spicy tomato + kale soup.

Another day, another soup recipe! Are you sick of me yet? If not, hooray! I am most grateful. And I ask that you join me on today’s delicious journey. I’m mashing up some favorites: soup (specifically tomato soup) and kale. If you’ve been around my blog at all, you know that I love both of those things. See: here, here, here, and oh yes, here! for evidence.

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This soup is perfect for entertaining. It’s completely allergen free and dietary restriction friendly! Gluten free, meat free, seafood free, dairy free, nut free, the list goes on! Not to mention, it’s beyond good for you and nourishing.

I already had a meat-centered dish on my week’s menu, so I used vegetable stock and am using cannelloni beans instead of cream or half and half for a vegan-friendly soup. Because there is no dairy in this soup, it is a great candidate for making ahead and freezing. The kale is nice and sturdy, so it holds up quite well to freezing and reheating.

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Serve with some toast and topped with some extra crushed red pepper for an extra kick, and enjoy!

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spicy tomato + kale soup.
adapted from foodbabe.com

ingredients
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
4 medium carrots, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2-1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
36 ounces crushed tomatoes (I often puree canned whole tomatoes)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 quart low-sodium vegetable stock
1 teaspoon each dried rosemary, basil, sage
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 14 ounce can of cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups water
1 bunch fresh kale, rinsed and chopped

directions
Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Saute onions, garlic and carrots for 5-7 minutes until they are softened, onions translucent and fragrant. Add sea salt, pepper, crushed red pepper and rosemary, basil, and sage, and stir to combine. Allow the spice to cook and ‘bloom’ (they will become quite fragrant as they cook) for an additional minute.

Add pureed tomatoes and vegetable stock. Allow the soup to come up to a rapid simmer, reduce heat and partially cover. Let cook for 20-25 minutes, and then add the rinsed cannelloni beans. Stir together and allow to continue to simmer for additional 15-20 minutes.

Puree with an immersion blender or in batches in stand blender. Add chopped kale and cook for 5-10 minutes until kale slightly softens. Taste, and add additional salt/pepper/crushed red pepper if desired.

Serves 6. Freezes well.

*Please use organic ingredients wherever possible*  

winter vegetable soup.

It feels funny to post a winter soup recipe on a weekend where the weather was a record breaking 63 degrees yesterday!

Still, I was making soup regardless of the weather, and in typical NY fashion, we’ll be back to mid-30’s tomorrow. It was fun while it lasted! But, now, it’s time for winter vegetable soup with mustard greens.

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I saw this soup in an issue of Real Simple, and I loved the idea of swapping kale for spicy mustard greens in soup. As evidenced by this blog, kale is a mainstay in my recipes, soups and in other dishes. It’s always a good idea to switch up your greens to ensure the best variety of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, and for a savory palate like mine, mustard greens are a perfect fit! They are bitter with a bite, and they go perfectly with flavors of this soup: silky sweet potatoes, smoky flavor from the paprika (make sure to use smoked not sweet or hot!), and the tomatoey broth. The freshness and bitter taste is so lovely.

This winter vegetable soup may not be the prettiest bowl on the block, but it’s vegan, gluten free, and paleo and allergen-friendly. Just in time for these last few weeks of winter. Enjoy!

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winter vegetable soup.
adapted from realsimple.com 

ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 large onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 teaspoon sea salt
1.5 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/2 cracked black pepper
14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
6 cups vegetable stock
1 large bunch mustard greens, stemmed and chopped
parmesan cheese, for serving

directions
Preheat a large soup pot over medium-high heat and heat a tablespoon of oil. Cook onion, garlic, and paprika in oil until tender, about 5 minutes. Add carrots, celery, sweet potato, salt, and pepper; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add mustard greens, tomatoes, and chicken broth; simmer 25 minutes.

Serve topped with parmesan. Serves 4 as a main dish.

**Please use organic ingredients wherever possible** 

 

southern ham, greens + black eyed pea soup.

Hi there! I hope you’ve been enjoying the holiday season, and your Christmas and Hanukkah were (and are!) filled with joy, celebrations, relaxation, and of course, delicious food!

My dad and I cook Christmas dinner for our family, and this year we cooked a whole beef tenderloin, a grilled whole salmon, and I was responsible for everyone’s favorite hasselback potato gratin (probably everyone’s ‘favorite’, because it’s positively laden with cream and cheese, and I only make it once a year because it’s so unhealthy but OH-SO good. I use Kenji Lopez-Alt’s recipe, which can be found here). I also made these beans, which are simple and delicious. Everything was lovely and delicious, and I ate way too much. As you do for the holidays.

Speaking of holidays… let’s usher in the first holiday of 2017 with this soup.

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This recipe is one that I came up with a few years ago, when I was flipping through a cooking magazine and stopped on a warm ham, black eyed pea, and barley salad. I morphed that salad into a soup, surprised my boyfriend who loved black eyed peas with it, and it quickly became a favorite. Legend has it in the South that eating black eyed peas on New Years will bring you prosperity in the following year. So it’s the perfect time to bring you this recipe.

Starting this recipe by frying up a few pieces of bacon imparts a nice smokiness that will carry over to the finished soup. Because we’re using bacon and ham, go light on the salt and only use if needed; tasting often as you cook and develop the flavors. The collard greens and barley will cook for almost an hour, allowing the soup to develop a deep, complex flavor. At the very end, we’re going to add in a splash of hot sauce and cider vinegar, which adds a delectable bit of kick that finishes the soup beautifully.

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As it’s traditional in the Southern US to eat black eyed peas on New Year’s Day, they’re traditionally made with fat back ham, bacon, ham hocks, or other smoky pork. They’re typically eaten with some type of slow cooked green, like collards, turnip or mustard greens. A lot of preparation goes into those dishes; so I love that this soup incorporates all those elements into a one pot dish.

I hope 2017 is a healthy and limitless one for you and all of your loved ones!

southern ham + black eyed pea soup. 

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ingredients
1 medium onion, large dice
5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 cans black eyed peas, rinsed/drained
1/2 bunch collard greens, thinly sliced
6 cups low sodium chicken broth (up to 2 additional cups to thin out, if needed)
2 pieces bacon, diced
2 cup diced ham
2 carrots, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 cup pearl barley, rinsed
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. cider vinegar
Tabasco
salt and pepper to taste

directions
Cook bacon in large pot until browned. Remove and drain. Dice onion, carrot and celery into a large dice. In large pot that bacon was cooked in, saute garlic, onion, carrot and celery in bacon drippings over moderate heat until onion is translucent.

While onion mixture is cooking, discard stems and ribs from collards and finely chop leaves. Set aside.

Add broth, oregano and barley to the onion mixture, add bacon. Bring to boil; reduce heat to medium/medium low and let simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Add collard greens and chopped ham and let the whole mixture for about 20-25 minutes longer, until collards and barley are tender.

Mash half of the black eyed peas with a fork, and add the beans to the soup. Simmer 10 minutes longer, add pepper, salt, Tabasco and cider vinegar to taste. (Because the ham and bacon are salty, additional salt may not be needed). Serves 6.

**Please use organic ingredients wherever possible** 

quick + easy creamy tomato soup.

As mentioned a plethora of times, I love soup. It’s especially enchanting during these fall and winter months, when the daylight is fleeting, the wind is whipping, and you’re shivering just going from your car to your front door. Soup is the answer. So is vodka, but that’s a story for another time.

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Growing up, I never ate creamy soups. We ate broth based soups, and although a variety of tomato soups were always on the menu, I didn’t have cream of tomato until I was at least 20. I remember seeing it on a menu at a fast casual restaurant, and being wary to order it. I remember thinking “will I like it? I don’t like milk or cream”. I did.

I had a hankering for soup recently, and I had some leftover half and half from a different recipe so I decided to make creamy tomato soup. Let me tell you, I used canned and jarred tomatoes to make this a quick recipe, and I’ve found my new obsession: passata.

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Pictured above, passata is essentially a puree of uncooked tomatoes, and I describe in more detail at the end of this post, including substitutions if you can’t find it.

This soup hit the spot for me, and because I used half and half in place of the cream (only 2/3 cup!), you can feel good about eating a great big bowl! Also? A grilled cheese accompaniment is not mandatory, but highly recommended. I love fontina on pumpernickel. Enjoy!

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creamy tomato soup.
adapted from food + wine magazine. 

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ingredients
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoons olive or grapeseed oil
1 onion, diced (about 1.5 cups)
3 garlic cloves, smashed
3.5 cups fire roasted diced tomatoes (from 1 28 ounce can)
1.5 cups passata (uncooked tomato puree)*
1 cup vegetable broth
2/3 cup half and half
1 tablespoon coconut palm OR unrefined white sugar
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
sea salt and black pepper

ingredients
In a large, heavy bottomed pot, melt one tablespoon of butter and one tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about five minutes. Add the undrained tomatoes, passata, vegetable broth, sugar, crushed red pepper, oregano, celery seed, smoked paprika and season with about a teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Bring the soup to a boil over high heat, breaking up the tomatoes with the spoon/spatula. Reduce heat to moderate and simmer for 10 minutes.

Working in batches or using an immersion blender, puree soup until smooth. If using stand blender, transfer blended soup to a clean pot over low heat. Add half and half and season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Serves 4 as a main dish, 8 as a starter.

*Please use organic ingredients wherever possible* 

NOTE: Passata is an uncooked tomato puree that is strained to have the seeds and skins removed. It originated in Italy and common in Europe. It differs from the tomato sauce or puree that you commonly find in U.S. grocery stores as it is uncooked and typically has nothing added to it, thus having a very fresh and light flavor. It is typically found in your grocery store’s tomato aisle, with specialty products, or in the Organic section. It is usually in a tall glass carafe or a box.

If you cannot find it, don’t despair! You can simply use an equivalent amount of whole/diced tomatoes, or tomato puree or sauce, being aware that the tomato puree or sauce will be much sweeter, due to the amount of sugar that is typically found in these products. The brand of passata I use is pictured above, and is labeled as ‘strained tomatoes’.

green lentil + vegetable soup.

The weather has finally dipped below 75 degrees, and thus it is officially soup season. Hooray! I really should just market this blog as a soup and stew blog. I could eat soup every day for the rest of my life and be a very, very happy girl. I decided to kick off fall and the start of soup season with a super versatile and easy one: green lentil soup. Lentils were my gateway legume, and for good reason: they are quick cooking, filling, and full of vitamins and nutrients. Truth time: Lentils will never win any beauty pageants. What this soup lacks in beauty, it makes up for in taste. It’s flavorful, warming, and so satisfying.

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If you haven’t already, I sweetly suggest you check out this mexican-inspired red lentil soup. If you love your soups with a kick, that one is for you!

This soup starts off with the classic trio: carrots, celery and onion. After those are softened, the tomatoes and spices are added along with the lentils and vegetable stock. Let everything simmer, give it a quick blitz with the immersion blender, and that’s it! Put on your coziest sweater, and curl up with a bowl and some mulled cider. Hello fall, it’s so nice that you’re back.

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green lentil + vegetable soup.

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ingredients
8 ounces (1 cup) of green lentils, rinsed
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced (about 1/3 cup)
2 celery stalks, halved and diced (about 1/3 cup)
1 small onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
14 ounce can of diced tomatoes (no salt added)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
4 cups of vegetable stock, plus additional 1/2 cup if needed
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

directions
Heat a heavy bottomed soup pot over medium heat. Drizzle one tablespoon of grapeseed oil into the pot and heat until lightly shimmering.

Add onions, celery, and carrots to the pot and cook for 6-7 minutes, or until soft and translucent. Add sea salt, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and black pepper and stir to coat the vegetables with the spices. Once coated, add the can of diced tomatoes (undrained), bay leaf, rinsed lentils, and 4 cups of vegetable stock. Stir to combine, and increase the heat to allow the soup to come to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and partly cover, allowing the soup to simmer for 30-45 minutes, or until the lentils are soft but not falling apart. Fish out the bay leaf.

Blend 1/4 of the soup with an immersion blender (or remove and blend in a stand blender) and stir together. Add in half cup of additional stock if needed to thin. Serve, topped with extra black pepper if desired.

Serves 4.

**Please use organic ingredients wherever possible** 

mole-style turkey chili.

I love chili. It is one of my go to dishes for a meal that is easy, filling, inexpensive and oh so simple to make. Although I love a traditional chili recipe, and this amazing sweet potato turkey chili, I’m always looking for a new take on a beloved recipe. I came across this recipe for turkey chili, which included traditional mole ingredients such as cocoa powder and cinnamon. If you’ve never heard of mole, it is a very traditional Mexican sauce that can be prepared in tons of different ways. Moles can be yellow, green, orange, red and the classic dark red and brown sauces. They almost always start with chiles, maybe some sour ingredients like tomatillos, spices, nuts/seeds and/or dried fruit, thickeners like day old bread, and chocolate. If chocolate is used, it is added at the end of the cooking process, as moles typically cook for long periods of time.

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But this post is about chili, not mole! I call it “mole style” because of  the unsweetened cocoa powder and cinnamon that is added the recipe, along with chipotle chile in adobo sauce. Chipotles in adobo are super spicy, but delightfully smoky and best of all, a little goes a long way!

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I highly recommend this spin on a beloved, classic dish such as chili. Feel free to serve with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and shavings of bittersweet chocolate atop the bowl. Trust me!

mole-style turkey chili.
adapted from myrecipes.com

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ingredients

1 pound lean ground turkey
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
1/2 sweet onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots, finely diced
1 14 oz. can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 14 oz. can tomatoes, diced or petite diced with juices
1/2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, diced (seeds removed if desired), plus 1 teaspoon of the sauce
2.5 teaspoons chili powder (NOT cayenne)
1.5 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 heaping tablespoon of unsweetened raw cocoa powder (I really love the Nativa Naturals cacao)
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped, for garnish
3 scallions, sliced, for garnish
tortilla chips, for serving

directions

Heat a heavy bottomed pot over medium heat and add 1/2 tablespoon oil, until slightly shimmering and hot. Add turkey and cook for 5 minutes, breaking apart as it cooks until cooked through. If desired, drain turkey in a colander and return to pan.

Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil to turkey and add onions, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper and stir well to combine. Cook for 3 minutes and add carrots. Cook for additional 3-5 minutes, or until onion is translucent and soft and garlic is fragrant. Stir spices frequently, and allow them to bloom and become fragrant. Add a tablespoon or two of water and scrape gently with a wooden spoon if needed to release spices on the bottom of the pan.

Add tomatoes, chipotle chili and adobo sauce, chicken broth, water and cocoa powder and stir to combine. Increase heat and allow pot to come to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in beans and cook for an additional 15 minutes.

Top with cilantro and scallions prior to serving. Serve with baked tortilla chips if desired.

Serves 6. Freezes beautifully!

**Please use organic ingredients wherever possible**

 

hot + sour soup.

Hello there! We are in a bit of a cold spell here in NY, with a few inches of snow and temperatures in the 20s. Winter had about six months to show up, and it barely did, but I suppose one last hurrah in early April is its sendoff. Call me crazy, but I’m more than ok with it! I’m not ready for hot, summer temperatures, because when it’s chilly, it’s still soup season, and today we’re making a take-out classic right at home!

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Hot and sour soup is something I generally order when I get Chinese take-out, I just love the balance of flavors, and by eating a brothy soup I’m usually less likely to overindulge in scallion pancakes, sesame beef or my favorite guilty pleasure, shrimp egg rolls.

I was perusing a recent issue of Wegmans Menu Magazine, and the issue had multiple Asian-inspired recipes, and this soup caught my eye. I’ve really come to love mushrooms as an adult, and they are wonderful for you. Add some ground pork, aromatics, and some Asian cooking staples, and you’ve got a soup fit for company and cozy nights in, all done in under 45 minutes! How’s that for easy, comforting, healthy and inspired?

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hot + sour soup.
barely adapted from Wegmans Menu Magazine.

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Ingredients

1 tbsp. grapeseed oil
1 lb. organic ground pork
2 tbsp. garlic, minced (about 4 cloves)
2 tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled and minced
10 ounces of shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed. Thinly slice.
8 cups of organic chicken broth
3 tbsp. cornstarch
¼ cup warm water
½ cup gluten free soy sauce (reduced sodium)
½ cup unseasoned rice wine vinegar
2 tsp. white pepper
1.5 tsps. sesame oil
1organic egg, beaten
3-4 scallions, thinly sliced on bias (green parts only)
salt, if needed

Directions

Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium high heat. Add pork, and cook, stirring to break up any large pieces, for 5 minutes, or until no longer pink. Drain.

Add pork back to pot, and add garlic, ginger and mushrooms and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes longer.

Add broth; bring to simmer. Cook for 10 minutes. While simmering, mix together cornstarch and water in a small bowl until well combined and smooth.

Add soy sauce, rice vinegar, pepper, and sesame oil to pot; stir to combine. Add cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly until well combined. Slowly drizzle egg into soup, stirring constantly.

Garnish soup with scallions before serving.

Makes 12 cups.

**Please use all organic ingredients wherever possible**