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Ginger Twofer Again!

Tonight is another double ginger extravaganza for you–Ginger Pea Soup and Ginger Mustard Roasted Vegetables. Oh yeah!

For the vegetables:
2.5 lbs root vegetables (we used 1 Korean radish and 2 turnips), cut into 2-inch pieces
3 TBL ginger, grated finely
4 TBL German mustard
2 TBL garlic, minced
1 tsp hot paprika
1 TBL olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Preheat the oven to 425 F. Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. Line a baking sheet with foil and spread vegetables out in a single layer. Bake about 30 minutes until nicely browned.

For the soup:
Adapted from Mark Bittman

3 cups frozen or fresh peas
3 TBL ginger, peeled and sliced
2 TBL garlic, chopped
4 cups faux low-sodium chicken stock (or 2 cups stock and 2 cups water)
1 tsp pepper
salt to taste

In a pot, add all ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium and cover, cook 20-30 minutes or until peas are very soft and starting to break apart. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth.

Sesame coleslaw

We adapted this quick and easy recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen.

4 cups green cabbage, sliced in strips (about 1/2 large head of cabbage)
2 TBL black sesame seeds, toasted
1 cup sliced radishes

Dressing:
4 TBL rice vinegar
1 TBL sesame oil
1 tsp Siracha
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt

Toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan. Slice up cabbage and radishes. Toss all ingredients together. Refrigerate for a few hours.

Chickpea crepes with curried greens, potatoes, and radishes

This is perhaps one of the best meals we’ve ever made. We used this recipe for Addictive Chickpea Crepes and didn’t change a thing. They say you can leave out the carom seeds, but I actually think that is one of the best parts of the flavor, so get them if you can. The recipe makes 8 crepes and we ate them ALL.

For the filling:

5 garlic cloves minced

1 TBL mustard seeds

1 TBL turmeric

1 TBL curry powder

1 tsp cayenne

3 small potatoes, chopped into 2 inch pieces

1.5-2 cups radishes, quartered

1 cup water

1 bunch kale or chard (we had a mix)

1/4 cup white vinegar

salt to taste

In a dutch oven, heat 1 tsp oil and saute garlic and mustard seeds on medium heat until the seeds begin to pop. Add potatoes and radishes and stir. Add turmeric, curry, and cayenne and coat the vegetables. Add cup of water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook on medium low until potatoes are cooked, about 7  minutes. Add greens, salt, and vinegar. Stir mixture well, and cover. Cook 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

We took the night off

We took the night off from testing, but we’ve been so delighted with all of Taymer’s recipes, that we ended up with a Caribbean inspired dinner anyway. We made an amazing bean soup, incorporating some of the seasonings and cooking techniques we’ve learned recently, and a zesty salad: swiss chard, oranges, avocado, hearts of palm, radishes, and a dressing made of Tay’s bajan seasoning and tahini.

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.