Hearty Nine Bean Soup Recipe

It’s been a long time since I posted a recipe. It’s also been a long time since I’ve done any real cooking for myself and my family. I guess that what happens when a baby comes along 🙂 Now that Jordan is three months old, I feel like I have a slightly better handle on managing my time. This soup turned out a lot better than I thought it would. To be honest, cooking with dried beans has always seemed like far too much work. Mostly because I don’t really tend to plan my meals ahead and like quick, easy food. Yesterday I was looking through the pantry and came across the giant jar of dried beans that was gifted to me, that combined with the carrots & celery in the fridge that needed to be used made me want to cook up some soup!!! So here it is, nine bean soup. The recipe is off the package of beans (Golden Boy) but I changed it a bit to make it vegan, original called for chicken broth (eeew) and added some carrots and nooch, upped the garlic content, blah blah blah so it’s not exactly my recipe but not the same as the package.

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Nine Bean Soup
2 T olive oil
1 coarsely chopped onion
5 cloves garlic, minced
4 stalks celery, roughly chopped
4 carrots, roughly chopped
2 cups nine bean soup mix (just dried beans)
6 cups vegetable stock/broth (I used homemade)
2 cups water +one cube veggie broth
1 540ml can tomatoes ( I used cracked pepper&roasted garlic stewed tomatoes)
1 bay leaf
Salt & pepper to taste, garlic salt too!
1/2 cup nooch
Daiya shreds for garnish

Soak beans in cold water overnight (12hrs). Drain before using. Heat oil over medium heat in saucepan, sautéed garlic, onions, celery & carrots (seasoned with salt & pepper) for 5 minutes or until onions & celery is translucent. Add broth, water, tomatoes, beans & bay leaf. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce to medium low and simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours. Add garlic salt to taste & nooch.

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Roasted Carrot & Ginger Soup

The cauliflower gives this hearty soup a thick, creamy base without the added fat of cream or nuts. Roasting the veggies adds a nice depth to the soup and brings out the sweetest of the onion but you could also steam the veggies for a subtler taste. Make sure to check on your veggies while roasting so they don’t overcook or burn. The onions tend to cook a lot faster than the cauliflower and carrots so you may want to remove them at the 15 minute mark or you can leave them in for an extra roasty/charred flavor.

Roasted Carrot & Ginger Soup (makes about 6 cups)

1 medium/large head cauliflower, cut into 2 inch florets
4 medium sized carrots, cut lenghtwise into quarters or sixths if they are very thick
1 small yellow or sweet onion, cut into sixths and seperated
3 tbsps olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
1/2 tsp powdered ginger
2-3 tsps lemon juice
3 tbsps brown sugar

Preheat oven to 375. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, coat cauliflower with 1 tbsp olive oil and spread out on baking sheet. Toss the carrots & onions with 2 tbsps olive oil and spread out on second baking sheet. Sprinkle both sheets with salt & pepper. Bake in oven for 15 mins. Flip veggies, check the onions as sometimes they cook much faster and bake for another 15 mins. Once you veggies are done, transfer them to a blender or food processor. Add 2 cups vegetable broth and blend. You will probably need to do the rest of the blending in 2 batches. Pour out half of the mixture into a bowl. Add 1 cup water, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 1/2 tbsps brown sugar and 1/4 tsp ginger, blend well. Transfer mixture in blend to a pot or other bowl. Blend the other half of the vegetable mixture with the remaining 1 cup water, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 1/2 tbsps brown sugar and 1/4 tsp ginger. Add the blender contents into the pot or bowl and mix well. Taste and add salt & pepper to your liking. You may also want to add the other 1 tsp of lemon juice.

This soup freezes well, I like to do 1-2 cup portions. Let the soup cool, pour into freezer bags and lay flat on a baking sheet to freeze in nice thin, space saving shapes.

Soup n Burgers. I’m no food critic…MoFo Day 18!

I’m no food critic but I know what I like! Being vegan can be challenging at times when it comes to pre-made and fast foods. There are a lot of “misses”, luckily I have come across a few “hits”. I have been on a search for a flavourful, moist veggie burger. I still don`t know why so many companies market the burgers with egg or milk or cheese in them. They would be reaching a much larger demographic by not including any animal products but I guess that just makes the vegan finds even more special.

Today I putting the Sol Veggie Burger and Amy’s Lentil Soup under the microscope.

Let’s start with the burgers. What I like about these most is the fact that there aren’t a whole bunch of ingredients I can’t pronounce. A nice simple, clean burger that has a nice flavour, not eerily tasting of beef and not your traditional, rice or mushroom based burger. I ate the burger on a peice of sourdough with a but of kethcup, while not very exciting, I felt the burger held it’s own, not needing the typical burger dressings to make it edible. However, with all the fixings I think this could please veggie’s and omni’s alike.

Next up is Amy’s Lentil Soup. I have always been a fan of their products, while some are still not vegan friendly it is the one brand widely carried in my city that has more options than the latter. I feel like this soup is a good start but could use a little something. Salt comes to mind, as does garlic and maybe some more vegetables. It is much better than a lot of soups out there but I still think my favorite is the Black Bean Soup, perfect with diced avocados on top.

Like I said before I am no food critic, I think that’s apparent but I do know good food. I give the Sol Veggie Burgers a 7.5/10 and the Amy’s Lentil Soup a 6/10. Not bad for a quick lunch when you don’t really feel like putting any effort into it. I’ll be back tomorrow with a chick’n caesar salad and possibly some sweet treats!

Savory Squash Soup! MoFo 15

I love making soups. I spent the day boiling veggie scraps to make vegetable broth. This was my first time doing it and I honestly don’t know why I have never done this before. It’s genius! Not only do you save money by not having to buy broth, but you cut down on waste by using veggie scraps that would otherwise be thrown out and you don’t have to worry about recycling tetra packs. Win, Win, Win! Making your own broth is super easy. All you do is save all the scraps you would usually compost or throw out in your freezer. I’m talking EVERYTHING! Onion skins/nubs, carrot peels/ends, garlic ends, pepper seeds, caulfiflower stalks, celery greens/ends…you name it. The only things you don’t really want to use in your broth is brocolli, cabbage and any other veggies that might overwhlem the flavour of the other vegetables. Cook on low heat, skimming the foam off the top as needed. This makes for a nice clear broth. The longer you cook it the more flavour you will get.

While my broth was simmering away I realized I had 1/2 of a squash and a lone carrot in the fridge that needed to be used up so I decided to make a nice creamy soup. First I  preheated the oven to 375. Then I peeled the squash & carrot and cut into 1 inch cubes. I then cut a medium onion into quarters and split the layers up. Next I tossed them in olive oil, garlic salt, sage & thyme. I layed them all out evenly on a baking sheet, popped them into the oven and set the timer to 30 mins. Then I had the pleasure of watching episode 3 of The Walking Dead. Holy fork, I don’t ever want this show to end…EVER! It is so good, if you haven’t tuned in do yourself a favor and dedicated a few hours to watching it, you will not regret it. Ok, back to soup. Once the veggies were done roasting, I let them sit out to cool and finished watching my show. Once it was over I headed back into the kitchen, put the veggies into the food processor with a bit of water and added some salt. That was it. Soup’s on!

Ingredients:

1/2 squash of your choice, cubed into 1 inch peices
1 medium onion*, quarted, break apart layers
1 carrot, peeled and cubed into 1 inch peices
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp crushed sage
1/2 tsp crushed thyme leaves

2-3 cups water or vegetable broth
salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375. Toss squash, onions & carrots in olive oil and spices. Roast in oven for 30 mins. Once veggies are cool enough to handle, put in food processor with 1 cup of water or broth. Blend on high until smooth and gradually add more liquid until it is as thick or thin as you like. Add salt & pepper to taste.

*You could use just 1/2 an onion as it does have a strong flavor in the soup. (I love onion!)

Cream of Brocolli Soup. Mofo Day 9

So I am not quite sure what happened, it would seem the last 4-5 days vanished into thin air…Redemption time? Me thinks so. Cream of Brocolli soup has been on my mind for quite some time now. I made a version not too long ago using Rice Dream , it was a little on the sweet side but I kind of liked it. However, I was really craving that super rich, creamy, homemade soup that I grew up with. It was the only way I would eat brocolli as a kid.

I recently got the chance to go to Food Fight in Portland and I picked up some Mimicreme. I have been dying to try it and it just made sense to snatch it up because I don’t even know where I would find it here. It is damn good, but super rich. I’m going to share my recipe with you but I would highly suggest halving the creme and using veggie broth otherwise you may not make it through a bowl in one sitting. What better to go with soup than a grilled Daiya & Tofurky sandwich!

You will need:

1-16oz (473mL) Mimicreme
2-3 tbsps vegan margarine
3 large heads brocolli, chopped (no stems)
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1/2 package Daiya shreds, I used mozzarella
1-2 cups Rice Dream or Veggie Broth
Turmeric
Mustard powder
Salt
Pepper

In a large pot, melt margine over medium heat, add brocolli, garlic & onion with a little salt & pepper. Cook over medium heat until soft. You can add a bit of water and throw a lid on to speed up the process. I was doing other things and lost track of time but I would guess it was around 10-15 mins. Turn head Pour in Mimicreme, and a bit of veggie broth or Rice Dream, I used 1-2 cups, you can use more for a thinner soup. (Rice Dream adds a subtle sweetness, veggie broth will keep it savory). Throw in your spices. I just sprinkled the turmeric in, probably a 1/2 to 1 tbsp. Go easy on the mustard powder unless you like it really spicy. Add you Daiya and let the soup simmer on low for 10 minutes to let the cheese melt and spices do their thing. The longer you leave it, the more the flavour develops. I like quick easy soups, I would say start to finish it took about 30 mins. The flavour was awesome but was really good the next 2 or 3 days that I ate it. More time=more flavor!