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Broccoli Chickpea Soup May 12, 2013

Broccoli & Chickpea Soup topped with sun-dried tomatoes

Broccoli & Chickpea Soup topped with sun-dried tomatoes

Broccoli & Chickpea Soup
with olive tapenade & sun-dried tomatoes 

Ingredients
Makes ~8 servings 

Essentials
These ingredients make up the core of the soup
2 lbs broccoli crowns
1 lb cooked chickpeas
1 quart reduced-sodium vegetable broth
1 large yellow onion
6 cloves garlic
2 tbsp olive oli (to saute onion & garlic)

Additions
These are the additional ingredients I used and recommend but feel free to taylor them to your taste
1/2 fresh avocado
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
Spices to taste (I used 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper & a pinch of paprika)

Garnish with sun-dried tomatoes & olive tapenade 

Method

1) Chop & saute onion & garlic in olive oil at medium heat until slightly browned

2) Combine all remaining ingredients (except the garnish) into large cooking pot and blend until smooth using an immersion blender (aka hand blender). Once blended, heat soup in large pot on stove top on high until reaching desired temperature. Stir well.

3) Pour soup into serving bowls and top with sun-dried tomatoes & olive tapenade. Store remaining soup in sealed container in fridge for up to one week or freezer for longer storage (anything beyond a week). If you don’t think you’ll have the garnish ingredients the next them you serve the soup, add them to the soup before storing in fridge or freezer and allow them to mix in so their flavors aren’t missing from your next serving.

 

Savory Potato Apple Soup December 16, 2012

Savory Potato-Apple Soup topped with a twist of black pepper and chopped ambrosia apple pieces.

Savory Potato-Apple Soup
with lemon & garlic

Mellow yet tangy–potato & tart apple pair playfully in this cozy soup. Serve it hot topped with fresh chopped apple slices. I suggest using an apple with a sharper, tarter flavor such as an Ambrosia or Jazz apple. Granny Smith would work as well (just avoid a purely sweet apple such as a Red Delicious).

Ingredients
Makes 6 servings 

-~1 lb potatoes (red new potatoes or small russets will work fine)
-3 Tart apples (such as Ambrosia or Jazz)
-4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
-Juice of 2 fresh lemons
-10 garlic cloves (peeled & chopped)
-3 shallots (peeled & chopped)
-2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (If you don’t have this, add 1 Tbsp brown spicy mustard instead)
-Pinch of cloves
– 2 Tbsp olive oil (use for roasting potatoes & sautéing garlic)
-1/2 cup water
– 2 Tbsp chopped green onion (optional)
-Pinch of rosemary (optional)
– Salt & pepper to taste (as topping–not mixed into soup)

Method

1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Rinse and chop potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Place chopped potatoes in a large baking tray with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Mix well so that all pieces are coated in the oil. Bake for 40 minutes or until tender at 350°F, stirring every 10 minutes.

2) While potatoes are cooking, peel and chop garlic & shallots. Place on saucepan on stove top and sauté in 1 Tbsp. olive oil, stirring frequently until ingredients have browned slightly. Add a few spoonfuls of your vegetable broth as needed to keep ingredients moist rather than adding more oil.

3) Rince and chop 3 ambrosia apples. Reserve 1/2 apple chopped for soup topping. Add the rest into a large pot on the stove top along with the 4 cups of vegetable broth and 1/2 cup water. Add in all remaining ingredients to your soup pot (other than ingredients reserved for topping), and bring to high heat. Add in your garlic & shallots.

4) Carefully remove roasted potatoes from oven and add to your soup pot. Reduce heat to low. Using an immersion blender, blend all ingredients until soup becomes smooth.

5) Serve hot with chopped apple pieces on top. Add a pinch of salt and pepper on top as desired. Store extra in the fridge to use within the next few days or in the freezer to de-thaw and enjoy weeks or even months later!

Enjoy! Note, I did NOT peel the apples or potatoes because I felt they enhanced the soup’s flavor and texture (and added fiber!). Apples and potatoes are part of the “Dirty Dozen” so these are good items to buy organic.

 

Curried Cauliflower Soup November 26, 2012

Curry powder & fresh ginger heat up the flavor in this warming soup.

Curried Cauliflower Soup
with ginger & chickpeas

Ingredients

-1 quart reduced sodium broth (vegetable or chicken)
-1 cup cooked chickpeas (or one can drained & rinsed)
-1 1/2 cups sliced tomatoes or grape tomatoes
-1 head cauliflower (separated into florets)
-2 yellow onions (to sauté in 1 tbsp olive or canola oil)
-1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
-2-3 tbsp curry powder (to taste)
-1 tsp lemon juice (or juice or 1/2 fresh lemon)
-1 tsp black pepper
-salt to taste (do not add until serving)

Tip: Store some leftovers in the fridge & some in the freezer for future easy, healthy meals!

Method

1) Peel, chop, and sauté  onions in a large pan with 1 tbsp olive (or canola) oil. Stir frequently. When onion slices begin to brown, add 1/4 cup broth and reduce heat.

2) Rinse and separate cauliflower head into florets. Add florets to skillet with onions and add broth to moisten as needed. Stir frequently and allow florets to soften.

3) In a large pot on the stove top, bring remaining broth to medium heat and pour in contents from the skillet (onions & cauliflower). Add all remaining ingredients (except salt) and blend using an immersion blender.

If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can pour contents into a regular blender and carefully transfer back to your pot. Do not put hot contents in a regular blender–instead blend ingredients with broth before transferring to your large pot and heating. 

You want to blend until the florets are smooth but so that the soup still has some texture to it (it doesn’t need to be puréed).

4) Serve hot & enjoy! Add a light sprinkle of salt on top of poured soup when it is ready to serve.

 

Guanabana Coconut Smoothie June 21, 2012

Ripe Guanabana & Coconut Milk Smoothie

Guanabana Coconut Smoothie
with white mushroom & banana

Ingredients

– 1/4 package of Frozen Guanabana Pulp

I used Goya 100% Guanabana Pulp. Goya is often found in a separate freezer aisle from the rest of the frozen fruits.

– 1/2 frozen banana
– 1 handful sliced white mushrooms

Look for the kind that provide 100% DV of vitamin D. Only mushrooms that are exposed to UV light synthesize vitamin D. Check the label to see if your brand provides it.

– 1 cup calcium fortified coconut milk

From the refrigerated section. Such as Silk Pure Coconut- go for the unsweetened

-Dash of cinnamon

Method

Blend until smooth. Serve fresh.

 

Raspberry Cauliflower Smoothie June 9, 2012

Raspberry Cauliflower Smoothie (Mixed Berry version shown here): Berries (including raspberries), frozen cauliflower florets, banana, almond milk, vanilla extract, and a spoonful of Greek yogurt. Glass: Recycled artichoke jar.

Raspberry Cauliflower Smoothie
with vanilla extract & chilled banana

Another Here’s the Dish original. While cauliflower may not sound like a likely smoothie ingredient, the strong aroma and taste of raspberry offsets the mild taste and texture of the florets creating a fiber-rich, nutrient-rich fruit and veggie combination.

For more of my favorite complementary fruit & veggie smoothie combos, try my Spiced Sweet Potato Smoothie or my Cherry Zucchini Smoothie. Enjoy!

Ingredients

-1/2 cup frozen raspberries (or frozen mixed berries–including raspberries)
-1/2 cup frozen chopped cauliflower florets
– 1/2 frozen banana
– 3/4 cup Vanilla Almond Milk (unsweetened)
-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
– 1 tablespoon plain FAGE 0% Greek Yogurt (or for dairy-free version try non-dairy yogurt such as Amande)

Method

Combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve cold.

 

Blackberry Hazelnut Smoothie December 11, 2011

Blackberry Hazelnut Smoothie

Blackberry Hazelnut Smoothie
with raspberry & peach

Changing up your smoothie base provides flavor and nutritional variety. This smoothie uses Pacific Natural Foods Hazelnut Non-Dairy Beverage. The hazelnut drink base is a good source of vitamin A and vitamin E and an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D, and riboflavin (vitamin B2).

Ingredients
Serves 2

-Handful organic  frozen blackberries
-Handful organic frozen peach slices
– 1/2 cup organic plan unsweetened yogurt (can substitute with plain soy or almond yogurt)
-12 frozen raspberries
-About 3/4 cup Pacific Natural Foods Hazelnut Non-Dairy Beverage
-Dash of cinnamon or chai spices
-1 small ripe banana
-1 tsp crushed frozen ginger (1 cube Dorot frozen ginger)

Methods

Combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve fresh (2 servings) or stash one serving in a covered glass in the fridge for later. Drink within 24hrs if stored in the fridge for best taste.

 

Ginger-Peach Smoothie November 13, 2011

Sweet peach & spicy ginger unite playfully in this calming smoothie.

Known for its soothing, anti-inflammatory properties and fiery flavor, fresh ginger creates a delicious contrast to sweet, mellow fruits like pears and peaches. Ginger is commonly believed to aid in digestion and to calm an upset stomach. Across cultures ginger has held many traditional uses. In the U.S ginger ale has often been used to help hydrate and combat nausea for those sick with a flu. While originally all ginger ale was made with real ginger, today it’s worth checking the ingredient list. On a daily basis, ginger provides powerful bursts of flavor and nutrients.

Ginger-Peach Smoothie
with banana and lemon

Ingredients
-3/4 cup frozen peach slices
-l small or 1/2 large fresh or frozen banana
-1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
-1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
-4 tbsp non-fat European or Greek style plain yogurt
-3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
-Dash of cinnamon (optional)

Methods
Blend until smooth.

Use more fruit and less liquid for a thicker drink. May store covered for up to 12 hours in the fridge.

Note: If you don’t have any fresh ginger on hand, frozen will also work but powdered ginger is not recommended for this recipe.