First, if you haven't done so already, I'd really appreciate it if you'd read my previous post about Sweeteners and Vitamin D and give me any thoughts you might have about them (don't forget the polls on the right side of the page). Thanks!
I had a bunch of hydroponic tomatoes from the local farmer's market, so I decided to make a sort of tomato based soup. I don't usually puree my soups, but I thought I'd try it (even though I only have a tiny food processor). It worked really well, mixed with a sweet brown rice/barley mixture and topped with nutritional yeast.
Tomato Vegetable Bisque:
2 cups water
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or other nondairy milk)
2 parsnips, steamed
4 stalks celery
1/2 yellow/white onion, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
1 head broccoli, cut up (incl. as much of the stem as you want)
1 roasted red bell pepper (I used a jarred pepper)
10 fresh basil leaves (torn into small pieces)
10 leaves of flat kale, torn into bite-sized pieces (lacinato), or use spinach, collards, other kale
2 tbsp arrowroot mixed with 2 tbsp water
2 tsp cumin
2 tbsp vegan worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp tomato paste
red pepper flakes
salt/pepper to taste
Puree all the vegetables except the onion, garlic,basil, kale, and 1 tomato until smooth. Set aside. Now puree the last tomato just a tiny bit, so it's still chunky. Add to other vegetables. Heat 1/4 cup water (not part of the 2 cups) in a stockpot. Add the onions and garlic and saute until soft. Now add the pureed vegetables and stir. Add in the water and heat on medium for 5 minutes or so. Add in the basil, kale, spices, worcestershire sauce and tomato paste. Mix and cook for another 5 minutes. Add in the almond milk and stir. Then add the arrowroot/water mix and stir well. Let it boil for a minute and then turn down and simmer for 5 minutes. Add more salt/pepper to taste if needed. Serve over cooked sweet brown rice (the stickiness adds to the creamy texture of the soup).
The other day, I tried another recipe from Ani's Raw Food Kitchen: Cauliflower Miso Mash. Very interesting. Never made raw cauliflower like that before. I left out the psyllium powder because I didn't have any. And of course, I left out the oil. But the miso and lemon gave it a really nice flavor! And it took forever in my tiny food processor. Apparently it doesn't like raw cauliflower :)
And this is just a random fried rice I made the other day:
That's it for today....another beautiful day out and the sun is shining. Good day to get my Vitamin D!!