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It’s time for a new soup flavor!  This delectable Italian-flavored soup is mildly spicy.  Adjust the black pepper and crushed red pepper amounts to your own liking…Enjoy!

Italian Lentil Soup (NSNG)

Italian Lentil Soup (NSNG)

INGREDIENTS

1 T coconut oil

6 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 broccoli stems, chopped
1/2 cauliflower, chopped
20 crimini mushrooms, sliced

dash garlic powder
dash celery salt
1/4 t ground rosemary (use a mortar and pestle)
1/4 t black pepper
1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
1 t thyme
1 t oregano
1 t fennel
1 t parsley
1 t basil
1 t sage
4 t Vegebase broth powder
1 T nutritional yeast

1 C lentils, rinsed
28 oz can organic fire roasted crushed tomatoes
5 C water

ASSEMBLY:

Put the coconut oil in your soup pot.  Saute the vegetables with the spices over medium heat for several minutes.  Add the rest of the ingredients.  Simmer covered for about an hour, until the lentils are cooked.  Portion in 1/2 to 1 pint glass wide mouth freezer jars.  Makes about 8 1/2 pints.

(NSNG = No Sugar No Grains)

Well, I finally got around to creating a couple Plant Powered No Sugar No Grains (NSNG) burger recipes…

  • Basic White Bean & Seed Burgers
  • Curry Patties

For these 2 new recipes, I used my usual “burger formula,” except I substituted 1/4 cup ground flax seeds and 1/4 cup chia seeds for the 1/2 cup oat flour that I used before.

Here are my 3 previous gluten free burger recipes.  If you want to make these NSNG, then just make the same substitution…

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Basic Burger Ingredients

Basic White Bean & Seed Burger Ingredients

BASIC WHITE BEAN & SEED BURGERS

1/4 C sunflower seeds, ground
1/4 C chia seeds
1/4 C ground flax seeds

dash celery salt
dash garlic powder
1/4 t black pepper
1/2 t smoked paprika
1/2 t dried parsley
1 t dried chives
1 t nutritional yeast

15 oz can rinsed white beans OR 1 pint homemade cooked white beans
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/4 C chopped onion
1/4 C chopped carrot
1 T tahini
1 t vegan Worcestershire OR tamari
1/4 t liquid smoke
1/4 t Tabasco

Coconut oil or Villa Cappelli olive oil (for cooking the patties)
Parchment paper (for forming the patties)

ASSEMBLY:

1. Use a food processor to grind the seeds into a powder.

2. Combine the ground seeds and dry spices in a large mixing bowl.

3. Use the same food processor to puree the beans, vegetables and wet ingredients.

4. Add the wet puree to the mixing bowl and stir.

5. Spread the burger batter evenly in the bottom of the bowl.  Use a knife to make 6 even portions.

Divide the burger batter into 6 portions.

Divide the burger batter into 6 portions.

6. Spoon out each portion onto a large piece of parchment paper.

Drop burger batter portions onto a large piece of parchment paper.

Drop burger batter portions onto a large piece of parchment paper.

7. Flatten and form the patties with the spoon.  There’s no need to get your hands dirty!

Flatten and form the 6 patties.

Flatten and form the 6 patties.

8. You should be able to cook these right away, but I typically refrigerate for 30-60 minutes, to allow the seeds to fully absorb the moisture.

9. Cook with oil over medium heat.  Flip over every few minutes until the burger patties are nicely browned.

This one was cooked in Villa Cappelli olive oil.

This one was cooked in Villa Cappelli olive oil.

10. Serve.  Have fun with your food!

Burger Man

Burger Man

11. The “raw” patties can be refrigerated for a few days or frozen for several months.  Store the patties on the parchment paper.  To cook from frozen, simply thaw the patties on the counter for about 15 minutes before cooking.

Storage method for freezing the patties.

Storage method for freezing the patties.

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Curry Patty Ingredients

Curry Patty Ingredients

CURRY PATTIES

1/4 C sunflower seeds, ground
1/4 C chia seeds
1/4 C ground flax seeds

dash celery salt
dash pepper
dash garlic powder
1/8 t crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 t ground turmeric
1/2 t Garam Masala blend
1/2 t yellow curry powder blend
1 T unsweetened finely shredded coconut

15 oz can rinsed white beans OR 1 pint homemade cooked white beans
1 large garlic clove, minced
1/4 C chopped onion
1/4 C chopped celery
1 T peanut butter
1 t ginger juice

Coconut oil or olive oil (for cooking the patties)
Parchment paper (for forming the patties)

ASSEMBLY:
Use the same method as described above.
Curry patty with a very simple sauce made of tomato sauce, red curry paste and coconut oil.

Curry patty with a very simple sauce made of tomato sauce, red curry paste and coconut milk.

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