Budget Busters

Limited Funds Doesn't Mean Limited Taste

The economy in South Africa is not at it's peak at the present moment, and it is safe to say that everybody is feeling the pinch. The price of food products and produce has skyrocketed, leaving many feeling as if they can't produce meals of nutritional value or with any flavor at all. 

This couldn't be further from the truth!

As the winter months roll in, there is nothing more hearty and warming than a decadent, home made soup. Take a look at a mouth watering recipe that anybody can follow, even on a shoestring budget.

Sweet Potato and Butternut Soup is luxuriously delicious and can be enjoyed with your favorite toasted baguette or without.

What you'll need:

1 Tbsp of olive oil

2 Onions (Sliced)

1 Medium sized Sweet Potato (peeled and cut into cubes)

800 g Butternut (cut into cubes)

3 Cups of Vegetable Stock

Fresh Thyme and Rosemary

1/2 cup of Fresh Cream

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and saute the onions for approximately 5 minutes or until slightly softened. Add the cubes of sweet potato and butternut and brown the cubes on all sides. For seasoning and added flavor place approximately 3 or 4 sprigs of both thyme and rosemary into the mix. Pour in your vegetable stock and allow it to simmer for approximately 20 minutes. Add your fresh cream, remove the sprigs of fresh herbs and use a hand blender to blitz until the desired consistency and texture is reached. Season to taste.

If you simply can't eat your soup without the bread, lightly glaze slices of baguette with olive oil and toast in a pan on the stove top or in the oven at 180 degrees until they turn a golden brown hue.

You will easily serve a family of four for less than R 100 and you won't be sacrificing where it matters most; taste and nutritional value. You really don't have to spend a fortune to feed your family with food that comforts the soul.

All that's left now is to dig in!