I received a couple notes about my last post on recipes so I thought I would share two more AND how I found these. First, the finding.
Finding new recipes is always tough. There are a bajillion cookbooks out there and they are all “…the best cookbook for…” so how does one decide? Normally I use the law of random selection – if I keep buying cookbooks eventually I will find one that I like. That said, it’s been awhile since that method has succeeded. When I decided to start my journey back to healthy living and furthermore, decided the first place to start was healthy EATING, it was still a little chilly here in Chicago. In my last post I mentioned that I wanted comfort-food and I don’t have any more room for cookbooks so I turned to our good friend Google and entered “vegetarian comfort food recipes” and hit GOLD. Without further delay, let’s talk about the next two recipes:
Chunky Minestrone Soup
This recipe comes to us from the BBC and as such, most of the quantities are expressed in grams and liters – that said, I find it interesting that some things are expressed in standard measurements like tbsp – but then I digress – again. I changed this recipe a little (because I can’t help myself and because I don’t always have all the things I need in my pantry). I substituted udon noodles for spaghetti noodles (no real reason, I am just on an udon noodle kick) and I got rid of the bread. As for the “season to taste” instructions, I used salt, pepper, oregano, basil and some cumin. Yes, I know, why cumin? I like cumin and I like my meals to have a little more “robust” flavor.
What’s the verdict? I loved this one! It made a TON of soup and keeps well in the fridge. Looking forward to making it again.
Black Bean Vegetarian Chili
I like chili. When this recipe came up in the search I was both excited and hesitant. I like chili. I also like MEAT, so a vegetarian chili never really get’s it done for me. This one is one of the better ones I’ve tried. Here too, I changed the recipe. I replace black beans with cannellini beans. I think a white bean just goes better in a non-meat chili. With all this talk of beans I’m sure someone will point out “real chili don’t go no beans in it”. Ok cowboy, simmer down – I get that but this isn’t real chili cuz it ain’t got no meat in it either – regardless, I ate three bowls of it last night.
Overall this was the easiest and fastest meal to prepare from start to finish. The times listed on the recipe were spot on. I would change the order of operation just a little though. They have you put the carrots and the zucchini in at the same time – that resulted in my zuke being a little too soft for my taste. I will put that in just a little before the final components go in next time.
As always, comments, suggestions and yes, even complaints are welcome – let me know what you’re thinking and I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I have.