Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Oh-so-lazy Tomato Soup

Oh, revel in the laziness of this wonderful soup! Proportions are up to your preference.

Olive oil
Onion, chopped
Garlic, minced
Diced tomatoes in juice
White beans, drained and rinsed
Soy milk (optional, if you want it creamy)

Sweat onion and garlic and herbs in olive oil. Add the rest of the ingredients, cover, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add spinach and soy milk. Serve over brown rice or with whole wheat bread.

Friday, September 12, 2008

So Wholesome You Might Never Get Sick Again Soup

This soupish dish is one of our favorites and it's especially great if you're feeling low on health. Make it in bulk and make it often.

So Wholesome You Might Never Get Sick Again Soup

2 onions, diced

a whole bunch-a garlic, minced

3 small sweet potatoes/yams, diced

2 cups of carrots, diced

4 cups lentils

water (enough to submerge) and vegetable Better than Bullion (eyeball it after the water is boiling)

a few bay leaves

some thyme

some rosemary

A few handfuls of spinach

... I think you can figure out what to do with this... Just put it in a big pot (except the spinach), cover, cook until veggies and lentils are soft, remove from heat, stir in spinach. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with brown rice or whole grain bread.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Potato and Broccoli soup

With classes starting, and the hours of the day feeling very finite, our tactic for cooking is revised during the fall and into the winter. Rather than being concerned about how much a kitchen endeavor with heat up our tiny apartment, our focus shifts to how many meals we can get out of one dish. Bulk is our magic word. Giant pots of soups, stews, or chili. We eat something until we're sick of it, then the rest goes in the freezer, while another giant stew goes on the stove. It may sound redundant, but the truth is that I look forward to this time of the year. I'm something of a soup fanatic, and I love how brainless or creative making soup can be. It's also largely hands-off. Anyway, expect a lot of easy soups for the next few months.

olive oil
1 small onion, diced
garlic minced
8 medium potatoes, diced
1 stalk of broccoli, diced
Water (enough to submerge), And Better-than-Bullion vegetable flavor (added later)
black pepper
cumin (a little)
chili powder (a little)
1/2-1 Cup nutritional yeast
3-4 Cups cooked brown rice

Heat olive oil in the bottom of a large stock-pot over medium heat. Sauté onion until soft. Add garlic, and sauté another minute. Remove from heat and add vegetables, water, herbs and spices (to your tastes). Return to heat and bring water to a boil. Add Better-than-Bullion (just eye-ball it). Cover and cook over medium for 20-25 minutes.
Turn off heat. Add nutritional yeast, mix well, and blend or mash potatoes and other vegetables to your liking. Add rice, stir and serve.