top portion.

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Raw no more.

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While the Imagine soups are tasty enough on their own, I’ve found they are better utilized as soup bases.  I simply bulked up this Sweet Potato soup with whatever I could find in the produce drawer and – bam! – cheater soup. 

[Don’t let the “creamy” description deceive you, the soup is dairy free]

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Before the kale got too wilty or burnt, I poured in the soup, and then added in my next cheater ingredient, beans from a can.

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So sue me.  I’m not on Top Chef after all.

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Next I added the spices, which is where Patti’s recipe came into play…

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Yummmm…

Cheater Sweet Potato Veggie Soup

  • 2 leaves of kale, de-spined
  • 1 ear of raw corn
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 medium head of broccoli florets
  • 3/4 box sweet potato soup
  • 1/2 can (3/4 cup) of kidney beans
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • salt & pepper to taste

Cheater status be damned, I’d make this soup again in a second (ok, maybe two).

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Comments (10)

  1. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    Cheater soup would be about the only kind of soup I’d make :)

    From the last posts about the Prana Bars, yes I agree, they rock like no other bars. And the 18 Rabbits banana, yes, very walnutty and i ain’t really a total fan of walnuts on their own.

    The post w/ you and your drinks, football, bar, west coast is where it’s at, Santa Monica…girl, lovin’ it all!!!!!

    Hope life is treating you right, you old married Wifey. Nice Wifey mug I saw too :)

  2. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    Oh my GOLL that looks good!

  3. julie

    girl i don’t hate on beans from a can haha they’re the story of my life. for me it’s just too much work to do it the other way! i’m thinking this is going to be a great soup season :)

  4. Emma

    I definitely just made my own verison of “cheater soup”! I used Black Bean soup as a base, added roasted corn, red bell peppers, black beans, and lots of spices and viola! Fast, easy and delicious soup!

  5. allijag

    I LOVE it – delicious AND easy! :) Right up my alley! Thanks (to you and ur cuz) for the fab idea! :)

  6. Patti at Worth The Whisk

    Hey cousin, glad to see you are cooking up a storm now that you are back in our ‘hood. Great LA weather, huh?

  7. BroccoliHut

    I love doctoring up boxed soups–I once did a post all about “The Boxed Soup Chef.” I love that Imagine’s soups are all made with soymilk. Have you tried any of the other varieties?

  8. Heidi

    I loving the fact that Fall is upon is and soup time is right around the corner! I plan to give this a try. But more intriguing – where did you get the cutting board with the inscription? It’s awesome!!

  9. elise

    My sister got it for me. So cool right!?!?

  10. Heidi

    Very cool :) I’m on google looking for one now!

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