Simple Turmeric Broth

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Simple Turmeric Broth for Vegetable Noodle Soup 2016

6c water

½ onion, coarsely chopped

2” fresh ginger, grated

1t turmeric

1t sesame oil

1t pink salt

Put everything in a pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Strain the broth through a fine mesh sieve into a large heatproof pitcher (I use my Vitamix container) or bowl. Discard the vegetables. Pour the broth back into the pot and then proceed to add fresh veggies, cooked rice noodles. This is the simplest, clear broth and it is just so easy and perfect for a pick me up or when you are not feeling full force to sip on.

Sick White Girl Noodle Soup

So ya…I overtrained…got sick. I walked out into the cold air on Sunday and like a slap in the face, I was sick. Just like that. So now I am eating simple foods and resting…a lot. I have made this soup for the past two days and I am convinced that practice is mastery- the more you do, the better you or it becomes- the broth in this case. It is a simple, clear broth- I didn’t want tamari or that soy sauce taste and I didn’t want the bouillon taste- I wanted that full flavorful taste of asian broths that appear almost clear, nothing floating around in it, nothing to get in the way of the taste. The first night I tried with garlic and I found that, tho it was tasty, it had that raw garlic taste that to me seemed a little bit overwhelming. Last night I omitted the garlic and stuck with the ginger and onions. I think I am in love. Scallions would be even better I suspect. The broth takes less than 10 minutes to make- less even- then I added in beautiful local veggies; nappa cabbage, carrots, fresh spinach. You could definitely expound on this premise- flavor the broth with mushrooms etc- this was me, in a pinch, sick, after work- and it was D E L I C I O U S.

Sick White Girl Asian Noodle Soup

Simple Broth for Sick White Girl Asian Noodle Soup 

6c water

½ onion, coarsely chopped

2” fresh ginger, grated

1t sesame oil

1t pink salt

Put everything in a pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Strain the broth through a fine mesh sieve into a large heatproof pitcher (I use my Vitamix container). Discard the vegetables. Pour the broth back into the pot and then proceed to add fresh veggies, cooked rice noodles. This is the simplest, clear broth and it is just so easy and perfect for a pick me up or when you are not feeling full force to sip on.

Sick White Girl Asian Noodle Soup

3-4c Simple Broth

1 carrot, cut into desired shapes

3 leaves nappa cabbage, thinly shredded

1 large handful fresh spinach, trimmed and washed well, thinly shredded

1 serving rice vermicelli

1t hot sesame oil

optional: you could add tofu cubes, mushrooms, baby corn, water chestnuts etc. While I was sick, simple was best.

Over medium heat, add the veggies except the spinach and heat up only until they carrots turn bright and are just tender. Add the noodles (uncooked if quick cooking, use cooked if it is a longer cooking pasta or noodle). Add in the hot sesame oil. Taste and adjust for saltiness.

In a bowl, place the fresh spinach in and then ladle the soup and noodles over- this will cook/wilt the spinach keeping most of the antioxidants intact.

Fricken delicious.

Broccoli & Potato Soup with Brown Rice

*broccoli and potato soup with brown rice

Everything local, the broccoli, potatoes, carrots, garlic, even the ginger. Such an easy soup, so delicious and warming. You could replace the brown rice with another grain or even with a pasta of your choosing.

Broccoli & Potato Soup with Brown Rice

2c potatoes, peeled and medium diced

1c onion, small dice

1 carrot, small dice

1 bunch broccoli, separate florets, stems medium dice

1 bouillon or veggie broth to replace the water

4c boiling water

1” piece of fresh ginger, grated

1-2c cooked brown rice

1t Hot sesame oil *opt

½ t black pepper

2T olive oil

In a separate kettle, heat up the water. In a soup pot, heat up the olive oil. Add the onions and sauté until golden. Add the carrots and cook for a minute or so before adding the potatoes, broccoli stems and the rice. Add in salt and pepper, hot pepper, and stir until well incorporated. Cover with the hot water and add the bouillon.

Bring to a boil and let simmer for 25-30. Add the broccoli florets, ginger and the sesame oil and simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes. Adjust the seasonings.

Cauliflower, Tomato & Potato Fall Vegetable Soup

*Fall Cauliflower, Tomato & Potato Vegetable Soup

Everything was from my garden in Vermont or from the Greenfield Farmer’s Market….super delicious broth. You can make this more substantial by adding Gluten Free Pasta (or regular) and/or add a bean of your choosing, like chickpeas, pinto or kidney beans.

Cauliflower, Tomato & Potato Fall Vegetable Soup

  • Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free 

1 thin skinned potato, washed and medium diced

1 small onion, coarsely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2c fresh corn niblets

1 medium tomato, diced

2c cauliflower florets

2c greens; spinach, kale or collards

1/4t black pepper

1 small fresh hot pepper or 1/2t cayenne pepper flakes

1 vegetable bouillon cube (or 1T veggie broth powder)

3T xvo

4c boiling water

1t salt or to taste

Bring 6c of water to a boil, in case you need more.

In a large soup pot, add the olive oil and sauté the onions and garlic until golden and soft. Add the tomatoes, potatoes, salt, black and red pepper. Continue to sauté until the veggies turn bright, stirring often. Add the boiling water, the bouillon cube (or powder). Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes. In the last 10 minutes of cooking, add the fresh corn, cauliflower and greens. Adjust the seasonings before serving. Serve with crusty bread or add GF pasta or grains of your choosing.

Curried Ginger Squash Soup

*curried squash soup

Curried Ginger Squash Soup

1 small onion, minced

2T olive oil

2c sweet squash, roasted or steamed- cooked

2T maple syrup, agave, sucanat

2t curry powder

1/4t turmeric

4c hot water or veggie broth

1 veggie bouillon

3t fresh ginger, grated

1/4t cayenne or fresh hot pepper

1/4t salt

3/4c cashew milk *opt

Bring 4c of water to a boil.

In a large soup pot, add the olive oil and sauté the onions with the sweetener until golden and soft. Add the cooked squash, ginger, curry powder, turmeric, salt, black and red pepper. Continue to sauté until the squash, onions, and spices meld, stirring often. Add the boiling water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

In batches, in a blender or vitamix*, puree the soup with the cashew milk. At this point, the soup is delicious without the cashew milk but the crème can be added to create a wonderfully elegant soup. Adjust the seasonings again after adding the crème.

*Caution: blending hot liquids can be extremely dangerous. Fill the blender only half way and proceed in batches if necessary.

Lentil Vegetable Soup

*vegetable lentil soup

Whenever I am need of warming up, this is the soup I make. Being a million degrees and humid, today was not of those days- however, just back from New York city where I ate out for all of my meals (bagels, margaritas, processed vegan food, etc..), I was in need of some serious homemade vegetable love.  Everything is local and organic, be it from my garden or from a local farm. It is so simple and so very satisfying. I ate this with 3 seeded cultured bread that I lightly oiled and then grilled with a side of my sweet, lovingly made Kombucha. Fricken delicious.

 Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free

prep: 10 minutes cook time: 30-40 minutes 

Vegetable Lentil Soup

2c brown lentils, cooked, washed and drained

1 large onion, coarsely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 stalk celery, medium dice

2 carrots, diced

1 potato,  medium dice

1-2c broccoli florets and stems, diced or chopped leafy greens

1t turmeric

1/2t ground cumin

1/4t black pepper

1/2t cayenne pepper flakes or 1/2 of a fresh chili or jalapeño

1 vegetable bouillon cube (or 1T veggie broth powder)

2-3T extra virgin olive oil

4c boiling water

1t salt or to taste

Bring 6c of water to a boil, in case you need more

In a large soup pot, add the olive oil and sauté the onions, hot pepper and garlic until golden and soft. Add the carrots, celery, potatoes, salt, turmeric, cumin, black and red pepper. Continue to sauté until the carrots turn bright orange, stirring often. Add the lentils, mixing them into the vegetables. Add the boiling water, the bouillon cube (or powder) tamari, and Ume. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes. In the last 10 minutes of cooking, add the broccoli.

Adjust the seasonings before serving.

*bread