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My favorite recipe of 2016: warming lentil-coconut soup Ⓥ

spicy-lentil-soupCooking, no actually eating is my passion 🙂 Vegan food obviously. I love to discover new recipes, restaurants, chefs, cook books, … Last year I’ve posted quite a few of my own recipes on this blog, however I forgot to mention one of my favorite recipes of 2016: it’s a delicious, warming, spicy soup by the talented chef Angela from Oh She Glows. It’s remarkably easy to make and requires very few ingredients. Basically it’s my go to recipe when I don’t have time to do grocery shopping or cooking, but want to fill my tummy with some healthy and happy food. I guess I make it once a month. All the guests I’ve served the soup to were really enthusiastic as well.

Discover the recipe & mouth watering pictures on Angela’s blog. Bon appétit !

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति

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Miso soup reinvented Ⓥ

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-18-14-22Miso soup is very dear dish to my heart. Hereby the recipe of the version I made the other day.

I understand this is not a typical preparation of a traditional miso soup, but it’s my version and I like it. I sometimes add zucchini, but it gets soft very fast. You can add carrots or any other hard vegetable that you like. You can substitute the TVP with tofu as well (I like to season it and stir fry, not just boil). Enjoy !

Ingredients (2P)

  • Brown rice noodles (or other vegan noodles of your choice) for 2
  • 1 cup of TVP (dry)
  • A few Kombu leaves
  • Filtered water to fill one medium sized cooking pot
  • 1 leek
  • 1 broccoli head
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 cm of fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp brown rice miso (or other miso)
  • 1 tbsp tamari sauce
  • 1 tsp asafetida
  • Black pepper
  • Coconut oil

Preparation

  1. Clean & wash the vegetables. Cut the broccoli in small florets; the leek in rings; the tomato in small pieces; peel the ginger and slice thinly.
  2. Bring the broccoli florets to boil and simmer for 5 minutes until just slightly cooked and still crispy. Take them out of the water with a slotted spoon. Rinse under cold water, set aside in a separate bowl.
  3. Add the kombu leaves to the  water and let it simmer for at least 15 minutes.
    Optional: add some vegan stock powder
  4. After 5 minutes, add the TVP and let simmer in the stock.
  5. Heat up some coconut oil in a skillet, add the tomato and some tamari until a sauce forms, add black pepper.
  6. After 10 minutes, take out the hydrated TVP with a slotted spoon.
  7. Add the TVP to the skillet and stir fry for about 5-8 minutes.
  8. Add the noodles to the stock and cook according to instructions (generally about 6-8 minutes), stir every now and then to avoid the noodles to stick together.
  9. In the meantime, season the broccoli with some sesame oil, black pepper & tamari and toss in the separate bowl.
  10. Mix the rice miso with some boiling water and tamari and mix well in a separate small bowl.
  11. Once the noodles are done, take out the kombu leaves.
  12. Prepare 2 soup bowls and put 2 tbsp of the miso mixture, then add half of the miso soup and half of the stir fried TVP.
  13. Add the broccoli by dipping it in the soup right before eating it, to avoid the broccoli from becoming too soft.

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Miso soup with Soba noodles, vegetables and fried tofu Ⓥ

20160215_133258Nothing like a filling and savoury homemade miso soup when you don’t have much time or ingredients to cook.

Ingredients

  • Kombu seaweed (about 5-6 big pieces)
  • half a package of Soba noodles
  • 3 carrots
  • half a zucchini
  • half a fennel
  • 2 cm of fresh ginger
  • 1 cm fresh turmeric
  • 2 tsp black miso paste
  • boiling water

Optional: fried tofu cubes

  • 250g of firm tofu
  • 1 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 2 tbs of Tamari or Shoyu sauce
  • Black pepper
  • Some coconut oil

20160215_133429Preparation

  1. Heat  about 1,5 liter of water
  2. Put the Kombu in the boiling water and leave to simmer.
  3. In the meantime, drain the water from the tofu (using either your hands to squeeze the tofu (fast version) or placing the tofu between two plates and putting a heavy object on the top plate and wait 30 minutes to free the excess water).
  4. Cut the tofu into cubes (approximately 1-2 cm).
  5. Mix the other ingredients for the tofu cubes in a deep dish.
  6. Add the tofu cubes to the mixture; making sure all sides are well coated.
  7. Wash, then slice the vegetables in julienne.
  8. Peel the ginger and slice.
  9. Peel the turmeric.
  10. After the Kombu has simmered for about 10 minutes, add the ginger, carrot, fennel and turmeric, leave to simmer.
  11. In the meantime, fry the tofu with coconut oil in a frying pan or wok until it’s nice and crispy.
  12. After 5 minutes of simmering the Kombu and the vegetables, add the zucchini.
  13. After 5 more minutes add the noodles (mine needed to simmer 5-6 minutes in boiling water).
  14. In the meantime, prepare 1 tsp of miso with some hot water in two separate bowls.
  15. Once your noodles are perfectly cooked (al dente), turn of the heat source, take a  skimmer (‘serving spoon with holes’) to take out the noodles and vegetables and divide them over the 2 bows with miso. Mix well. Add some of the stock. Finish with the fried tofu and some black pepper.

You can keep the stock for soup or sauce, in your freezer or fridge (couple of days). You can use any vegetable you like, I used what I had in my fridge. Also, if you don’t want to fry the tofu, you can simply cook it along with the vegetables for about 10 minutes.

Important: don’t leave any noodles in the stock to heat up at some later stage: as they will become all mushy. So if you cook for more than one meal, simply boil your noodles in a separate pot and drain them, rinse with cold water and use the desired quantity. I did an easy version in order to save time and water.

Om shanti -ॐ शान्ति


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Vegan recipe: mixed vegetable soup

Soup quinoaThere’s enormous comfort in eating a delicious homemade soup with the vegetables that you have in your fridge. Improvise each time with what you have have, if you don’t know what to make, or when you don’t have much time and still want a healthy & filling meal. This particular time I made a soup with 5 different vegetables, some spices and voilà !

Ingredients

  • 4 green celery stalks
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 fennel
  • 1 onion
  • 1 potato
  • 1 cm of fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp of turmeric
  • 1 tsp of smoked paprika powder
  • Enough (filtered) water to cover the vegetables
  • Vegetable oil (preferably olive or coconut)
  • Salt & peper to taste

Preparation

  1. Wash and cut the vegetables in equal-sized parts, peel and cut the ginger in small pieces.
  2. Stir fry the ginger in some vegetable oil.
  3. Add the vegetables and stir fry for some minutes, add the turmeric and paprika powder and stir until all the vegetables are nicely covered with the spices.
  4. Fill the casserole with enough water to cover all the vegetables, bring to a boil and let it simmer with the lid on for about 20 minutes (or until the vegetables are soft enough to blend. (TIP: you can also boil the water separately and add boiling water to the vegetables).
  5. Blend the soup with a hand blender to a smooth soup.
  6. Enjoy with or without some boiled quinoa or toast or just like that.


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Vegan spicy winter soup

It’s still pumpkin season for a little longer & I absolutely love this soup which is very filling and spicy so just perfect to warm you up on a cold day as today. You can eat it with the noodles, with quinoa or even with some (home-made) corn or sourdough bread. This recipe serves 3 to 4 portions. 

Ingredients

  • 40 g ginger root
  • 1 chili pepper or hot pepper
  • 500 gr pumpkin
  • 1 leek
  • 2 carrots
  • 200 g white cabbage
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 800 ml filtered water
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 200 g chickpeas (precooked)
  • 50 g wok noodles
  • 2 tsp curry powder or garam masala
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro
  • Coconut oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • (1 onion)

 

Preparation

  • Peel the onion and the ginger.
  • Cut the pepper in half and remove the seeds.
  • Put the ingredients into a food processor; add 4 tbsp of olive oil and a little salt, mix until obtaining a creamy mixture.
  • Prepare the vegetables: peel the pumpkin and cut into pieces, cut the leek into rings and carrots into small pieces. Chop the cabbage & wash the vegetables.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a wok and add the garlic/ onion/ pepper mixture. Let it simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add the pumpkin, carrots, cabbage and leek to the mixture.
  • Let it all simmer for a couple of minutes, then add the curry/ garam masala.
  • Pour the coconut milk, a little lemon juice and 800 ml water to the wok. Bring the soup to a boil.
  • Add the chickpeas, noodles and possibly a little bit more water. Cook the vegetables until well done.
  • Add seasoning to taste & add the cilantro just before serving.

Source: © Cookbook Donderdag Veggiedag by Miki Duerinck et Kristin Leybaert – 2012, page 106

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Yogi recipe: vegan yellow lentil & pumpkin soup with quinoa

This is an ideal meal when you are pressed for time and still want to eat a healthy and filling meal: right after your yoga practice or at lunch for example. The soup can be eaten as a full meal on its own or served with a cooked grain (quinoa, millet, …), potatoes from the oven, some bread or chapatis, … You can also choose to eat it with seasoned and stir fried or oven-baked tofu or tempeh. Use your imagination to adapt it to your favorite tastes with some chili, some other herbs or spices of your liking.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of chopped up pumpkin
  • 1 cup of yellow (brown, orange, …) lentils
  • 0.5 cup of other seasonal veggies
  • 3 cups of filtered water
  • 1 or 2 cm of ginger root
  • 1 tbsp of mustard seeds
  • 0.5 tbsp of coriander seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of garam masala (or curry) powder
  • Salt & pepper
  • (Coconut) oil
  • Fresh parsley

Preparation

  • Wash the vegetables & cut in ~2cm cubes.
  • Peel the ginger root & grate it or cut it in small bits.
  • Thoroughly rinse the lentils until the water runs clear.
  • Heat some (preferably coconut) oil in a frying pan (wok).
  • Add the mustard & coriander seeds; wait until they ‘pop’. 
  • Add the ginger root; stir for 2 minutes.
  • Add the garam masala & turmeric powder; stir for another minute. 
  • Add the pumpkin and other seasonal vegetables of your liking (I added some celeriac); stir fry for a couple of minutes. 
  • Add the lentils; stir fry for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the filtered water & the bay leaves; leave it to boil.
  • When it boils, lower the heat & let it simmer for approximately 25 minutes or until the vegetables and the lentils are tender. 
  • You may have to add some water depending whether you want a soup or more thick sauce type of dish. 
  • Add salt ONLY at the end (as it’ll prolong cooking time) & season with pepper. Take out the bay leaves before serving & serve with the fresh parsley on top.

Serving suggestion
Serve with quinoa, millet or some other whole grain you like.

pumpkin lentil soup