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Blood Orange Honey Toddy

A hot toddy in winter warms your core and gets rid of a sore throat and sniffle–my type of medicine!

After this delicious combination came together last night during a snow storm I got excited to make an iced toddy version this summer—yummm!

hot toddy

Ingredients:

Blood Oranges, 2

Ginger, 2 tsp

Honey, 1 Tb

Whiskey-Jim Bean Honey

Rooibos Tea

1. Juice orange, add grated ginger, and honey. Blend to liquify pulp etc.

2. Steep tea.

3. Add one part juice mixture, one-two πŸ˜‰ part(s) whiskey, two parts tea.

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Coconut Vegetable Soup with Crispy Tofu Gremolata

It is too cold out! This soup definitely helps cope with this inconsiderate weather!

coconut soup

Ingredients:

Onion, 1

Garlic, 2 cloves

Ginger, 3 tsp grated

Jalapeno, 1/2 thinly sliced

Coconut Milk, 1 can

Carrots, julienne

Red Pepper

Mushrooms

Broccoli

Green Beans

Spinach

Sea Salt

Water

Tofu Crumble (Gremolata):

Tofu

Tamari

Olive Oil

Sesame Oil

Mint, fresh chopped

Cilantro, fresh chopped

1. Add a can of coconut milk to a soup pot with 3-4 cans of water and 2-3 tsp of sea salt.

2. Add sliced onion, diced garlic, sliced jalapeno, and grated ginger to the coconut milk broth and bring the broth to a low boil.

3. Slice all other vegetables, thinly. Then add in the carrots, then mushrooms. These are the heartier veggies and can cook longer. I HATE overcooked greens so the green vegetables are ALWAYS the last to go in! They only need MAX 2-4 minutes in the hot broth to cook.

5. In the meantime, cube the tofu and let it marinate with 1 TB of tamari. In a hot pan, add the tofu then sautee. I added some oil after the tofu cooked for about 5 minutes. Then sprinkled Japanese chilli flakes on it. Cook the tofu until it gets nice a crispy edges on it. Then add to a bowl with chopped mint and cilantro, and add on a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil.

6. Once the vegetables are cooked to your liking in the broth, it is time to eat! I put spinach in the bottom of the bowel. The hot soup will cook the spinach perfectly. Add the crispy tofu-herb gremolata (we’re fancy!) on top. I loved the texture that this added to the soup–rather than those bland soft tofu cubes that are usually in coconut soup—blehhh!

EAT IT ALREADY!

The best thing with this soup is it’s potential for versatility: All you really need is the coconut milk and whatever veggies you have on hand. The aromatics (onion, garlic, ginger, and jalapeno) are pretty important for developing flavor but use whatever combination works for you: got lemongrass? USE IT! got lime zest? USE IT!

The other best part? It takes NO TIME to make this! Cutting all of your veggies is the most time intensive part–so get on it! Make this!

Saag Channa

We can all agree that Indian food is delicious! The depths of flavor created with a variety of spices makes for a flavor bomb in your mouth. My sister’s favorite dish is Saag Chanaa–it is the only thing she orders when we go to an Indian restaurant. So, in honor of her, I made it! I didn’t have spinach on hand (which is a common green used for this dish) but I had collard greens! I figured it was worth the try and YESSS — better than spinach! The heartiness of the collards holds up to the heat of cooking and the complexity of spices. A bowl of this is a complete meal full of nutrients, textures, and flavors. YUMMMYY!

saag channa

Ingredients:

Onion, 1

Garlic, 4-5 cloves

Ginger, fresh, 2-3 tsp diced

Collard Greens, 2 bunches

Tomato Sauce (I used a homemade version of a roasted sauce because that’s what I had on hand), 1/2 cup

Tomato, fresh, 1/2 cup (I used cherry tomatoes)

Jalapeno, 1/3, diced

Chickpeas, 1 can

Cumin, 1/2 tsp for spice mix; 1/2 tsp for chickpeas

Corrinader, 1 1/2 tsp seeds

Fennel Seeds, 1 tsp

Turmeric, 1-2 tsp

Chilli Flakes, 1/2 tsp

1. Dice onion and begin to sautee in a pot with salt at a medium heat. You want to slowly cook down the onion to really develop the flavor.

2. Spice blend: Add seeds to your spice grinder and blend down to a powder: cumin, corrinader, fennel, chilli flakes, turmeric.

3. Dice garlic, ginger, and jalapeno. Once onions have cooked for about 5-7 minutes and are translucent, add garlic and ginger. Allow for cook out for about 5 minutes.

4. Add the spice blend to the pot. Stir together for a minute then add the tomato sauce/puree. I used a variation of this recipe.

5. Wash, de-stem, and chop collard greens. Here’s a tutorial on de-stemming collards.

6. Once the onion, garlic, ginger, jalapeno, spices, and tomato sauce have cooked together, add the collard greens. Mix the greens in the pot with the sauce and put a lid on it to allow the greens to cook down.

7. In a separate pan, add cumin seeds and toast with rinsed chickpeas. Allow the spice and beans to toast until you see the shade of cumin turn darker brown (not burnt so use a medium heat) and you’ll see some brown toasty-ness on the beans.

8. Add chickpeas and cumin to the pot of greens, add some water and allow to cook together on a medium heat for up to 5 minutes. You will be able to tell when the greens are cooked–they don’t have to be brown! Allow the pot to simmer for a few minutes then let rest before you dig in!

I served with coconut jasmine rice–and will try with roti/naan soon!

I know it may seem like there a lot of steps to this but really it is EASY and well worth the effort.

Remember, you can use any type of leafy green for this dish if you don’t have collard greens on hand. But, give collards a chance with this dish and try something new!

Let me know what you think πŸ™‚

Vegetable Miso Soup

Some people (*cough* my mom *cough*) don’t like miso soup and I think it has to do with the texture of the soft, gummy tofu and slimy seaweed.

Miso is not only good for you but adds an amazing depth of flavor : miso is all about umami! So, I’ve made a version of miso soup with a variety of vegetable and aromatics to give miso the respect it deserves!

The key with using miso is two-fold: 1. start with white miso as the taste is less pungent. Once you get more comfortable cooking with miso you can try other types. 2. Miso should not be cooked at a high heat over a long time as the heat kills the kills the probiotic (the healthy part of the miso). So in making miso soup, it is the last ingredient that you add.

veggie miso
This soup is easy to make . Having all of your vegetables prepped before you start will make the process easier for you.

Ingredients:

Garlic, grated

Ginger, grated

Carrots, thinly sliced

Portabello Mushrooms, thinly sliced

Green Cabbage (Napa cabbage would work well too!), thinly sliced

Scallions

Cilantro

Spinach

White Miso

Jalapeno, grated or thinly sliced

1. Prepare all vegetables.

Note: This soup is a great way for you to use all the veggies in your kitchen that have been neglected. I used this combination because it is what I had on hand and you should do the same πŸ™‚

2. Put a pot of water on the stove and start to heat it.

3. Once the water starts moving (pre-boil) add in the aromatics: garlic then ginger.

4. As the water heats more add in the vegetables starting with the ‘heaviest’ (carrots) and gradually adding in the others ending with the ‘delicates’ (cilantro and spinach). This is a less than 5 minute cooking process.

Note: You’re NOT bringing this soup to a rolling boil. The vegetables should maintain their color.

5. So you now have this vibrant pot of vegetable soup that is just starting to boil. Pull it off of the heat and add in the miso paste. (It may be easier to put some of the hot water into a bowl with the miso and mix until it is diluted into the water then add the mixture into the pot of soup so you can ensure no miso blobs (not good eats!).

I added about 1/4 -1/2 c of miso because I like the flavor and wanted it well seasoned without salt. If this is your first miso experience, add a Tablespoon at a time until you’re satisfied with the flavor.

6. Serve vegetable soup into a bowl and garnish with more jalapeno, scallions, and cilantro (if you’d like) and mmmm!

vegetable miso soup
Now tell me you don’t like miso soup! πŸ˜‰

 

Date-Carrot-Cinnamon Bars

Inspired by Beard and Bonnet’s recipe, I made these because a) they looked delicious b) I had all of the ingredients!

I substituted sesame seeds for hemp seeds, crystallized ginger for fresh grated ginger (because that’s what I had on hand), and added an extra teaspoon or so of cinnamon.

These are simple, delicious, and a great to-go snack. I recommend freezing them. Enjoy!

carrotcakebars