Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Like most of the US population, potatoes are one of my absolute favorite comfort foods.  And while it’s definitely a food associated with North America, it has a much longer history with South America.  Cultivation of the potato in South America is thought to be somewhere around 10,000 years ago.  North America can thank Peru…

Hearty Seitan and Winter Wheat Berry Chili

I’m going through a phase with whole grains.  Maybe it’s because Bob’s Red Mill is right down the street?  Maybe it’s because I feel burnt out on brown rice?  Maybe it’s because the texture of whole grains are more interesting to eat?  It is probably all of these things.  And fall is the perfect time…

Chipotle Sweet Potato Red Lentil Soup

This is one hearty soup!  As it cooks up, it gets thicker, so if you prefer a thinner soup, stir in some extra water or broth right before serving.  This soup also has an identity crisis.  Is it chili?  Is it stew?  Is it vegetable soup?  It’s hard to answer that question.  Maybe it’s all…

Butternut Squash and Spinach Soup

Butternut squash, spinach, sage, celery, onion, and garlic. This is a savory soup that’s perfect for the cooler months of the year.  Not only that, it cooks up fast, especially if you use frozen butternut squash.  The entire soup leaves you wanting more, and that’s the sign of a hit!  As a variation, stir in 1 cup…

Cajun Black-Eyed Pea Soup

The first time I went to New Orleans, it was summer time.  It was the 1990’s.  Street performers were on every corner.  A little kid tap danced his heart out.   A man played his saxophone for anyone who would listen.  And while the French Quarter was positively beautiful, the thing I remember most was the…

Coconut Lemongrass Tofu Soup

This recipe is inspired by one of my very favorite Thai soups, tom kha.  While tom kha soup is totally delicious, it isn’t always plant based.  I cut the fat using lite coconut milk.  I created a rounder flavor by adding dulse seaweed and fake chicken broth.  Some of the elements remain the same–galangal root, lemongrass,…

Seitan Pozole Rojo

Pozole.  It’s like the pho of Mexico.  A delicious brothy soup is accompanied by piles of fresh garnishes.  Traditionally, it’s made with chicken or pork with hominy.  And usually, it’s a food of celebration.  And it’s easy to understand why, it’s beautiful and tasty! Years back, I had a bowl of vegan pozole rojo at…

Greens Soup

Last night, I really wanted a large salad, but ended up eating a frozen pizza.  It wasn’t what I really wanted, but sometimes, that happens when it’s late at night and there isn’t much in the way of fresh produce.  I vowed that I would make something with greens the next day.  So, here I…