Roasted Carrot Soup with Thai Red Curry

This soup will probably be fondly known to me as quarantine soup. It’s chilly out, we’re in search of something comforting and I’m not looking to gain the “quarantine 15” either. This fit the bill and it’s easy to whip up without too much slaving over the stove.

If you’re not the type who enjoys spicy red curry, you could easily use regular curry powder to taste or ditch the more exotic flavours and stick with some basil.

Whatever you try, I hope you enjoy it!

Roasted Carrot Soup with Thai Red Curry

Ingredients

1.5-2lbs carrots, washed and cut into chunks

2 onions, peeled and quartered

1 whole head of garlic, top sliced off and wrapped in foil

1 can, diced or whole tomatoes (28oz)

1 veggie stock cube

Salt to taste

1-2 Tbsp red curry paste (to taste)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray. Arrange onion, carrots and garlic on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt. Roast until vegetables are tender and brown, turning occasionally, about 55 minutes. Place all the vegetables into a pot and add the tomatoes, veggie stock cube and enough water to just cover everything. Unwrap the garlic and squeeze the roasted garlic into the pot as well.
  2. Add 1 cup water to baking sheet, scraping up browned bits; add to pot. Let everything simmer 15 minutes then add everything to a blender and puree until smooth. Return everything to the pot and thin it with water if necessary.
  3. Add Red curry paste to taste. Stir well and simmer 5-10 minutes before serving.
  4. Enjoy!
Roasted Carrot Soup with Thai Red Curry

Continue Reading

Mushroom Seitan Roulade with Spinach and Sundried Tomatoes


I wanted something that wasn’t a bean dish to take to my family’s Easter dinner.  I eat like a vegan and my brother and future sister in law are vegetarians so I’m usually the one who brings the dish that the three of us can definitely eat.  Being Good Friday, they’d probably be ok since they both eat fish and we don’t eat meat on this day.  

But…it’s a holiday and a family gathering so I wanted something special for me at least.  We knew there would be my aunt’s popular bean salad hence the desire to make something different.  
My research during the week lead me to this recipe for a seitan mushroom roast.  It looked great and I also decided I’d serve it with this gravy.  But then I decided to stuff it with something so I made a spinach and sundried tomato stuffing.  I’d been a bit hesitant in the past to make seitan because it seemed so complicated but I’m glad I finally decided to try it. It was very easy!

Start off by making the filling and when it’s cooking you can assemble what you need for the seitan.  Once the seitan is in the oven you can focus on the gravy.  It’s a very appealing dish for a celebration.

Spinach and sundried tomato stuffing

2 onions, chopped

1 cup sundried tomatoes, sliced thin or chopped

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp basil

1/2 cup white wine

2 large handfuls of spinach, chopped

1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs

Sautee the onion in a little bit of olive oil then using water in the non-stick pan whenever it starts sticking.  Let it cook until it’s golden and then add the garlic and tomatoes along with the herbs.  Let it cook for about 5 minutes then add the wine.  Once the wine evaporates a bit throw in the spinach and stir it until it is wilted and well combined with the filling.  Sautee until it is not too liquid.  Add the breadcrumbs and remove from heat.

Mushroom Seitan

Follow the instructions as per the original recipe.

But then you roll it out into a rectangle instead of rolling it out into a log.  Spread the stuffing on top of your rectangle but leave a little bit of space on the end so that your roll will stick to itself.

Roll it up using the foil to help you and then wrap it tightly into a log.  Fold up the foil and wrap the ends tight.  You should end up with a huge foil sausage.

Mushroom Gravy

There’s no need to mess with a good thing so I followed the recipe to a tee except for using Umami paste instead of miso since that’s what i had on hand.  I also made the recipe 1.5 times the original batch.  We love gravy.

I baked it for 70 minutes at 375 and every 20 minutes I rolled the log so that it would cook and brown evenly.

I let it sit in the foil for a bit to cool off then I unwrapped it, placed it in a dish and sliced off the end bits for a nicer presentation.  I spooned the gravy on top and around it.  Now it’s waiting patiently for when it’s time to go to my parent’s house so we can try it.

I know it’s good because the end pieces have been devoured 😉

Update:  It was a big hit at our family Easter dinner…even the non-veggies loved it.  

Here’s a pic of my husband’s helping…

Continue Reading

Tuscan White Bean Stew

This is a hearty and tasty dish sure to please a wide variety of eaters.  The flavours aren’t too bold but it’s definitely not bland.

This is going to be my lunch for the week.  I’ve continued to eat like a nutritarian but being an emotional eater and a food addict I slowly put on some pounds over the years and was struggling to get rid of them.  I discovered Bright Line Eating and after doing that for a little over two months I’ve lost a nice amount of weight and am feeling very much in control of my eating.

My success has been in planning and prepping my meals for the week and not deviating from the plan.  This has kept me sane and I easily turn down anything that’s not my food because it’s not on my plan.  I know it sounds too good to be true but that’s how my brain works and I don’t need any willpower most of the time…it’s automatic.

I hope you enjoy this recipe if you try it.  To keep the stove free while making other food for me and the family I made this one in the instant pot.

Tuscan White Bean Stew

2 onions, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1.5 tsp rosemary

1.5 tsp basil

2 bay leaves

2 cubes salt free veggie bouillon

1 large can diced tomatos

3 cans white beans, drained

2 zucchinis, chopped and steamed

1 lb fresh spinach
Set the saute setting on the instant pot to low. Add the onions, carrots, peppers and celery and sautee with water until tender. Throw everything else into the pot except the zucchini and spinach.
Close the instantpot and set to chili/beans and adjust cooking time to 15 minutes. After the pot stops, let sit for 10 mins then release the pressure.
Add in the zucchini and the spinach and stir to combine well.

Continue Reading
1 2 3 59