Category: Fresh Recipes

Curried Lentil Vegetable Soup

curried-lentil-vegetable-soup-1The wintertime is soup season in my house. From rich chili to creamy stew, I try to make a large batch at least once a week to have on hand for cold days. Something about a big bowl of steamy soup is so comforting, especially the stick-to-your ribs kind that is chock full of veggies. I am a curry enthusiast and have often tried and failed attempting to make my own version. It never came out as delicious as the restaurant curries I have had…until now. I finally found a curry powder that is remarkably close to the curry flavor I’ve come to love from restaurants. Until now, I had used Thai curry paste and always ended up with a very bland flavor. The curry powder for this recipe consists of fenugreek and cardamon which were not present in past curries I have made, and boy does it make a difference. I found this powder at World Market and falls under the Indian curry category.

The lentil and veggies in this recipe are what give it an incredible heartiness and, not to mention, healthiness. Rich in anti-oxidants and potent herbs, this soup is sure to help stave off a cold this season. You can add any of your favorite vegetables– I went with carrots, celery, bell pepper and kale. Each brings a different component to the soup and adds beautiful color. To add even more plant based kick to this recipe, serve it over cauliflower rice.

Let me know what you think of the soup by commenting below!

Curried Lentil Vegetable Soup

10 minutes

35 minutes

45 minutes

Yield: 4

Serving Size: 2 cups

Curried Lentil Vegetable Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry green lentils
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups kale, ribs removed and chopped
  • 1 cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Indian curry
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish
  • Cauliflower rice or traditional rice for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large stick pot or Dutch oven, combine chicken broth and lentil, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  2. Add celery, carrots, bell pepper and tomatoes. Simmer 15 minutes, covered.
  3. Stir in coconut milk, curry powder and sea salt. Simmer 10 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally
  4. Stir in kale. Serve over cauliflower rice and garnish with cilantro.
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Spiced Holiday Gin Fizz Cocktail

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Nothing kicks the holiday season off better than a homemade craft cocktail to serve your guests or sip on as you decorate the house and listen to Christmas music. I love creating from scratch mixers for cocktails rather than purchasing store bought mixers. It gives so much more control over the quality of ingredients and is a fun way to experiment and put your signature twist on the drinks your guests will imbibe in.

For this holiday inspired gin fizz cocktail, I created a syrup using Demerara sugar with a deep molasses flavor. The syrup is simmered with fresh whole cloves, ginger, and cinnamon to add a spicy background along with sweetness to the cocktail. I used Hendricks gin because of its bright herbal flavor, but you can use your favorite brand or even whiskey would be amazing paired with this spicy syrup. The cranberry and rosemary garnishes are the icing on this holiday cocktail and give a super festive look.

Spiced Holiday Gin Fizz

Spiced Holiday Gin Fizz

Ingredients

  • 2 oz gin
  • 2 oz spiced syrup
  • Club soda
  • Sprig of rosemary
  • Fresh cranberries
  • FOR SPICED SYRUP
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup Demerara sugar
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients for spiced syrup in a saucepan over medium/low heat. Bring to a simmer. Stir and reduce heat. Simmer 15 minutes uncovered.
  2. Strain syrup over a small bowl. Pour syrup into a mason jar and refrigerate 2 hours.
  3. To a cocktail glass, add ice or 1 large ice cube, gin, and spiced syrup. Stir. Top with club soda water and garnish with rosemary and cranberries.
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Rich and Creamy Herbed Hummus

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If you have never made homemade hummus, today is the day to start. There is something so deliciously creamy about freshly made hummus that is not comparable to the store bought stuff. Through trial and error I have found that tahini paste is an essential ingredient to making a smooth, luscious hummus and adding that amazing sesame flavor. Mix in a few fresh herbs like garlic, rosemary, thyme and basil for aroma and added flavor. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice brightens the hummus up a bit and adds a nice tanginess.

I have made hummus with an immersion blender and standard food processor and find that both work well to achieve the creaminess. Make sure to take your time blending until it is super creamy. Then go to town dipping away. I love to toast up pita in the oven and slice into triangles for dipping alone with fresh vegetables.

This naturally vegan herbed hummus is a crowd pleaser and makes a large batch perfect for entertaining this holiday season!

Rich and Creamy Herbed Hummus

10 minutes

10 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Rich and Creamy Herbed Hummus

Ingredients

  • 2-14 oz cans garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tahini paste
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 large basil leaves
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper.
  • Optional dippers: sliced cucumber, toasted pita, baby carrots, celery

Instructions

  1. Combine chickpeas, lemon juice tahini and herbs/seasonings in a food processor. Pulse until crumbly.
  2. Pour in olive oil and blend on low speed until smooth and creamy, 3-4 minutes.
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Chipotle Chicken Corn Chowder

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Nothing soothes on a crisp fall day quite like a bowl of rich and creamy soup. This spicy chipotle chicken corn chowder is one that delivers everything you would want in a soup–a rich broth dancing with chipotle flavor, hearty potato, corn and shredded chicken all coming together for a soup that eats like a meal.

I recommend adding the chipotle in a little at a time to adjust the spiciness to your liking. Chipotle peppers can quickly go from spicy to blazing inferno in a matter of an extra tablespoon.

Top your bowl with crushed tortilla chips, cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime.

Chipotle Chicken Corn Chowder

Chipotle Chicken Corn Chowder

Ingredients

  • 2-6 ounce chicken breasts
  • 2 Idaho potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 cups corn
  • 1 cup bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet white onion, diced
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup chipotle in adobo sauce, sauce only.
  • 1-4 ounce can hatched green chiles
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • Optional toppings: chopped cilantro, lime wedges, tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Begin by melting 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan over medium heat. Allow pan to get nice and hot. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper.
  2. Place chicken breast on pan and cook 6-7 minutes each side. Place on a cutting board and finely chop chicken. Set aside.
  3. In a Dutch oven, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add green pepper, onion, potato, garlic, oregano, cumin and sea salt. Place lid on and cook until onion begin to soften about 10 minutes.
  4. Add hatched green chiles, chipotle sauce and flour. Stir to combine. Pour in chicken stock and whole milk. Stir regularly until flour is dissolved.
  5. Allow chowder to come to a boil. Reduce heat and add chicken and corn. Simmer uncovered 20 minutes.
  6. Serve with lime wedges, cilantro and tortilla chips.
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