Saturday, February 21, 2015

Cannellini, Chorizo & Kale Soup

1 Tbs olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
12oz soy chorizo, casing removed and chorizo broken up
2 15oz cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
6 cups vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
1 bunch kale, stems discarded and leaves torn into bite-sized pieces
salt and pepper

1) In a large stock pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes.
2) Add broth, soy chorizo, beans, celery, carrots and bay leaf. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.
3) Add kale and stir, until kale has wilted and integrated into the soup, 1-2 minutes.
4) Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.

Review: This originally was a complicated recipe, using dry beans and a pressure cooker. I simplified it, along with making it vegan. I don't like soup, but it was snowing yet again today and this seemed hot & hearty. This was absolutely amazing. The chorizo gave this a really nice spicy flavor, but without making it overly spicy. However, the chorizo seasoning leached from the soy protein and colored the broth, leaving beige chunks in my soup. This was incredibly filling and didn't have the typical soup feel. I loved it and it's a great dish for our arctic weather!!

Adapted from:
Real Simple, March 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

Maple Bourbon Glazed Doughnuts

1 cup gluten-free flour
2 Tbs + 2 tsp cornstarch
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp xanthan gum
4 Tbs vegan butter, softened
6 Tbs maple sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup + 6 Tbs almond milk
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
2 Tbs + 2 tsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp bourbon

1) Mix the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt and xanthan gum in a small bowl. Set aside.
2) With an electric mixer, beat the vegan butter and maple sugar until they're fluffy and the sugar begins to dissolve, about 2 minutes. Then add the egg, beating well.
3) Add the milk, alternating with the dry mixture, to the butter/sugar.
4) Beat the batter on medium speed for approximately 30 seconds, then scrape the sides of the bowl and beat for an additional 30 seconds.
5) Spoon into a greased doughnut pan. Allow the batter to rest for 10-15 minutes, while the oven preheats to 350F.
6) Bake the doughnuts for 15 minutes. Remove them from the oven and allow them to rest for just a minute or two before turning them out onto a rack to cool.
7) To make the glaze, mix the confectioner's sugar, maple syrup and bourbon in a small bowl. Stir until smooth. Spoon the glaze onto the doughnuts, covering evenly.

Review: I have been craving doughnuts like crazy. There's a box of gluten free doughnuts in the frozen section at the grocery store. It comes in glazed, cinnamon sugar and chocolate. And every flavor has nutmeg as an ingredient, which I'm also allergic to. No fair! So, I got a $10 gift card for from one of the consumer research panels I work with and decided to treat myself to a doughnut pan. This was my first ever attempt at making doughnuts. I didn't have maple sugar, but created a white sugar/maple syrup concoction that did the trick. I realize I live near many maple farms and should go get some local stuff, but I haven't done it yet. The doughnuts were just ok, as it's not the yeasted, fried deliciousness that I craved. However, this glaze is AMAZING. The bourbon adds just a little kick to the flavor, but really is the key ingredient. Yum! Also, you'll notice the odd measurements. I halved the original recipe to accommodate my pan of six, but still had enough batter for two more doughnuts.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sweet Potato with Miso-Ginger Rice

32oz miso ginger broth
1 lb rice blend
1 large sweet potato, diced
1 cup water

1) Place all ingredients in a large pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
2) Reduce heat to medium and cover. Simmer for 25 minutes, until the sweet potato and rice are tender.
3) Season with salt to taste and serve hot.

Review: This rice is a new product at Trader Joe's and I bought it on a whim yesterday. I was sure I could find a use for it. I thought the same thing about this broth, but I bought it MONTHS ago. I considered cooking them together, but needed something to spice it up. I then eyeballed the leftover sweet potato from a dish I made last week. Miso and sweet potato is an amazing flavor combination and very popular lately. This made for an easy dish, and a lot of leftovers. The flavor was quite tasty, without any one prevalent flavor. It could be improved with a couple spoonfuls of miso or some minced ginger for a little kick.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Zuppa di Pasta e Fagioli

2 Tbs olive oil
2 ribs celery, sliced
1 carrot, sliced into half-moons
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 19oz cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
4 cups vegetable broth
15oz can crushed tomatoes
1 cup water, or more if needed
2 tsp dried thyme
3 bay leaves
salt and pepper
2 cups gluten-free pasta

1) Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
2) Add celery, carrot and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes until celery begins to soften slightly.
3) Add beans, broth and tomatoes.
4) Add water, starting with just 1 cup.
5) Add thyme and bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper.
6) Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
7) Add gluten-free pasta. Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for about 10 minutes.
8) Remove bay leaves and serve hot.

Review: This made so much food! It was a wonderfully hearty dish for our cold, snowy days. Unfortunately, the gluten-free pasta behaves a little differently. It continued to soak up the broth and the leftover bowls were more of a pasta dish and less of a soup. This may change based on what kind of pasta you use. My absolute favorite is made by Trader Joe's and is a quinoa/brown rice mix.

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