Posts Tagged With: Carrots

Roasted Butternut Squash, Carrot and Ginger Soup

Butternut squash has hit the farmers’ market and this is exciting news, folks. Matt celebrated by making this delicious, creamy (without any dairy cream) and perfect soup for the start of Fall.

Admittedly it is time-consuming, so make it on the weekend or for a holiday. Matt found the recipe by googling “butternut squash” and searching through what came up. This recipe is from the blog, With Style and Grace, which specializes in gluten-free recipes (but not vegetarian or vegan). You can get the full recipe at this link. We used vegetable bullion instead of chicken broth, and did not use the creme fraiche. It was delicious.

The main ingredients are: butternut squash, carrots, fresh ginger, and leeks. The reason it takes so long is that you have to roast the carrots and butternut squash for 45 minutes before making the soup. Here they are post-roasting:

Then you saute the leek and ginger, add the chopped roasted squash and carrots and simmer.

Then let it cool before you puree it in the food process or blender. (It is really important to let it cool, otherwise it might splurt out of your food process or blender creating a huge and frustrating mess.) Top with the roasted squash seeds or pine nuts, which is what we did.

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Zucchini-as-Pasta Salad with Peanut Sauce

When the blogger Sarah Matheny posted this recipe, Thai Zucchini Impasta Salad, on her blog, Peas and Thank You, last week, I wanted to make it right away. With 5 servings of vegetables per serving topped in a delicious peanut butter-based sauce, it is an amazing way to fill up on an assortment of colorful, summer vegetables.

If you use a spiralizer, which I don’t have, you can get small zucchini strips that have a similar texture to pasta. I don’t have a spiralizer, so I sliced the zucchini into very small strips. It was a little time intensive, and I didn’t get them all small enough, but it was still very good. My only potential problem with this recipe is that it is pretty high in fat. I think I could play around with the sauce so that it is still tasty but is less fattening.

 

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Cabbage and Herbed Tofu Slaw

We had half a head of cabbage in the fridge that we needed to use, along with some black beans and carrots that also needed to be used soon. So Matt made a summer slaw with the following:

  • Herbed tofu, marinated and grilled
  • Half a head of cabbage
  • 4+ carrots, grated
  • 1 cup or so black beans
  • Spring onions
  • Sliced almonds
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Fresh mint
  • Lime juice

Combine and… that’s it. With the marinade from the tofu, it doesn’t need oil or seasoning other than lime juice and the fresh herbs. It is so light and refreshing that way.

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Simple Lentil Salad

If you’ve ever been to a potluck with us, or seen us after a road trip, you know that a bean salad is one of our staples. For some reason, I haven’t featured it on the blog. However, I’ve recently discovered lentil salad as an alternative. The reason these are important staples is: (1) they are high in protein and fiber so they are super filling and therefore reliable when we may be stuck in an environment without many vegan options; and (2) it is easy to make from non-perishables you have on hand.

The lentil salad is modified from a recipe in the April/May 2012 issue of Vegetarian Times.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups green or black lentils, rinsed
  • 2-4 tablespoons oil (you can use more to make this for other people, such at a party)
  • 4-5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, or more, to taste
  • 3-4 tablespoons honey, more or less to taste (again, I use up to 4 when I make this for other people, such as at a party)
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 or more chopped carrots (half or quartered moons) – optional
  • 2 scallions/green onions, chopped
  • walnuts
  • dried cranberries
  • approx 1/2 jar roasted red peppers, sliced and chopped (you could also use dried and reconstituted or fresh and diced peppers. Roasted is best, and you can get those in a jar)

Steps:

1. Cook the lentils with the bay leaves following instructions on the package, or, cover with about 3 inches of water, boil and then simmer for about 30 minutes total, but after about 25 minutes…

2. … throw in the carrots, if using. Finish cooking for the remaining 5 minutes. Drain out any extra water and remove the bay leaves.

3. Mix lentils with the oil, vinegar, and honey in a bowl.

4. Then add in scallions/green onions, red peppers, walnuts, dried cranberries.

5. Season with salt/pepper to taste.

6. Let cool and marinade for a few hours before serving if possible.

Variations: play around with substitutes such as artichokes, beans, onions, cucumber, olives, etc…

And you have an easy, high protein, high fiber, traveling meal. Pictured below with carrots, but without green onions.

The oil and sweetener is usually more than I’m comfortable with. However, until I figure out alternative seasoning, it’s still pretty healthy and easy so I’m not going to worry about it.

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Snapshots of the Past Few Weeks

My blogging was disrupted a month ago when I left for a 2+ week trip to India for work. Every time I travel for that length of period, it takes me almost just as long to catch up on life again when I get back.

Before I try to get back on a more regular blogging schedule, I’ll share a few shots of some of our meals from the last few weeks.

I’ll start with the best items first… Happy Herbivore’s super easy, 6-ingredient black bean burgers. These are about 110 calories per burger (w/o the bun and condiments), soy-free and oil-free. Top them with your favorite toppings (I use hummus, green salsa and sundried tomatoes).

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As a side to that meal, we ate Happy Herbivore’s carrot fries. Again, super easy and healthy. I got this recipe when I purchased one of her $5 meal plans, which I highly recommend for quick, easy, healthy meals. It comes with a shopping list, which is so convenient. I prefer the family plan because recipes are four servings, and instead of making all the lunches, we make the full dinners and eat the leftovers for lunch.

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Next, was our Easter brunch: tofu scramble, blueberry crisp, and chocolate zucchini muffins.

  • The tofu scramble is our own creation that we throw together in a saute: tofu, green onion, pepper, other vegetables on hand, a bit of oil, nutritional yeast, turmeric, cumin, hot sauce, salt, pepper, occasionally tomatoes, etc.
  • Blueberry crisp was also from the Happy Herbivore meal plan. Easy, soy-free, oil-free, sweet and delicious.
  • Fat-free chocolate zucchini muffins, another recipe from Happy Herbivore! Soy-free if you use another type of non-dairy milk, and oil-free too. Great for chocolate lovers.

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And for a close-up of the Blueberry Crisp:

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One dinner was Japanese Curry with Edamame from Vegetarian Times:Image

And finally, as a result of cleaning out the fridge/pantry (and my husband’s creativity): a cold salad mix of orzo, red quinoa, chickpeas, kale, red pepper, dried cranberries, red onion and a sauce of probably olive oil, vinegar, lemon mix (but honestly I don’t remember, he just threw it together and this was weeks ago).

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Coming up (if I can stick with this blogging thing…): spring and summer meals using fresh fruits and vegetables. This is favorite time of year to cook!

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Chickpea Stew with Dumplings

This was a new dish for me. I remember when I was growing up, my mom made chicken and dumplings. It was one of my favorite meals. Even before I turned vegetarian at age 12, I wasn’t a huge fan of animal meat. So, I tended to pick around the chicken and eat a lot of dumplings. This recipe is a bit healthier I think, has more vegetables and less animal (okay, no animal).

And, it is surprisingly simple.

Go here for the full recipe: Peas and Thank You. I only made one modification.

First, make the stew (onion, celery, carrots, chickpeas, herbs, water, bullion and cornstarch to thicken it up):

On the side, make the dough for the dumplings. Here it is, before I added coconut oil and non-dairy milk. (Note, I used coconut oil instead of non-dairy butter, per the suggestion by my cousin. It worked great!)

Sorry, bad picture. Very bad.

Anyway, plop the dough (after you mix it with the oil and non-dairy milk) on top of the stew. Cover and bake for about 15 minutes.

Seriously, this was really good!

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