Archive for the ‘veggies’ Category

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creamy mushroom soup

June 2, 2016

shoutout to one of the most important things on the planet:
public libraries.

thanks to them, i have access to the new 1,000 page cooking bible “the food lab” written by seriouseats.com’s j. kenji lopez-alt. this caught my eye right away.

creamy mushroom soup by seriouseats.com’s lopez-alt

2 lbs mushrooms, cleaned and sliced 3/4 in thick
4 T unsalted butter
1 large leek, white and pale green parts only, split in half and cut 3/4 in thick
1 medium onion, finely sliced
2 t fresh thyme leaves
3 T all purpose flour
1 cup milk
4 cups homemade or low-sodium canned chicken or veg stock
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper

1. set aside 1 c mushrooms. melt 3 T butter in a dutch oven or soup pot over med-high heat. add remaining mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 min til they begin to brown and have given off their liquid. add leeks, onions, and half the thyme, stirring frequently, til veggies are soft, about five min.

2. add flour and cook, stirring constantly, til flour is absorbed, about 30 seconds. stirring constantly, slowly pour in milk, followed by stock. add bay leaves, bring to boil, reduce heat to maintain simmer, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, til liquid is thickened, about 10 minutes. discard bay leaves.

3. in batches, transfer mixture to blender, or use immersion blender.

4. melt the remaining T of butter in a pan and cook the reserved 1 c mushrooms til deep brown, about 10 minutes. add remaining thyme. garnish each bowl with these mushrooms.

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recipe taken from the food lab by j. kenji lopez-alt.

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really easy, quick soup. highly recommended.

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roasted cauliflower and carrot soup

May 29, 2016

1 tablespoon coriander seeds
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more for serving
1 large white onion, peeled and diced (2 cups)
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
5 medium carrots (1 pound), cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2 cups)
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, more as needed
3 tablespoons white miso (less for more powerful miso – i did about 2 T red miso)
1 small (or half of a large) head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
½ teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice, more to taste

toast coriander seeds (dry pan, medium heat) 2-3 min. coarsely crush in mortar and pestle.
roast cauliflower and carrots on 425.
add oil to pan, caramelize onion, add garlic.
add veggies, coriander, salt, and 6 c water. simmer fifteen minutes.
remove soup from heat, blend, and stir in lemon zest and juice just before serving. top with cayenne or hot sauce, and maybe a little heavy cream.

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or (their version)

In a large, dry pot over medium heat, toast coriander seeds until fragrant and dark golden-brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a mortar and pestle and coarsely crush.
Return the pot to medium heat. Add the oil and heat until warm. Stir in onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and lightly colored, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute.
Add carrots, crushed coriander, salt and 6 cups water to the pot. Stir in the miso until it dissolves. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook, uncovered, 5 minutes. Stir in cauliflower and cook, covered, over medium-low heat until the vegetables are very tender, about 10 minutes.
Remove the soup from the heat. Using an immersion blender, purée the soup until smooth. (Alternatively, you can let soup cool slightly then purée it in batches in a food processor or blender.) If necessary, return the puréed soup to the heat to warm through. Stir in the lemon zest and juice just before serving. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with chile, sea salt and cilantro leaves.

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modified from the new york times

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solidly decent soup. i have been on a curried red lentil, squash, and coconut soup kick lately, so this tastes surprisingly simple. i roasted the cauliflower and served it with a little hot sauce. i recommend it.

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five-minute healthy cucumber, lime, and mint salad

April 24, 2016

this is my new favorite cucumber salad. it comes together in five minutes and makes a perfect quick lunch or side.

cut up one giant cucumber or several smaller cucumbers

– put the pieces in a bowl and coat them with olive oil, about a tablespoon.
– use an equivalent amount of rice wine vinegar. mix well.
– add the juice of half a lime, salt and pepper, tons of fresh mint minced up, and minced onions in your favorite style. (grill, roast, sear, or soak in saltwater if you hate raw onions.)
– if you like it hot, add a little minced fresh serrano, jalapeno, or whatever you have in the house.

mix it up:

– (opt.) add a few roasted peanuts, crunched-up, for texture and flavor!
– (opt.) you can also add a pinch of sugar, honey, or your favorite sweetener if you like it sweeter.
– (opt.) if you have homemade la jiao jiang, that’s always great in any cold salad.
– (opt.) add 2 drops of fish sauce if it feels like it’s missing something.
– (opt.) add whatever fresh herbs you have in the house, a few minced or chopped salad greens, a few chunks of tomato, or a few sliced radishes.

make it at least 15 minutes before you plan to eat it.

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recipe by friedsig

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kachumbari (healthy coleslaw from burundi)

April 23, 2016

this is a coleslaw that comes from burundi, in east/central africa. it’s quick and healthy!

1 (more or less) hot chilli pepper, cleaned, seeds removed, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 to 4 tomatoes, thinly sliced
Juice or one or two lemons or limes
Up to one teaspoon salt
fresh chopped cilantro
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced (optional)
1 small cabbage, shredded (optional)

let combine for at least fifteen minutes before serving.

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from ALWS

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eggplant tonnato (roasted eggplant and tuna salad)

April 22, 2016

i modified this significantly, but here’s the original:

2 (6-ounce) cans light tuna packed in olive oil (preferably Italian), drained, divided
1 large anchovy fillet
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus additional for drizzling
2 teaspoons drained capers (or anything pickled)
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 (11 1/2- to 13-ounce) jars or containers grilled eggplant, drained
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1/3 cup coarsely chopped parsley
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1/3 cup coarsely chopped mint
2 cups (1/2-inch) bread cubes from a country loaf, toasted
Equipment: 4 (16-ounces) wide jars or containers with lids

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Blend 1/4 cup tuna, anchovy, mayonnaise, oil, capers, and lemon juice in a blender until smooth to make tonnato sauce.
Pulse eggplant, garlic, parsley, zest, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a food processor until combined but not smooth.
Toss tomatoes with mint, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
Divide eggplant mixture among jars and layer remaining tuna (broken up into large chunks), tonnato sauce, croutons, and tomatoes (including juices) on top. Drizzle with olive oil.

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from epicurious

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surprisingly, not bad. a very strange combination of flavors. i never imagined i would puree tuna. i left out half the ingredients due to my budget – left out the anchovies, the croutons, and even the tomatoes. it’s still pretty okay. if, like me, all you have in the house is a can of tuna and a few eggplants, you can go pick up some mint and give this a try. instead of capers, i used some pickles. you could use pickled anything.

plus, once you have fresh mint in the house, you can make radish, butter, and mint sandwiches (don’t knock it ’til you try it,) as well as cucumber salad with mint, cold cucumber soup, fattoush, or a mint dressing with rice wine vinegar!

not a bad healthy choice for a quick lunch – if the eggplants are roasted already, you can put this together in just a few minutes! roast a few eggplants on a day off and keep them in your fridge just in case you need a quick meal!

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curried red lentil, squash, and coconut soup

March 17, 2016

if you are on a soft foods diet on order of dentist or doctor, make sure to add this one. it’s full of medicinal spices like turmeric and garlic. i think it’s one of the best pureed soups i’ve tried – but maybe that’s because i haven’t eaten solid food in a week. get well soon!

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roast a big (or 2 little) butternut squash (or acorn, or whatever you like)

saute onions and carrots in a dutch oven over medium heat

when soft, add a clove or two of garlic, and stir 2 mins

add:
– chicken stock, vegetable stock, or even lightly salted water
– a tablespoon or 2 of “curry powder” (or make your own with a lot of coriander, some turmeric and cayenne, and a little fenugreek, mustard powder, cumin, black pepper [to help your body absorb the turmeric,] and curry leaf – or whatever you have around)
– the flesh of the roasted squash
– between a half-cup and a cup of red split lentils (masoor dal)
– a good amount of ginger paste or ginger juice

bring to a boil and simmer about 20 minutes

throw everything into a blender or food processor, or mash well.

return to pot and add coconut milk. use a whole can, unless you don’t like the taste of coconut – then just add a half-can.

reheat, adjust spices if necessary

turn off heat, and add fresh lemon juice to taste, about 1/2 to one whole lemon.

recipe sloppily adapted by friedsig from a few different recipes, mostly this epicurious version

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beet-walnut dip

February 14, 2016

this recipe from prairierth farm is really similar to binnur’s turkish walnut and hazelnut yogurt dip posted in the early days of this blog. i never tried making it, and forgot about it.

then yesterday, someone from the farm sampled this out, with carrot and kohlrabi to dip. it was well worth the trip. the dip is absolutely phenomenal. a clutch of people lingered by the sample table, staring wistfully at this pink stuff like they were smitten. part of the reason it was so amazing was that all the ingredients were farm-fresh. part of the reason it was so amazing is that this is made of some of my favorite foods!

1 lb beets (4 smallish,) scrubbed
1 c walnuts
1 clove smashed and peeled garlic
3 t sherry vinegar or lemon juice
a few fresh herb leaves, such as marjoram or thyme (optional)
1.5 t kosher salt, or half as much table salt
1/3 c olive oil
1/3 c greek yogurt

boil beets, covered, turn down heat, and simmer til tender, 20-45 min. peel beets.

toast walnuts on the stovetop or at 350 for 5 min

grab your food processor. add peeled beets, garlic, walnuts, vinegar/lemon juice, herbs, and salt.

with motor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil and yogurt.taste for salt and tang.

dip anything in it – carrots, kohlrabi, crackers, apples, whatever you like.

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thanks to PrairiErth Farm in central illinois for the recipe!

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