Red Coconut Curry Veggie Soup


This dish should be saved for an afternoon of cooking, shopping, and errands. You’ll need the crock pot for the first half and a food processor and a large soup pot for the second half. You can use chicken to make the stock or simply rely on the flavors of the lemongrass and spices!

6 chicken legs (optional)

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Shan Vegetable Curry Seasoning (http://shanfoodspk.com/consumer/category/products/recipe/shan-vegetables-pulses-range/)

4 -5 pieces of 6 inch lemongrass
2 tbsp green tea
3 tbsp diced ginger
3 chilli peppers (I used one red and two green)

Peeled and Chopped

1 can chic peas
1 can coconut milk
2 cups stock additional (I would recommend chicken or vegetable stock)
5 cups assorted veggies

  • Kale
  • Broccoli

Salt, pepper to taste

Put lemongrass and green tea in a coffee filter. Wrap it in twine and tie tightly. place in the crock pot. Add curry paste, shan veggie curry seasoning. Chopped squash, carrots, and potatoes. Add chicken legs and chic peas. Fill crock pot with water. Cook on high 4-6hours.

Remove chicken legs from crock pot. Remove half of the contents from the crock pot and put in the food processor. Add a can of coconut milk and blend.*Transfer the coconut milk mixture and the remaining contents of the crock pot into a larger soup pot. This gives a good mix of creamy and chunky textures. Add additional stock for desired soup thickness.

 

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Red Coconut Curry Veggie Soup served with an Atwater’s Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuit

Pull chicken from the bone (or leave whole and serve in soup bowls later) and add chicken, kale, and broccoli to the soup. Bring to medium boil and simmer until kale begins to soften. Serve immediately. I had mine with an Atwater’s Cheddar Buttermilk biscuit. Enjoy! This pot probably makes 12-15 servings. Don’t be afraid to cut it in half. I usually freeze half of my soup and take it to work for yummy leftovers!

*Coconut milk in a can is high in fat. I scooped half of the cream out of the can. You can also use 2 cups of Silk or Blue Diamond coconut milk. I have done it both ways and I like the flavor of the canned milk but prefer the nutrients of the other milk. Your choice. They are both delicious!

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January 7, 2013
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Sweet potato “crostini” with roasted beets, figs, cashews and feta


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This recipe is great for a gluten-free vegetarian appetizer or party food.  The sweet potato base replaces a cracker or piece of toast in a more traditional appetizer, and the combination of roasted beets, feta, figs or dates, and cashews adds a sweet and salty flavor that is great for the fall or winter season.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large beet
  • 2 large sweet potatoes or yams (I used yams, but sweet potatoes would have been better, I think)
  • about 4 oz feta cheese
  • 1/2 – 1 cup chopped dates or figs (dried or fresh, if available)
  • 1/2 cup cashews or walnuts
  • drizzle of honey or maple syrup for sweetness
  • olive oil and balsamic for roasting the beets

Directions:

  • Peel and chop the beets and toss in olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper
  • Wrap beets in tin foil and bake in the oven for ~40 minutes on 400 degrees or until tender
  • Scrub and slice yams or sweet potatoes in 1/2″ thick slices, leaving the skin on

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  • Bake sweet potatoes on a lightly oiled cookie sheet (or oiled foil) in the oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until lightly browned on the bottom.  You may wish to brush the tops with oil to brown them as well.
  • In a food processor, pulse the roasted beets, feta cheese, cashews or walnuts, and chopped dates or figs.  I added a drizzle of maple syrup (honey would work, too) to moisten the mixture a bit.  Reserve a little cheese and figs or dates to garnish.
  • Top each slice of sweet potato with a spoonful of the beet mixture, and garnish with feta/figs

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  • Using a salt grinder, add a very small amount of sea salt over each potato slice
  • Drizzle just a touch of maple syrup over the sweet potato / beets and serve warm

If you make extra, keep the beets/feta mixture separate from the potato slices.  Heat potato slices in the toaster oven and warm the beet mixture for 15-20 seconds in the microwave and combine.

Enjoy!

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January 6, 2013
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Coconut Curry Veggie Soup


Coconut Curry Veggie Soup
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2 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves sauteed garlic
1.5 tbps Veggie Curry Seasoning (http://shanfoodspk.com/consumer/category/products/recipe/shan-vegetables-pulses-range/)
4 cups White Sauce (Healthy White Sauce Alternative (White Beans and Cauliflower))
2 Cups Coconut Milk (I used Silk Vanilla in the video. The vanilla adds a hint of sweetness. Newer version have used the original flavor. I have    also used a can of cocounut milk. Don’t be afraid to experiment.)
2 cups stock (I would recommend chicken or vegetable stock) In the video, I use my homemade recipe!
1 cup each of assorted veggies.
Diced Mushroom
Chopped Kale
Spinach
Shredded carrot
Salt, pepper to taste

Here is a short video of the early preparation stages! Coconut Curry Veggie Soup

If I had to do it over, I would prepare it this way.

Heat olive oil in a medium sized soup pot. Add garlic and Shan seasonings. Add white sauce, coconut milk. You can play with different liquid ratios. Bring to a medium boil. Add all veggies but spinach. Some folks might want to saute their mushrooms. Simmer until kale begins to soften, approximately 7-10 minutes. Spinach only takes a minute or two to wilt and can be added at the end. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

I’ve considered doing different versions of the soup. I would add seafood, like Tilapia, Shrimp, mussels, or crab. I’ve also done a red version with a root vegetable puree. Gotta love the food processor. I’ll post that one soon 🙂

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January 5, 2013
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Green Tomato and Sausage Eggs Benedict


This was a great way to start my Monday. I’ve been covering biscuits and bread with some of my sauces to make tomato based breakfast dishes. Bolognese N’ Biscuits and Egg Drop Salsa were fantastic. I’m back at it with a twist on Eggs Benedict using my Healthy White Sauce Alternative (White Beans and Cauliflower). This recipe was fairly simple, especially since I had a large batch of white sauce in the freezer. You will need:

2 portabello mushroom caps
4 eggs
¼ pound of loose sausage (I used sausage from White Rose Farms via the Catonsville Farmers Market)
1 jalapeno
1 medium green tomato
1/8 cups finely diced leek or onion
1 cup Healthy White Sauce Alternative (White Beans and Cauliflower)
dash cumin
salt/pepper
handful cilantro (for garnish)

You’ll need one pan for the sauce and another deeper pot for poaching the eggs. Put water in the deeper pot and prep it for boiling. Add a few tablespoons of vinegar. This helps with the poaching process. Poaching eggs is a healthy alternative to frying, because it doesn’t require any oil.

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Sausage, jalapeno, leek, and green tomato saute in grapeseed oil

I put a little bit of grapeseed oil in my pan and sauteed my leek and jalapeno until the leek was clear. I added my sausage and browned it, breaking it into little pieces in the pan and I seasoned it with cumin, salt, and pepper. When the sausage was about halfway done, I added my diced green tomato. After about a minute, I poured my white sauce into the pan and turned it down to a low simmer.

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Green tomato and sausage white sauce

At this point, I put my mushroom caps in the toaster oven. If anyone has any pointers about cooking portabello mushroom caps, please let me know. My water was simmering, so I cracked my eggs and dropped them into the pot. For my taste, they only needed to cook for about 3 minutes. That was perfect timing for this recipe.

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Poached eggs over mushroom caps

After 3 minutes, my caps were done so I moved them from the toaster and onto my plate. I placed two eggs on top of each mushroom. Finally, I covered the eggs with the sauce and garnished it with some fresh cilantro. Here you go!

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Green Tomato and Sausage Eggs Benedict

I was very pleased with this creation. You could probably take this white sauce and do the same recipe sans mushrooms, add potatoes, use smaller caps, pour over an English muffin, biscuit etc.

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Green Tomato and Sausage Eggs Benedict

I like this low carb version. I’d say this was another successful use for my Healthy White Sauce Alternative (White Beans and Cauliflower) 🙂

October 3, 2011
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Banana “Nice” Cream: dairy-free frozen treat


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I discovered a recipe for Banana “nice” cream last summer via the Whole Foods email list.

An earlier post describes tips for making chocolate-cherry “nice” cream, but this post will give a better breakdown of our version of this basic version of this dish.

Instead of throwing out your over-ripe (or nearly over-ripe) bananas, peel them and toss them in the freezer.  With a little almond milk (or soy) and peanut butter (or almond butter) and a blender, you can have an ice-cream like dessert that is dairy-free, lower in sugar and much lower in fat content than regular ice cream.  You can modify this recipe by adding different flavors or ingredients.  I would like to make it with cardamom and/or tea–a chai version maybe!

This is a quick, easy, and delicious dessert for the summer!

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Banana "nice" cream -- frozen dairy-free treat made with bananas, peanut butter, and almond milk

Unsweetened almond milk is delicious in this context and doesn’t have as strong / over powering of a flavor as soy milk, in my opinion.

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 1/2-1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp – 1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
  • dash of vanilla extract

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    Almond milk, frozen bananas, peanut butter, vanilla extract

Directions

  • Add all ingredients to the blender or food processor

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    Blending the Banana "nice" cream

  • Purée just until bananas are blended, but not so much that everything melts and turns runny
  • Pour into two bowls and serve.

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    Banana "nice" cream

August 5, 2011
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