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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™‚

Butternut Squash Soup with Sage

I don’t think anyone needs convincing when it comes to butternut squash soup because its thick, creamy, silken texture is luxurious and warming on a cold fall day and the earthy sage adds depth. So there’s all the adjectives you need to be inspired—now make it!

butternutsquashsoup

Ingredients:

Olive oil

Sage

Onion, white

Garlic Cloves

Butternut Squash (aka BNS), peeled and diced

Golden Delicious Apple, peeled and diced

Salt and Pepper

Bay Leaf, 2

Water

1. On medium heat, heat oil in a soupΒ  pot and then add sage.

2. Add diced onion and sautee; then add chopped garlic.

3. Add diced BNS and apple and sautee for 10 minutes to blend flavors.

4. Add bay leaf and water and bring it to a boil (with lid on) and cook until the BNS is tender. Turn off the heat and let it rest for a few minutes before blending. Remember to remove the bay leaves before you blend.

5. Add boiled water, as needed, to create a consistency that you like.

Optional: Serve with sage on top.

Salsa Trio

With salsa and chips, life is complete. You can quote me on that.

So today I bring you recipes for three salsas. You’re welcome. πŸ˜‰

salsa trio
LEFT: Tomatillo-Corn Salsa MIDDLE: Roasted Tomato Salsa with Cumin RIGHT: Grilled Poblano Salsa

Keep in mind that each of these recipes can be adapted to your spice palate.

Ingredients for Tomatillo-Corn Salsa:

Tomatillo

Jalapeno

Onion

Oregano, fresh

Corn, fresh off cob

1. Peel and rinse tomatillos then add to a vegetable grill tray with jalapeno and grill until charred and blistered.

grilled tomatillo

2. Dice onion and garlic and sautee with vinegar and fresh oregano.

3. Add sauteed items to grilled items and blend until combined.

tomatillo salsa

4. Add fresh corn from cob to the salsa.

5. Season to taste. Crumbled feta is a nice addition to this

Ingredients for Roasted Tomato Salsa :

Tomato

Yellow Pepper

Tomatillo

Hot Pepper

Cumin

Onion

Salt

Cilantro

1. Add tomato, onion, tomatillo, and peppers to a baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and cumin seeds.

2. Roast for 30ish minutes at 350.

tomato salsa

3. Add ingredients to a bowl and blend with fresh cilantro.

4. Season to taste and eat!

Ingredients for Grilled Poblano Salsa:

Poblano Peppers

Jalapeno

Garlic

Red Wine Vinegar

Salt

Sugar

1. Add poblano peppers and jalapeno to vegetable grill pan and grill until charred.

grilled poblano

2. Meanwhile, add diced garlic to a bowl with vinegar, salt, and sugar.

3. Once peppers are evenly blistered and look cooked through, remove from the grill and add to a bowl then put a lid or layer of plastic wrap on top of the bowl. This process helps separate the skin of the pepper from the flesh. After about 10 minutes, peppers should be cool enough to touch: peel the skin off of the peppers. As you peel the skin, you can also remove some seeds. Remember: the seeds of peppers contain the heat so depending on how spicy you want it, keep that tip in mind.

4. Once peppers are cleaned, add to the the garlic-vinegar and blend until a smooth consistency is formed.

5. It’s that easy and ready to serve! This is a great hot sauce as well. Don’t be shy to add drops of this to your tacos/soup/etc. Also, if you like it spicier, add more jalapenos to the mix. With one jalapeno used in this recipe, it was a medium heat (IMO).

When properly stored, these should last up to two weeks…in the fridge that is. πŸ˜‰

 

 

Grilled Tomato Soup

grilled tomato soup with tarragon

Say NO to canned soup! This soup is easy to make and perfectly delicious as it combines the flavors of summer with the char of the grill. Try it!

Ingredients:

10-12 Tomatoes

1 Onion

4 cloves Garlic

1 Jalapeno

2-4 tsp Salt

2-3 Tb. Tarragon

1 + cups Water

Lemon Zest, to finish

1. Rinse tomatoes and put on a vegetable grilling tray. If you don’t have one, order NOW…trust me!

grilled tomato soup

2. Grill tomatoes, onion, garlic, and jalapeno until nicely charred.

grilled tomato

3. Remove grilled items and put in a soup pot. I mashed the tomatoes, garlic, and jalapeno with a fork first then added in the onion before blending with my hand blender.

4. Add some water to your desired consistency, probably 1 cup.

5. Complement with fresh garden tarragon (thyme, basil, rosemary, oregano would also work) and fresh lemon zest.

6. Serve hot or room temperature. This is also a great base for a gazpacho.

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A Saturday Brunch: Breakfast Taco

I got the goodies at the Italian Market (the only place for the best tortillas in Philly), Reuben opened his kitchen, and together with Memmie we cooked this perfect brunch:

mise en

black bean salad

egg onion cilantro tortilla

Ingredients:

Black Bean Salad:

Red Onion

Garlic

Lemon

Jalepeno

Peppers: Green, Yellow, Red

Avocado

Cilantro

Lemon

Black beans

Tomato

Eggs

Tortilla

1. Chop all vegetables. Put chopped onion, garlic, and jalepeno in a bowl with fresh lemon juice and let that marinate before adding to the other ingredients.

2. Mix all ingredients in the bowl. Add avocado last.

3. Sautee onion in a pan with olive oil, salt and peper and cilantro. Crack egg on top of veggies. Cover for a few minutes. When done serve on toasted tortilla.

4. Add black bean salad to tortilla and open a beer!

5. mmmmmmm!

Broccoli-Asparagus-Sundried Tomato Pasta Salad

vegepasta

Another ‘work perfect’ pasta salad!

Ingredients:

Pasta, 1 box

Onion

Garlic

Sundried Tomato

Broccoli

Asparagus

Rosemary

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

1. Cook pasta in salted water.

2. Sautee onions, garlic, then add sundried tomato and rosemary.

3. Add chopped broccoli and asparagus and sautee until the veggies are cooked.

4. Add veggie sautee to cooked pasta.

Make this on a Sunday and have an easy lunch for the week! It stays good for about a week.

 

Pasta + Vegetables

Looking for a quick and delicious dinner? This is what I did tonight:

pasta primavera

Ingredients:

Pasta, leftover (already cooked) or fresh

Pasta sauce (recipe forthcoming)

Onion

Roasted pepper

Zucchini

Asparagus

Basil

Marinated Artichoke Hearts

1. Heat leftover pasta with homemade tomato sauce, or cook a fresh batch.

2. Sautee onions in pan, add roasted peppers, zucchini, asparagus and put a lid on to steam veggies.

3. Add fresh chopped parsley, rosemary, and basil (other fresh herbs welcome).

4. Serve veggies on pasta.

Obviously any other combination of veggies would be delicious. Like always, use what you have on hand: broccoli, mushrooms, tomato etc…