Monday, July 26, 2021

Vegetable Corn Chowder - Vegan and Oil-Free

vegetable corn chowder

Do you love corn? Corn chowder is one of my favorites, especially when I use fresh sweet farmer's market corn right off the cob. 

Sweetcorn, Summer, Corn, Maize, Cob

You are going to love this flavorful high fiber, low fat easy Instant Pot soup that of course can also be made in a regular pot too. The bonus is that not only does it taste good hot, the next day, leftovers taste really good chilled as well. 

I grew up in New Jersey. the Garden State, and during the summer the local farmer's market supplied us with lots of ripe delicious produce all season long. 

Pop Corn, Yellow, Popcorn, Food
When I got married, we moved 10 minutes away across the bridge to Pennsylvania where we still seem to have lots of farmer's markets and fresh beautiful produce.

ears of corn in a crate

Mid July begins corn season in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and our corn is sweet and plentiful. We can't get enough of it and eat it a few times a week until the season is over. A local farm grows non-GMO corn which is a big plus!

I usually get to the local farm stand about once a week to purchase a dozen ears of corn that last us throughout the week. 

sign: corn is here

In addition to eating the corn on the cob raw or lightly cooked, I like to try to find other recipes to enjoy it. 

This week I made a delicious and very easy vegetable corn chowder.

I used a variety of vegetables including carrots, cabbage, parsley, celery, potatoes and the fresh corn. 

bowls of vegetables diced

In addition to cooking corn in the soup, I topped each bowl with fresh corn kernels (uncooked) that I cut directly off the cob. They were crunchy and sweet.

corn cut off the cob

bowl of corn chowder

Eating raw kernels right off the cob without cooking them is like eating fruit.

In the past, I've also used raw corn kernels in salads such as my recipe link: black bean and corn salad with artichokes and tomatoes.

corn and black bean salad

Do you like corn on the cob? How do you eat it? Do you get it fresh and locally grown?

1 cup of chopped onions 
2 cups of sliced or diced carrots
3 cups of sliced green cabbage
1 cup of sliced or diced celery
1/2 cup of parsley
2 cups of corn kernels (freshly cut off the cob tastes great) 
4 cups of vegetable broth (or more to cover vegetables)
1 cup of water
1/8 teaspoon of cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of onion powder
Optional: nut milk of choice for blending to add creaminess to the soup. 

Add the onions, carrots, cabbage, celery, parsley, corn, broth, water, and seasoning to the Instant Pot. Set to pressure cook for 5 minutes. When done, allow steam to release naturally for 5 minutes and then release steam manually according to the manufacturers instructions When all steam is released, carefully remove the lid. Using an immersion blender, blend soup until almost creamy but leaving some
chunkiness. If desired, blend in nut milk (1 cup) for a creamier texture.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Birthday Celebration With Exotic Fruits

Happy Birthday, Cake, Candle, Celebrate

How do you celebrate a birthday without a birthday cake? 

My son, Jonathan, is very careful with his diet and avoids inflammatory foods. For the past 2 years, he has not been eating sugar or anything made with sugar. 

It is a challenge to think of what to make to celebrate his birthday. We already know that he will not indulge in a birthday cake, so what to do? 

Well, his wife, Wendy, and their two daughters came up with the perfect solution. The pictures are worth a thousand words, so I will let you see the photos of Jon's birthday celebration in lieu of a cake !

exotic fruit platter

birthday celebration
Happy Birthday Jon 💋💋

Included in the exotic fruit plate:  
Dragon fruit, papaya, kiwi, guava, mango
strawberries, and star fruit 

Everyone enjoyed a healthy celebration!!

I made Jon my sugarless/flourless oatmeal cookies which only contain mashed banana, oats, and cinnamon and are very tasty. Optional chopped dates, nuts, raisins. 
I put a candle in a few of the cookies and we sang Happy Birthday!
Link to Recipe for Oatmeal Cookies

oatmeal breakfast cookies

1. I always use certified gluten-free oats. If oats are not certified gluten free, they may cross contaminate and actually contain gluten and not be safe. I purchase these certified gluten-free oats-affiliate link.

2.  The oatmeal cookies are very quick and easy to make.

3. I eat the oatmeal cookies on the Starch Solution Diet-They are  Oil-free.

Shared on Weekend Cooking at The Intrepid Reader and Baker where anyone can join in and share a food related post.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Potato Kabobs

potato and zucchini kabobs

Vegetable and potato kabobs are fun to make, and they are a delicious vegetable side dish. 

I thought of the idea because I wanted something I could serve to company that wasn't being served out of a communal bowl that everyone had to touch and share using the same serving spoon.

Decoration, Invitation, Elegant 
Kabobs are individual and perfect for pandemic serving.

I simply roasted a few different vegetables in my air fryer (could use the oven too). I chose zucchini, potato, and tomato. I considered broccoli and mushrooms but I just didn't have any.

Vegetables, Zucchini, Food, Eat
I like making them with roasted potatoes because they are more filling than exclusively using lighter vegetables.

It is a great idea for outdoor dining too or a BBQ. They are very allergy friendly and will meet the needs of anyone vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, or nut free.

Potatoes, Potato, Food, Agriculture
As you can see from the photos, I simply layered the roasted vegetables on a kabob skewer long stick.

Each skewer can be picked up individually and then the vegetables could be slid onto the plate or consumed right from the stick.

potato kabobs

I cut the zucchini thick and in half moons, I cut the potato into wedges/slices and the tomato into half moons.

I air fried my zucchini and potatoes and left my tomatoes raw.

I've also made raw kabobs. Again, I made it so each guest could pick up a kabob instead of everyone helping themselves from the same crudités plate or bowl.

Vegetable Skewer, Paprika, Tomato

Soup in the summer? Check out my (link to how to order) 
Soups Cookbook " Summer" sections for chilled summer soups.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Vegan Salad Nicoise

vegan salad Nicoise

Hot weather? Do what the French do- eat salads. 
Not every salad has lettuce in it. Salad Nicoise has a base of potatoes. 

I was introduced to authentic French cuisine and the famous Salad Nicoise on our first trip to the Cote D'Azur (French Riviera). We enjoyed our 10 day car journey (with our French cousins) along the beautiful Mediterranean coastline and visited Nice, Cannes, the village of Eze, Saint Tropez and Monaco. 

Nice, France, Sea, Mediterranean, French

Originating in Nice, France, the popular Salad Nicoise has become well known in the United States as well. The hearty salad typically includes potatoes, French green beans, wedged tomatoes, anchovies and or tuna fish, olives, sliced red onions, etc. Everything works for a vegan except the fish. Perfect for a hot summer day!

Green Bean, Food, Green, Healthy

I've been eating more salad meals this summer since the temperatures have been oppressively hot in the high 90's and very humid. Salad for a meal just feels right. 

Potatoes, Vegetable, Food, Harvest
Cube potatoes

If you saw my previous blog post, you saw my vegan herbed potato salad. Since I made enough to have leftovers, I decided to turn my leftovers into a Salad Nicoise by just adding ingredients.

I tossed my basic herbed potato salad with cooked green beans, capers, and chickpeas. I could have also added wedges of tomato and slices of red onion. It turned a side dish into a full meal.

Salad Nicoise makes a wonderful lunch or light dinner. My version is vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, filling and delicious. 

If you want a heartier meal, you could add a chilled soup such as my Mexican Zucchini, Corn, & Lime Soup found on page 151 of my Soups Cookbook which is eaten chilled. If you don't have my cookbook a similar recipe is on my blog link zucchini and corn soup recipe

Here is a link to : How to Order My New Soups Cookbook- Easy Plant-Based Soups from Farm To Ladle- Over 80 easy healthy soup recipes that you and your family will love with 80 wonderful quotes to give you Inspiration to live a healthier lifestyle. Makes a wonderful gift.

Mexican zucchini and corn soup
This easy soup recipe adds fresh uncooked corn off the cob and the zucchini can be made 
in the Instant Pot or stove top. Perfect with a salad.

Cookbook- Plant-Based Soups
80 recipes and 80 Inspirational Quotes 
                                                How to Order My New Soups Cookbook

This recipe is being shared on Deb's Souper Sunday Link Party where anyone can share (or find) a soup, salad, or sammie recipe. 

Friday, July 16, 2021

Herbed Potato Salad - no mayo

Are you in the mood for a creamy bowl of potato salad? 
This is a simple herbed potato salad recipe that I tossed with a parsley, dill, and scallion dressing. It contains no mayonnaise or oil, yet it is moist and tasty.

Plants, Summer, Nature, Green, Dill

My mother used to always make homemade potato salad. 
In fact, when I was very young, my parents owned a corner grocery store and deli for about 5 years in Bristol, Pa. 

Shop, Store, Historic, Beamish, Heritage

In those days (1950's), neighborhoods had little corner grocery markets prior to the arrival of large supermarkets in the 1960's. In fact, many of our groceries such as eggs, cottage cheese, milk, and produce were delivered to our door by the  historic "egg man" or "milk man"- of course it was after we sold the deli.

Counter, Deli, Zucca, Shop, Fresh
All of the salads were homemade in our deli. My mother made her signature homemade potato salad every day which meant she needed to peel and cook 20 pounds of potatoes daily. My mother and her recipe are long gone, but she always sold out, so her potato salad must have been exceptionally good.

For this recipe, I usually make about 2 pounds of potatoes and we eat it over two or three days. Potato salad is such an easy side dish and is delicious and filling. 

This herbed recipe is particularly flavorful, colorful, and low in fat. 
Use baby red or white potatoes which seem to taste best. 

Potatoes, Vegetables, Food, Nature
Of course it's always the dressing which gives the potato salad its flavor. This dressing is made using fresh herbs and seasonings such as parsley, dill, scallions, mustard, lemon juice, and acquafaba. 
Cutting Board, Knife, Chopped, Parsley
If you are not familiar with aquafaba, it is simply the water in the can of chickpeas or the water from when you make your own chickpeas. If has a slightly thickening quality and adds a very nice taste. I use it instead of the oil.


2 pounds of baby red and or white potatoes, cleaned, quartered, and steamed or boiled and drained.

1/4 cup of Dijon Mustard
1/2 cup of chopped parsely
1/4 cup of scallions, chopped 
1/4 cup of dill, chopped
1/4 cup of lemon juice 
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon of garlic powder 
1/4 cup of aquafaba
Optional: 1/2 cup of celery chopped small

Directions for the Dressing
Add the mustard, parsley, scallions, dill, lemon juice, vinegar, and garlic powder to a food processor. Whiz until well blended carefully adding small amounts of aquafaba from the chute as needed. Remove from food processor and toss the dressing over warm potatoes. Add chopped celery if desired and mix well. 

1. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, kosher parve
2. I think the recipe tastes best at room temperature.