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Vegan MoFo Day 19: Hot Borscht Autumn

Hey it’s a meme no one will remember by the time this posts!

Anyway, today is Fall Colors day, and that means yellow squash, orange sweet potato, or red beets. I made borscht because I don’t think I have before and it’s very, very red.

Above: Chunky.

Like, very red. The red that turns everything it touches red, including the potato and carrot also in this soup. But I did use a stick blender to make the broth a bit thicker. I didn’t puree everything, just some of it.

Above: Less chunky. Also dill.

Oh, also, there’s some cannellini in there because it makes it more of a meal, I guess? But so does a nice swirl of almond yogurt, a sprinkle of fresh dill, and a slice of seeded rye.

Above: Priyatnogo Appetita!

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Roasted cauliflower coconut curry soup with chickpea-kale dry fry

This was pretty tasty, and I didn’t use any particular recipes. First, I tossed a bunch of cauliflower florets and rough-chopped onion with olive oil, pinch of salt, mustard seeds, and curry powder and roasted it at 400 F until everything looked browned and cooked well through (maybe 30 minutes?). Then I took out a few smaller florets and set them aside (for garnish/texture later) before dumping everything into the Vitamix with a can of lite coconut milk, some leftover vegetable broth (maybe ½ cup), a little tomato puree (again, not measured, but maybe 1/3 cup), and a healthy chunk of chopped fresh ginger. I put this back on the stove to simmer (with a little extra water, a little lump of coconut oil, and another pinch of salt), and seasoned with lemon juice just after turning off the heat later.

For the chickpea fry, I pan-fried the bulbous part of a small red spring onion, sliced thinly, with some mustard seeds and red pepper flakes, then added a can of chickpeas (drained and rinsed) with about a teaspoon each of cumin and coriander, and let it cook in the pan for a few minutes before adding a dash of tomato puree to coat. I let this cook down for a while before adding a handful of baby kale to the pan and covering to let the tender leaves wilt. After they did, I mixed them with tongs and added a splash of lemon juice.

I ladled the soup into the bowl first, then some of the chickpeas and kale, then a couple cauliflower florets and fresh spring onion greens. Yum.

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White bean and sweet potato soup with kale and spices

The boyfriend is sick, and it’s finally fall, so I figured it was a soup night. Here’s what went in the pot:

  • 1 big yellow onion, minced
  • 1 fat green jalapeno, minced
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into ½" pieces
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced (leftover from yesterday’s stir-fried noodle dinner)
  • Heaping spoonful of ground coriander and cumin, half a teaspoon of paprika, and a pinch of allspice
  • 4 cups of water – let everything cook until the sweet potato is tender
  • 3 ladles of cooked white beans (I don’t remember the variety, it’s somewhere between pinto and cannellini)
  • Half a bunch of lacinato kale, roughly chopped
  • Nub of fresh ginger and three cloves garlic, microplaned right into the pot at the end (this is one of my favorite things to do; it often helps the garlic really pop vs. cooking it from the beginning with the onion)
  • Splash of tamari and pinches of salt, to taste

To garnish:

  • Several sprigs of cilantro, rough chopped
  • 1 stripey heirloom tomato, diced
  • Juice of half a lime

I’m pretty pleased. It’s warm, a bit spicy (though not that much), colorful, comforting.