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Mushroom Soup

Ingredients:

10 ounces of Baby Bella mushrooms — sliced

1/2 cup each of red and white onion – chopped

1 1/2 carrots – chopped 

1 celery stalk with some leaf – chopped

1 cup or so of green peas

1 clove garlic — smooshed through garlic press

1/4 tsp each of:

ground fennel

        thyme

 onion powder

garlic powder

Remaining Ingredients:

2 cups of vegetable stock

1 cup of water

1 1/2 cups of flax milk

2 tablespoons corn starch

Season (sprinkle over the water) about a half cup of water with a garlic pepper seasoning mix (I use a special mix from Alden’s Mill House) and a seasoning blend with salt, oregano, marjoram, black pepper, garlic (or you can sprinkle in each spice if you don’t have a blend; I use The Chef’s Miracle Blend from Alden’s Mill House).

Sauté mushrooms, onion, celery and carrots in water until soft and pretty

Add in remaining herbs and seasonings

Add in stock and water

Take a couple of tablespoons of warm water and mix with the cornstarch.  Add this mix to the soup.

Add in the flax milk

Simmer for about an hour.

This was made up as I went along and, I gotta’ say, it is delicious.

I did not know homemade mushroom soup could turn out so good!

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Simple and Delicious Tomato Soup (with a nod to Trader Joe’s)

 Ingredients:

Things to chop:

1/2 cup red onion

1 stalk celery with some of the leafy part

1/2 green pepper

1/2 cup cooked mushrooms

1 large garlic clove 

1 tablespoon fresh basil

1 tablespoon fresh parsley including stems

1 cup ounce ounces of San Marzano tomato sauce

1 cup of Pomi chopped tomatoes

Other things to spice it up (give or take according to taste):

2 cups Trader Joe’s Organic Vegetable Stock

1/4 tsp curry

1/4 tsp Trader Joe’s Mushroom & Company Multipurpose Umami Seasoning Blend

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp thyme

1/2 tsp oregano

Salt and Pepper to taste — I sprinkled it in — could be about 1/8th tsp each

Process:

Sauté onion, celery and green pepper in Trader Joe’s vegetable stock

Add in remaining ingredients and simmer for about an hour

I served with some gluten free croutons made from Trader Joe’s gluten free bread along with some saltine crackers

…and it was good.

Easy Mushrooms

img_8151Slice mushrooms and roughly cut up some sweet pepper.  Sauté these in a few tablespoons of water.  Add in about two tablespoons of coconut aminos (got mine from Trader Joe’s — least expensive brand that I’ve found).  Shake in spices of your choice — I like Alden Mill’s Garlic-Pepper but when I don’t have that I use an Italian seasoning mix along with a bit of black pepper.

Often I add onions – depends on my mood! 

This is good all by itself or added to a tossed salad or drizzled over mashed potatoes or rice.

(If you accidentally cook it a little to long and the water seems to disappear, add in some more water and this will pick up any dried spices and mushroom bits and it probably will taste even better.)

Good stuff — and easy to throw together.

 

Soup Is So Good

2 large cloves of garlic

2 medium potatoes

1 cup more of less of vegetable broth

3/4 cup of onions

1 cup of roughly cut orange sweet peppers

1/2 cup of diced celery

2 carrots rough cut or however you like

1 teaspoon of dried thyme (or to taste)

1/2 teaspoon of onion powder

1/2 teaspoon or so of dried basil

1/2 teaspoon or so of dried oregano

1/2 cup peas

1/2 cup corn

1/2 cup left-over marinara sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

I don’t mean to be a reduntant blogger but soup is so good and so easy that I keep posting slightly different recipes.  For this one, I didn’t saute anything!  I just threw things into the pot.

I started out by boiling a few russet potatoes.  I cooked these with two large cloves of garlic (used a garlic press).  Instead of draining the water, I removed the potatoes and used the water for a soup base.  I also added a cup or so of low-sodium vegetable broth.

(I used the remaining potatoes for mashed potatoes one day and fried potato slices the next.)

I threw in onions, orange pepper, carrot, celery… in fact all of the other ingredients.

Once they simmered for a few minutes, I added some frozen corn and peas and a little salt and pepper.

Sky’s the limit.  Add in whatever you have on hand….like zucchini or beans.

Just one more thing:  I included a 1/2 cup or so of leftover spaghetti sauce…it added a good tomato-y flavor!

And damn, baby, that’s good!

Just Some Things I Like Seeing

A sure sign of spring…

Fresh asparagus from the farmers’ market.

A sure sign of spring!!

Dinner

You get the idea!

Blueberry-Cherry Crumble — gluten free

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Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees.

This recipe is adapted from my sister’s recipe.  She uses wheat flour and she includes two tablespoons of sugar in the pastry crust.  I like the crust to be not sweet so I skip the sugar.

This is how I made the pastry crust:

1 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Pastry Flour

1/4 teaspoon of salt

2 teaspoons milk (I used half and half but you could use plant milk to make it vegan)

1/2 cup salad oil (I used canola oil)

Mixed flour and salt together

Mixed oil and milk together

Stirred the wet ingredients in with the dry and stir to form dough

Rolled out between sheets of wax paper after sprinkling some flour on the ball of dough.

The roll-out is never a smooth process for me but usually I can accomplish a smooth enough dough to get most of it into the pie pan intact; then I press in pieces that have fallen off to fill in any gaps.  I use the left over pieces and crumble them over the top of the pie after I add in the fruit filling.

This is how I made the filling:

I threw into a large sauce pan about two cups of frozen wild blueberries and about one cup of frozen sweet cherries; tossed in three tablespoons of instant tapioca; 1/3 cup of sugar; 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon; a tablespoon or so of lemon juice; and about 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger and a pinch of salt.  I let that simmer until everything was blended and hot (about 20 minutes or so).

Added the filling into the pie crust; topped it with crumbled pastry dough; popped it into the oven for 10 minutes at 450 degrees and then cooked for 30-40 minutes more at 350 degrees.  When it is bubbling and the crust in slightly brown, I deemed it to be ready.  (Gluten-Free crust is very white and doesn’t get too brown so need to be careful not to over cook it, thinking it will brown like wheat flour because I don’t think it will do that!)

There was quite a bit of tossing, and popping and throwing and rolling, but the result was lovely and delicious and the process was quite therapeutic (relaxing and meditative, I would say)!

 

 

 

Easy Breakfast Idea for a Vegan

I cut up a half of a banana, sliced in some mango, plopped on a quarter cup or so of Daiya Black Cherry Yogurt…quick and tasty! It barely qualifies as a recipe, more like an idea and an excuse for me to take a picture of something I like liking at. (At which I like looking?)

Chili on a Cool Day

Small batch:  serves two to four depending on appetite!

Got a new pan and I just had to put it to the test — thank you Wolfgang Puck and T J Maxx!

This is what I used:

1/4 teaspoon each:

–Turmeric       –Thyme    –Curry Powder

–Ground Cinnamon     –Ground Ginger

–Salt                –Black Pepper

1/2 teaspoon each:

—Garlic Powder      —Onion Powder

2 tablespoons:      —Chili Powder

Also:

–1 large clove of garlic – smashed and very finely chopped

–1/2 small onion     –1/2 green pepper           –1/2 orange pepper

–1/2 can of pinto beans

–1/2 of a box of rustic cut tomatoes (about 14 ounces or so)

–1/2 box of low sodium vegetable broth (about 16 ounces or so)

This is what I did:

Sautéd onions and peppers in a little vegetable broth

Added beans and tomato

Sprinkled in the spices

Added in the garlic clove

Simmered for about a 1/2 hour or so

I just tasted it because it seemed like the right thing to do before posting this….it was fun to experiment with spices I don’t usually use in chili……..but you never know………. I gotta say:  It is GOOD!