Soups & Sides

Okra Corn Tomato Soup with Jackfruit

What is going on with this crazy weather? It’s been unseasonably hot here, but once it slightly felt like Fall last week – I had to make a soup. I’ve been rushed for time recently, with my children’s soccer, diving, and gymnastics practices; why did I let them do this to me?! So when I saw this can of Tomatoes, Okra and Corn by Margaret Holmes at Deirbergs (a local St. Louis grocery store), I was inspired to use it to make an easy crockpot soup. They had a recipe on the back of the can, but I thought that it would be nice with jackfruit!

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This is the third dish in my jackfruit series; you can read my other two recipes here: BBQ Peach Jackfruit With Chipotle Avocado Slaw and Pineapple Jackfruit Tacos With Pineapple Lime Slaw. I personally like jackfruit best in the crockpot. It pulls apart like pulled pork or chicken, and its slight pineapple-ish taste goes well with the sweetness of the corn and the raisins in this soup.

My husband is not vegan, and he never lived in the South where okra is common like I did. He isn’t a connoisseur of vegetables; he sticks to the basics like broccoli, green beans, caesar salads, and peas. He was very apprehensive to try my soup. After trying it he said that he was surprised that it actually had flavor, and ate it for 3 days. I tried not to be offended by his compliment/insult, and instead, realized that he gave me his picky stamp of approval. Essentially, if you are a meat and potatoes fan like my husband, don’t be scared of the okra and jackfruit in this soup!

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Okra Corn Tomato Soup with Jackfruit

  • Servings: 12 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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This easy crockpot okra corn tomato soup is a savory dish with jackfruit, edamame, and chickpeas. It's sweetened with raisins and flavored with curry.


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Tips: I served this soup with a gluten-free vegan cornbread. I used this Gluten Free Yankee Cornbread Mix from Glutino Gluten Free Pantry Mix, but made it vegan by using almond milk (instead of buttermilk), 1/4 cup applesauce (instead of an egg), 6 tablespoons vegan butter (instead of dairy butter) and then added 1 can corn. I baked it for 25 minutes at 425 degrees and served it drizzled with agave syrup and a tab of warm vegan butter.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced (~1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon)
  • 2 cans okra corn and tomatoes (I used the Margaret Holmes brand)
  • 1 container gluten-free vegetable stock
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (~1 lemon, squeezed)
  • 2 teaspoons Redmond’s Real Salt 
  • 30 grinds of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon yellow curry
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1-20 oz can jackfruit, drained and rinsed (I used the Trader Joe’s brand)
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame (without the pods)
  • Gluten-free macaroni shells for serving (I used Tinkyada


Directions

  1. Chop onion, mince garlic.
  2. Juice lemon into a measuring cup in order to easily remove the seeds.
  3. Drain and rinse chickpeas and jackfruit.
  4.  Empty the 2 cans of okra corn of tomatoes into the crockpot (with juice).
  5. Add lemon, vegetable stock, curry, pepper, salt, bay leaves and jackfruit.
  6. Cook for 4 hours.
  7. Add the raisins, frozen edamame, and chickpeas and cook for 2 more hours.
  8. Prepare the gluten-free noodles by the instructions on the box.
  9. Serve soup over gluten-free macaroni shells with cornbread (if desired).

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Southwestern Chopped Ranch Salad (Vegan)

This summer I discovered Just.Ranch – it’s a fabulous vegan ranch dressing. I’ve been indulging in it a lot! I love combining ranch with flavors that you wouldn’t expect!

Recently I’ve been trying to meal prep by roasting vegetables ahead of time for salads, bowls, and pasta. This week I marinated 18 ounces of chopped butternut squash in agave syrup, olive oil, and Chipotle Lime Rub by Wildtree. You can buy it here. I’ve been using this rub in soups, on tacos, and even veggies. This salad has so many of my favorite flavors! I’m going to use the rest of the quinoa and chipotle lime butternut squash for some other dishes this week.

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Southwestern Chopped Ranch Salad

  • Servings: 1 full meal
  • Difficulty: easy
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This Southwestern Chopped Ranch Salad is filling and flavorful with chipotle lime butternut squash, quinoa, black beans, avocado, and cherry tomatoes.


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Tips: (1) Prepare quinoa per bag. I made 1 cup in order to use it with the Roasted Butternut Squash in another vegan bowl this week. (2) I purchased 18 oz of butternut squash, roasted it with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle Lime Rub, 1 tablespoon agave syrup for 25 minutes in a 425-degree oven.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 a red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 3 tablespoons of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons quinoa
  • 5 cherry tomatoes sliced in half
  • 2/3 cup Roasted Butternut Squash (Chipotle Lime Rub, agave syrup, and olive oil – see tips)
  • Vegan Ranch Dressing (I used Just.Ranch)


Directions

  1. Prepare quinoa and Butternut Squash per tip recommendations. Or the desired equivalent.
  2. Chop vegetables, drain and rinse the beans.
  3. Place romaine lettuce in the salad bowl and top with ingredients.
  4. Serve with Vegan Ranch Dressing.

What are your favorite salad combinations? Let me know in the comments!

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Summer Squash and Edamame Salad

Last week when I was at Sam’s club, this magazine From Garden to Plate caught my eye, probably because of the color on the cover – turquoise is my favorite color!
620_1_.jpegThis magazine is “both a resource for creating an organic, edible garden as well as a cookbook for making the most of the harvest.” I don’t have a garden. While I love the idea of fresh organic produce, since I killed some cactus recently – it’s probably a horrible idea. I’m aware of my skills and time constraints. However, these recipes had tons veggies and perfect for summer! I felt like I didn’t have to tweak them too much to make them vegan or gluten-free! I’ve made three recipes so far and they are delicious and easy!

For this Summer Squash and Edamame Salad, you just chop….

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Sauté…

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and voilà!

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  • Servings: 8
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This Summer Squash and Edamame Salad is vegan, gluten-free and a perfect bbq or picnic dish.


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This recipe called for butter, but I changed it to make it vegan by preparing it with olive oil. It also called for thinly slice red onion, and I chopped it.

Ingredients


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped yellow summer squash
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped zucchini
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame
  • 2/3 cup red onion (chopped or thinly sliced)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar or champagne vinegar (I used white vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons snipped fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper



Directions


  1. Heat skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil to medium heat
  2. Add yellow squash, zucchini, edamame, red onion and garlic.
  3. Sauté for 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender, but still crisp.
  4. Stir in vinegar, basil, salt, and black pepper.
  5. Serve at room temperature, or cover and chill up to 24 hours before serving.


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Creamy Curried Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup

Potlucks. They are a nightmare for people with food allergies or dietary restrictions. For two years, I didn’t eat at our World Language Department potlucks – I was the party pooper that brought her own meal. One Spanish teacher always used to bring a broccoli cheddar soup made from a mix; however, I can’t eat that obviously because I don’t eat wheat, dairy or eggs. I decided that the broccoli cheddar soup tradition needed a healthy refresh since another colleague would get migraines from the MSG in the soup mix and couldn’t eat it either.

Something that I have missed since changing my diet is a creamy broccoli cheddar soup. I realized that I used to go to Panera Bread A LOT when my 3 year-old suddenly blurted out my phone number at the drive-through window for their rewards program!!! So I decided to make a gluten-free vegan plant-based creamy broccoli soup in a slow cooker not only to keep our potluck tradition, but also to satisfy my cravings! Somehow my vision changed into a Creamy Curried Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup!

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  • Servings: 15
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This Creamy Curried Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup is spicy, vegan, and gluten-free with flavors of lime and ginger; adjust the cayenne spice to meet your preferences.



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Ingredients

  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 cups baby potatoes (I used red and yukon from the Dynamic Duo Little Potato Company)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons garlic or 3 large cloves
  • 1 can coconut cream or full fat coconut milk (I used Thai Kitchen)
  • 1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 7 oz soft tofu
  • 1 leak
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (or less for less spice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2  teaspoon yellow curry
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 lime (juice of 1 lime)
  • 8 oz cauliflower – use this recipe to bake your own baked cauliflower or use frozen grilled or roasted cauliflower; I’ve used 1/2 of this bag from Trader Joe’s:IMG_1544
  • 8 oz of frozen broccoli
  • 4 drops Young Living Ginger Vitality Essential Oil (you can also use 2 tablespoons fresh or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 3/4 teaspoon Redmond Real Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper (and extra salt and pepper to taste)
  • 16 ounces gluten-free veggie stock  (I use Kitchen Basics because it’s the only brand here in the US that is both gluten and MSG free).IMG_1555

Directions

  1. If you are going to bake the cauliflower and not use frozen, heat your oven and start preparing it first. Follow the recipe here.
  2. Chop carrots, red pepper, leaks (minus the stalks, just the white bulbs), celery, onion, garlic, and potatoes.
  3. Heat 4 tablespoons olive oil in a large saucepan & sauté vegetables with ¼ teaspoon Redmond Real Salt and ¼ teaspoon ground pepper. Sauté for 5 – 7 minutes until veggies are tender.
  4. Move vegetable mixture to the crock pot. Add the nutritional yeast, turmeric, curry, dried parsley, juice of 1 lime, 1/2 teaspoon Redmond Real Salt, and 4 drops Young Living Ginger Vitality Essential Oil.IMG_1540 updated
  5. Pour in the vegetable stock.IMG_1548
  6. Purée tofu and coconut cream in the Vitamix or blender until smooth.
  7. Pour tofu cream mixture into the crock pot and combine the cauliflower and broccoli.IMG_1551
  8. Cook in the slower cooker on low for 6 hours.
  9. After it is done, scoop portions into the Vitamix or blender. You will have to purée it in sections and transfer it to a big serving bowl.
  10. Salt & Pepper to taste.
  11. Serve and Enjoy!


Tipes for this recipe:

  1. You can read about my dish on cooking with essential oils here, and can purchase them here. Let me teach you how to use them in many ways, both in and out of the kitchen!
  2. Curry – if you are using yellow curry and it’s not coming out the way you like it – an easy fix is with ginger, coconut cream, or lime! These ingredients will help your curry taste just right! So if it’s not the flavor you want in your soup, play around with a little more with those three ingredients to get your dish just how you like it!

Side-note to my vegan followers:

Advice! So I have now been stopped eating meat. I slowly started to decrease my consumption over time. But I was really pushed by friends and some other bloggers to go 100% meat free – I’ve enjoyed reading your posts Violet, Powdered By Mangos, and the Veggie Expat! You’ve inspired me! What are your favorite gluten-free vegan recipes, bloggers to follow, tips or groups to join? Thanks in advance!

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Creamy Potato Soup (Dairy & Gluten-Free)

I thought my days of creamy delicious potato soup were over, until I made this one. Even if you can have dairy, you want this soup. It is that good. I used coconut cream, but it doesn’t taste like coconut. It just gave it a nice thickness.

Ingredients

  • 2 packs *bacon (I used Applegate Organic Turkey)
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 large shallots
  • 2 large leeks (only the bottoms not the leafy tops)
  • 9 small russet potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons vegan butter  (I used Earth Balance)
  • 1 container of gluten free broth (I used Kitchen Basics chicken broth. It is the ONLY brand that I have ever found that is both MSG and gluten-free!) 

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Directions

  1. Soak potatoes in fruit and vegetable soak to clean (I love the Thieves Fruit and Veggie Soak)
  2. Cook turkey bacon 13 minutes 400 degrees in the oven
  3. Rinse potatoes, peel and chop them into small chunks.
  4. Chop vegetables.
  5. Pour off the bacon grease into a large sauté pan with 4 tablespoons vegan butter to melt or use olive oil if you are making it vegetarian / vegan
  6. Add vegetables, 5 grinds of pepper, and 1 teaspoon real salt in reserved turkey bacon drippings and butter until onion is translucent, and vegetables are tender about 7 minutes.IMG_1246.JPG
  7. Add cubed potatoes, and toss to coat. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes. 
  8. Chop bacon
  9. Add bacon to the pan with the vegetables, and add enough chicken broth stock to just cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer until potatoes are tender.IMG_1248.JPG
  10. In a separate pan, 3 melt tablespoons vegan butter over medium heat.IMG_1249.JPG
  11. Add 1 can coconut cream.IMG_1250.JPG
  12. Whisk in gluten free flour. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the heavy cream, tarragon, and cilantro.IMG_1252.JPG
  13. Bring the cream mixture to a boil, and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.IMG_1257.JPG
  14. Stir the cream mixture into the potato mixture.
  15. Add salt and pepper to taste. I added 15 grinds on the pepper grinder and ½ teaspoon salt.
  16. Let it simmer for an hour.
  17. Serve & garnish with scallions if desired.potato soup cover.jpg

 

To make this soup vegan, use rice paper bacon! I think it’s better than coconut bacon. You can use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and sauté your veggies in olive oil.

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Mashed Garlic Roasted Cauliflower (Vegan & Paleo)

I’m on a cauliflower kick. Last night, I made Baked Cauliflower and Cauliflower Pizza. Well, I had this idea for a cabbage dish tonight, but my husband picked up an extra cauliflower instead of cabbage at the store; I had to change my plans. I wanted to  make a Shepard’s pie, but I only had three potatoes. I did have cauliflower. Here’s how creations are born – lack of ingredients!

I’ve never tried mashed cauliflower before, but I hear everyone talking about it. The simple baked cauliflower is so delicious, so I figured that it would be as equally delicious mashed. And, I was right. It does have a hummus-ish taste. I’m obsessed! Now, whether or not it’s good on my Shepard’s Pie is another question. I shall report back.

Ingredients

  • Baked Cauliflower 
  • 1 cup vegetable stock (I used Culinary Treasures Organic Vegetable Broth from Costco. It has awesome flavor!)

Directions:

  • Follow directions for the Baked Cauliflower img_8984
  • Once completed, put baked cauliflower in the Vitamix or high-powered blender along with the remaining olive oil, garlic, and onion / shallots from the cookie sheet. IMG_1083 updated.jpg
  • Add 1 cup vegetable stock.IMG_1081.JPG
  • If cooking in the Vitamix, set on high power. Start on low speed and turn up to high.
  • Once blended, pour in a bowl and devour! Or, be like me and attempt a Shepard’s Pie!IMG_1084 mashed caulilfower.jpg

 

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Baked Cauliflower

I’m not a big fan of steamed cauliflower, unless it’s smothered in cheese, and since I can’t eat cheese – I avoided cauliflower. My cousin baked it one day when I was at her house. It was easy and tasty, and I’ve been enjoying it ever since. Thanks Liz!! Tonight I made it, and used it for a pizza topping. It was phenomenal.

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  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 3 shallots (or ½ onion)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Redmond’s Real Salt  (you can use my dish about Real Salt Here)
  • 10 twists on pepper grinder

Directions

  1. Chop shallots or onion, garlic & 1 head of cauliflower.
  2. Spread the cauliflower on a cookie sheet. 
  3. In a measuring cup combine olive oil, garlic, and shallots or onion.
  4. Pour olive oil mixture evenly over the cauliflower.
  5. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the cauliflower. img_1023
  6. Bake for 35 minutes at 400.IMG_8984.JPG

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