Category Archives: Soups

Flavorful, warm and no fat!

Yellow Curry Noodle Soup with Braised Radish and Eggplant

Thai Globe Eggplants

Thai eggplants

After my long spring bike ride today, I found myself craving noodles.  Delicious, spicy warm Asian rice noodles with fragrant basil and lemon zest.  I stopped at Star Market, a local ethnic food store with an amazing selection of Asian vegetables, curries and noodles.   I wandered the aisles pondering the piles of fresh cucumbers, lettuces and root vegetables, passing up ethnic pastries and grocery sacks of baguettes for 1.79 (the entire bag, that is).  A nice choice of eggplant included the common purples, large and small, but also shiny green Thai eggplants with glowing golden stars on their faces.  PERFECT!  I have that nice bag of fresh radishes to roast at home, so I’m set!

Yellow Curry Noodle Soup with Braised Radish and Eggplant

Simmer on medium for 15 minutes:

2 quarts strong vegetable  broth (or 2 quarts water with 2 heaping tbsp vegetable Better than Bullion)
3 slices medium onion
6 Thai eggplants, trimmed and quartered
½ tbsp yellow curry paste (no oil)

Meanwhile, prepare braised radishes:

10 radishes, trimmed and quartered

Pour a ½ cup of broth into your non-stick pan and simmer the radishes for 10 minutes (covered).  Remove lid and let liquid boil off and allow radishes to brown just a bit.

Back to the soup pot!  To the broth, add:

¼ pkg rice stick noodles (4 oz.)  I use Bun Gao brand Rice Sticks, but any thin asian noodle will do nicely!

Simmer for 6-8 minutes.   Correct seasoning.  Fill your bowl with noodles and some broth.  Arrange the eggplant and radishes on top.

Garnish with:

Thinly sliced green onions
Lemon zest of 1 lemon
Chopped fresh basil

White Bean Chili

I love to cook up a giant pot of soup.  As a no-fat vegan, I eat a TON of food, and I have to be sure there is always legal food in my frig to avoid a momentary lapse and grab those tortilla chips my husband keeps on his side of the pantry!   Big-quantity cooking helps me stay on the straight and narrow.

This is a soup inspired by color!  I wanted warm, sweet ruby-orange yams and deep strong green kale to balance the foundation of plump snowy great northern beans.  I threw in some green chili and mahogany kidney beans and garnished with orange zest.  Beautiful.

Vegan White Bean Chili

6-8 C vegetable broth or water
1 ½ C dry great northern beans
1 15 oz. can kidney beans, undrained
1 5 oz can chopped green chili
1 large onion, chopped
4-5 sticks of celery, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin seed
1 tsp oregano or ½ tsp powdered oregano
½ tsp cloves
Salt/pepper to taste
2-3 large leaves kale, chopped
1 large yam, peeled and chopped into bite size pieces
Zest of 1 orange

In a saucepan, cover white beans with water and boil for 2 minutes; cover with a lid and remove from heat.  Let sit for 1 hour, then rinse.  In large soup pot, add broth, white beans onion.  Bring to boil and reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour.   Add celery, garlic, chilies, and spices, simmer for 30 minutes.  Correct seasoning for the broth to your taste.  Add kale and yam, simmer for another 30 minutes.   Just before serving, stir in zest.

Vegan Cream of Tomato Soup with Croutons

No Fat/Vegan Cream of Tomato Soup with Croutons

It is a snowy Seattle day in March and spring seems to be lost on its way to the Pacific Northwest.  I’m yearning for the flavors of summer, but I’m savoring the fireplace and enjoying the winter white.  Compromise!  How about a warm bowl of creamy soup built on a favorite flavor of summer: tomatoes. Simmer with herbs and blend with sweet oven-roasted onions, garlic, and carrots.

Vegan Cream of Tomato Soup with Croutons

In a large stewpot, simmer for 1 hour:

1 14.5 oz can chopped tomatoes
1 14.5 oz can tomato sauce
3 bay leaves
1 tsp. fennel seed
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt substitute (such as Braggs Liquid Aminos)

Meanwhile, put the following in a baking dish, cover tightly with foil and bake in oven for 1.5 hour at 350 degrees:

1 carrot- cut into 4 or 5 pieces
2 sliced onions
8 cloves garlic
1 C. vegetable broth (or 1 C. water and 1 Tbsp. Better than Buillion- Vegetable)

Remove bay leaves from soup. Process the vegetables in food processor or with hand processor and add to tomato mixture.  If you like it smooth, use your hand processor to process everything in the pot.  Add 2 cups of non-dairy milk of your choice (I use almond, but soy works.  Just use your favorite non-sweetened milk)

For croutons, cut up several slices of good non-oil based bread (Dave’s Goodseed is my favorite).  Toss with 1 tsp. oregano or your favorite Italian spice mix and toast on foil at 325 oven, checking and turning until they are croutons.

Serve soup warm with croutons and chopped parsley.