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Coconut Curry Lentils w/ Miso & more derby pix!

Published November 7, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party
PFM!

PFM!

Oh hi!

This post is long overdue. I’ve been slacking both on the blog, and in actual derby for the last week & a half, but I’m going to try to knock this post out today, AND go to derby practice tonight. :) I’ve also got a little soup recipe for you. Another lentil recipe that doesn’t use any broth or bouillon (because we were out!) but still delivers lots of rich flavor from the coconut milk, spices, and miso. A perfect hearty meal after a tough practice! I’m also gonna include a few more pictures from scrimmage since they were so wonderfully snapped by the talented new hubby of one of our girls, Mr. Robert Bakie!

Team Black on the bench.

Team Black on the bench.

Team black in action.

Team black in action.

Mod Quad and I, battling it out!

Mod Quad and I, battling it out!

Jamming was THE BEST.

Jamming was THE BEST.

Coconut Curry Lentils w/Miso

olive oil for misting
1 medium onion, cut into thin half moons
4 cloves garlic, minced

1 can of coconut milk (I used light)
8 c. filtered water

1 c. lentils
3 medium carrots, chopped finely
1 large russet potato, chopped

3 tbsp. curry powder
2 tbsp. tamari (I use red sodium. You can use soy sauce/braggs/shoyu)
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
dash cinnamon
dash ginger
dash of cayenne pepper
fresh ground pepper

1/4 c. white miso

Directions:

1. Mist a large pot with olive oil and raise to medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened and just a little caramelized, about 7 minutes. Add garlic, and cook for another minute. Deglaze pot with water and coconut milk.

2. Add all other ingredients except for miso. Raise heat to boiling, cover, and drop to simmer for 45 minutes. Taste for seasoning and simmer another 15 minutes, or until lentils are fully tender.

3. Remove from heat and stir in miso until it’s dissolved. Done!

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Curried Black Bean & Kabocha Squash Soup

Published October 4, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

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Thomas finally came down with the cold his body had been fighting today, and needed some culinary medicine. I decided that black beans and the kabocha squash sitting on my counter would be a great base, and I threw in a package of sprouted tofu because he loves tofu the most of any human I know! I also love to give my crazy Seattle bicyclist super protein packed meals whenever I can.

Curried Black Bean & Kabocha Soup

olive oil, for misting pot

1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 green pepper, finely chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 kabocha squash, scrubbed, mostly peeled and cubed small

7 c. filtered water
3-4 bouillon cubes
2 cans black beans, drained & rinsed well
1 package extra firm tofu, cubed small

2-3 tbsp. curry powder
1+ tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cumin
+/- 2 tsp. salt
pinch of all spice
a few grinds of black pepper
cayenne pepper to taste, optional

Directions:

1. Mist a large pot with olive oil and set to low/medium heat. Add onions and cover. Keep chopping pepper, garlic, squash, stirring them in as you go, replacing cover after each, about 10 minutes.

2. Add water, bouillon, black beans, tofu, and spices. Raise heat to high, and bring to a boil.

3. Drop heat, cover, and simmer 30 minutes. Stir and taste for seasoning. Simmer partially covered for 15 more minutes.

You’re done. Yum!

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Yellow Split Pea and Tempeh Stew

Published August 13, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

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We were really supposed to go to the grocery store tonight, but Thomas had a deadline at work today and came home super late. There were some peppers in the crisper going bad that I was able to salvage for this absolute, clean out the fridge, we really MUST go to the store tomorrow meal! As my mother taught me, there is nothing more reliable than a pot of lentils or split peas on a weekday night to get dinner done. And as I declared my kitchen plans, Thomas said they he was happy because I make a great split pea soup! Well, I’m glad he thinks so, for his sake, considering the number of them I’ve come up with! The spices I used here are just a little of this and that; you can use what you like. I served this with some nice brown basmati rice and some love. :)

Yellow Split Pea and Tempeh Stew

1 1/4 c. split peas, rinsed
8 c. filtered water
3 vegan bouillon cubes

1 medium red onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped (I used half yellow, half green)
1/2 jalepeno pepper, chopped finely, optional
2″ piece ginger, chopped finely
4 cloves garlic, chopped finely

1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt

1 package of tempeh, chopped into bite sized pieces
1/2 c. frozen spinach, optional

Directions:

1. Throw rinsed split peas into a 5 qt. pot with water and bouillon cubes, and turn the heat up to high.

2. Chop up everything else, and toss in as you go. Add in seasonings. Throw in the tempeh.

3. Drop to simmer at low/medium for 45 minutes. Add frozen spinach if using, and adjust seasoning if necessary. Simmer for an additional 15 minutes.

Enjoy as a soup with some fresh baked bread, or as a stew over a nice simply cooked grain.

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Lentil, Split Pea, Garbanzo Soup

Published March 20, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

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So I’m posting this for Katy, who asked for the recipe after seeing a picture. These lentil split pea soups have become a staple food in my kitchen, and are never the same twice. (Which explains why there are so many of them in my recipe tab.) It’s a tradition that’s sort of been passed down to me from my mother, who makes a pot of lentils and/or split peas at LEAST once a week. She’s not into cooking anything fussy, and as a nurse, a Cuban, and a person who has always naturally leaned towards a vegetarian diet, she knows how much protein punch she can get from these simple and easy meals. My versions are fairly different from her’s, however, because mine tend to have major Indian and Macrobiotic influences. I often combine several different legumes, and even leftovers if I can get away with it.

In this particular case, we happened to really need to go grocery shopping. Honestly if you open our fridge right now, all you’ll see is the Britta, 2 cans of Dave’s Pale Ale and 2 packages of sprouted tofu.

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See?! I’m dead serious, we’re even out of garlic! But we did have onions, celery and potatoes, so that was enough for me to get a good base going. I used dried lentils and split peas, and the dark colored chickpeas were leftovers from the batch that I made from scratch for another recipe and needed using up. I ended up with so much cumin because I went to add a teaspoon and a bunch dumped out, but it totally worked out. The millet paired really well with it. (How to cook millet) Anything with a ~ is an approximation.

Lentil, Split Pea, Garbanzo Soup
4-8 servings

oil for misting pot, or ~1 tsp. (I used EVOO)

2 yellow onions, chopped to liking
1 stalk of celery, chopped to liking
1 large baking potato, chopped to liking

~1/2 tsp. of salt
~1 tsp. of garlic powder
fresh ground black pepper
pinch of cayenne pepper

8 c. filtered water
6 tsp. of concentrated veg broth stuff (you can use broth, or bouillon, or powder too)

1 c. of lentils
1/2 c. of yellow split peas
2 c. of rinsed garbanzos (or 1-2 cans)

2 tbsp. curry powder
~1 tbsp. of cumin

Directions:

1. Mist a large pot bottom with oil of choice, and heat to medium. Add the onions while you chop up the celery and potato, and toss them in as you go. Sprinkle in salt, garlic, and pepper. Keep stirring periodically until the onions get translucent and slightly browned.

2. Add water and deglaze pot bottom by stirring up any pieces that got stuck to the bottom. Add veggie broth stuff, legumes, and remaining spices.

3. Bring up to a boil, cover and drop to simmer for at least an hour. Done!

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Coconut Lentil & Split Pea Soup

Published February 23, 2012 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

I followed a link for roasted brussel sprouts the other day, and ended up finding this soup recipe on La Petite Maison Verte. As I read further, I found it amusing that the recipe had a history. She had found it on 101 Cookbooks, who was turned on to it by her neighbor, who had adapted it from a copy of the Esalon cookbook. And now I pass it onto you, as I have made it. ; ) I had about a cup of roasted onions, carrots, and steamed collards that I used instead of fresh carrots, and though I attempted toasting the curry powder, I’m not sure that it made much of a difference. It may make more of a difference if you’re actually toasting the whole spices and grinding them yourself, as they do in traditional Indian cooking, so I just left it as an option.

This one is definitely going in my permanent rotation. It made a lovely meal on one of our last “winter” cold snaps. The pictures aren’t the greatest, but it was really delicious!

** EDIT 6/19/2013 : I condensed this recipe a bit from my original take to make it easier for a simple weeknight meal. I added some cinnamon & cayenne too. **

Coconut Lentil & Split Pea Soup

1 c. green (or yellow) split peas, rinsed
1 c. lentils, rinsed (I’ve used red and regular)
7 c. water
1 piece of kombu, optional
1-2 medium carrots, peeled and finely chopped
3 tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled and minced (divided)

olive oil for misting
remaining ginger
1 large red onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup tomato paste

2 tablespoons curry powder (optional: toasted by heating over low heat in a small skillet until fragrant)
1 14-ounce can [light] coconut milk
1-2 tsp. sea salt  ( or low sodium soy sauce/shoyu/tamari or bragg’s, to taste )
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
cayenne pepper to taste

1/2-1 c. fresh or frozen chopped greens, optional

Directions:

1. Place lentils, split peas, water and kombu in a large pot and set to boil. When lentils and water boil (skim off any foam!), add carrots and 2 tbsp. of the ginger. Cover and simmer 30 minutes.

2. Mist a skillet with a little more olive oil (or you can use a thin layer of water), and set to low-medium. Add red onion, remaining tablespoon of ginger, and raisins. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, and add tomato paste. Cook an additional 2 or 3 minutes.

3. After soup simmers for 30 minutes, add onion mixture, curry powder, coconut milk, and salt. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. If you like, throw in some greens for the last 5 minutes. At this point you can blend it using an immersion blender, or pour it very carefully into a blender in batches to get a wonderful, smooth consistency, or just leave it as is for a hearty soup.

Enjoy!

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Super Veggie & Chickpea Soup

Published October 29, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

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I’ve been in bed for the last three days sicker than I’ve been in years. Since eating fully vegan, I usually just get sick for a day or half a day, and it goes away, so this was pretty odd. I’m blaming this one on the [not vegan!] flu shot that I was forced to take for work. I got the injection last Thursday, and Thomas was sick all last weekend. I think the two compounded to give me one hell of a nasty bug. What’s my point? I needed soup!

My mom dropped off a big bag of veggies yesterday, and today I was finally feeling a bit better and able to stay in the kitchen longer than 3 minutes without having to go run for a tissue. I based this around a north african chickpea soup recipe that I used to make a lot. Mine has a ton more veggies in it, though! Tomatoes would be great in here too if you have any.

Super Veggie & Chickpea Soup
6 servings

Olive oil for misting pot
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped

1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 small yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 poblano pepper, seeded, finely chopped
1/4 jalepeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 tsp. sea salt
2-3 tsp. curry powder
1.5 tsp. cumin
1.5 tsp. turmeric
~1/8 tsp. smoked paprika
dash of cayenne
few grinds of smoked black pepper

7 c. filtered water + 2 veggie bouillon cubes (or use all water or all veggie broth to suit your needs)
2 15oz cans chickpeas, well rinsed
1 large zucchini, peeled (not organic) and chopped
1 large summer squash, peeled (not organic) and chopped
1-2 c. chopped frozen greens, i used spinach

Directions:

1. Spray a large dutch oven or heavy pot with olive oil and heat to low-medium. Add onions and carrots. Cook until they begin to soften about 5-7 minutes, while you cut your other veggies. Raise heat to medium, add peppers & spices, and cook for another few minutes.

2. Add water, chickpeas, frozen greens, and squash. Bring to a boil and simmer for at least 15 minutes, but 30 or more is better!

Nutrition Facts: Approximately 164 Calories, 3.3g Fat*, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 500mg*, Carbs 30.7g, Fiber 8.4g, Protein 8.3g, Vit A 102%, Vit C 110%, Calcium 8%, Iron 18%

* Fat & Sodium will vary based on the broth or bouillon you choose!

Pantry Soup

Published August 18, 2011 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

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I make soup when it’s rainy or cold, or when I just need some clean, almost fat free food to keep things slim. Pantry soup is my way to use whatever I have on hand or what needs to be used up.

In this case it was my leftover makeshift pizza sauce from last week’s pizza rolls that needed using. I used my basic recipe and subbed the sauce for the crushed tomatoes and added some extra broth. I used sweet potato puree instead of butternut squash for variety’s sake. But that’s basically all there is to it. Just sautee some onions & carrots in a light mist of olive oil and add the spices & canned ingredients you like and enough broth to get your desired consistency. Bring up to a boil and drop to low to simmer, covered, for at least 15 minutes.

If you have some leftover grain in the fridge you can keep it fairly thick and serve it over top like chili. (I served it over quinoa, and mixed the remainder in to the leftover soup.) Plus it makes enough that you’re off the hook for a couple of meals! : )  

Curried Pumpkin Lentil Soup

Published September 16, 2010 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

I’ve been meaning to make some lentil soup for quite a long time (kassidy gave me these lentils in NYC!) and finally got motivated to throw one together tonight. Since fall is upon us and all the pumpkin yummies are starting to show up, I made sure to add some in here too. Yay, pumpkin. : )

Curried Pumpkin Lentil Soup

olive oil for misting
3-4 cloves garlic
1 medium onion, chopped (here i used half each of yellow & red, b/c they were just hanging out)

6 c. of stock (or 3 boulion cubes & 6 c. of water, way cheaper)
14.5 oz. can of tomatoes, undrained
15 oz. can of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)
1 tsp. of ground ginger (use 2 tsp. of fresh if you have it!)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. curry powder
pinch of nutmeg
sea salt, black & cayenne pepper to taste
1 1/2 c. lentils of your choice (i used green, the red ones will sort of dissolve, up to you!)

8 oz. frozen chopped spinach

Directions:

1. In a large pot or dutch oven spray a mist of olive oil, add onions, and cook at medium heat for about 5 minutes or until onions soften. Add garlic and stir for a minute.

2. Stir in stock, tomatoes, pumpkin, spices and lentils. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 35 minutes.

3. Stir in frozen spinach, raise to boil again, cover and simmer for 10 more minutes, or until lentils are tender.

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Published July 25, 2010 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

so my friend cassie had left me a link on the cpv facebook page to try FatFreeVegan’s Smoky Refried Bean Soup a while back. it looked really easy and good, and i love refried and black beans. this is my adaptation below. : )

Spicy Black Bean Soup

olive oil for misting pot
1 large onion, chopped
3 – 4 cloves garlic, minced
1 bell pepper, chopped (i used red.)

about 3 c. vegetable broth
1 14-ounce can tomatoes, drained
15 oz. can refried beans (i used pinto)
2 – 15 oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
15 oz. can corn kernels, drained
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. paprika
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. dried cilantro
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Spray a large pot with olive oil and heat to medium. Add onions, and let them soften for a few minutes. Add bell pepper, and stir occasionally for about 2 minutes. Add garlic and let cook another minute.

2. Add all other ingredients, and bring up to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes, so that all flavors combine.

Enjoy! I served mine over some red quinoa! Yum!

Butternut Squash and Black Bean Stew

Published April 15, 2010 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

I love butternut squash! I couldn’t resist buying one the other day, and needed to put it to use. I especially love butternut squash with sweet & heat, and cayenne, ginger and cinnamon do the trick here. I was actually going to make a much more fattening dinner, but decided on this leaner choice instead.  best of all, it’s all in one pot. :)

Ty’s Butternut Squash and Black Bean Stew

olive oil for misting pot
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp. salt (i used sea salt with sea vegetables)
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped into 1/2″ pieces
2 15oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 14.5 oz can chopped tomatoes, and their juices
5-6 c. vegetable stock
2 tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar, optional
cayenne pepper to taste, optional (i used 1/2 tsp. for hot)

Directions:

1. Heat oil in a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add onion and salt, cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, and cook for another minute.

2. Add all other ingredients. Cover and drop heat to simmer for 40 minutes.

Results: YUM! my absolute new favorite. next time i’ll add a can of corn in with the beans too. :)

(rinsing your canned beans well helps to reduce the gassiness often attributed to eating your friend, the legume.)


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