Providing nutritious food to the vulnerable and needy is at Second Harvest’s core. This month’s recipe comes from Sistering, an incredible multi-service agency who supports women in Toronto who are at risk, socially isolated, homeless or precariously housed. We hope you enjoy this nutritious meal which serves six; it’s a simple recipe which will nourish bodies and warm hearts.
1 tsp ground thyme, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp chili powder
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
1/2 head cauliflower, separate into florets
12 cloves garlic, halved lengthwise
4 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, large dice
1 large carrot, large dice
2 stalks celery, large dice
1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
2 L vegetable stock
Salt and pepper to taste
1 bunch chives, chopped
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In a small bowl, prepare seasoning blend by stirring together thyme, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and chili powder.
- In a large bowl, toss sweet potato, cauliflower and garlic with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and half of the seasoning blend.
- Spread onto a baking sheet and roast until very tender and slightly caramelized, about 25 minutes.
- In a medium pot, sauté onions, carrots, and celery with remaining oil over medium heat. Cook until slightly caramelized.
- Stir in remaining seasoning blend and black pepper. Warm until aromatic, about 1 minute.
- Add roasted vegetables to pot. Bring to a simmer and cook until vegetables are very tender, about 10 minutes.
- Remove pot from heat and cool. In batches, puree the soup in a blender.
- Bring soup to a simmer once again over medium heat, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add chives and serve hot.
“Food shapes the culture of Sistering because it provides us with an opportunity to share a communal meal in a safe, warm and welcoming environment.”
Sistering has been providing a much-needed service for women in Toronto for over 35 years, validating women’s experiences regardless of outcomes. Coming through Sistering’s 24/7 drop-in doors means entering a safe, welcoming space and receiving a hot meal after a long night on the streets or in a shelter. The agency serves over 155,000 meals per year to approximately 2,365 women.