You may have managed to catch the “Sweet Poison” segment on 60 Minutes this week featuring journalist, TV host and health coach, Sarah Wilson. If you missed it tune in online here.

I have previously purchased Sarah’s I Quit Sugar: An 8-Week Program and this week got the accompanying I Quit Sugar Cookbook. There are some fab recipes featured in this beautifully designed thoughtful ebook. It is well and truly soup weather here in Sydney today so I made Sarah’s hearty Sweet Potato Soup and combined it with her wonderfully tangy Coriander Pesto. Lunch was a definite highlight of the day at my place today.

Here are the pictures I took of my lunch in the backyard:

Coriander Pesto

* 2 cups fresh coriander
* 2 medium shallots, peeled
(or green onions work too)
* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 2 garlic cloves, peeled
* 1/2 cup cashews
* juice 1 lime
* 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender, and process until
creamy and very well blended.
Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week. Or cover with a
layer of oil and freeze.

Sweet Potato Soup

* 1 tablespoon coconut oil
* 1 brown onion, finely chopped
* 1 teaspoon ground cumin
* ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
* ½ teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
* pinch salt
* 1 cup red lentils, rinsed (optional; add an
extra sweet potato if you choose to omit)
* 1 medium sized sweet potato, peeled and cut
into chunks
* 5-6 cups water
* 1 tablespoon tamari or liquid aminos
* freshly ground black pepper

Heat the coconut oil in a heavy-based pan. Add onion, spices and salt and simmer for a few
minutes.
Add the lentils, sweet potato and water and simmer for 30 minutes or until the potato is tender.
Season the mixture with tamari or liquid aminos and freshly ground black pepper and puree
into a smooth, thick soup.

Here is a little sneak peak at my backyard food photography studio setup. For this shoot I used a Canon 5D Mark II, 70-200 f2.8 lens, 50mm f1.2 lens, Profoto Acute B2 AirS lighting kit with a large white beauty dish and silver reflector.

Photo copyright Megan Young. For usage contact megan@veggiesandme.com