Soups & Stews 13 results

Spring is Coming: Cabbage Soup Detox Time

Months of eating too much and lots of staying indoors has led to dark days of constant eating to create some internal warmth.  Good news is that Spring is on the way!Unfortunately, either our clothes have shrunk or it's time to clean up and shed the winter fat layer. Prime time to detox! Fortunately, it's cabbage to the rescue with this delicious low-calorie, low-fat and nutrient dense cabbage soup, chock full of cancer-fighting properties and importantly, flavor.This recipe is based ...

Creamy Mushroom Potato Leek Soup – Fast and Filling

Sometimes we just need creamy hot soup to warm us up, especially in the chill of Winter. This soup, which has no actual cream but is still smooth, thick and rich-tasting, hits the spot with its umami flavors derived from the mushrooms and sauteed leeks. Now that we've tried this, it will be hard to go back to simple potato leek as it seems to fall short in flavor.This recipe uses the pressure cooker, which means it can be prepared from start to finish in less than 15 minutes. Yes, really. ...

White Acre Peas and Butter Beans: A Southern Summer Treat

Peas and beans please. Not your ordinary English peas, green beans or even the popular snap peas with their edible pods.  These are Southern peas and butter beans, with creamy texture and smooth taste. They are both cooked the same way here.Southern peas are also called field peas or cowpeas, and if you're lucky, you can find them fresh off the vines and shelled. Serving up a delicious mouthful perfect with hot cornbread, White Acre Peas are a treat from well below the Mason-Dixon ...

We Tried 4 Vegan Matzo Ball Recipes and Here’s the Results

Rarely are the absence of eggs a hurdle in our world. Cakes and baked goods are fine without them as are pancakes and other treats. Even macaroons are well served with aquafaba. But oh those matzo balls. Try using a mix with your standard egg replacers and you'll quickly discover they will disintegrate in the boiling water or soup.Still we were determined. A few internet searches and we came up with three four recipes worth trying (the fourth was added recently and we're glad we did!). As an ...

Kidney Comfort: Hearty Rajma for a Cold Wet Winter

We're still grateful that Rajma, that rich kidney bean curry that hails from the Punjab, came up on our food radar some years ago. Rajma is rarely on menus at Indian restaurants here in the States which is a shame, because it’s super delicious.  Loaded with warming and healing spices, it’s comfort food particularly suited to winter, especially the cold, wet ones.  We stumbled upon it because we were after something beyond kidney beans in hearty Southwestern bean chilis and ...

Old Country Herb Braised Green Beans

When I was a girl, there was such a thing as the Old Country – the place where the world still operated with magic and must.  Small old men with thick accents knew languages that had intensity, a depth of experience that ordinary talking could never meet. The ancient women’s eyes smiled with secret ways.  Communities felt close and happy even without modern luxuries.While the world has shrunk, these are Old Country beans.  Cooked slowly over the lowest flame (ok, it’s a ...

Vegan Sofritas, Chipotle-Style

I must’ve been Mexican in my last life because I could happily eat Mexican food every day.  When the Chipotle chain came out with their vegan sofritas, which are basically chopped bits of organic tofu in a saucy base, I changed my stance on what fast food could offer.I still prefer homemade and in case you do, try this version of delicious sofritas.Still, there’s nothing like home-cooked food for so many reasons. Cooking from scratch lets you use the freshest ingredients in the ...

Fava Spinach Soup: A Cold Weather Pantry Foray

It’s ridiculously freezing outside, with temps in the teens and lower.  When I ran outside for a second to get something, I remembered the steamy warmth that soup brings.  A quick visit to the pantry and I spied some fava beans and some summer canned tomatoes and this soup was born.  With the addition of spinach, potatoes, onion and garlic, it’s a hearty soup that pairs well with some crusty bread or a salad.NOTE ON DRIED FAVA BEANS:  Fava beans are high in dietary fiber, protein, ...

The Lowly Lima Part One: Artichoke Fennel and Lima Bean Stew

This recipe makes us love the lima bean, the humble bean that many people are not even sure they actually like. Fresh bulb fennel is combined with canned or frozen artichokes, lemon juice and lima beans.  Don’t like fennel?  Try this and you may change your mind as the vegetable combination mellows the anise flavor and creates a fresh taste.With its lemony sauce and less common blend of vegetables, this stew is delicious and hits the spot for flavor, with the fennel melting into a ...

Ital is Vital: Jamaican-Style Coconut Bean Stew

Mon, this stew make me feel irie. Yummy, creamy and filling, it's a great main course served with rice.  Ital food is rasta, designed to increase health and vitality (what is called livity) through avoidance of "dead" (animal) food.Feel free to use whatever beans and veggies you have on hand.  Don't have plantains? No problem. Try sweet potatoes, peppers, cabbage, and other types of beans. Leftovers also make awesome patties (see pie crust recipe here).Depending upon whether you ...