The two books from which these recipes are combined are: One-Pot Vegetarian Dishes and Fresh and Fast Vegan Pleasures. I highly recommend both as good starting points for easy vegetarian/vegan cooking!
Easy Corn Soup
2 garlic cloves, minced (fresh is best, here as in most food items! Tips on an easy way to peel these babies to follow the recipe!)
2 shallots, sliced
1" piece of fresh ginger, grated
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional for you who do not think that "spice is nice")
OR 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
5 1/2 c. vegetable broth
1/2 c. quinoa, rinsed
Zest of 1/2 lime
4 fl. oz. canned, unsweetened coconut milk
1 c. fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 1/2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro, or fresh parsley, or
Large handful fresh basil leaves
2 limes, cut into chunks
- In a medium soup pot, saute the shallots, ginger, and jalapeno pepper if using for about five minutes, until the shallots are softened.
- Add the broth, quinoa, cayenne pepper (if using), lime zest, and coconut milk into the soup pot. Bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes.
- Add the corn kernels and cook for an extra 3 minutes. Serve hot, topped with a handful of cilantro, parsley or cut basil leaves, with a lime wedge alongside to add to the soup at the table!
Salads are easy, right? Sure, if you want plain-old, same-old wilted iceberg lettuce and a handful of carrot shavings on top. Try these ideas to keep things tasty and interesting - with the fruit, you don't even need dressing a lot of the time, but when you need a little "something," try a splash of Balsamic vinegar mixed with a drop of olive oil and orange juice.
Try mixing two or three things from each of these categories to get a great salad going:
- a wide variety of lettuces - move away from iceberg lettuce, which has almost no nutritional value, try out: red leaf, green leaf, butter head, escarole (a type of endive - a little goes a long way with this somewhat bitter-tasting green but it's great when mixed in!), arugula (with a somewhat peppery flavor), Look here for more ideas!
- Pile on the fruit - berries, apple slices, mango, etc.
- Nuts - pine nuts are magnificent on a salad, though a little on the pricey side - don't be afraid to try your favorite nuts on a salad for a little extra protein
- and don't forget the old standbys: slices of carrots, cucumber, tomatoes (I love grape tomatoes but am not so fond of cherry tomatoes), etc.
This post is linked to: Domestically Divine Tuesdays at Far Above Rubies