- March 1st, 2013
Soup’s popularity is sky high during the colder months when our bodies are craving warmth. And what could be wrong with that? It provides nutrients and health benefits for those under the weather. Unfortunately soup also often provides a high amount of calories and fat, not to mention a ridiculous amount of sodium.
- February 1st, 2013UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeekly
2 tablespoons olive oil, pure
1 onion, chopped
5 cups water (or 3 cups water and 2 cups stock)
1 pound (3-4) potatoes (peeled if desired, diced)
1 carrot, diced
1⁄2 cup turnip, diced
1⁄2 cup cabbage, diced
1⁄4 teaspoon turmeric, ground
1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
1 cup cilantro (or parsley)
1⁄4 teaspoon harissa (a Moroccan red pepper paste)
Heat oil in a saucepan, add onion, and cook over medium heat, stirring often, for seven minutes or until golden. Add broth, water, potatoes, carrot, and turnip and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes or until all the vegetables are tender.
Add cabbage and turmeric and simmer for five minutes or until cabbage is tender. Season to taste with black pepper and harissa. Stir in cilantro (or parsley). Recipe courtesy of kardeanutrition.com.
- January 1st, 2013FeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeekly
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup thinly sliced carrot
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 gala apple, peeled, thinly sliced
2/3 cup thinly sliced celery
5 cups butternut squash (halved, scoop seeds, and cubed)
3 1/2 cups of organic low-sodium vegetable broth
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup light coconut milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup hulled pumpkin seeds
Use a large pot and add oil, carrot, onion, apple, and celery. Cook gently until tender, reducing heat as needed to prevent browning (12 to15 minutes). Add squash, broth, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes until squash is fork tender. Add milk and vinegar and simmer an additional five minutes.
Remove soup from heat and discard bay leaf. Ladle half of the soup into the blender, cover, and gradually turn up to high speed for 30 seconds or until smooth. Add more broth from the pot if mixture is too thick. Pour soup into another container and purée remaining soup. Combine both soups in the pot and reheat. Pour into serving bowls and garnish with hulled pumpkin seeds.
- September 1st, 2012UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeeklyMakes 6 servings, Prep Time: 10 minutes
2 pounds yellow onions, trimmed, halved and sliced (2 quarts)
1 box (32 ounces) beef broth
2 teaspoons dried thyme
½ cup white wine or water
2 tablespoons flour
6 thick slices sour dough bread or peasant/rustic loaf, crusts trimmed
½ cup grated Parmesan or Swiss cheese
Cracked pepper (optional)
Place onions into five- or six-quart slow cooker. Add broth and thyme, and stir. Cover with lid and cook on high setting three to four hours or until onions are tender. Mix white wine (or water) with flour and stir into cooker. Cover and continue to cook on high setting for one hour longer until thickened. Before serving, place bread slices on a baking sheet and top with cheese. Broil until cheese is bubbly. To serve, ladle soup into shallow bowls. Place one slice of hot, cheesy bread into each bowl. Sprinkle with pepper to taste. Recipe and image provided by the National Onion Association.
- March 1st, 2012UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeekly
One 4–5 pound chicken
2 large celery stalks with leaves, sliced
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced in 2-inch diagonals
1 onion, quartered
3 sprigs of flat-leaf parsley
Salt and white pepper to taste
1. Clean and wash the chicken, place it in a large pot, and cover it with water.
2. Bring to a boil and skim the broth thoroughly.
3. Add the vegetables and seasoning. Cover and simmer slowly for about three hours. When it’s done, strain the soup. Serve as a broth or with vegetables and chicken.
Nutrition information per serving Calories 557; Protein 57 g; Carbohydrate 8 g; Total Fat 31.6 g; Saturated fat 8.8 g; Cholesterol 179 mg; Sodium 214 mg; Fiber 2.2 g
- February 1st, 2012UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeekly
Total Time: 1 hour
¾ cups barley
1/8 cup olive oil
3 carrots, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
2 large onions, diced
kosher salt and black pepper
2 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes
1 bunch kale, thick stems discarded and leaves chopped (about 4 cups)
15.5 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
Cook barley according to package directions. Heat oil in large pot. Add carrots, celery, onions, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally until vegetables begin to soften, about 20 to 25 minutes. Add tomato cans and 8 cups water. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until soup has slightly thickened and vegetables are tender, about 45-60 minutes. Add kale and simmer, stirring occasionally. Stir in chickpeas and cooked barley and cook until heated through.
To freeze: Cool soup to room temperature and divide among freezer containers or bags. Freeze for up to three months. To cook: Thaw soup in a bowl of cold water or overnight in the refrigerator. Transfer to a pot and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until heated through, 10 to 20 minutes.
- October 19th, 2011Featured
8 strips of bacon, cut into pieces
2 pounds squash, diced
1 Granny Smith apple, diced
1 tablespoon sage, finely chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 cups low-salt chicken or vegetable broth
1. Cook bacon until crisp; cut into pieces.
2. Add diced squash to a large stockpot; cook until browned. Stir in apple, sage, kosher salt, pepper, and broth.
3. Bring to a boil; simmer until squash and apple soften.
4. Add half the bacon to soup; puree. Reheat soup and garnish with remaining bacon.
- July 27th, 2011Unfeatured
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 peeled and cubed potato
1 chopped onion
1 ½ cups chicken stock
1 ½ cups milk
½ cup watercress
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add 1 peeled and cubed potato, and 1 chopped onion of choice. Reduce heat to medium, cover for 5 minutes. Pour in 2 1/2 cups of chicken stock and 2 1/2 cups of milk, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in 1/2 cup watercress leaves and simmer uncovered for 4 to 5 minutes. Slowly transfer the soup to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Return the soup to the cooking pot, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and season to taste. If desired, serve with a dollop of cream.
- March 1st, 2011UnfeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeekly
Below is a recipe for The Natural Nurse® detoxification soup that I give as a staple food in the detoxification section in my book, Alternative Medicine Magazine’s Definitive Guide to Weight Loss. Keep in mind it is best to use all organic ingredients to minimize the amount of environmental toxins in your food.
1 head of cabbage
2 cloves garlic
2 celery stalks
1 bunch parsley
5 kale leaves
2 sheets of nori sea vegetable
4 pieces of okra
1 cup brown rice
Bragg’s Amino Acids to taste (if soy sensitive, replace with Himalayan salt)
2 quarts of water
Combine all ingredients, simmer for 1 1/2 hrs.
- January 1st, 2011FeaturedWeekly Recipe:NonWeekly
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup onions, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh garlic, chopped
8 cups vegetable broth or vegetarian chicken-flavored broth
Dash nutmeg, optional
3 cups fresh pumpkin, cubed
¼ cup Earth Balance trans fat-free margarine
½ cup Sour Supreme or Better than Sour Cream (Tofuttti Brand)
Salt and pepper to taste
Sauté celery, carrots, and onions until slightly caramelized. Reduce heat to medium and add chopped garlic. Sweat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add broth, nutmeg, and pumpkin; simmer until pumpkin is tender.
Blend until smooth with a wisk or transfer to counter-top blender. Add margarine, sour cream substitute, and salt and pepper to taste while blending. Garnish with more Tofutti Brand Sour Cream substitute and chives; serve warm.
Contributed by Art Eggertsen, vegan chef and founder of ProBar