Thursday, February 2, 2023

Unforgettable Winter Soups

vegan mushroom soup

I'm sharing a collection of what I feel are some of my unforgettable winter soup recipes. 

These are stick to your ribs, satisfying,  warming, and delicious. All of my soups are easy to make, respect your time, and use simple healthy ingredients that are low in fat, and of course meet gluten-free and kosher parve standards. 

red lentil vegetable soup

green bean vegetable soup, vegan soup

Butternut squash  soup, Meal, Soup, red lentil

Easy potato leek soup

brussels sprouts soup

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My Notes: 
All of my recipes on this blog are gluten-free/vegetarian/vegan/kosher parve. 
As of 2020 all recipes are strictly vegan not vegetarian. 
As of 2021 - all recipes are also oil-free.

Use a good tasting vegetable broth to get the best results. I use Tabatchnick's vegetable broth which I sometimes find in the kosher isle in many supermarkets. Or make your own tasty vegetable stock or broth.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

In My Kitchen - February

Let's take a peek into what's going on IN MY KITCHEN  at the beginning of February. 

polenta roll from Trader Joe

I purchase this organic cooked polenta roll at Trader Joe's. I usually slice it and cook it in marinara sauce. It gets soft and delicious. 

wide mouth thermos

wide mouth thermos

 I love this thermos. I am able to put an entire meal in here when I am out for the day (shopping, beach, site seeing)  and don't want to eat out. I put rice, beans, and vegetable in here for a full healthy meal. 

Hannah hummus large container

My favorite Hummus ( don't know why they spell it Hommus) . I purchase it at Costco (but I believe it is sold in a smaller size in the markets). It's entirely organic and tastes great!

cocoa crisp cereal organic

This is the first time I tried this cereal. It taste good, not too sweet. I bought it at the regular supermarket.

homemade jar of tofu mayonnaise

I made my own plant-based (tofu) mayonnaise in minutes in my blender. I was extremely pleased with the taste and much lower fat content than regular mayonnaise. I made a small jar that lasts a little over a week. Tofu Mayonnaise recipe link.

vegetable juicer

I bought this juicer at Aldi's during the holidays. It was quite reasonable ($39.99) so I was surprised how well it works and has a wide mouth for larger vegetables or fruit.  

I had been needing a new juicer (to replace the Braun that I had for 30 years and loved- but they no longer make the Braun compatible for US use). I  tried some of the more expensive brands and just couldn't find anything I liked. I need a small one to accommodate the smaller space in my condo winter kitchen.

I'm sharing this post and joining Sherry and other bloggers on IMK ( In My Kitchen)  IN MY KITCHEN 

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Instant Pot Steamed Potatoes and Potato Salad

Beautiful organic potatoes steam easily and quickly in the Instant Pot !

bag of red potatoes

Steaming potatoes in the Instant Pot is easy peasy. I mean it. 
Simply wash and quarter your potatoes. Place them in a steamer basket inside the liner of the Instant Pot. Add water and set to pressure cook for 4-5 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes. I steamed this batch for 4 minutes.

bowl of quartered potatoes

Once steamed, I proceeded to make a simple delicious potato salad using celery, scallions, and plant-based mayonnaise which I made myself in just minutes. 

quartered potatoes in the Instant Pot

15 medium potatoes, washed and quartered
2 cups of water

Place the steamer basket into the insert liner of the Instant Pot. Add the quartered potatoes and water. Secure lid making sure the pressure valve is sealed. Set to pressure cook for 4-5 minutes depending on the size of your potatoes. When done, cancel function and release steam according to the manufacturers directions. When done, carefully remove the lid and the steamer basket. Place potatoes into a bowl to cool. 

vegan potato salad

Use for potato salad, salad nicoise (link to recipe), or mash potatoes. 

Potato salad with Vegan Mayo (link to recipe)
2 cups of chopped organic celery
1 cup of scallions
1/2 cup of diced red onion
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 cup of vegan mayo (recipe: 3 minute Vegan Mayo in blender)
2 tablespoons of capers 
1/4 cup of caper juice

Place cooled potatoes in a large bowl. Add celery, scallions, red onions, garlic powder, vegan mayo, capers, and caper juice.  
Optional: 2 tablespoons of cumin seed