Monthly Archives: November 2012

Vegan Chicken Noodle Soup

It seems like it’s the season … to catch a cold … which I’ve done. Sigh. Yesterday, while resting at home, I thought about the ol’ chicken-soup-to-cure-a-cold remedy, something that’s been around for centuries. I did a bit of google research about the connection between chicken soup and colds and found that the soup inhibits the migration movement of infection defending white blood cells called neutrophils. As well, the hot soup increases the movement of nasal mucus, something that hot water and steam can also do. Possibly the best things hot chicken soup provides are good nutrients, liquids to keep hydrated and the placebo effect – just thinking that the soup is good for you will make it good for you.

So, yesterday, for lunch, I threw together a pot of chicken noodle soup, vegan style, and reaped the benefits of the hot liquid, the nutrients and the placebo effect. It was so good and so easy to make that I made it again for supper! Here’s what I came up with:

2 cups water

1 chicken flavoured vegetable bouillon cube

1 green onion, chopped *

1 package udon noodles

1 tbsp red miso

Bring the water to a boil and add the veg cube. Simmer until dissolved. Stir in the green onion and the noodles and simmer until the noodles come apart and plump up a bit. Put the miso in a small bowl then add a few tbsps of the hot broth to the miso. Blend the miso into the broth until the miso is dissolved. Stir the blended miso into the soup. Do not boil, just let heat through. That’s it!

* You could add some other finely chopped green vegetables here if you like – broccoli, snow peas, spinach – which is what I did for the supper version. I think it’s important to keep the vegetables in small pieces and not too many of them so you don’t have to work too hard to consume the soup. It’s the hot broth you want when you have a cold.

Sorry I don’t have any pictures of my finished product – I ate all the soup before I thought of snapping a photo! Here’s a picture from the internet which looks kind of like mine, just subtract the tofu and carrots and substitute green onions for the asparagus!

from vegfrugalhousewife.com

PS – I typed this post in bold and black as requested by my brother. Hope this helps.

I made the soup again tonight and managed to take a couple of pictures before I ate it. This time I put in a green onion, a large handful of coarsely chopped spinach and two brussel sprouts, finely chopped. Again, it was yummy and just what the doctor didn’t order!

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Mediterranean Dahl

Well, I’ve been wanting to do a post featuring dahl, a kind of thick stew made from lentils or split peas.  I envisioned finding and creating and testing a variety of recipes and then sharing them all in one glorious spicy, comfort foody post … I’m not quite there yet, but I did find and tweak one particular recipe and it’s so good I decided I couldn’t wait and would just share it here all by itself.  It even has a fun little story behind it’s creation!  Don’t forget you can find two other dahl recipes on my other blog Food, Farts and Fun.  Check out Spinach Dahl and Spiced Dahl.

So, I’ve been pouring over recipes in Forks Over Knives, both the original companion book to the documentary and the cookbook as well as the blog (see blogs at the bottom of this post) and I came across a recipe called Minty-Lemon Lentils With Spinach by Ann Crile Esselstyn.  I cooked it up and really liked it and made plans to make it again.  In the meantime, someone at work gave me a bag of sprouted, dried legumes:

 

She said she was trying to find some more sources of protein and bought this big sack of beans from Costco, but when she cooked them up, said she didn’t care for them.  I decided I would find a way to cook them that she would like and then she could take the bag back and cook up some delicious plant-based food for herself.  So I took that original recipe mentioned above, substituted some Sprouted Bean Trio for the red lentils and some Power Greens for the spinach:

 

and invented Mediterranean Dahl!  I loved it!  It was delicious!  Filling, wholesome, healthy, comfort food … I packaged up a sample, took it to work and presented it to my co-worker saying, “Once you taste this, you’ll want your bag of beans back for sure!”  Well, at our lunch break later, I sat down with this person and she gently pushed the sample container across the table towards me, shook her head and muttered, “No!”  I couldn’t believe it!  She didn’t like it!  I will continue on my quest to find a dish made with the Sprouted Bean Trio that my co-worker will like, but, in the meantime, I’ve cooked up Mediterranean Dahl a few times and continue to love it.  I hope you will appreciate it as much as I do.

Mediterranean Dahl

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 cups vegetable broth (low sodium is best)

1 cup red lentils or other lentils or small, quick cooking legumes like the Sprouted Bean Trio featured here

3 medium potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

a box of baby greens such as spinach or kale or chard or a combination, coarsely chopped

zest of 1 lemon

all the juice from 1 lemon

1/4 cup mint, chopped (optional)

Cook the garlic in a hot pan for 1 minute, adding a tbsp of broth to prevent burning and sticking.  Add the broth, lentils and potatoes and bring just to a boil.  Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for about 15 minutes until the lentils are soft.  Stir a few times.  Add greens, lemon zest, lemon juice, cover and simmer again until greens wilt.  Stir in mint.  Done.

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