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  • Curried Butternut Squash Lentil Soup

    Here are my two favorite creations so far this fall. I made them both on a whim last night for Nick, as he had a long day at work and had been requesting some curried butternut squash soup for a while. Little did I know how fantastic this particular soup would turn out!  This soup is jam packed with flavor and nutrition. Protein from the red lentils and tons of vitamins and fiber from the squash. 


    Curried Butternut Squash Lentil Soup (Protein packed!)
    Serves 6-8
    Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 25-30

    Ingredients:
    2 lb butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded, and cubed
    1 medium yellow onion, diced
    2 cloves garlic, chopped
    1" piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
    1 cup red lentils
    4 cups vegetable broth (about 1 carton)
    1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, or more to taste
    1 Tbsp cumin seed, whole
    1 Tbsp brown mustard seeds
    1 can coconut milk
    1 tsp salt, or more to taste
    1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (optional)
    1 Tbsp medium-high heat oil
    (optional: add 1 tsp turmeric and 1/2 tsp black pepper, for extra anti-inflammatory benefits)

    1. In a large soup pot, or dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and red chili flakes. Heat until mustard seeds begin to pop, about 1-2 minutes. Do not let cumin burn.

    2. Add onion, garlic, and ginger. Cook over medium-low heat with lid on for 2-3 minutes until onion begins to soften. Add cubed squash and red lentils and stir to coat. Add broth and bring to a gentle simmer. Cover pot and cook over medium low heat for 15-20 minutes until squash is very soft and mashable.

    3. Add coconut milk and stir to combing. Add salt (and black pepper and turmeric if using) to taste. Add cilantro if using. The soup will be chunky at this point. Eat as is, or use an immersion blender to blend until creamy. You can also use a regular blender, but you will have to blend in batches. Keep warm on low heat. Freezes well!




  • Sesame Brussels Sprout Curry

    Today I have a lovely recipe for you that could easily become a staple in your house. It has certainly been one for us for the past few years. By varying the veggies used, you can easily turn this into at least 10 different curries. Serve it over any kind of brown rice (brown jasmine and bhutanese red rice are our current favorites), or over rice noodles, soba noodles, or quinoa. Very satisfying comfort food, perfect for these fall nights. Any leftovers make excellent lunches as well. Rich in calcium, protein, and healthy fats from the sesame seeds, cancer fighting and immunity boosting compounds in the brussels sprouts, onion, and garlic, circulatory benefits from the chili pepper, and beta carotene in the carrot. To top it off, turmeric and black pepper are an anti-inflammatory powerhouse combination. Your body will thank you for the flavor and nutrition contained in this curry!


    Sesame Brussels Sprout Curry
    Serves 2-4

    Prep time: 15-20 minutes

    Cook time: 15 minutes

    Ingredients:

    3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
    1" piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
    1 small chili pepper, thai, serrano, ancho, all ok (de-seeded if less heat desired, chopped finely)
    1 medium yellow  or red onion, diced
    1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
    1 medium red or yukon gold potato, diced (or 1 small sweet potato, diced)
    1/2 lb of brussels sprouts, bottoms cut off and sliced in half
    1 can of coconut milk, full fat
    2 Tbsp tahini (or nut butter of choice)
    1 tsp turmeric
    1 Tbsp rice vinegar, or other vinegar
    1 Tbsp agave, or sweetener of choice
    1 Tbsp tamari or coconut aminos (soy sauce substitute)
    1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
    1/4 tsp black pepper
    1/4 cup sesame seeds, toasted in skillet until golden (or chopped toasted peanuts)
    1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (optional)
    1 tsp sesame oil (optional)


    1. In a skillet, saute onion, garlic, ginger, and chili pepper in a tsp of sesame oil, or if omitting oil use a non-stick skillet. Cook over medium heat 2-3 minutes until softening and fragrant.

    2. Add potato and brussels sprouts and toss well to coat. Add coconut milk through black pepper and stir well. Bring to a gentle simmer and cover pan, cooking 5-10 minutes over medium low heat until potato and sprouts are cooked through and tender.

    3. Toast sesame seeds or nuts over low heat until turning golden. Remove from heat and grind in mortar and pestle if you have one, or a quick whir in a coffee grinder works too. If you want to skip this step, that's fine, but grinding them lightly really enhances the flavor.

    4. Season to taste with salt and pepper, top with cilantro if using, and sesame or nuts. Serve over rice, noodles, or quinoa.

  • Coconut Bean Sprout Curry

    This was one of those dishes that came together as I scanned my fridge for ingredients just asking to be used. This is my favorite way of cooking, intuitively and resourcefully, working with what you've got. This is an easy dish to prepare, takes about 20 minutes from start to finish, and leaves your tastebuds singing with a bit of tropical flavor. Try to keep staples like coconut milk, peanut butter, and limes on hand for dishes like this. Once you have the basic ingredient structure down you can really get creative and experiment with flavors. I served this over a bed of quinoa which had a bit of coconut oil and sea salt stirred into it, though brown rice would work well, as would eating it plain. Topped with some sliced avocado, it really is a tropical treat. Plant based eating should always be this tasty and easy. Give it a try!


    Coconut Bean Sprout Curry

    1/2 onion, thinly sliced

    2 cloves garlic, chopped

    1" piece of fresh turmeric, finely chopped (or 1/2 tsp powdered turmeric)

    2" piece of fresh lemongrass (optional)

    1 cup of mushrooms, sliced

    1/2 cup red or orange bell pepper, thinly sliced

    1" piece of ginger, peeled and chopped

    1 cup mung bean sprouts

    1 1/2 cups cauliflower, chopped into florets

    1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

    1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

    1/2 cup vegetable broth (or water)

    1/2 can coconut milk

    2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter

    1 lime, juiced

    1 tsp salt

    1 tsp sugar

    pinch of cayenne pepper

    splash of coconut aminos (or tamari-wheat-free soy sauce)


    1. In a deep skillet, heat 1 Tbsp of high heat oil (like coconut, avocado or grapeseed) and saute sliced onion, ginger, garlic, bell pepper, and turmeric on medium heat until softened and fragrant, 3-4 minutes.

    2. Add sliced mushrooms and cauliflower and stir to coat. Add vegetable broth, coconut milk, peanut butter, salt, sugar, lemongrass sprig (if using) and coconut aminos/soy sauce. Stir and cover. Let cook on medium heat until bubbling and cauliflower is tender, 5 minutes or so.

    3. Remove cover and add mung bean sprouts, chopped cilantro, parsley, cayenne, and lime juice. Stir and cover for 1 minute more. Season to taste and enjoy!