Lately I´m quite in love with bulghur – it´s very quick cooking, has a very pleasant texture and it seems easy on digestion, even though it´s gluten, probably because it´s sprouted before it´s dried.
I just cook it for 15-20 minutes in a double amount of water, with a pinch of salt.
In a separate pot I heated 2 tsp of olive oil and sauteed minced garlic ( 1 or 2 cloves – I´m doing more garlic right now) for maybe 2 minutes, then added fresh cracked pepper and a blend of Italian herbs (oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme… any will do) and then a bunch of florets of cauliflower and broccoli. I added some water (maybe 2 cm), covered the pot with a lid and let simmer for some 15 minutes or so. When the veggies got soft, I mixed them into the cooked bulghur.
Served with a lettuce and rucola salad with a dressing of 2 tsp flaxseed oil, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar, a small pinch of salt and finely chopped fresh dill. And for the man I made a little side of seitan cooked under a lid with some maple syrup, shoyu, mirin and lemon juice 🙂
I am a soup freak, everybody can attest to that. I didn´t use to be. Luckily my boyfriend is pretty much the same. He likes clear bouillon type of soups. I like more thick creamy soups with the veggies blended, and possibly added mochi for extra cream 😀 The solution is: I make both…
The creamy parsnip soup comes from Kristina Turner´s awesome “The self-healing cookbook” and it´s very simple as all her recipes in this book. For two people, just add one and a half cup (or two) of parsnips cut into chunks to the boiling water and simmer about 15 minutes until they soften, then blend until smooth with an immersion blender. Add half a cup of broccoli florets and cook a couple minutes more. Flavour with your favourite miso – we used dark rice miso. I also made a little addition of a small chunk of mochi, and instead of water I used stock leftover from making nabe vegetables (a vegetable stock with kombu and shiitake in it).
The second soup is a clear bouillon soup, a very minimalistic one to top. I just boiled water with some diced celery stalk and added a coffee filter filled with about a tablespoon of dried bonito (fish) flakes (can be purchased at asian shops) which I tied with a rubber band and it worked pretty well! I turned off the flame and let it release the flavour for maybe 5 or 10 minutes. Then I added a good amount of chopped wild garlic, brought the soup back to a simmer and added miso to taste and a good squeeze of lemon, to lighten up the soup significantly.
Sorry for the quality of the picture :-p
I love it how the cold weather gives us a chance to make thick stew-like vegetable soups, very warming! And I like how green this soup looks 😀
half a medium broccoli head, cut into florets
1 medium onion, diced
half a portobello mushroom, cubed
about 3/4 cup cubed hokkaido pumpkin
handful of chopped kale
half of a smaller parsley root, cubed
half of a medium carrot, cubed
a small handful of small brussel sprouts, cut in halves
a 2 inch piece of wakame seaweed
a couple of sage leaves
2 or 3 heaping tsps of dark miso, diluted
First sautee the onion on a bit of water with a pinch of salt until it softens, then add sage leaves. Continue with adding the hard vegetables – carrot, parsley root, pumpkin and also the mushroom, cover with water to submerge and cook for about 10-15 minutes. Add more water, broccoli, kale and a piece of wakame and cook for another 5 minutes. Take the pot off the stove and blend with a handheld mixer until the soup is mostly smooth, but it´s nice to leave some chunks if you like that. Add brussel sprouts and bring back to boil. After about 3 minutes (if the sprout halves are really small, this is enough) turn the flame to lowest setting so the soup stops bubbling, add diluted miso and gently simmer for 5 minutes.
I served the soup with pressure cooked rice and hato mugi (1:1 ratio) and some sauerkraut.
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