No Croutons Required - Berries


Gazpacho Soup from Aparna of Chilled Blueberry-Cocoa Dessert Soup. Another no arrive at soup for your repertoire, combined are the raw goodness of blueberries, bananas, yogurt, cocoa as well as honey. Chocolate as well as blueberries. But of course! I'd hold out delighted to consume this for breakfast. tiffin or dinner. (The Deep South, USA)

Gingery Berry Soup. Yogurt, strawberries, raspberries as well as orangish juice are blended together as well as therefore combined amongst honey, cinnamon, ginger, as well as star anise. This delightful summertime soup is therefore garnished amongst a chip of nutmeg as well as whipping cream. Easy, elegant as well as adept for you! (Paris, France)

Strawberry as well as Tomato Soup that proved to hold out a satisfying as well as quick repast solution later on a long 24-hour interval at work. Pureed tomatoes as well as strawberries are boiled together amongst a wee chip of sugar, chili pulverization as well as unopen to salt. This colourful as well as refreshing soup tin dismiss hold out served amongst a side salad as well as unopen to bread. (Basel, Switzerland)

Fresh Fruit as well as Berry Soup. Plump cherries, blueberries, raspberries, grapes, apples, plums, dried apricots, as well as freshly squeezed lemon juice are simmered together as well as therefore whirled into a smoothie similar soup amongst freshly squeezed orangish juice as well as unopen to caprine animal cheese. Packed total of vitamins, this refreshing soup tin dismiss hold out served chilled or warm, for dinner, breakfast or dessert. (London, Ontario, Canada)

Rhubarb Soup amongst Strawberry Ice Cream. This dessert soup is made yesteryear simmering together rhubarb, sweetness vino as well as sugar. This pureed mixture is therefore served over fresh strawberries as well as topped amongst a salubrious dollop of homemade strawberry H2O ice cream. Who could resist this summertime treat? (Belgium)

Strawberry as well as Fruit Soup for this month's challenge. Strawberries, blueberries, pears, freshly squeezed lemon juice, honey, balsamic vinegar as well as Earth cinnamon are rapidly pureed together as well as served amongst unopen to Greek yogurt. This delicious dessert soup volition satisfying your sweetness molar without adding extra pounds to your waistline. Clearly a winner! (Scotland, UK)

Cauliflower, Cranberry, Feta as well as Walnut Salad. Steamed cauliflower, fresh herbs, cranberries, walnuts, feta, fresh lemon juice as well as olive crude are tossed together as well as served amongst unopen to heavenly Polenta cups amongst Pea Puree. Sounds similar a mighty fine repast to me. (Melbourne, Australia)

Pepita as well as Cranberry Salad. Romaine lettuce, infant spinach, tomato, dried cranberries, feta, sunflower seeds, toasted pumpkin seeds, as well as flax seeds are all tossed together resulting inward a beautiful salad that would brand a fine accompaniment to whatever tiffin or dinner. (Rhode Island, USA)

Strawberry Pepper Salad. Strawberries as well as onion are marinaded inward soy sauce, garlic, pepper, tabular array salt as well as chili flakes as well as therefore pan fried as well as tossed amongst cucumber, paneer as well as a chip of cilantro. This tangy as well as tart salad is a perfect accompaniment to a saltation or summertime meal. (Bangalore, India)

Split Pea in addition to Vegetable Miso Soup amongst Seaweed in addition to Dried Mushrooms


Mushroom, Miso as well as Seawood Soup, this fourth dimension I added or as well as thence legumes as well as vegetables to charge it upwardly amongst extra nutrient power. Happily, the temperatures are chop-chop rising, pregnant I volition live on making to a greater extent than salads as well as fewer soups for the side yesteryear side few months, merely 1 of life's greatest pleasures is nonetheless a steaming hot bowl of soup.

Split Pea as well as Vegetable Miso Soup amongst Seaweed as well as Dried Mushrooms

1 loving cup of yellowish split upwardly peas
14 grams of dried mushrooms
1/4 loving cup of dulse seaweed, crumbled or cutting into pieces
4 - five strips of wakame seaweed
1 inch slice of ginger, peeled as well as minced
2 shallots, cutting into sparse strips
1 clove of garlic, finely minced
2 medium carrots, chopped
1 large potato, diced
7 cups of water
3 tablespoons of nighttime miso (I used Hatcho)
a generous splash of tamari
freshly cracked dark pepper
1/2 teaspoons of body of body of water salt

Rinse the yellowish split upwardly peas well, transfer to a bowl as well as embrace amongst water. Let the beans soak for at to the lowest degree iii hours. Drain the beans as well as laid aside.

In a minor bowl, soak the dried mushrooms inward 1 loving cup of hot H2O for xx minutes. In or as well as thence other minor bowl, soak the wakame inward 1 loving cup of warm H2O for xx minutes. Drain the mushrooms as well as wakame seaweed, reserving the soaking liquid. Chop the mushrooms as well as wakame as well as laid aside. 

In a large pot, convey the reserved soaking liquid, along amongst the remaining five cups of water, as well as the ginger, shallots, garlic, potato, carrots, drained split upwardly peas as well as a teaspoon or 2 of the dulse seaweed to a boil. Reduce the oestrus to depression as well as embrace as well as simmer until the split upwardly peas are tender - roughly thirty minutes. 

Meanwhile, house the miso inward a minor bowl amongst 1/2 loving cup of warm H2O as well as mix amongst a fork until the miso is dissolved. 

Add the remaining dulse seaweed to the soup pot, along amongst the wakame seaweed, the mushrooms, the miso, tamari, tabular array salt as well as dark pepper as well as gently fix for or as well as thence other few minutes. 

Serve amongst chocolate-brown rice for a good for yous as well as balanced vegetarian meal.

Chickpea Paneer Kofta inward a Creamy Cashew Tomato Sauce


Often when I accept a 24-hour interval off from run alongside zip specially pressing to attend to, I pass the afternoon inwards the kitchen cooking upwards a special care for for dinner. Not alone is it a skillful means to sack off stress, the trial is a specially satisfying in addition to delectable meal. I'm a small-scale gal, simply honestly, if a local eating seat served this spicy combo, I'd pass means too much coin eating out in addition to much less fourth dimension inwards my ain kitchen. Truth last told, warm sunny days tempt me away from the kitchen besides.

Somewhat similar a falafel, these baked koftas are roughly based on these Spicy Chickpea Kofta that accept ever been enjoyed yesteryear anyone I've served them to. I added paneer this time, along alongside eggs, in addition to served them smothered inwards an heavenly cashew love apple tree sauce. I'll last thinking of to a greater extent than uses for this winning sauce inwards future. 

Serve alongside rice in addition to a side vegetable dish to consummate the culinary experience.



Koftas:
1/2 loving cup dried chickpeas 
1 large potato, cooked 
14 oz of paneer cheese 
2 eggs, lightly beaten 
2 fresh crimson chilies, chopped 
2 fresh greenish chilies, chopped 
1 tablespoon solid position down coriander 
1 teaspoon paprika 
1 teaspoon solid position down cumin 
1/2 teaspoon cayenne 
1/2 teaspoon turmeric 
1/2 teaspoon asafoetida 
1 - 2 teaspoons ocean salt 
1/3 loving cup fresh coriander, chopped 
1/4 loving cup sesame seeds 
1/4 loving cup whole-wheat flour 
sesame crude for your hands 

Sauce:
2 tablespoons ghee or a mixture of butter in addition to oil 
1 large onion, chopped 
1 large clove garlic, minced 
1-inch slice fresh ginger, grated or minced 
2 - iii fresh crimson or greenish chilies, chopped 
1 teaspoon solid position down coriander 
1 teaspoon solid position down cumin 
2 teaspoons paprika 
1/2 teaspoon cayenne 
4 large tomatoes, finely choppped 
1 loving cup dry-roasted cashews, chopped 
1 loving cup water 
1/2 teaspoon garam masala 
1 1/2 teaspoons ocean salt, or to taste 
2 - iii tablespoons cream 

To brand the koftas:

Soak the chickpeas inwards H2O overnight. Drain, transfer to a medium pot, encompass alongside water, convey to a boil, encompass in addition to bring down the estrus to depression in addition to simmer until tender - roughly 1 hour. Drain in addition to transfer to a nutrient processor. Process the chickpeas until they resemble coarse crumbs. 

Mash the cooked white patato together alongside the paneer. Add to the chickpeas inwards the nutrient processor, along alongside the solid position down coriander, paprika, solid position down cumin, cayenne, turmeric, asafetida, chilies, egg, coriander leaves in addition to salt. Process until good combined in addition to the mixture resembles a smoothen dough. Transfer to a large bowl in addition to refrigerate for xxx minutes. 

Stir inwards the sesame seeds in addition to the whole wheat flour. Rub your hands alongside unopen to sesame crude in addition to sort into little patties. Transfer to a baking canvas lined alongside parchment paper. Bake inwards a preheated 350° oven for xv - twenty minutes. Remove the koftas from the oven, flip, in addition to brush the tops alongside a fleck of oil. Return to the oven in addition to bake for unopen to other xv - twenty minutes until golden brown.

 

To brand the sauce:
Heat the crude inwards a large pot over medium heat. When hot, hit the onions, stirring frequently, until they laid out to brown. Now add together the garlic, ginger, chilies, coriander, cumin, cayenne, in addition to paprika to the pan. Stir in addition to shaver for a infinitesimal or two. 

Next add together the tomatoes, cashews in addition to water. Bring to a boil, bring down the estrus to medium in addition to simmer, uncovered, for twenty - xxx minutes until y'all accept a thick sauce. Puree the sauce alongside a manus blender or inwards a nutrient processor. Add the cream, tabular array salt in addition to garam masala in addition to hit over depression estrus until warmed  throughout. Spoon unopen to sauce over each serving of koftas.

 

Wasabi Roasted Asparagus


It's hard to imagine a improve agency to revive palates starved of local arrive at for months than the starting fourth dimension appearance of asparagus inwards the markets, too equally long equally this noble too elegant vegetable is available locally, I'm never without a bunch or ii on hand.

Sweet, tender too delicious all on its ain amongst simply a lilliputian sprinkle of bounding main salt, ane of the many charms of asparagus is its involve to live on treated inwards the simplest fashion amongst a minimum of fuss, bother or cooking, too paired exclusively amongst a pocket-size handful of other classic flavours similar eggs, cheese, butter, lemon, fresh herbs or dark pepper.

Inspired past times SusanV, this uncomplicated dish is develop from fridge to plate inwards simply xv minutes, amongst tamari, wasabi too sesame serving equally a basic Asian-style season companion for the asparagus equally good equally performing a delightful spicy contrast amongst the natural sweetness of the vegetable. The tamari too wasabi collect to an particularly rigid resultant at the tips of the asparagus, which you'll wish to relieve for concluding when you're eating them.

If yous don't convey unopen to already, I urge yous to purchase a traditionally brewed tamari sauce made from slow-fermented soy beans instead of anything marketed equally simply soy sauce, which are unremarkably made amongst 40-60% wheat equally good equally quick hydrolyzed soy poly peptide too caramel colouring. Good tamari sauces are wheat-free, comprise to a greater extent than digestible proteins, too sense of savor then much improve than ordinary soy sauces that you'll never larn back. Fortunately, they're equally good widely available these days from reputable suppliers similar San-J or Eden Foods.

This is my contribution to Tried too Tasted, a monthly trial started past times the lovely Holy Cow is putting together the May edition.

Wasabi Roasted Asparagus

1 bunch fresh asparagus
1/2 tablespoon water
1/2 tablespoon tamari sauce
1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
3/4 - 1 teaspoon wasabi powder, or to taste
1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Preheat an oven to 425°. Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus too adapt the spears on a baking sheet.

Mix the water, tamari sauce too toasted sesame fossil oil inwards a pocket-size bowl. Stir inwards the wasabi, a 1/4 teaspoon at a fourth dimension to occupation the desired spiciness. Brush the sauce over the asparagus, making certain to coat all the sides.

Roast the asparagus for 10 minutes, turning the spears over ane time too sprinkling over the sesame seeds afterward v minutes. Remove from rut too serve.

Toor Dal in addition to Green Bean Poriyal


When the outdoors is rather uninviting, too naught is perceived every bit of exceptional importance, i can't larn incorrect past times focusing liberate energy on expert nourishment. Truly it is a sweetness luxury to pass an afternoon inward the kitchen. Poriyals are dry out vegetable curries served amongst traditional South Indian meals. This preparation, adapted from Dakshin, was especially appealing to me because it included non exclusively the vegetable constituent of the meal, but the gritty goodness of toor dal too. Legumes are an essential chemical element to a good for y'all vegetarian diet. Yellow separate peas or chana dal tin live on substituted if y'all please. 

On the card amongst Coconut Rice too Gluten-Free Chocolate Cocoa Brownies amongst Cranberries too Chickpea Flour for dessert. 


Toor Dal too Green Bean too Pea Poriyal

1 loving cup of toor dal, good rinsed
v dried cerise chilies
three cups of water
1 - two tablespoons of dried methi leaves (fenugreek)
1/2 teaspoon of asafoetida powder
1 teaspoon of ocean salt
1 pound of light-green beans, cutting into 1/4 - 1/2 inch pieces
1 medium tomato, seeded too finely chopped
a wee combat of water
1 loving cup of frozen peas, defrosted

For the tempering:

two tablespoons of oil
1 teaspoon of dark mustard seeds
1 teaspoon of chana dal, rinsed
1 teaspoon of urad dal, rinsed
two dried cerise chilies, halved
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
pocket-sized handful of dried curry leaves

Soak the toor dal too the cerise chilies inward three cups of H2O for at to the lowest degree three hours. Drain too transfer to a nutrient processor along amongst the salt, asafoetida pulverisation too methi leaves. Process until y'all convey a polish paste. Set aside.

In a large wok, estrus a combat of crude over medium heat. Add the chopped beans too tomatoes to the pan too cook, adding a combat of H2O if necessary, until the beans are but tender. Transfer to a bowl too ready aside. 

In the same pan, estrus two tablespoons of sesame crude or ghee over medium heat. When hot, add together the mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, cerise chilies, cumin seeds too curry leaves. When the mustard seeds commence to plow greyness too pop, add together the chana dal paste. Reduce the estrus to depression too cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture begins to brownish a combat too turns crisp. Add the light-green beans too the peas too attain for roughly other few minutes. 

Chickpea too Quinoa Salad amongst Lemon too Tahini


Miso, Seaweed together with Mushroom soup. 

Chickpea together with Quinoa Salad amongst Lemon together with Tahini

For the salad:

1/2 loving cup of quinoa
1/2 loving cup of chickpeas
1/4 loving cup of parsley

For the dressing:

1 shallot, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
juice from 1 lemon
2 tablespoons of tahini
a few splashes of olive oil
sea common salt together with freshly cracked dark pepper to taste

Soak the rinsed chickpeas overnight inwards plenty H2O to cover. Soak the rinsed quinoa overnight inwards 1 loving cup of water. 

Drain the chickpeas, transfer to a pot together with comprehend amongst water. Bring to a boil, trim back to a simmer together with comprehend together with educate until the chickpeas are soft together with tender - most 1 hour.

To educate the quinoa, convey the soaking H2O together with quinoa to a boil, trim back the oestrus to depression together with comprehend together with simmer until the H2O is absorbed - unopen to 10 minutes. 

Toss the cooked quinoa, chickpeas together with parsley together inwards a medium bowl. 

For the dressing, whisk all of the ingredients together inwards a pocket-sized bowl. Pour over the grains together with beans together with toss. 

Vanilla Oat Pancakes


Served amongst whipped cream too fresh berries, these naturally sweet, fluffy petty pan-fried cakes are a perfect process for an afternoon get-together over tea. Served amongst maple syrup, they're a delicious too warming breakfast on a cool summertime morning…

…and served amongst all three, these vanilla oat pancakes are a delightful process for whatsoever occasion.

Ingredients: 
2/3 loving cup rolled or steel-cut oats 
1/3 loving cup evidently whole fatty yogurt 
2/3 loving cup whole milk 
4 eggs 
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 1/3 cups unbleached white flour 
2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon body of body of water salt 

Instructions: 
Stir together the oats too yogurt inwards a medium drinking glass or ceramic mixing bowl. Cover amongst a build clean tea towel too permit residual overnight at room temperature. 

The adjacent morning, shell the milk, eggs too vanilla extract into the oats. In roughly other bowl, mix together the flour, baking pulverization too salt. Pour the oat mixture into the flour mixture too stir until simply combined. 

Heat a few teaspoons of stone oil inwards a non-stick or cast-iron frying pan over medium heat. When hot, drib 1/8 loving cup portions of the batter into the pan. Cook for roughly five minutes or until the edges are separated from the pan. Flip the pancakes too reach for roughly other few minutes, or until both sides are golden brown. Drain on sheets of newspaper towel. 

Serve hot or warm, dressed amongst whipped cream, maple syrup, fresh fruit, or whatsoever combination of the above. 

Mung Beans amongst Mixed Vegetables


My Legume Love Affair, a monthly number celebrating the goodness of the edible bean harvest, hosted this calendar month past times Annarasa. Consider this my submission for June.

Served amongst Lemon Brown Rice.

Mung Beans amongst Vegetables

1 loving cup of whole mung beans
1 large carrot, chopped
1 medium potato, diced
1 loving cup of fresh peas
3 1/2 cups of water
1 tablespoon of ghee, or a mixture of butter together with oil
1/2 teaspoon of fennel seeds 
1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
1 teaspoon of dark mustard seeds
1 inch slice of ginger, shredded or finely chopped
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne
1 teaspoon of soil coriander
1 teaspoon of fenugreek leaves (methi)
2 - three hot light-green chilies, chopped
1/2 teaspoon asafetida
juice from i little lemon
sea tabular array salt to taste

Soak the mung beans inwards plenty H2O to encompass overnight. Drain, transfer to a large pot along amongst three 1/2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, cut the oestrus to depression together with encompass together with simmer for xx minutes. Add the chopped carrot, fresh peas together with murphy to the mung beans. Stir, encompass together with popular off along to simmer until the vegetables are tender together with the mung beans are soft - roughly fifteen minutes. 

Heat the ghee or butter together with crude inwards a frying pan over medium heat. When hot, add together the fennel seeds, cumin seeds together with mustard seeds. Stir together with pocket-size until the mustard seeds plow greyish together with start to pop. Now add together the ginger, chilies, fenugreek leaves, cayenne, turmeric, coriander, together with asafetida. Stir-fry for simply about other infinitesimal or two. Transfer this mixture to the mung beans together with vegetables, along amongst the lemon juice together with salt. Continue to ready for simply about other v minutes together with thus the flavours tin give the sack blend. 

Pinto Bean as well as Zucchini Hummus


Among the "little foods" of the eastern Mediterranean meze tradition that shape such a wonderful together with varied rootage of inspiration for vegetarian dining inwards the summer, naught beats hummus for versatility, convenience together with protein. Zucchini lends a western Mediterranean flair to this spicy simply rich together with earthy hummus made from pinto beans instead of chickpeas, alongside yogurt along to add together a pleasantly low-cal refreshing tang.


Ingredients: 
1 loving cup dried pinto beans (3 cups cooked or two xiv oz cans) 
5 to vi sun-dried tomatoes 
4 to five dried whole carmine chilies 
1 small-scale zucchini, chopped (1 1/2 cups) 
3 cloves garlic, crushed 
1/4 loving cup tahini 
2 tablespoons whole fatty yogurt 
juice from ane lemon (3 tablespoons) 
3 tablespoons olive oil 
1 teaspoon bounding main salt 

Instructions: 
Rinse the pinto beans together with soak overnight inwards several inches of mutual frigidity H2O alongside a picayune yogurt whey or lemon juice added. Drain together with rinse the beans, together with thence transfer to a medium saucepan. Cover alongside several inches of fresh water, convey to a boil, together with thence cut the rut to low, cover, together with simmer for ane lx minutes or until the beans are soft. Drain. 

Meanwhile, encompass the sun-dried tomatoes together with dried carmine chilies alongside hot H2O inwards a small-scale bowl together with soak for twenty minutes. Drain. 

Combine the sun-dried tomatoes, chilies, zucchini, garlic, tahini, yogurt together with lemon juice inwards a small-scale bowl. Transfer the beans to a nutrient processor, add together the sun-dried Lycopersicon esculentum mixture too every bit the olive stone oil together with salt. Process until smooth. If necessary, procedure the mixture inwards batches. 

Serve alongside flatbreads, pitas, crackers or vegetables. 

Asparagus Pesto Rice


Looking at fresh local asparagus inwards the marketplace i time again this yesteryear weekend, I reminded myself every bit I produce every yr non to accept its availability for granted. Thus starts an annual but express dash to consume this glorious vegetable on every possible occasion, unremarkably alongside simply a quick steaming as well as a sprinkling of lemon juice as well as bounding main tabular array salt to savor it inwards its uncomplicated perfection.


Nevertheless, a slightly to a greater extent than elaborate handling ever breaks upward the routine, as well as if you're looking for an elegant add-on to your early on summertime tabular array this slow asparagus pesto risotto-style rice dish volition brand a splash alongside your guests piece alone reserving honor for the unique flavor of the vegetable. This recipe is adapted from a longtime favorite of mine, Delia Smith's pesto rice, simply for the seasonal occasion as well as takes remarkably piffling fourth dimension or effort. Do savor piece y'all can.

Preparation: 
1 bunch fresh asparagus 
1/2 tablespoon olive crude oil for brushing 
2 tablespoons pino nuts 

Pesto: 
small handful of fresh babe spinach leaves 
1 large clove garlic, crushed 
1 tablespoon olive oil 
1/2 teaspoon bounding main salt 
1/2 loving cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese 

Rice: 
1 loving cup arborio or other risotto rice 
2 cups vegetable stock
1 teaspoon bounding main salt 
juice of 1 lemon (3 tablespoons) 
1 tablespoon olive oil 
fresh dry reason dark pepper 

Garnish: 
fresh Parmesan cheese, pared into shavings alongside a knife or peeler 
asparagus tips 

Instructions: 
Preheat an oven to 425°. Snap the woody ends off the asparagus as well as suit the spears on a baking sheet. Lightly brush the asparagus alongside olive oil, making certain to coat each side. Roast inwards the oven for 10 minutes, turning the spears over i time halfway through the roasting. Remove from the oven, cut back off the tips, as well as railroad train the tips as well as four or v of the stalks aside to cool. The remaining stalks tin move railroad train aside for other recipes or to savor on their own. 

Meanwhile, toast the pino nuts inwards a dry out skillet over medium-low oestrus until lightly browned. Remove from oestrus as well as railroad train aside. 

Once the asparagus has cooled a little, oestrus the vegetable stock over low-medium oestrus inwards a medium saucepan, beingness careful non to convey to a boil. If it does origin boiling, plow downwardly the oestrus slightly as well as take the pan from the burner for a few moments. 

In the meantime, brand the pesto yesteryear putting four or v of the asparagus stalks, the spinach, as well as one-half the toasted pino nuts inwards a nutrient processor or blender. Add the garlic, olive crude oil as well as salt, as well as purée until smooth. Transfer to a bowl as well as stir inwards the grated Parmesan cheese. 

Take a few spoonfuls of the pesto as well as stir into the rice to coat all the grains. When the vegetable stock is hot but non boiling, pour the coated rice into the saucepan as well as stir inwards the salt. Turn upward the oestrus on the stove. As presently every bit the rice as well as stock laid out to boil, comprehend alongside a chapeau as well as plow downwardly the oestrus to low. Cook for just xx minutes. 

Once the rice is cooked, transfer it to a serving bowl. Add the remaining pesto, lemon juice, olive crude oil as well as fresh dry reason dark pepper to taste, as well as combine yesteryear stirring gently. 

If serving warm, scatter the asparagus tips, the remaining toasted pino nuts as well as the Parmesan shavings over the summit as well as serve. If cold, add together the garnishes simply earlier serving.