Coconut Curry Veggie Soup


Coconut Curry Veggie Soup
     video and recipe

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 🙂

Dinner music? Wide Open Spaces – QueenEarth (Acoustic Cover)

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January 5, 2013
Food, Recipe

 
 

Healthy White Sauce Video Blog


Healthy White Sauce Part 1

Healthy White Sauce Part 2

1 head cauliflower
1 bag of white beans (chic peas, navy beans, or northern) cooked
1 leek, diced
4-5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 cups chicken stock (substitute with vegetable stock)
2 cups water
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

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Cauliflower

Directions
1. Add all ingredients to a large pot and bring to a boil
2. Puree ingredients in batches in a blender until smooth.
3. After the food processor, I put my mixture back into a large soup pot.
4. Add more salt, pepper, crushed red pepper and herbs and season to taste.
5. Simmer 15 minutes and serve. In large batches, I can easily store my white sauce, and use it as a substitute.
A slightly different version can be found at Healthy White Sauce Alternative (White Beans and Cauliflower).
The cooking process is slightly different, but both are great for a white sauce substitute. It has been used to make the following dishes on youblogwhatyoueat.com!!

Green Tomato and Sausage Eggs Benedict

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Green Tomato and Sausage Eggs Benedict

 

Spaghetti squash with scallop & sausage white sauce

Smothered Pork Chops: Healthier Gravy

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Pork Chops, White Sauce, Mushroom, and Potatoes

and most recently, I used it for my Balsamic Beef Stew.
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December 14, 2011
Food

 
 

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
Food, Recipe

 
 

Healthy White Sauce Alternative (White Beans and Cauliflower)


I have made some soup dishes with White beans and vegetables. I found them both on this site.

1. Carrot Ginger White Bean Soup (delicious!)

2. Broccoli and White Bean Soup (With Homemade 12 Bean Burgers and Better Black Bean & Mushroom Burgers is thebomb.com)

What if I tried to make a white soup just like the recipes above, using cauliflower and white beans? After finding some good music, QueenEarth performs ”Super Model” @ Across Words 2011, here is what I tried:

 

 

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White beans, cooked, drained, and rinsed.

 

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • I bag of white cannellini beans (cooked and boiled)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 leek, diced
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups chicken stock (substitute with vegetable stock)
  • 2 cups water
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • oregano
  • basil
  • crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup almond milk

Directions

  1. Steam cauliflower  florets and stems until tender. Let cool slightly.
  2. Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Saute leek and garlic until translucent, about 6 minutes.
  3. Add cauliflower, beans, and liquid
  4. Puree cauliflower in batches in a blender until smooth. IMG 21841 300x225   Healthy White Sauce Alternative (White Beans and Cauliflower)
  5. After the food processor, I put my mixture back into a large soup pot.
  6. Add salt, pepper, crushed red pepper and herbs and season to taste.
  7. Add almond milk
  8. Simmer 15 minutes and serve.  I have a theory that I can “mute” this sauce by taking out the herbs. In large batches, I can easily store my white sauce, and use it as a substitute. I could do a curry variety, stick with the Italian version, or use it as a gravy. I’ll be posting my concoctions, but here is what I’m imagining:

Seafood Alfredo?
Warm Caesar Dressing Over Leafy Greens?
Replacing Cheese in Lasagna (A friend at the farmer’s mentioned that he adds white beans to his lasagna to get more protein)?
Instead of mayonnaise in cold summer salad?
As a sauce over homemade Egg Foo Young instead of gravy?

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Cauliflower

I don’t know what will happen, but the feel free to try and add your thoughts and creations!

 

 

 

June 14, 2011
Food, Recipe