Daily Archive: January 27, 2013

Souper yummy

A play on the word soup?  Such an Elise move.  I blame this on my dad (thanks for the pun gene).

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Here are a few of the reasons soup is awesome:

1. It’s filling.
2. It’s cheap.
3. It’s easy to make.
4. It can be healthy and still taste really really good.
5. It’s perfect for cold winter months.

Totally awesome list, huh.

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Inspired by the soup from this book (see below), I made my own version.

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The concept was the same, I still used mushrooms, miso and butternut squash.  But I made changes too…

  • I halved the recipe (we definitely don’t need 8 servings!)
  • I used spinach instead of kale (frozen spinach was on sale)
  • I added in 1 red potato
  • I increased the olive oil to 2 tbsp
  • I added in 3 tbsp tamari (I like the combo of tamari and miso)
  • I used a bouillon cube to make the broth

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1 bouillon cube makes 2 cups of broth.  And it’s so much easier to keep a box of these in the pantry than organic vegetable broth.  Space saver!  Plus one box (with 6 organic cubes) only cost $3.49 which means you get 12 cups of broth for that price, as compared to the quarts that cost nearly the same and only yield 4 cups of broth.  Easy choice right?

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I sautéed the ingredients in stages, onions first, then squash and potato, and then mushroom. 

Next came the broth.

Then the beans and greens.

And after everything simmered together I added in the cooked quinoa. 

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Yum!

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After a pretty miserable day of reflux, this meal was my saving grace.  I managed to tolerate several servings, in fact (although they were each small and spaced out over the course of the evening).  I feel like a bird, nibbling and pecking at tiny meals. 

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I feel like a traitor saying this, but cannellini beans may be my favorite of all the beans.  Even more than chickpeas. 

The white bean puree from Huckleberry is soooo good.  I should really try to recreate that one.  Are white/cannellini beans the same as navy beans?  Who else ranks their favorite beans?  [Aside from my sister – hers are listed in the comments section of this post]

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P.S. Make this souper yummy soup