Posts Tagged ‘soup’

Gyoza & edamame soup

In recipe on January 26, 2011 at 7:00 am

You may have noticed an influx in the number of soups I’ve been posting recently. That would be directly related to the cleanse, which I will stop talking about (after this post).

But! Before then, I’d like to reflect on What I gleaned from doing a 2 week cleanse (if you want to skip and scroll down to a delicious and easy gyoza soup recipe, feel free!).

Drumroll, please:

What I learned.

  • Drink more. Hah! Not fun cocktails. I mean water, or herbal tea, or hot water with ginger and/or lemon. It’s true; I was running to pee every half an hour. But I definitely felt refreshed.
  • Bring on the soups. How many did we make? So many. How big of troopers were my roommates? Very big. But soups are filling and delicious, and I found that I would keep full from warm, broth-based meals, even without a side of delicious bread-and-butter.
  • Be open. Open to going non-soy, non-dairy yogurt (coconut milk, yo!). Open to adding healthy things like flax seed and hemp seed on top of oatmeal and discovering, yes, this does make it more delicious as well as better for you.
  • Snack. Nothing new here! I dig snacks, especially if they are yellow and shaped like fish. Fish fiend! But I ate more NUTS and DRIED FRUIT and even treated myself to DRIED STRAWBERRIES and realized that it’s totally possible to be in a snack rut.
  • Experiment. While you could OD on chard and miso, try those things that you wouldn’t. It might be that Arctic char is your new best friend.
  • Two weeks of anything won’t kill you. Fact.

End cleanse talk. Back to recipes.

Gyoza & edamame soup*

From Real Simple

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Minestrone soup

In most recommended, recipe on January 24, 2011 at 8:17 am

Alice Waters is the undisputed reigning queen of California cuisine (read: fresh, local, and seasonal). In fact, she’s pretty much the face of healthy eating everywhere. I swear I read her name in every article about Ways to Eat Now. Maybe there’s just an Alice Waters robot out there who provides quotes automatically and the real Alice Waters is actually off questing delicious produce.

I have been lucky enough to eat at her Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse (the cafe, though, not downstairs), and what sings through her cooking is that freshness. Everything has a zest to it, even when ingredients are prepared very simply.

For whatever reason, I’ve never really been drawn to her recipes in my own kitchen. Mad has her book The Art of Simple Food, and I’m going to blame the fact that the hardcover copy is just too darn pretty to cook with (I get nervous about pretty cookbooks. How will they look when they’ve had close encounters of the oil kind?!). But during cleanse week, I was looking to branch out, soup-wise, and came across her minestrone recipe.

Wow. Wow wow wow. I didn’t expect that it would be that good, especially when you are used to eating Campbell’s very tomato-y kind. This is a fresh, almost tangy minestrone.

Despite having consciously made a grocery list that same day, I didn’t have some of the ingredients she used, so I’m writing mine up with how I did it.

Minestrone soup
Adapted from Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food

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Roasted tomato soup

In recipe on April 15, 2010 at 7:36 am

Has it been as randomly cold for you as it has in the Bay Area?

Two weeks ago we had nothing to complain about. Sunny! Breezy! Get out your skirts, pack up those sweaters! Spring had sprung!

Now – March must have heard what everyone says about April, and decided to do a preemptive strike. Now, it is cold. And rainy-sunny-cloudy-rainy-cloudy but always cold-cold-cold. I don’t know how to dress, and certainly don’t know how to bike in this weather.

Needless to say, my desire to eat fresh Nicoise salads has diminished as we have to turn on our heaters again. It’s soup time. This one got me through winter; it’s VEGAN and delicious. Guaranteed to warm you up on a randomly horrid spring evening. Read the rest of this entry »