Simple Vegetable Soup with Creamy Coconut Broth

Simple Vegetable Soup with Coconut Broth
Simple Vegetable Soup with Coconut Broth

I made this soup while vacationing in Colorado. Our family prefers to stay in Airbnb rentals, with the kids, the food and all. This was our first night in Colorado, after a 9-hour drive. I had brought a few things from home to make sure we had dinner covered the first night (the beauty of road tripping), but I had forgotten herbs, spices, oils. Thankfully, I had onions, garlic, and ginger! The kids declared this Simple Vegetable Soup with Creamy Coconut Broth one of their favorites and requested that I make it again as soon as we get back home. I am, sharing this soup made with truly simple ingredients, also perfect for vacation rental cooking. A totally awesome twist on the traditional minestrone.

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Simple Vegetable Soup with Creamy Coconut Broth

  • Author: Karine K
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 45 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 2″ piece of ginger, minced
  • 3 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 zucchini, chopped small
  • 1 yellow, red or orange bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 1 bunch baby broccoli, trimmed and cut into florets
  • Kernels from 1 ear of corn
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoon fresh cilantro
  • 12 juicy limes
  • 34 green onions, sliced thin
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Package of noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • Garnishes: toasted sesame seeds, lime quarters

Instructions

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic and ginger. Sauté, stirring often, until golden and caramelized, about 6-8 minutes, adjusting heat as necessary. Add tomatoes and let cook, stirring often, until saucy, about 5-6 minutes. Add the coconut milk and vegetable broth and stir well. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. Then, add the zucchini, bell pepper, baby broccoli, corn, chili flakes, maple syrup, and soy sauce, and let simmer gently for an additional 5 minutes. Add the cilantro and the lime juice, keep warm. Serve with your favorite cooked noodles. Bon appétit!

Keywords: vegetables, soup, coconut

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Soupe crémeuse coconut et légumes

J’ai concocté cette soupe lors de notre plus récente visite dans les montagnes du Colorado. Nous voyageons, la plupart du temps, dans des Airbnbs, question nourriture et espace, surtout avec les enfants. Cette fois-ci, comme nous avons conduit pour nous rendre dans la belle région de Ouray, j’avais quelques provisions de la maison. Mais par mégarde, j’avais oublié les huiles, les herbes, et les épices. Qu’à cela ne tienne, on se fait une soupe quand même. Les enfants ont adoré et m’ont fait promettre de la refaire aussitôt de retour à la maison. Alors voici cette fameuse soupe, idéale quand on veut faire changement de la traditionnelle minestrone.

  • Author: Karine K
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 c. à soupe d’huile d’olive
  • 1 oignon, tranché mince
  • 4 à 5 gousses d’ail, émincées
  • 1 bout de gingembre de 2 pouces, émincé
  • 3 tomates italiennes, hachées
  • 1 boîte de lait de coconut
  • 4 tasses de bouillon de légumes
  • 1 zucchini, haché
  • 1 poivron jaune, orange ou rouge, tranché mince
  • 1 botte de brocolette, coupée en fleurons
  • Grains d’un épi de maïs frais
  • 1/2 c. à thé de flocons de chili broyés
  • 1 c. à soupe de sirop d’érable
  • 1 c. à soupe de sauce soya ou tamari
  • 2 c. à soupe de coriandre fraîche, hachée
  • 1 à 2 limette(s) bien juteuse(s)
  • 3 à 4 oignons verts, tranchés mince
  • Sel de mer, au goût
  • Paquet de nouilles, au choix, cuites selon les directives sur l’emballage
  • Garnitures: graines de sésame rôties, quartiers de limette

Instructions

Dans un grand chaudron à soupe, faire chauffer l’huile d’olive à feu moyen-élevé. Ajouter l’oignon, l’ail et le gingembre. Faire revenir en remuant jusqu’à ce que l’oignon soit tendre et caramélisé, environ 6 à 8 minutes, en ajustant la chaleur au besoin. Ajouter les tomates et laisser cuire, en remuant souvent, jusqu’à ce qu’elles soient liquide, environ 5 à 6 minutes. Ajouter le lait de coconut et le bouillon de légumes. Bien mélanger. Porter à ébullition, réduire le feu et laisser mijoter pendant 5 à 10 minutes. Ajouter ensuite le zucchini, le poivron, la brocolette, le maïs, les flocons de chili broyés, le sirop d’érable et la sauce soya. Remuer doucement et laisser mijoter pendant 5 minutes. Ajouter la coriandre et le jus de lime. Servir sur un lit de nouilles au choix et garnir des graines de sésame et des quartiers de limette. Bon appétit!

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Easy and Healthy Gravy

Easy and Healthy Gravy
Easy and Healthy Gravy

Here’s an Easy and Healthy Gravy recipe, because Fall is right around the corner. But seriously, I get asked often for a gravy recipe. This one is thick and creamy, and is made with only a few simple ingredients. If you serve it with this Ultimate Lentil and Walnut Meatloaf, you’re in for a special treat.

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Easy and Healthy Gravy

  • Author: Karine K
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup cremini mushrooms
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

In a skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the carrot, onion, tomato, mushroom, thyme and generous pinches of sea salt and pepper. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to really get some color, about 5-6 minutes. Add the broth and the coconut milk. Let cook and thicken for about 5 minutes more, or until the vegetables are tender. Discard the thyme sprigs and let cool a bit. Transfer to a blender and process until smooth. Bon appétit!

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Sauce brune tout usage

  • Author: Karine K
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Ingredients

  • 1 c. à soupe d’huile d’olive
  • 1 grosse carotte, coupée en dés
  • 1/2 oignon rouge, coupé en dés
  • 1 tomate, hachée
  • 1 1/2 tasse de champignons café ou cremini
  • 2 branches de thym frais
  • 1 boîte de lait de coconut
  • 1 tasse de bouillon de légumes
  • Sel de mer et poivre, au goût

Instructions

Chauffer l’huile d’olive dans une grande poêle, à feu moyen-élevé. Ajouter les carottes, l’oignon, la tomate, les champignons, le thym, et du sel et du poivre, au goût. Faire revenir, en remuant occasionnellement, jusqu’à ce que les légumes commencent à dorer, environ 5 à 6 minutes. Ajouter le bouillon et le lait de coco. Remuer. Laisser réduire pendant 5 minutes, ou jusqu’à ce que les légumes soient tendres. Retirer les branches de thym et laisser reposer quelques minutes. Transférer dans un mélangeur et pulser jusqu’à l’obtention d’une sauce lisse. Bon appétit!

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Ginger-Spiced Kabocha Squash Soup

Ginger-Spiced Kabocha Squash Soup
Ginger-Spiced Kabocha Squash Soup

Perfect with any type of winter squash, this Ginger-Spiced Kabocha Squash Soup is velvety and spicy. Serve it garnished with toasted pumpkin seeds and fresh cilantro for a wonderfully festive soup, or with these mixed nuts.

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Ginger-Spiced Kabocha Squash Soup

  • Author: livitygardens
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 kabocha squash, cooked whole in the oven for 1 hour at 400˚, peeled and seeded, cut in cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon garlic-ginger paste (alternatively, use 2 teaspoons minced garlic and 2 teaspoons minced ginger)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh cilantro and toasted pumpkin seeds, to garnish

Instructions

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large pot with a cover. Add the onion and the cinnamon stick and sauté until onion is tender and caramelized. Add the garlic-ginger paste and cook for one minute. Add the cubes of cooked squash, mix well and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the broth and the coconut milk, mix well. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover, and simmer until the flavors are well combined, about 10 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and let cool for a few minutes. Transfer to a blender and blend until silky smooth. Garnish and enjoy. Bon appétit!

Keywords: soup, squash, ginger, holidays

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Crème de courge kabocha au gingembre

  • Author: livitygardens
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 heures
  • Total Time: 1 heures 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 à 6 portions 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 courge kabocha, cuite au four pendant 1 heure à 400˚, pelée et les graines enlevées
  • 1 c. à soupe d’huile d’olive
  • 1 oignon, en dés
  • 1/2 bâton de cannelle
  • 1 c. à soupe de pâte d’ail et gingembre (ou utiliser 2 c. à thé d’ail frais émincé et 2 c. à thé de gingembre frais, émincé)
  • 2 tasses de bouillon de légumes
  • 1 tasse de lait de coconut
  • Sel de mer et poivre, au goût
  • Coriandre fraîche et graines de citrouille rôties, pour garnir

Instructions

Dans une grande casserole avec un couvercle, chauffer l’huile d’olive à feu moyen-élevé. Ajouter les oignons et le bâton de cannelle, et cuire jusqu’à ce que l’oignon soit tendre et caramélisé. Ajouter la pâte d’ail et gingembre et cuire pendant une minute. Ajouter les cubes de courge cuite, mélanger et sauter pendant 2 minutes. Ajouter le bouillon de légumes et le lait de coconut, et bien mélanger. Porter à ébullition, réduire le feu et couvrir. Cuire pendant 10 minutes, afin que les saveurs se marient. Retirer le bâton de cannelle et laisser refroidir quelques minutes. Verser dans un mélangeur et mélanger jusqu’à l’obtention d’une texture lisse. Garnir et savourer. Bon appétit!

Keywords: soupe, crème, courge, kabocha, hiver

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Pasta with Greens in Creamy Wine Sauce

Pasta with Greens in Creamy Wine Sauce
Pasta with Greens in Creamy Wine Sauce

Now if you want to fancy up your pasta night, try this Pasta with Greens in Creamy Wine Sauce. If it sounds complexe, it’s actually pretty easy. And quick. Like 15 minutes quick. You can even skip the wine part and achieve pretty similar (and awesome) results. As with many of my recipes, take this as a technique, and switch up the vegetables according to the seasons. These days, the markets are filled with sprouts, leeks, and my favorite green, spigarello.

You’ll find spigarello in many of my recipes. It’s an heirloom variety of broccoli, native to southern Italy, considered the parent of broccoli-rabe. Unlike broccoli, however, you eat the leaves of spigarello, as the plant doesn’t produce florets. The taste, for me, is somewhere between kale and a very mild broccoli. It’s extremely versatile, it can be added to many dishes, and it’s popping up at farmers markets throughout the country. Look out for it. And if you can’t find it, feel free to use lacinato kale, or beet greens instead.

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If you like this Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Leek, and Spigarello in Creamy Wine Sauce, you will love this Rotini with Leeks and Shiitake Mushroom recipe.

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Pasta with Greens in Creamy Wine Sauce

  • Author: Karine K
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
  • 1 leek, cleaned, sliced thin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 can coconut milk
  • 1 bunch spigarello, chopped
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pack of your favorite pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • Garnish (always optional): sliced green onions, red pepper flakes, fresh thyme

Instructions

In a large straight-edge sauté pan, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the leek, garlic, Brussels sprouts, thyme, and generous pinches of both sea salt and pepper. Sauté, stirring often, until tender and browned, about 8-10 minutes. Feel free to play with your heat in order to achieve a nice caramelized color on your vegetables. Deglaze the pan with the white wine, and let reduce about one minute. Add the coconut milk and heat through. Add the spigarello and continue cooking until the greens are tender, about 2-3 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings. You will most probably need to add sea salt and pepper at this point, all normal. When your sauce is ready, add enough of the cooked pasta to the pan for the sauce. Mix well. Serve garnished with sliced green onions and red pepper flakes. Bon appétit!

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Rotini sauce crémeuse au vin blanc avec légumes verts

Pour une soirée pasta qui sort de la routine, essayez cette recette! Bien qu’elle semble complexe, cette recette est d’une simplicité et d’une vitesse exemplaires. Vous pouvez la commencer ET la finir en 15 minutes! Et comme pour beaucoup de mes recettes, cette recette de pasta devient un canvas que l’on peint selon les saisons et les récoltes.

Le spigarello est une ancienne variété de brocoli, originaire du sud de l’Italie. On le considère comme le parent du rapini et, contrairement au brocoli, ce sont les feuilles du spigarello qui sont comestibles, comme la plante ne produit pas de fleurons. Le goût, selon moi, est un croisement entre la kale et le brocoli. Il s’agit d’une verdure étonnamment versatile, qui peut être utilisée de bien des façons. Ouvrez l’oeil, on commence à le voir apparaître dans les marchés fermiers à travers la province.

  • Author: Karine K
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 c. à soupe d’huile de coconut
  • 1 poireau, nettoyé, coupé en deux sur le sens de la longueur et coupé en minces demi-lunes
  • 2 gousses d’ail, émincées
  • 2 tasses de choux de Bruxelles, coupés en deux
  • 1 branche de thym frais
  • 1/3 tasse de vin blanc sec
  • 1 1/2 boîte de lait de coco
  • 1 botte de spigarello, haché
  • Sel de mer et poivre, au goût
  • 1 boîte de rotinis, cuits selon les instructions
  • Garnitures (en option): oignons verts hachés, flocons de piments broyés, thym frais haché

Instructions

Dans une grande poêle à bords droits, chauffer l’huile de coconut à feu moyen. Ajouter le poireau, l’ail, les choux de Bruxelles, le thym, et de généreuses pincées de sel et de poivre. Sauter, en mélangeant souvent, jusqu’à ce que les légumes soient tendres et dorés, de 8 à 10 minutes. Déglacer la poêle avec le vin blanc et laisser réduire une minute. Ajouter le lait de coconut et bien chauffer. Ajouter le spigarello et continuer de cuire jusqu’à ce que le spigarello soit tendre, de 2 à 3 minutes. Goûter et ajuster les assaisonnements (il manquera fort probablement de sel et de poivre). Lorsque la sauce est prête, ajouter les pâtes à la poêle et bien mélanger. Servir avec les garnitures suggérées, si désiré. Bon appétit!

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Shiitake and Leek Spaghetti

Shiitake and Leek Spaghetti
Shiitake and Leek Spaghetti

So you’ve got your routine face back on, you’re ready to take on the week… Wait. You have to make dinner tonight. Wait, what? Well, make this pasta dish! With few ingredients and less than 30 minutes required, this Shiitake and Leek Spaghetti will fast become part of your weekly rotation.

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Shiitake and Leek Spaghetti

  • Author: Karine K
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 leeks, cleaned, sliced lengthwise, then sliced thin crosswise
  • 8 oz shiitake mushrooms, sliced 1/4″ thick (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 34 sprigs fresh thyme (optional)
  • 67 whole dried allspice berries (optional)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar (optional)
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • Spaghetti, cooked according to package directions

Instructions

Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet, over medium-high heat. Add the leeks, sea salt and pepper to taste, and cook, stirring often, until the leeks are soft but not browned, about 3-4 minutes. Add the mushroom, thyme, and allspice berries, and cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms are cooked and slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the coconut milk, 1/2 cup at a time, making sure it reduces and gets thicker before the next addition, until you use the whole can. Season with sea salt and pepper, to taste. Warm through. Add the pumpkin seeds and remove from the heat. Add the white wine vinegar, mix well, and serve over cooked spaghetti. Bon appétit!

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Spaghetti aux champignons shiitake et poireaux

  • Author: Karine K
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions 1x
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Ingredients

  • 3 c. à soupe d’huile de coconut
  • 3 poireaux, lavés, coupés en deux sur la longueur et tranchés mince
  • 8 onces de champignons shiitake, tranchés 1/4 pouce (environ 3 1/2 tasses)
  • 3 à 4 branches de thym frais (en option)
  • 6 à 7 grains de piment de la Jamaïque (en option)
  • 1 boîte de lait de coconut
  • 1/3 tasse de graines de citrouille, rôties
  • 1 c. à thé de vinaigre de vin blanc (en option)
  • Sel de mer et poivre, au goût
  • 1 boîte de spaghetti, cuits selon les directives sur l’emballage

Instructions

Chauffer l’huile de coconut dans une grande poêle à feu moyen-vif. Ajouter les poireaux, le sel de mer et le poivre, au goût, et cuire, en brassant souvent, jusqu’à ce que les poireaux soient tendres, environ 3 à 4 minutes. Ajouter les champignons, le thym, le piment de la Jamaïque, et cuire, en brassant souvent, jusqu’à ce que les champignons soient dorés, environ 5 minutes. Ajouter le lait de coconut, 1/2 tasse à la fois, en s’assurant de faire épaissir entre chaque ajout. Assaisonner au goût de sel et de poivre. Bien chauffer, ajouter les graines de citrouille et retirer du feu. Ajouter le vinaigre de vin, bien mélanger, et servir sur les spaghettis cuits. Bon appétit!

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Coconut Green Spring Soup

Coconut Green Spring Soup
Coconut Green Spring Soup

It is now Spring in Arizona. The fruit trees are starting to bud, the seeds are sprouting. And this weather inspired this refreshing Coconut Green Spring Soup. The flavors in the soup, based on coconut milk, ginger, garlic, and lemongrass, are perfectly balanced. You could use other vegetables that cook somewhat quickly, as this soup is ready in a heartbeat! Longest thing is mincing and chopping. I served my soup over some ramen noodles, but any type of Asian noodles would work here. Ramen, soba, pad thai noodles, all good choices! I hope you enjoy this soup as much as my family did!

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Coconut Green Spring Soup

  • Author: Karine K
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemongrass, soft part only, minced
  • 1/2 bunch asparagus, cut into 1” lengths
  • 2 small zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and then sliced thin into half moons
  • 3 heads baby bok choi, stems and leaves separated, stems diced and leaves torn if too big
  • 5 cups vegetable broth or mushroom stock
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons green curry paste
  • 4 cups shiitake mushroom caps, sliced about 1/4” thick
  • 2 limes, cut into quarters
  • 1 jalapeño chile, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 10 oz package Asian noodles (soba, ramen, pad thai), cooked according to package directions
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • To garnish: fresh cilantro, fresh basil, mung bean sprouts, and toasted peanuts

Instructions

In a soup pot, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, ginger, and lemongrass, and sauté for 2 minutes, while stirring. Add the asparagus, zucchini and bok choi stems, and cook, stirring, 3 more minutes.

Add broth, coconut milk, green curry paste, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and add mushrooms. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 4-5 minutes until the mushrooms are cooked. Add the bok choi leaves and turn off the heat. Sprinkle with the juice of half a lime and add the chile. Taste and adjust seasonings. 

To serve, put some noodles in shallow bowls. Top with some soup and garnish with cilantro, basil, bean sprouts, toasted peanuts, and lime quarters. Bon appétit!

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Soupe printanière au lait de coco

  • Author: Karine K
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 c. à thé d’huile de coconut 
  • 1 grosse gousse d’ail, émincée
  • 1 bout de gingembre frais de 1 pouce, émincé
  • 1 c. à soupe de citronnelle, la partie tendre seulement, émincée
  • 1/2 botte d’asperges, coupées en tronçons de 1 pouce
  • 2 petits zucchinis, coupés en deux sur la longueur, et ensuite tranchés mince en demi-lune
  • 3 têtes de jeune bok choi (pak-choï), les queues coupées en dés et les feuilles hachées
  • 5 tasses de bouillon de légumes ou de champignons
  • 1 boîte de lait de coconut régulier
  • 2 c. à thé de pâte de cari verte
  • 4 tasses de champignons shiitake, sans les queues et coupés en tranches de 1/4 pouce
  • 2 limes, coupées en quartiers
  • 1 piment jalapeño, en fines lanières
  • 1 paquet (10 oz) de nouilles de style asiatique (soba, ramen, pad thaï), cuites selon les directives sur l’emballage
  • Sel de mer, au goût salt and pepper, to taste
  • Garnitures: coriandre fraîche, basilic Thaï, jeunes pousses, cacahuètes grillées

Instructions

Dans un chaudron à soupe, chauffer l’huile de coconut à feu moyen-élevé. Ajouter l’ail, le gingembre et la citronnelle. Faire revenir 2 minutes, en brassant. Ajouter les asperges, le zucchini et les queues de bok choi, et cuire, en brassant, 3 minutes de plus.

Ajouter le bouillon, le lait de coconut, la pâte de cari verte, et le sel de mer, au goût. Porter à ébullition et ajouter les champignons. Réduire le feu et laisser mijoter pendant 4 à 5 minutes, jusqu’à ce que les champignons soient cuits. Ajouter les feuilles de bok choi et retirer du feu. Ajouter le jus de lime et le piment jalapeño. Goûter et ajuster les assaisonnements.

Pour servir, placer les nouilles cuites dans des assiettes creuses. Ajouter la soupe. Garnir de coriandre fraîche, de basilic Thaï, de jeunes pousses, des cacahuètes grillées, et de quartiers de lime. Bon appétit!

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Coconut Red Lentil Soup

Coconut Red Lentil Soup
Coconut Red Lentil Soup

This Coconut Red Lentil Soup is everything you’ve been wanting. It is tasty, easy to make, and super healthy. There are many ways to eat it, beside as a soup. You can serve this lentil soup on rice or quinoa. My kids love when I serve it on mashed potatoes. We make it every week!

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If you like this soup, check out this Creamy Tomato Lentil Soup and this Lentil and Sweet Potato Stew.

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Coconut Red Lentil Soup

  • Author: Karine K
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 carrots, minced
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 to 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • To serve: toasted coconut chips, pumpkin seeds, fresh cilantro, fresh lime juice

Instructions

In a large soup pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the carrots, onion, garlic, and ginger. Sauté until vegetables begin to soften, 3-4 minutes.

Add the lentils and tomato paste and cook for two more minutes, until the tomato paste is very fragrant and a dark red color. Add the vegetable broth, coconut milk, curry powder, turmeric, sea salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer; reduce the heat and continue simmering, uncovered, about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are tender. Adjust seasonings, if necessary.

Serve warm in soup bowl garnished with coconut chips and fresh cilantro. Bon appétit!

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Soupe coconut et lentilles rouges

  • Author: Karine K
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 portions 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 c. à thé d’huile d’olive
  • 2 carottes, émincées
  • 1 oignon, émincé
  • 3 gousses d’ail, émincées
  • 2 c. à soupe de gingembre frais, émincé
  • 1 tasse de lentilles rouges, rincées et égouttées
  • 2 c. à soupe de pâte de tomate
  • 4 à 6 tasses de bouillon de légumes
  • 1 boîte de lait de coconut
  • 1 c. à soupe de poudre de cari
  • ½ c. à thé de curcuma moulu
  • 1 ½ c. à thé de sel de mer
  • ½ c. à thé de poivre noir
  • Garnitures: chips de coconut, coriandre fraîche, graines de citrouille, jus de limette frais

Instructions

Dans une grande marmite, faire chauffer l’huile d’olive à feu moyen. Ajouter les carottes, l’oignon, l’ail et le gingembre. Faire revenir jusqu’à ce que les légumes commencent à amollir, environ 3-4 minutes.

Ajouter les lentilles et la pâte de tomate et cuire quelques minutes de plus, jusqu’à ce que la pâte de tomate développe un arôme riche et devienne rouge foncé. Ajouter le lait de coconut, le bouillon de légumes, la poudre de cari, le curcuma, le sel de mer et le poivre. Mijoter pendant 15 à 20 minutes, en brassant souvent, jusqu’à ce que les lentilles soient tendres. Goûter et ajuster les assaisonnements au besoin.

Servir chaude avec des chips de coconut, des graines de citrouille, de la coriandre fraîche, et un trait de jus de limette frais. Bon appétit!

 

 

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Indian-Spiced Parsnip Soup

Indian-Spiced Parsnip Soup
Indian-Spiced Parsnip Soup

I took inspiration for this Indian-Spiced Parsnip Soup in the wonderful Love and Lemons Cookbook. In her book, Jeanine Donofrio offers a Curried Parsnip & White Bean Soup that calls for curry powder and cardamom as the main spices. I added my 2 cents on the spices and I laced the soup with coconut milk. I top this Indian-Spiced Parsnip Soup with my Toasted Nuts and Seeds Mix, but feel free to improvise.

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Indian-Spiced Parsnip Soup

  • Author: Karine K
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 34 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 56 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Gala apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • Sea salt and fresh pepper, to taste
  • Garnishes: toasted nuts and seeds mix

Instructions

In a large soup pot, heat the grapeseed oil over medium heat. Add the onion and season with sea salt and pepper. Cook until soften, about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 1 minute. Add the parsnips, apple, spices, and cannellini beans. Cook until the parsnips are lightly brown and a little softer, about 3 minutes. Add the vegetable broth and simmer until parsnips are tender, about 20-25 minutes.

Let the mixture cool slightly before transferring to a blender. Purée the soup until smooth, working in batched if necessary. Return the soup to the pot. Add the coconut milk. Reheat, if necessary, and taste for spices and seasonings. Adjust if necessary. Serve with your choice of toppings. Bon appétit!

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Soupe au panais à l’indienne

  • Author: Karine K
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Ingredients

  • 2 c. à soupe d’huile de pépin de raisin
  • 1 oignon moyen, haché
  • 3 à 4 gousses d’ail, émincées
  • 1 c. à soupe de gingembre frais, émincé
  • 5 à 6 panais moyens, pelés et hachés
  • 1 pomme Gala, pelée, épépinée et hachée
  • 1 c. à thé de garam masala
  • 1 c. à thé de cumin moulu
  • 1 c. à thé de coriandre moulue
  • 1/2 c. à thé de cardamom moulue
  • 1/4 c. à thé de curcuma
  • 1 boîte de haricots cannellini, rincés et égouttés
  • 4 tasses de bouillon de légumes
  • 1 tasse de lait de coconut
  • Sel de mer et poivre, au goût
  • Garnitures: mélange de noix et de graines rôties

Instructions

Dans un grand chaudron à soupe, chauffer l’huile de pépin de raison à feu moyen. Ajouter l’oignon et cuire pendant 3 à 4 minutes, jusqu’à ce qu’il soit translucide. Ajouter l’ail et le gingembre, en remuant. Faire revenir pendant 1 minute. Ajouter les panais, la pomme, les épices, les haricots cannellini, et du sel de mer et poivre, au goût. Cuire jusqu’à ce que le panais et la pomme commencent à dorer, environ 3 minutes. Ajouter le bouillon de légumes et mijoter jusqu’à ce que les panais soient tendres, environ 20-25 minutes.

Retirer du feu et laisser refroidir avant de transférer dans un mélangeur. Mélanger jusqu’à l’obtention d’une consistence crémeuse. Remettre la soupe dans le chaudron et ajouter le lait de coconut. Réchauffer, goûter et ajuster les assaisonnements, si nécessaire. Garnir et servir. Bon appétit!

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Coconut Milk Thai Soup

Coconut Milk Thai Soup
Coconut Milk Thai Soup

I’ve been making a version of this Coconut Milk Thai Soup for a long, long time. Every time I have a coconut milk urge (which is often!), I turn to my fridge and look at what I could toss in a Thai soup. This time, my friend Darlene had brought me Thai basil from her garden. It was a golden opportunity!

I had bok choy, zucchini, mushrooms, and red bell pepper in the fridge. Other times it could have been sweet potato, tofu, and kale. You can pretty much empty your fridge into this soup. It is versatile, easy to make, bright, and nourishing. It stays nice for leftovers the next day as well. The kids love it, too!

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For another great soup inspired from Asia, check out this Epic Coconut Curry Soup.

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Coconut Milk Thai Soup

  • Author: Karine K
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 chile pepper, minced
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, tender part only, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste (optional, your soup would be just fine without it)
  • 1 cup stemmed shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
  • 1 Indonesian lime leaf, minced (optional)
  • 1 can (14-oz) coconut milk
  • Vegetables: zucchini, bok choy, carrots, bell pepper, cooked squash or sweet potato, basically whatever you have leftover or vegetables you think would go well
  • Juice of one lime
  • Garnishes: cilantro, lime wedges, minced Thai pepper, Thai basil

    Instructions

    In a large soup pot, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, chile pepper, lemongrass, and fresh ginger. Sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the red curry paste and cook for one minute more. Add the mushrooms and the vegetables you are planning to use, depending on their hardiness, so that they soften a bit before you finish cooking them in the broth.

    Add the broth and Indonesian lime leaves. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer until the vegetables are done, about 5-10 minutes, depending on the vegetables. If you add spinach, add it after this simmering time, as spinach doesn’t need to cook, just wilt. Then add the coconut milk, taste and adjust seasoning, and bring back to a gentle simmer. Before serving, turn the heat off and add the lime juice. Serve topped with Thai basil, fresh cilantro, fresh lime wedges. Bon appétit!

    Keywords: coconut, Thai, soup

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    Soupe thaï au lait de coco

    • Author: Karine K
    • Prep Time: 5 minutes
    • Cook Time: 20 minutes
    • Total Time: 25 minutes
    • Yield: 4 portions 1x
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    Ingredients

    • 1 c. à thé d’huile de coconut
    • 2 gousses d’ail.émincées
    • 1 piment jalapeño, émincé
    • 1 bâton de citronnelle, émincé
    • 1 c. à soupe de gingembre frais, émincé
    • 1 c. à soupe de pâte de cari rouge
    • 1 tasse de champignons shiitake, tranché
    • 4 tasses de bouillon de légumes
    • 1 feuille de lime indonésienne, émincée (en option)
    • 1 boîte (14-oz) de lait de coconut
    • Légumes: zucchini, bok choy, carottes, poivron, patates douces ou courge, ou tout autre légume qui vous plaît
    • Jus de lime
    • Garnitures: coriandre fraîche, quartiers de lime, piment thaï, basilic thaï (en option)

    Instructions

    Dans un grand chaudron à soupe, chauffer l’huile de coconut à feu moyen. Ajouter l’ail, le piment jalapeño, la citronnelle et le gingembre. Faire revenir pendant 2 minutes. Ajouter la pâte de cari rouge et cuire pendant une minute de plus. Ajouter les champignons et le reste des légumes, selon leur temps de cuisson. Bien remuer.

    Ajouter le bouillon et la feuille de lime indonésienne. Porter à ébullition, réduire le feu et laisser mijoter jusqu’à ce que les légumes soient cuits, environ 5 à 10 minutes, selon les légumes. Si vous ajoutez des épinards, ajoutez-les à la toute fin. Ajouter ensuite le lait de coconut, goûter, ajuster les assaisonnements au besoin et laisser mijoter 2 minutes de plus. Retirer du feu, ajouter le jus de lime et servir avec les garnitures de votre choix. Bon appétit!

    Keywords: soupe, coconut, thaï

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    Mighty Jackfruit

    Jackfruit Tree in Bangladesh
    Jackfruit Tree in Bangladesh

    I was shopping with the kids and the jackfruit fruits were stacked right at their eye level. It happened like in the movies. They were both somewhat horsing around and when they turned around after tugging on the other’s shirt, they froze. “Maman, c’est quoi ce melon?” They thought it was some weird-looking, spiky type of melon. At that point, my only experiences with jackfruit were in Jamaica, where it can be found fresh at the market, or in different meals, both sweet and savory.

    Jackfruit Flesh Pods
    Jackfruit Flesh Pods

    Ok, it is the largest known tree borne fruit in the world, with fruits that can weigh up to 100 pounds! I got a nice 8-pounder from the market, and was able to make three different dishes. So a 75-pound “spiky melon” would be a little too much for me! Either way, I read about the fruit. And then I read some more. The history of this ginormous and nutritious beast is one for the books. Originating in the southwestern rainforests of the Western Ghats in the Indian Subcontinent (what is now Kerala, West Bengal, coastal Karnataka, and Maharashtra, but also Indonesia), jackfruit is also the national fruit of Bangladesh. It is consumed widely in the different tropical regions of the world, and represents an important source of nourishment for people in those regions.

    After studying the jackfruit, it was time to act! I decided to make jackfruit BBQ for tacos, since jackfruit tacos are on everyone’s lips, as well as a nice curried jackfruit dish, flavored with that Indian treasure we call spices. And then, a Facebook user suggested that I simmer the diced jackfruit in coconut milk, with onions, tomatoes, and garlic. I mean… How could I not try that as well?

    I have to say, the “funny” part about buying a whole fresh jackfruit is the peeling and trimming and extracting of the flesh, especially after reading that each fruit can contain hundreds of flesh pods! Each pod it attached to some stringy ligaments attached to a solid core, and all these beautiful things release some type of adhesive substance that makes the pods, the strings, and everything else in between stick to everything else!

    After spending about 30 minutes on the fruit, I reached the end. Only little warning I can give is that the jackfruit has a very specific, musty scent, that could somewhat remind you of some overly ripen pineapple. But it’s tolerable. Once done, I stored the pods in the fridge, and I had my “meat” ready for the next morning.

    The next morning, I started with the BBQ jackfruit for tacos. The recipes I read required canned jackfruit, but I went away and just subbed my freshness for the canned stuff. It seems, according to many, that the canned jackfruit is better for recipes like those. Mine turned out nice anyway. Contrary to many, I wouldn’t say you could “pass this stuff” for pork tacos. At all. But it’s a nice way to change up your taco game, it creates variety. I topped my tacos with a simple slaw, some avocado, some cilantro, and some fresh lime juice.

    Jackfruit Tacos
    Jackfruit BBQ Tacos

    Then came my beloved curried jackfruit, and because India is my second home, my second family, I am always eager to cook Indian food. The kids always love it and the house smells so good! This jackfruit curry was my favorite dish, maybe because the consistency of the jackfruit lends itself so nicely to a warmly spiced dish, and it’s also perfect to serve on rice, or any other grain.

    For the finale, I created my veganized version of Ginataang Langka (jackfruit in coconut milk), the Filipino dish suggested by one of my reader on Facebook. This was great too, a very sweet and creamy sauce surrounds diced jackfruit, onion, garlic, ginger, and chile peppers. I served this one over bulgur, topped with the roasted jackfruit seeds. Yes, you can roast the seeds and eat them too! They are rich in protein, potassium, calcium, and iron.

    In retrospect, I ADORED playing with the whole jackfruit! I find that it is always important to touch and discover your food, to cook it in different ways, and to explore its different components. Just to feel food in our hands is the first step towards healthy eating habits. The return to knowing what food is, real food. And the jackfruit gave me just that. To know that I’m touching the same fruits that people on the other side of the globe are also depending on for their sustenance. It makes you think, it makes you appreciate nature, and all of its wonders. Mighty jackfruit, thank you, it was quite an experience!

    Assorted Jackfruit Dishes | livitygardens.com
    Assorted Jackfruit Dishes | livitygardens.com