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Cheezy Gnocchi & Peas

In Mains (Vegetarian) on February 4, 2017 at 9:15 AM

Cheezy Gnocchi & Peas

It might surprise you to learn I barely sit down these days. In between feeds, I have not been able to sit down for months.

When I was pregnant, people told me I’d be watching a lot of television while on my maternity leave. Nothing could be completely wrong.

Even though baby P is not crawling yet, the need for baby snuggles are real. However, our baby demands snuggles while standing. As soon as you sit down, he knows and will probably wake up and start to cry. It took me 5 months to figure out I could read my computer while standing and swaying if I brought it to the kitchen island. It is higher than my computer desk and I could work while standing. And as time passed, I started typing again.

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Root Cellar Medley Soup + Complete Root Cellar Book GIVEAWAY

In Mains (Vegetarian), Soups on January 28, 2017 at 8:01 AM

 

Root Cellar Medley Soup + Complete Root Cellar Book GIVEAWAY

You know it is a great soup when I make it two weeks in a row. It is not often that I repeat recipes in such rapid succession, but I only ate 2 servings and had planned to share it with our baby. I thought it was ok for him until I realized I used broth powder with salt in it.

Round two was solidified. Without any vegetable broth. The necessary salt was added after we removed baby P’s portion.

Root Cellar Medley Soup + Complete Root Cellar Book GIVEAWAY

This soup is very versatile. I was drawn to it because I bought 5 lbs of rutabagas (which I’ve used already). Other root vegetables could easily be used in this soup. The original recipe called for regular potatoes but I used sweet potatoes. Parsnips or turnips would also be lovely. The trick is to chop them into small bite-sized pieces. I added in lentils, which, when partially pureed, made Rob compare this to beef soup. I think a touch of marmite would also be lovely (not suitable for babes, though, so I haven’t tried it yet).

 

Root Cellar Medley Soup + Complete Root Cellar Book GIVEAWAY

I must admit I was drawn to this book because it is more about root cellars than recipes, and we have a love-hate relationship with our cold room. Too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. However, this winter has been pretty mild, so we haven’t had too many frozen veggies yet. I haven’t had a chance to thoroughly go through the information about root cellars, but hope to at one point. I’d love to perfect our cold room and use this book to make it better.

In the meantime, this soup is simply delicious and a winner in its own merit.

Thankfully, the publisher allowed me to giveaway the cookbook to a reader living in Canada or the United States. To be entered in the random draw for the book, please leave a comment below telling me about your experience with a root cellar. Do you have one? If not, do you want to make one? The winner will be selected at random on February 12, 2017. Good luck!

Root Cellar Medley Soup + Complete Root Cellar Book GIVEAWAY

Root Cellar Medley Soup
Courtesy of The Complete Root Cellar Book: Building Plans, Uses and 100 Recipes, reprinted with permission by Robert Rose

Author’s note: You can change up the vegetables you use in this soup to suit your tastes or what’s left in your stores.

1 tbsp vegetable oil                                15 mL
1 small onion or leek (white and light green part only), chopped
1 cup diced carrots                               250 mL
1 cup diced peeled potatoes             250 mL (Janet’s note: I used sweet potato)
1 cup diced rutabaga or turnip          250 mL
1/2 cup sliced celery                               125 mL
1/2 tsp dried thyme                                    2 mL (Janet’s note: I used 1 tsp)
4 cups reduced-sodium ready-to-use
 vegetable or chicken broth (approx.) 1L (Janet’s note: I used 5 cups since I added lentils)
1 cup dry brown lentils, rinsed and drained (Janet’s addition)
2 tbsp tomato paste (optional)            30 mL
2 tbsp white wine vinegar or cider vinegar 30 mL
1 tsp salt, or to taste                              5 mL
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper, or to taste    1 mL
Chopped fresh parsley

  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for about 3 minutes or until starting to soften. Add carrots, potatoes, rutabaga, celery and thyme; sauté for 5 minutes or until carrots start to soften.
  2. Add stock and lentils (if using) and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until vegetables are very soft.
  3. Whisk in tomato paste (if using) and vinegar. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. I used an immersion blender to partially blend the soup. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle into warmed bowls and garnish with parsley.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Tip: When chopping or dicing vegetables for soup that won’t be puréed, keep in mind that the pieces should fit nicely on a spoon, allowing room for at least two pieces per spoonful, to keep each bite flavorful.

Courtesy of The Complete Root Cellar Book: Building Plans, Uses and 100 Recipes by Steve Maxwell & Jennifer MacKenzie © 2016 www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.

Credit for cover image: Colin Erricson

Contest Rules: No purchase necessary. Contest period begins Saturday, January 28, 2017 and ends Sunday, February 12, 2017. For American and Canadian residents only. Approximate retail value US$24.95. Enter by writing a comment answering the prompt for a chance to win.  Entrants must supply a valid email address. Winners will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours.

Winter One Pot Lentils & Rice + Ultimate Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook review

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian) on January 21, 2017 at 8:55 AM

Winter One Pot Lentils & Rice + Ultimate Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook giveaway

I am starting to  look at food in a different way now that we’re starting to feed our baby. I’ve been using my Instant Pot to cook lots of vegetables before I blitz them into purees. At first, we started with simple, single ingredients. Then we moved to combinations and eventually I started making our own meals without salt and then throwing them into the blender for a new puree. Lentils, rice and rutabaga with some spices sounds like an awesome baby puree!

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Miso Fried Rice with Baby Bok Choy and Tofu

In Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) on January 14, 2017 at 7:01 AM

Miso Fried Rice with Baby Bok Choy

I don’t know if other moms can relate but I am constantly running out of space on my phone and google account. I remember when I first opened my gmail account and it was meant to never run out of space. Yeah, um, not for parents.

Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t like I am taking tons of photos of my baby. I just happen to take a quick flurry of photos at one time, because much like a cat you can’t control, I never really know what kind of expression will be captured with each photo. Come to think of it, I have plenty of photos of my baby sleeping, since I like to share them with Rob as a form of my small accomplishments for the day. Getting the baby to sleep is never an easy feat. He does not nap very well.

For a while, we had some longer sleeps at night, which I could count on one hand. Provided I get some sleep, the continual feeding every 2-3 hours doesn’t bother me as much. It just means I keep trying to get him to sleep every 2-3 hours, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Early Bird Scrambled Tofu + Protein Ninja cookbook GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Breakfasts, Mains (Vegetarian) on December 3, 2016 at 9:12 AM

Early Bird Scrambled Tofu + Protein Ninja cookbook GIVEAWAY

Tofu scrambles. We’ve made them plenty of times – dillicious, chili masala, curried dill, tahini chickpea, and mighty migas. And then there was the Revolutionary Savoury Egg Mix just waiting for a tofu scramble. They are all good but we make dillicious the most often, since we love it so. However, I have to tell you. We’ve found the chickpea scramble that rules them all. The BEST tofu scramble is right here. And it is deliciously doused in nutritional yeast and also sneaks in chickpeas.
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Slow Cooker Black Bean and Plantain Chili

In Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) on November 26, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Plantain Chili

Who else is a fan of plantains? They might seem like an exotic ingredient, but even here in Toronto, they are usually very reasonably priced and less expensive than sweet potatoes. However, unlike sweet potatoes, their shelf life is not as stable, as they can only last a few weeks until they turn all brown. I never buy them with a plan, other than panfry in coconut oil, but this recipe was excellent, and I’ll probably buy more plantains just to make it again, it was that good.
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Sassy Sesame Tofu with Sweet Potato, Carrots and Sugar Snap Peas & Vegan Under Pressure GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) on November 19, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Sassy Sesame Tofu  with Sweet Potato, Carrots, and Sugar Snap Peas

I have had my Instant Pot almost one year and it wasn’t until I stumbled upon Jill Nussinow‘s Vegan Under Pressure that it really clicked. I knew it didn’t have to only be rice and beans, but I finally took the leap to other meals with the cookbook. Quick and easy orange-scented beet salad, maple mustard brussels sprouts, potato salad, and this delicious Sassy Sesame Tofu. There are so many more recipes I still want to try: Lemon Cashew Cheesecake! (in a pressure cooker!) Red Lentil, Sweet Potato Hemp Burgers!
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Autumn Chickpea and Lentil Soup

In Mains (Vegetarian), Soups on November 5, 2016 at 9:54 AM

Autumn Chickpea and Lentil Soup

Last weekend, we tore up our garden. I think we did pretty well for keeping the garden going until the end of October. The tomato and tomatillo plants were ripped out, asparagus ferns chopped off, new garlic planted and we made a new lasagna compost garden to be ready for us next spring.

We continue to harvest a bit, too. I may even be able to store some of the Ayocote Morado runner beans, which only started to produce bean pods in September despite a summer of glorious red blossoms. I harvested them, too, but they are bright green and lush. I will try to dry them indoors. The kale keeps growing, though, and I hope to keep it going to capture some seeds next year. Read the rest of this entry »

Slow Cooker Creamy Sweet Potato & Peanut Stew + Plant Pure Nation Cookbook giveaway

In Book Review, Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) on October 15, 2016 at 8:08 AM

Slow Cooker Creamy Sweet Potato & Peanut Stew

I always loved eating peanut butter, but I ate even more of it while pregnant. Breastfeeding brought a whole new level of hunger as I build a new human and possibly even higher levels of consumption. It is usually limited to breakfasts and desserts, and even though I had stirred it into stews before (hello, African Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew), this version is easily made in a slow cooker, simplifies the spices with curry powder, swaps chickpeas for kidney beans and I love how effortless the frozen spinach brings another layer of goodness. The coconut milk and peanut butter make for a creamy base that is deliciously paired with the sweet potatoes and carrots. I added some peanuts for garnish, but the crunch was a fun treat when they were immersed in the stew, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Chickpea Chile Verde

In Mains (Vegetarian) on September 30, 2016 at 8:13 AM

Chickpea Chile Verde

Our tomato consumption is still going strong but I would hate to bore you with so many consecutive tomato recipes. Another garden winner this year were the boisterous tomatillo plants. I have given away more tomatillos than I have eaten myself. Most of my friends have made and canned salsa verde. I don’t have the time or equipment to can this year, so I looked for less traditional ways to use tomatillos. When I spotted Alissa’s chickpea chile verde, I knew we had a winner!

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Vegan Scalloped Tomatoes

In Mains (Vegetarian), Sides on September 24, 2016 at 8:17 AM

Vegan Scalloped Tomatoes

The original recipe was called “Scalloped Tomatoes”. I had visions of thinly sliced tomatoes smothered in creamy and cheese, akin to scalloped potatoes, except using tomatoes. Only a fool would thinly slice tomatoes that painstakingly which is probably why cubes of tomatoes are used here. Read the rest of this entry »

Slow Cooker Veggie Enchilada Soup + Easy. Whole. Vegan GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian), Soups on September 17, 2016 at 9:02 AM

Veggie Enchilada Soup

I forgot to mention in my last food post, but roasted tomatoes freeze incredibly well. They last a while in your fridge but if you want to savour some summer bounty during the winter, batch cook them up and stockpile them in your freezer. Last year, I bought a bushel of red bell peppers, chopped them up and froze them, and we are still eating through them!

If you need any ideas what to do with all this frozen (or fresh, if you have some made already) roasted tomatoes and bell peppers, I urge you to try this soup.
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Quick Roasted Tomatoes on Toast

In Appetizers, Mains (Vegetarian) on September 10, 2016 at 8:13 AM

Quick Roasted Tomatoes on Toast

So how about more tomatoes? Ooey, gooey, melt in your mouth roasted tomatoes. But you don’t have 45 minutes to an hour to wait, or even 3 hours for a  super slow roast. Because you might have a baby that doesn’t leave you much time between his eat-sleep-poop cycle.. How about 20 minutes? Maybe that’ll work, just maybe.

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Coconut Bacon and Coco-BLT (BMT) + Baconish cookbook review

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian) on September 3, 2016 at 9:40 AM

Coconut Bacon and Coco-BLT (BMT) + Baconish GIVEAWAY

Rob and I have been plowing through our tomato stash. Mostly me, since Rob doesn’t like them raw. Slow and steady it built up, as we waited for the green tomatoes to ripen on our windowsill. We had to pick them early, otherwise the rodents would take off with them. I blame the squirrels. Or maybe it is raccoons? I thought there were telltale teeth marks but my mom assured me the culprit (in that case) were earwigs. I know earwigs cannot lift a tomato on top of the fence, so I have multiple foes. I am surprised any rodent could lift them because some of the tomatoes are huge. One tomato I found on the plant that was turning red was 540g! Over a pound! Read the rest of this entry »

Smoky Corn Chowder + Vegan Bowl Attack GIVEAWAY

In Book Review, Mains (Vegetarian), Soups on August 21, 2016 at 8:23 AM

Smoky Corn Chowder + Vegan Bowl Attack GIVEAWAY

It is local corn season!

This baby business has had me cooped up most of the spring and summer and it is nice to finally feel like the early hazy days have lifted somewhat. It only took 9 weeks. One problem with having a preemie is that his newborn period runs longer.  We have to wait for his corrected age for him to develop his milestones. So no, he isn’t sleeping through the night just yet. Not even close.

But, it was nice to wake up while corn season is in full force. Rob can grill the corn pretty quickly and if you have any leftover, or can spare a handful of cobs, this is a fantastic soup. Read the rest of this entry »