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I’ve been working on this Curry Soup recipe for a while, and I do believe I’ve got it right!  It is so very creamy and delicious.  (NSNG = No Sugar, No Grains)

It is mildly spicy, so if you need to kick it up a notch, then add some crushed red pepper flakes to your individual soup bowl, or else experiment with adding some Thai chilies to the simmering soup itself.  (I’m usually afraid to over-spice the soup so I tend to err on the side of mildness!)

This recipe makes about 9 pints.  Have some for dinner and freeze the rest in pint jars!

Here are some notes about a few of the ingredients.  Once you get these items, you’ll be able to make this recipe again and again!

Garam Masala is a blend of Indian cooking spices.  I get mine from the bulk spice section of my food Co-op.  The blend includes cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, pepper and coriander.

Medium Yellow Curry Powder is a spice blend that I have from the Savory Spice Shop.  It contains coriander, turmeric, ginger, fenugreek, anise, cumin, Saigon cinnamon, black pepper, regular yellow mustard, cayenne, mace, and cardamom.

Red Curry Paste (from Thai Kitchen) contains red chili pepper, garlic, lemongrass, galangal (thai ginger), salt, shallot, spices and kaffir lime.

Ginger Juice (from The Ginger People) is a convenient way to flavor soups with ginger.  I just don’t like to hassle with fresh ginger.  And, I guess I prefer ginger juice to powdered ginger.

Natural Value Coconut Milk, in the BPA-free can, is the brand of coconut milk I buy.  It does not contain guar gum like some other brands do.

Curry Soup with Cashews, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds & Unsweetened Coconut Shreds

Curry Soup with Cashews, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds & Unsweetened Coconut Shreds

INGREDIENTS:

1 T coconut oil

4 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 orange or red pepper, chopped
2 carrots, chopped in discs
2 celery stalks, sliced on the diagonal
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
30 button or crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 zucchini, chopped (*keep separate from the other veggies)

1 t fenugreek seeds
2 t Garam masala spice blend
2 t medium yellow curry powder

4 C water + 2 t veggie broth powder (Vegebase)

3 t ginger juice (The Ginger People)
2 t Red Curry Paste (Thai Kitchen)
15 oz diced fire roasted tomatoes
15 oz tomato sauce

15 oz (cooked) garbanzo or great northern beans, rinsed
13.5 oz coconut milk (without guar gum) (Natural Value)

For Garnish:
Cashews or peanuts
Toasted pumpkin seeds (Bake at 300 degrees for 10 minutes.)
Finely shredded unsweetened coconut
Crushed red pepper flakes

ASSEMBLY:

  1. Heat the oil and the fenugreek seeds in a large soup pot on medium heat.
  2. Gradually add the veggies except for the zucchini.  (The zucchini will turn to mush if you let it simmer for the whole time.  The zucchini will be added to the soup in the last 5-10 minutes of cooking.)
  3. Add the spices.
  4. Add the water, broth, ginger juice, and tomato products.
  5. Simmer, covered, for about an hour, or until the potatoes are cooked.
  6. In the last 5-10 minutes of cooking, add the zucchini, beans, and coconut milk.
  7. Portion in wide mouth pint freezer jars.  Makes 9 pints.
  8. Garnish with nuts, seeds and/or unsweetened coconut shreds.
Natural Value Coconut Milk

Natural Value Coconut Milk

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

 

Here, I challenged myself to create a sugar-free BBQ sauce for tempeh.  I was tempted to add a tablespoon of molasses, but I resisted the urge and kept this recipe strict NSNG (No Sugar No Grains).  If you want to add a little bit of sweetener, go for it.  I imagine it would balance out the acidity just a bit.  But anyway, I consider this recipe a success.  The Frank’s RedHot sauce provides a little kick.

INGREDIENTS

1 T coconut oil

8 oz thawed tempeh (slice lengthwise, then in cubes)

3 large cloves minced garlic
1 small or 1/2 large onion, sliced
1 large stalk broccoli (finely chop the stem)

15 oz can organic tomato sauce
1 1/2 T apple cider vinegar
1 T tamari or soy sauce
1 t mustard
1 t Frank’s RedHot sauce
1 t liquid smoke

dash garlic powder
1/4 t sea salt
1/4 t black pepper
1/4 t chili powder
1/4 t oregano
1/2 t BBQ seasoning blend (I found it in the bulk section of my Co-op. You could probably omit.)
2 t smoked paprika

Tangy BBQ Tempeh Ingredients - IMG_2551

ASSEMBLY

Melt the oil on medium heat in a high-sided 9 1/2″ saute pan.  Saute the tempeh and veggies for several minutes, then add the liquid ingredients and the spices.  Simmer and reduce the liquid for about 30 minutes uncovered, stirring frequently.  The sauce will bubble and splatter, so you may need to adjust the heat periodically.

Tempeh & Veggies - IMG_2552

Tangy BBQ Tempeh - IMG_2555

SERVING

I kept the whole meal NSNG by serving this over chopped romaine leaves and under avocado slices.

Of course, this would also be quite tasty on a toasted bun.  (Duh.  What isn’t tasty on a bun?)

Serves 2 generously.

Tangy BBQ Tempeh - IMG_2563

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