Archive for the ‘Soups’ category

Zesty Chick Pea Soup

January 3, 2010

It’s Sunday, when, if I get my act together, I cook ahead for the week. Today, I made a few adjustments to this recipe.

Zesty Chick Pea Soup
1 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, sliced
2 T. olive oil
1/2 t. cumin
1/2 t. coriander
1/2 t. basil
1 t. garlic granules or garlic powder
1 t. salt
plenty of ground black pepper
3 1/2 c. vegetable stock
1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans/chick peas, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz. can peeled/diced tomatoes
lemon wedges
chopped cilantro

Sautee the onion and celery in olive oil over medium to medium-high heat until onions are transluscent. Add cumin, coriander, basil, garlic powder, salt & pepper. Sautee for another minute.
Add stock, chick peas, and tomatoes. Simmer for at least 30 mins, or all afternoon if you can.
Squeeze lemon and sprinkle cilantro over.

Roasted Carrot & Cauliflower Soup

December 31, 2009

I drove a friend to the airport and she had a bunch of food in her fridge that she needed to give away.  Included in the collection was a 2 lb. bag of carrots, just on the edge of sliminess, but still good.  I had some cauliflower and many onions from my food co-op.  After looking up a number of recipes, I went for roasting.

Roasted Carrot & Cauliflower Soup

2 lbs. carrots (if large/whole, peel & cut into 3 sections or so; I used baby carrots)
1 head cauliflower, cut into large florets
1 large onion, quartered
3 cloves garlic, smashed
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper
4 c. vegetable stock
2 t. lemon juice
1-2 t. Sriracha/Rooster Sauce or other hot sauce

Preheat oven to 400 or 425.  I have an odd habit of roasting at 410 degrees.

In a large baking dish, pour about 2 T. olive oil across the bottom.  Add carrots, onions and 2 cloves of the garlic.  Drizzle 2-4 more Tablespoons oil and toss.  Sprinkle salt & pepper.   Do the same with the cauliflower in a smaller pan with less olive oil.

Every 15 mins, turn the veggies.  The cauliflower was done in about 35 mins; the carrots & onions in 45 mins. Cool the veggies.

Once cool, put all of the roasted vegtables in a food processor and add 1 c. of stock.  Whir on medium speed until blended.  Turn up to high speed and add stock a cup at a time so the soup doesn’t get sloshy. Process until smooth.  Add lemon juice and Sriracha, whir and taste.  Return to pot to re-heat.  Adjust salt, pepper, lemon juice & Sriracha to your liking.

Next time, I may try to make a creamy, protein-filled version with silken tofu.  Will report back!

Chicken Salad / Navy Bean Soup

December 23, 2009

Yesterday, I remembered I had cooked chicken breast in the fridge that was still good.  So, Chicken Salad it was.  I’ll share two ways to do this.

Basic Curry Chicken Salad

2 cooked chicken breasts or the equivalent amount of meat – cut into cubes
1-2 rib(s) celery finely chopped
2-3 T. minced red onion
1/4 c. mayonnaise
1 T. lemon juice
zest of 1/2 orange
juice of 1/2 orange
1-2 t. curry powder
1/2-1 t. salt
Black pepper to taste
(optional:  about 10 grapes, cut in half)

Whisk together: mayonnaise, lemon juice, orange juice, orange zest, curry powder, salt & pepper.
Add chicken, celery, onion, (and grapes).

Chicken Curry Salad From The Pantry
1 Costco can of chicken breast
1 can mandarin oranges in juice, drained
make dressing above – about 2/3 the amount – do not add grapes.  Add some unsweetened flaked coconut if you’ve got some.

I also remembered that I made a simple navy bean soup for a party last week.  This made a full pot of soup that fed about 10 people.

Navy Bean Soup

1 lb. navy beans, rinsed and picked over to remove non-beans and other scary looking pieces
Lots of water

2 medium onions, chopped
2 T. olive oil
1 T. canola margarine or unsalted butter
4 carrots, peeled and sliced (I find that peeling them prevents souring later)
5 celery ribs, chopped
1 1/2 t. thyme
1 1/2 t. marjoram
2 t. salt
1 t. black pepper
4-5 cups vegetable stock

Soak the beans overnight.  Saute onions in olive oil & margarine or butter until transluscent.  Add thyme, marjoram, salt & pepper and saute another minute.

Add beans, carrots, celery, and onion mixture  to a slow cooker.  Add vegetable stock.  Cook 8 hours on low.  Ideally, refrigerate the soup a day ahead of serving.  Something really good happens to the flavors in that day.