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Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

When the weather outside is frightful, there's usually nothing more delightful than a bowl of homemade soup. This easy offering is packed full of goodness -- spinach, purple potatoes, chickpeas and more -- and coconut cream and spices give it a gorgeous finish. And the recipe is also both vegan and gluten-free, so it might even align with your New Year's resolutions!

See also: Spinach-and-chickpea coconut curry for a quick, easy dinner on Meatless Monday

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

You will need:

2 tablespoons olive oil

4-5 cloves garlic

1 onion

5 cups vegetable stock (you can make your own or used premade)

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon cayenne

12 ounces purple potatoes

1 15-ounce can chickpeas

1 can coconut milk (Thai Kitchen works best for this)

2 tablespoons tahini

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Salt and pepper to taste

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

1. Scrub and drain the potatoes, then cut into small pieces (the smaller they are, the quicker they will cook, but about half an inch on all sides is a good measurement).

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

Peel and crush the garlic cloves.

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

Chop the onion.

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

2. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

Add the garlic and onion.

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

Cook for about eight minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden-brown.

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

While the onion and garlic cooks, drain and rinse the chickpeas.

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

Add the cumin and coriander and cook for another minute or so, stirring.

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

3. Add the vegetable stock and the potatoes.

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

Toss in the cayenne, bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for about ten to fifteen minutes, until the potatoes are getting tender.

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

Looking great!

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

Add the chickpeas and cook for another five minutes.

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

4. Meanwhile, open the can of coconut milk and scoop off the thick, solidified cream from the top into a liquid measuring cup. Add just enough milk to reach the 2/3 cup line. Put the cream in a small bowl with the tahini and cornstarch.

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

Mix together.

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

Add a little bit of salt and as much fresh-cracked pepper as you care to.

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

Stir it in.

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

Add the coconut mixture, stir it in and cook for another couple of minutes.

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

Add the spinach. Stir it in and allow it to wilt so the soup can accommodate it.

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

Fabulous.

Creamy soup with spinach, potato, chickpeas and coconut for Meatless Monday

Dish it up and eat it! This is also a great next-day soup -- the ingredients get time to mingle together. It is a tad spicy made like this; if you don't like that, reduce or eliminate the cayenne.



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