Vegetarian Recipe: Ginger Carrot Soup

Ginger Carrot SoupCarrot soup is made more delectable with dry white wine, curry powder, and ginger in this recipe adapted from The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook by Julee Rosso & Sheila Alukins. In this vegetable soup recipe, onions, ginger, and garlic are sautéed in butter. Chicken stock, dry white wine, and carrots are added and simmered until the carrots are tender and flavored with fresh lemon juice, curry powder, salt, and ground pepper. The soup is pureed until smooth and can be served either hot or cold. This is especially delicious with crusty bread or a side of salad. This delicious soup is also quite therapeutic and can help alleviate cold or flu.

Ginger carrot soup can be served as refreshing easy appetizers or a light meal with salad and bread. If you want a vegetarian version, you can use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock. The curry powder and ginger adds a subtle spice to the dish and a tingling sensation in the palate. The wonderful aroma of the soup also adds to the eating experience and the beautiful color of the dish enlivens any dinner table.

Use an immersion blender, regular blender, or food processor for pureeing the soup. If you are using a regular blender, puree the soup in batches and reheat them before serving (or chill in the fridge and serve cold). There are many ways you can garnish this dish. For a healthy option, garnish the dish with yogurt and herbs like parsley, celery, basil, thyme, or coriander.

Ingredients: 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1 large yellow onion, diced, ¼ cup freshly grated ginger root, 3 garlic cloves, minced, 7 cups chicken stock, 1 cup dry white wine, 1 ½ lbs. carrots, peeled and sliced into ½ in. pieces, 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, Curry powder, Sea salt, Freshly ground pepper

Preparation Instructions: Ginger Carrot Soup Recipe

In a stock pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, ginger, and garlic, sautéing for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the onion is translucent. Add the stock, wine, and carrots. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes, or until carrots are tender. Using an immersion blender, traditional blender, or food processor, puree the soup, working in batches. Add the juice, a pinch of curry powder, and salt and pepper.

For a more savory soup, you can garnish with bacon bits, caramelized onions, fried garlic, sautéed mushrooms, croutons, sour cream, diced hard-boiled egg. You can also garnish the soup with diced and blanched carrots, sautéed asparagus, diced zucchini, cucumber, broccoli, or grilled eggplant. Ginger carrot soup is also delicious with Indian flatbreads like roti or chapatti.

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Vegetarian Recipe: French Onion Soup with a Twist

French Onion Soup with a TwistHealthy recipes for onion soup uses vegetable stock instead of beef stock and is seasoned with teriyaki sauce for a different twist. The sweet teriyaki sauce pairs well with the caramelized onions and create quite a tasty dish. Also called soupe à l’oignon in French, onion vegetable soup recipe is traditionally made with beef stock or beef broth. The soup is garnished with croutons and cheese and served as easy appetizers in French meals.

Originally a soup associated with poor peasants, onion soup is now a popular soup enjoyed around the world and has been around since the Roman times. During those times, onions were abundant and easy to grow and to this day remain inexpensive and easy to make. This is perfect for busy weekdays and can be whipped up any time of the week.

In this recipe, cheddar cheese is used to garnish the dish together with the croutons. The garnished soup is placed in the oven and broiled for a few minutes until the cheese melts and the croutons brown a bit on top. Use a ramekin or tureen for placing the soup in before placing them in the broiler or oven. Regular soup bowls are not appropriate if they are not made for heating in the oven. Commonly, gruyere cheese is used to garnish the onion soup, although it is more expensive than cheddar. Some like to enhance the soup with cognac or sherry.

Ingredients: 6 yellow onions, sliced or diced, 3 cloves garlic, minced, 1/4 C prepared teriyaki sauce (your choice), 2 tbsp sesame oil, 8 C vegetable stock, crutons, 3 C old cheddar cheese, grated

Preparation Instructions: French Onion Soup with a Twist Recipe

In a large soup pot, briefly sauté the onions and garlic in the sesame oil and teriyaki sauce. Add the vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Cook for 12 minutes on high heat, stirring slowly. Pour soup into oven-safe bowls or designated onion soup tureens. Top with croutons and grated cheese. Broil in the oven for five minutes, or until cheese is melted and beginning to brown. Serve hot and enjoy.

Most of the flavor of the soup should come from the caramelized onions, which should be thoroughly sweated and nicely browned to bring out their sweetness and concentrate their flavors. The onions should be cooked slowly on low heat to prevent them from burning and becoming bitter. When caramelized, the onions will shrink in size to about half its original volume. This process also draws out the liquid from the onions and creates a rich and flavorful soup.

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Healthy vegan recipes

Veganism, a lifestyle practice or choice removes any and all forms of animal products not limited to beef, pork, chicken and fish.

With the rapid increase of people adapting to healthier lifestyle choice such as veganism gourmet cooking recipes, the food that they consume, totally devoid of animal products has become the keen interest of a lot of conventional eaters due to the publicity recipe videos online it gets from celebrities, doctors and overall health food advocates.

Vegan food is hyped up as healthy as the not so wholesome elements of conventional diets and the heavily processed, instant food they are usually connected to are vastly diminished.  Heavy consumption of meat, processed and fast foods has been linked to countless health issues from heart disease, diabetes, elevated cholesterol levels to even the dreaded cancer.

Veganism, a lifestyle practice or choice removes any and all forms of animal products not limited to beef, pork, chicken and fish.  Motivations vary from health concerns to ethical issues like animal cruelty.  This is differentiated from vegetarianism which allows for the consumption of eggs and dairy products such as milk, cream, cheese and yoghurt.  Veganism is sometimes called “strict vegetarianism.  Very staunch vegans do not use non-food products that are derived from animals such as leather and makeup and hair brushes made of animals.  It is not surprising to find vegans in organizations such as P.E.T.A. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and anti-fur activist groups.

 

With proper care taken balancing food groups and selection of ingredients, a exclusively plant-based diet can provide all the necessary nutrients needed for a healthy body.  Found in a sustainable vegan menu are protein from beans and other legumes, calcium from dark leafy greens, vitamins and minerals and enzymes from the countless fruits and vegetables in nature’s bounty.  The fats found in plant-based food such as nuts and oils are generally unsaturated and elevate good cholesterol levels in the body as opposed to weight gain-inducing, artery-clogging bad fat and cholesterol.

 

All vegan recipes are vegetarian of course, but not all vegetarian recipes are vegan.  Whether from recipes found online or from cookbooks, a simple read of the ingredients determines whether the dish is free from animal.  Watch out for eggs, milk, whey, cream, butter and convert the dish to vegan by replacing them with vegan-friendly substitutes.  Nuts and can be ground up, soaked and squeezed, dehydrated and transformed into wonderful dairy-like delights.  Seasoned with herbs and spices, it can even pass for cheese.