Being Too Busy and Curried Sweet Potato & Quinoa Soup

Curried Sweet Potato & Quinoa Soup from ReluctantEntertainer.com

Do you ever feel you are drowning in so much to do? I know so many women who do, and I most certainly do, but I constantly give myself pep talks, trying to stick with 3 major things that need to be accomplished per day, and then go with the flow with the others. One thing I hate not accomplishing, is coming up with a healthy dinner for my family, like today’s recipe, Curried Sweet Potato and Quinoa Soup.

The other thing that’s important for me is exercise and reading something spiritual in the morning. I do not like the feeling of being overwhelmed, or treading water, so I try to start my day off on the solid ground called PEACE of mind. Oh, and always a large glass of water, first thing, and then eventually a cup or two (small) of espresso!

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Another thing that helps me (now that I’m in my 50’s – midlife, right?) is to try to focus my attention on one thing at a time. Busyness and not focusing are time wasters! I hate that feeling.

You can simplify your life by practicing doing one thing at a time.

I’ve always had this approach, one thing at a time, though that’s not to say I don’t fall off and get a bunch of things whirling around in my mind. It does take discipline to plan, organize, and not lose control of the day. I’m not talking about losing control of life, but I talking about losing control of a busy schedule (big difference).

I’ve learned you can be busy, but still have PEACE!

Earlier this week, first thing in the morning, I got a big pot of quinoa cooking in my rice cooker. Check!

(By the way, I have a Pinterest board: Farro & Quinoa Recipes from some pretty amazing cooks! Check it out if you need some delicious, healthy recipes!)

I knew I had everything I needed for this delicious recipe, and my quinoa was cooked. So when it came time for dinner, it was on the table in no time!

Curried Sweet Potato & Quinoa Soup from ReluctantEntertainer.com

Starting the day off right.

Simple, easy weeknight meals.

Healthy for the family.

And a sense of accomplishment for the day.

All important aspects of feeling “whole” and in control of your schedule.

Do you ever struggle with the feeling that your schedule is out of control?

Curried Sweet Potato & Quinoa Soup from ReluctantEntertainer.com

Curried Sweet Potato & Quinoa Soup Recipe

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 6 cups vegetable (or chicken) broth
  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 large orange
  • Creme Fraiche

Directions:

  1. Spray a large saucepan with olive oil spray and add the chopped onion. Cook for 8 minutes, until tender.
  2. Add the garlic, sea salt, curry powder, and cumin. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add in vegetable or chicken broth and sweet potatoes and bring to a simmer. Reduce to low and cover; cook for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  5. Zest an orange and set aside. Cute the orange in half and juice it, pouring into the soup mixture.
  6. Puree in batches using a blender or Vitamix (do not put the lid on top; use a cloth instead).
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste, orange zest, and the 3 cups of cooked quinoa. Mix and heat through.
  8. Serve with a dollop of Creme Fraiche. Add fresh herbs (optional).
   

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8 Responses to “Being Too Busy and Curried Sweet Potato & Quinoa Soup”

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    Aggie — January 8, 2014 @ 4:57 am

    You know I feel this way :) I love the peace quote – so much!!

    Your tips and focus on 3 things were good to read. Lately I have SO much on my to do list that I feel completely overwhelmed…I don’t like that feeling at all. Need to focus on a few things each day.

    This soup looks incredible! And I love your farro & quinoa board! :)

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    Sheila @Eat2gather — January 8, 2014 @ 5:58 am

    Yes! It is completely out of control this week. Deep breath…love the quote, was helpful to me this morning. xox and BTW the soup looks wonderful.

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven — January 8, 2014 @ 10:31 am

    Mmmm, this sounds so warm and comforting, Sandy! And that’s funny, this planner I’m using also has you focus on three main tasks a day. So helpful!

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    Megan @ The DelightFULL Dash — January 8, 2014 @ 1:45 pm

    That soup looks amazing. I’ve been looking for some different recipes for using quinoa. It’s become one of my new favorite foods. Love the quinoa-sweet potato-orange combo. Pinning this now!

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    Ice — January 8, 2014 @ 10:12 pm

    Hi Sandy! I love sweet potato! I would definitely try this one. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Tieghan — January 8, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

    I love the idea of 3 main tasks a day. That is a great way to get organized!

    And this soup? Wow! So my kind of soup! Love the flavors and that color!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — January 10, 2014 @ 8:35 am

    I absolutely hate those times when I’m feeling overwhelmed and scattered and unfocused. My To Do List is long, like everyone’s. But I somewhat follow your concept…my tasks are listed on my calendar, and for each day I highlight the top few things that need to be accomplished that day. And then I tell myself that anything else is bonus. {love the soup!}

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