I have a tendency to pick recipes that are sneakily expensive. You know the ones. The recipe might require a bunch of spices I don't already have in my arsenal, some kind of special olive garnish I didn't think would cost me a lot of money, or dried cherries (my favorite), for example. The rest of the ingredients might seem simple enough, but these special add-ons always mean I'm spending more than I probably should.
Lately I've been trying to come to terms with these tendencies, and find delicious recipes that also fall into my new budget. The last couple months I've been on the hunt for budget-friendly soups, and I think I found my new favorite.
I found this recipe while scrolling through Pinterest on a board from Budget Bytes, my go-to source for delicious, inexpensive recipes. She had pinned this peanut carrot and sweet potato soup from A Saucy Kitchen and the photo grabbed me immediately.
The main ingredients for this soup are carrots, sweet potato, and vegetable stock. There's also a tablespoon of peanut butter and a few chopped peanuts, which I think really round out the soup. The recipe also includes a couple of spices (turmeric and garam marsala), an onion, some garlic, and coconut oil. I topped my soup with a little lime juice and cilantro as well. But that's it! There's nothing super expensive to buy, it makes great leftovers, and, most importantly, it's super delicious.
Get the recipe: Peanut Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup from A Saucy Kitchen
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What's the recipe you rely on to fit in your budget?