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Creamy Vegan Wild Rice and Chickpea Soup with Kale

Creamy Vegan Wild Rice and Chickpea Soup with Kale

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

3 cloves garlic
1 vidalia onion
1/2 cup wild rice
3 carrots
3 stalks celery
1 cup mushrooms (I used cremini)
2 14oz cans chickpeas
1 bunch chopped kale (about 4 cups)
2 springs fresh thyme
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 cup cashews
2 cubes of Rapunzel vegan bullion (or 2 cups broth)
6 cups of water

 

Directions

To make the cashew cream, you can either soak the cashews overnight, or microwave them for 30 seconds with water. Either way, drain and blend until smooth. Set aside until the soup is almost done.

Finely mince the onion and garlic, and sautee in 1 tbsp olive oil for about 5 minutes until translucent. Chop the carrots and celery and add to the pot.
Add the thyme, bullion, mushrooms, and water to the pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the wild rice, and turn down to a simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.

Add the chickpeas and kale to the soup, and cook for an additional 15 minutes until the rice is tender. Stir in the cashew cream, and serve hot!

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Purple Risotto with Mushrooms and Asparagus

This was an improvised dinner, and one that turned out fantastic! We are moving in about 5 weeks, and I’m trying to think of ways to use what we already have in our pantry so we don’t have a ton of food to move.  The solution: grab anything that’s half open and start getting creative!

Also, a very exciting note: my new kitchen is absolutely amazing!  Its big, spacious, has great appliances, and even has an island.  Can’t wait to get in there!  Back to the recipe

I found half open bags of arborio and forbidden rice… and since they were both short grain rices that take a lot of water (and I didn’t have enough arborio for a full pot of risotto), I thought why not combine them! And I’m glad I did because when cooked risotto-style the forbidden rice turns this amazing deep purple color which was neat with the asparagus!

Also, for the past week I’ve been using a “stock bag” in the freezer – which is where I throw my leftover bits of carrots/onions/peels that I don’t use while cooking. So that’s why carrots ended up in the stock pot but not the recipe.

 

Purple Risotto with Mushrooms and Asparagus
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

1/2 cup arborio rice and 1 cup forbidden black rice (or 1.5 cups arborio)
1/2 lb asparagus, chopped into bite sized pieces
1 cup crimini mushrooms, chopped
4 cloves garlic
1/2 vidalia onion
1 tbsp olive oil
1/8 cup white wine

For the broth/stock pot
6 cups water
1/2 cup white wine (I used pinot grigio)
asparagus stems
2 bay leaves
2 Rapunzel veggie bullion cubes
carrot stalks/peels
onion skins

Directions

Chop the asparagus and mushrooms into bite sized pieces. Set aside in a bowl for now. Add the stems of the asparagus and mushrooms into a medium sauce pan. This will be for the stock.
Dice the onion and garlic finely. Peel one or two layers of the onion off first, and add to the stock pot. Add the bay leaves, carrots, bullion, and white wine to the stock pot and bring to a boil.

Wash and rinse rice thoroughly.  Set aside for now.

In a large sauce pan, sautee the onion and garlic in the olive oil for about 5 minutes until soft but not brown. Add the rice, and sautee on low for 2-3 minutes. Once done, add the 1/8 cup of white wine to the pan to de-glaze.

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Begin by adding 1/2 ladle fulls of the stock to the rice, gently stirring every minute. When rice absorbs the liquid, add another ladleful. Repeat about 20 minutes, until the rice begins to plump. Add the asparagus and mushroom pieces, and cook for an additional 15 minutes, until the rice is perfectly cooked.

I ended up having about 2 cups of leftover stock after cooking, but that’s always a great thing to have leftover!  And, as the #1 rule when cooking with white wine: a little for the recipe, a little for the chef 🙂

 

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Creamy Vegan Wild Rice Soup

More than anything I love when a recipe turns out so insanely good that I can’t wait to have it again.  This soup is rich, creamy, and packed with so many vitamins from the veggies!  And it is vegan/gluten-free too, so it can be enjoyed by all.  The leftovers didn’t even last more than a day, it was that delicious.

I started making this soup from what we had in our pantry, namely the wild rice.  Outside of soups, I don’t use wild rice all that much in everyday cooking, but it is a very hearty grain.  Also I used the ingredients we had on hand… purple carrots?  Sure!  They did turn the soup pink for a while in the beginning, but it all turned out a normal color in the end 🙂

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Creamy Vegan Wild Rice Soup
Time to Cook: 1 hour

Ingredients
1 cup wild rice
4 purple carrots
4 cloves garlic
3 stalks celery
2 cups mushrooms (I used enoki)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 package sprouted tofu, cubed
1/4  cashew cream/vegan sour cream (or cup heavy cream for a vegetarian option)
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
1 cup fresh spinach
6 cups water

Directions
In a medium sized pot, measure out 1 cup of wild rice.  Add water to the pot and rinse the rice until the water turns clear and drain.  Add 4 cups of water, and bring to a boil on the stove.  Once boiling, turn the heat to low, cover, and let cook for 45 minutes.  Wild rice needs a long time!

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Meanwhile…
Slice the carrots and chop the mushrooms and celery into bite sized pieces.  Add the carrots, celery, and mushrooms to a large soup pot, along with the olive oil, and press the garlic into the pot.  Sauté for 8-10 minutes until the veggies are soft.  Add 6 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Once at a boil, turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer the soup for 30 minutes.  The rice should be done around then.

Once rice has finished cooking, drain ay water, and add to the soup pot.  Stir in the parsley, cubed tofu, cashew cream or vegan sour cream, and the spinach.  Cook for 15 minutes longer on medium heat, and enjoy!

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Healing Vegan Miso Soup

This is definitely our weeknight ‘go-to’ meal when we want something simple, quick, and super yummy!  We always have the ingredients on hand, and this one-pot soup cooks up in about 15 minutes.  One of the great things about miso soup is that you can pretty much throw in any veggies you have in the fridge.  I like to use watercress, but I’ll add cabbage, kale, spinach… anything laying around to give it an extra crunch.

Theres so much good stuff in here, I always feel super healed after having a big bowl.  Tons of antioxidants from the mushrooms, greens, garlic, seaweed, and miso. Its a wonderfully light dish but also had a ton of protein from the tofu!

This soup can be the main course for dinner, or as an appetizer.  I usually throw some jasmine rice in the rice cooker while the water is boiling, and everything is ready at once!  This recipe would also be perfect with a Soba Noodle Salad, a Vegan Sushi Rice Buddha Bowl, or Vegan Nori Rolls!

Healing Vegan Miso Soup
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins

Ingredients

2 tbsp miso paste, white or red

6 cups of water

4 cloves of fresh garlic

1/2 package (6oz) sprouted tofu, cubed

2 cups watercress

1 cup cremini mushrooms

2 green onions

1 sheet of nori or dried seaweed

1 tbsp tamari

Directions

In a large saucepan bring 6 cups of water to a boil.  Using a garlic press, press the 4 cloves of garlic right into the boiling water.  Slice the mushrooms and add to pot, cook for 5 minutes.  Add the watercress, cubed tofu, green onions, and tamari, and cook for 5 minutes longer.

Then spoon into the miso paste and cook for 3 more minutes- the soup has a better flavor if the miso is added at the end. You are ready to dish up!  Once in a bowl, finish with nori strips and serve!FullSizeRender (7)

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Kale & Toasted Walnut Pesto: Part II

RETURN OF THE LEFTOVERS!

Thankfully I had a ton of leftover pesto from yesterday, so I put it to good use!  I tried it with Rotini pasta, and threw in a bunch of additional veggies.  The same pesto recipe is below, but with some major pasta additions.

I added asparagus, canned diced tomatoes, and zucchini in addition to the kale, peas, and mushrooms from the previous day.  It ended up being about half pasta, and half veggies… but it was absolutely amazing!

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Ingredients

For the Pasta

1/2 Box Whole Wheat Rotini (Gluten free Rotini would also be amazing!)

1 cup Kale

2 cup mushrooms

1 14 oz can of petite diced organic tomatoes

1/2 cup frozen peas

1/2 bunch asparagus (about 1.5 cups) diced

1/2 zucchini (3/4 cup) diced

For the Pesto

2 cups kale

1 cup fresh basil

1/2 cup walnuts

5 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup parsley

1/2 olive oil

1/4 cup water

To Make The Pasta

In a large pot, bring 8 cups of water to a boil.  Add pasta, salt water slightly, and cook.

In another large saucepan, add 1 tbsp olive oil and sauté the mushrooms, asparagus, zucchini, and frozen peas about 15 minutes until they are nice and soft.  Hit it with some salt and pepper.  Once cooked, fold in the tomatoes (juice and all!) and add 1 cup kale until its wilted (about 5 minutes) and all veggies are soft.

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To Make The Sauce

In the food processor combine 2 cups kale, fresh basil, fresh parsley, garlic, and toasted walnuts from above.  Pulse on high, and stream in the olive oil while the pesto is mixing.  Do a little taste test, and if the pesto needs a smoother consistency, then pulse again and slowly add in the water.  I added about 1/4 cup.

Aaaaand voila! 

When pasta is done cooking, strain and add it to the saucepan with the sauteeing veggies.  Then fold in 1 cup of pesto and mix!

This makes about 4 servings – so dinner last night, and lunch for the rest of the week!

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Kale & Toasted Walnut Pesto

This recipe was created to use the extra basil from the Aero Garden!  While not a traditional pesto with pine nuts and parmesan cheese, I used what we had instead.  And the spiciness from all the raw garlic was perfect.

 

I used whole wheat penne for this because its what we had in the pantry, but I would like to try this with other kinds in the future (rotini, orechetti, radiatore, etc).

Ingredients

For the Pasta

Whole Wheat Penne (Or you can Sub Gluten Free!)

1 cup Kale

1 cup mushrooms

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes

1/2 cup frozen peas

For the Pesto

2 cups kale

1 cup fresh basil

1/2 cup walnuts

5 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup parsley

1/2 olive oil

1/4 cup water

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To Make The Pasta

In a large pot, bring 8 cups of water to a boil.  Add pasta and cook.

In another large saucepan, toast the walnuts until they are nice and warm and brown.  Set aside.  In the same pan sauté the mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and frozen peas about 10 minutes until they are nice and soft.  Hit it with some salt and pepper.  Add 1 cup kale until its wilted (about 5 minutes) and all veggies are soft.

To Make The Sauce

In the food processor combine 2 cups kale, fresh basil, fresh parsley, garlic, and toasted walnuts from above.  Pulse on high, and stream in the olive oil while the pesto is mixing.  Do a little taste test, and if the pesto needs a smoother consistency, then pulse again and slowly add in the water.  I added about 1/4 cup.

Aaaaand voila! 

When pasta is done cooking, strain and add it to the saucepan with the mushrooms, tomatoes, and kale.  Then fold in 1 cup of pesto and mix!  I finished it with a little garlic salt this time.

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This recipe made about 2 cups of pesto, so I had a whole extra cup of liquid gold…. which I plan to enjoy for dinner again tonight!  Maybe with a different shape of pasta and a sautéed zucchini.