Vegan Português kale soup

This recipe is adapted from Rachel Ray, and inspired by my friend Heather (check out her photography).

* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
* 1/2 cup diced onions
* 2 diced carrots
* 1 bunch kale, stemmed and roughly chopped
* Chorizo seasoning (see below) or [1-2 store-bought soy chorizo, but omit lentils]
* 1 TBL tamari
* ½ cup red lentils
* 1 bay leaf
* 1 TBL parsley
* ½ tsp thyme
* 2 not-beef bullion cubes
* 8 cups water
* 1 14 oz can kidney beans, drained
* 1 cup diced tomatoes
* 3 red potatoes, diced

**Chorizo seasoning mix: 1 TBL granulated onion, 1 tsp black pepper, 2 tsp smoked paprika, 1 TBL dried chili flakes, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/8 tsp ground allspice, 1 tsp turbinado sugar

In a large stock pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onions, and carrots and cook for 5 minutes. Add the kale, chorizo spices (or soyrizo), bay leaves, parsley and thyme and mix well. Add the “beef stock”, beans, lentils, potatoes, and tomatoes. Bring the soup to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes.

Remove the bay leaves and serve hot.

Mini vegan sandwich trio and easy tomato soup

Last night was all about convenience fare. I picked up some Wholefood’s vegan chicken salad, hummus, and two kinds of bread (whole wheat and white). Then we made the easy tomato soup and had a party fit for a kid!

Grilled cheese: Vegan rice cheddar on a crusty white loaf
WF Vegan chicken salad: on whole wheat with German mustard and arugula
WF Hummus: on whole wheat with a tomato garnish

That’s what it’s all about!

Spicy corn and black soup (vegan)

After a long day of working in the office and then at home, so that the bathroom ceiling could be replastered, we were ready for margaritas. I’d planned to make a sambar, but decided that something southwestern would be more appropriate. Bobby Flay has a recipe for Spicy Corn Soup that was sort of an inspiration. I’m sure ours is much better and it’s vegan! Alas, I wish we had fresh corn as I’m sure this would have been even more insanely delicious. Le sigh.

1 package frozen organic corn or 4 cups fresh

12 oz. light coconut milk

1 onion, diced

1 TBL garlic, minced

2 serrano peppers, diced

1 TBL cayenne

4 cups faux chicken bouillon

1 can black beans drained

1 tsp olive oil

Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a dutch oven. Add onions and cook 4-5 minutes until very soft. Add serrano peppers, garlic, and cayenne and cook 1-2 minutes until garlic is fragrant. Add corn and bouillion. Bring to a boil and cook 5-6 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Remove about 2/3 of the kernals and blend with the coconut milk until smooth. Return mixture to the dutch oven and stir. Add in drained black beans. Turn up the heat to a low boil, then cover and cook on medium low 20 minutes.

Serve with a perfect salad.

A post about SUMAC

Sumac, the best spice ever invented. Sumac is pretty hard to find in our area, so the one place had it in large bags. I am so lucky that I had to buy so much.  Tonight, we made Turkish lentil soup and stuffed Swiss chard rolls.

We followed the lentil soup recipe as posted, except that we only had fresh mint (thanks, Anna!) This soup is the best. Try it.

This roll looks like a frog.

Stuffed with hummus (with sumac!), sauteed mushrooms, green onions, and chard stems. Place in a lightly oiled dish with about 1/2 cup water, sprinkle tops with paprika and extra drizzle of olive oil. Bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes until leaves are cooked through.

Red lentil and yellow split pea soup

This soup was inspired by a dip we made, inspired by a recipe in Food and Wine magazine for Green Lentil Hummus. We topped it with some white rice and very lemony tahina, mixed with paprika and cayenne for an extra bite of acidity and heat.

Red lentil and yellow split pea soup

1 cup red lentils
1 cup yellow split peas
2 faux chicken bouillion cubes
1 bay leaf
1 carrot
1 stalk celery
1 onion
6 garlic cloves
6 cups water

1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup cilantro
2-3 chard leaves
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne

Bring the water to boil with the bullion cubes, bay leaf, lentils and split peas. Cook 10-15 minutes, until lentils begin to soften. Add diced onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. Cook 20-30 minutes, covered on medium or medium low. Stir every 10 minutes or so to help break up the lentils and peas. Stir in remaining ingredients and cook another 10-15 minutes uncovered, stirring frequently.

Hot and spicy updates

We’re testing recipes, and it’s going really well. Sorry, we can’t share any recipes, but we’ve included a tasty photo.

Tonight we also made Thai Red Curry Soup via Show Me Vegan.

Thai Red Curry Soup
Adapted from Bon Appetit and Show Me Vegan

1/2 TBL olive oil

1 red bell pepper, chopped

2 portobella caps, chopped

2 heaping TBLvegan red curry paste

1.5 c. Yukon potatoes, diced

1 c.  green beans

1 can unsweetened light coconut milk

2.5 c. vegetable broth

1 Tablespoon tamari

1 TBL dried basil (fresh would be so good…)

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Sriracha sauce

1 lime wedge

Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Saute bell pepper for about 5 minutes. Add red curry paste. Stir to distribute curry paste, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms, potatoes, and green beans and saute about 1 minute more. Add coconut milk, broth, tamari, ginger, and garlic. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, covered. Stir in basil before serving. Garnish with Sriracha and lime juice.

Chickpea soup and apple, celery, radish salad

What do you eat when you feel a cold coming on? In the past, we’ve made Sick Girl Soup, variations on miso soup, and potato soup (which sadly, we didn’t blog about). There was also the Great Soup Tragedy of ’09, when someone made a soup that actually made the sick person sicker due to horrible indigestion…Beware, dear readers, if you have a stomach ailment, do not fill your soup with onions and garlic.

Anyway, lesson learned, which brings  us to Chickpea Soup! This meal was so good, we made and ate it two days in a row, and S ate the leftovers today for lunch. YUM.

Now to the recipe.

Chickpea soup

2 16 oz. cans chickpeas

1 carrot, sliced

1 celery, sliced

3 small Yukon potatoes, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 not-chickn bouillon cube

3 TBL fresh parsley

1/2 c. green onions, diced

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

salt and pepper to taste

2-3 c. cold water

1 TBL lemon juice

In a dutch oven, heat a small amount of olive oil and saute garlic until brown over medium heat. Meanwhile, blend 1 can of chickpeas with liquid and 2 cups of water until smooth. (We used the immersion blender in a 4-cup measuring cup). Set aside. When the garlic is toasted, but not burnt, add in celery, carrots, and potatoes. Saute for 2-3 minutes, until the potatoes start to change color. Add in a little salt, pepper, and the chili flakes and cook for another minute. Drain and rinse the other can of chickpeas. Add in the pulsed chickpeas, whole chickpeas, and bouillon cube. Add extra water if you need it. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer about 20 minutes. Add parsley and green onions, cook for another 10, or until the vegetables are to your liking. Add salt and pepper to taste.

We love radishes, and we’re obsessed with this very loose vegan interpretation of a Waldorf Salad.

Crunchy salad for 2

1-2  swiss chard leaves

4 radishes, with leaves

1/2 pink lady apple

1 celery stalk

1-1.5 TBL tahini

2 TBL lemon juice

1 TBL water (or more, depending on the consistency you’re going for)

Dash of salt and pepper

Slice the vegetables into thin, bite sized pieces. Combine the radish leaves with the swiss chard and toss the other ingredients together.

Mix together the tahini and lemon juice until it is well blend. Add water until the dressing is  as thin or thick as you like. Add salt and pepper. Mix in with the salad.

Vegan borscht and beet greens salad with siracha dressing

I can’t remember how or why we decided we need to make some borscht, but here you are. Loosely inspired by this Chilled Russian Borscht, we subbed tofu (frozen, then thawed) for the eggs, added some canned tomatoes, and heated it up. It makes a lot, and the flavor changes each time you heat it up again.

Our beets came with a lot of extremely delicious leaves, so we also made a salad. Beet greens tossed with tomatoes and mushrooms. The dressing really brings it all together, spicy and smooth. Approximately: 2 TBL Tofutti sour cream, 1 TBL Siracha, 2 TBL lemon juice, 2 TBL cider vinegar, 1 TBL light tamari, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1/2 tsp dried dill, 1/4 tsp garlic powder. Whisk together, add water if needed until it’s the consistency you prefer. Pour over salad in a pretty bowl.