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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

 

I first learned about “blended salad” from Dr. Joel Fuhrman.  If you don’t know who Dr. Fuhrman is, be sure to click the link!  In my opinion, his book “Eat to Live” is one of the best books on nutrition.  I love his “nutritarian” approach to health.  It’s all about nutrient density.

A blended salad is basically another type of green smoothie.  My morning green smoothie contains a lot of fruit.  My evening blended salad contains mostly vegetables.

Here’s what I put in my blended salad last night (serves 2):

Parsley, spinach, zucchini, carrot, cucumber, apple, red pepper and lemon juice (frozen).

Blended Salad Ingredients - IMG_2216

PREPARATION

These are tips for preparing lots of vegetables ahead of time.  This cuts down on the amount of work involved.  If it’s too much work, then you probably won’t make blended salads regularly.  Not good!

1.  Buy several bunches of parsley.  Discard the thickest stems. (I don’t need that much fiber!)  Rinse, spin dry, and freeze on parchment paper.  Store in a freezer container.

2.  Have dark leafy greens in your fridge at ALL times.  Rotate through kale, spinach, chard, collards, etc.  Rinse the leaves and remove the tough stem.  Most of the time I throw the stem away, but sometimes I mince it up for soup.

3.  Buy a large variety of vegetables and apples.  Wash, chop (2″ pieces) and freeze most of it.  Always save some of everything for the fridge.  Don’t forget about tomatoes, celery, and avocado.  Keep the tomatoes and avocado fresh.

4.  Use a citrus reamer to juice a whole bunch of lemons at once.  Freeze the juice in ice cube trays.

5.  If you have a juicer, you can also juice some of the vegetables and freeze the juice in ice cube trays.  Using some vegetable juice instead of all whole veggies will cut down on some of the fiber (if getting too much fiber is an issue.)  Save your carrot pulp for other uses (like these muffins).

5.  Blend everything in a high-powered blender like a Vitamix.  Add at least a cup of water per serving.

Blended Salad - IMG_2218

It’s interesting to read nutrition charts showing the percentage of protein, carbohydrate, and fat found in fruits and vegetables.  People are surprised to learn that fruits contain protein and vegetables contain fat.

Please repeat after me:

ALL PLANTS CONTAIN PROTEIN.

PARSLEY:  27% protein, 57% carb, 16% fat

SPINACH:  39% protein, 49% carb, 12% fat

ZUCCHINI:  25% protein, 67% carb, 8% fat

CARROT:  8% protein, 87% carb, 5% fat

CUCUMBER:  19% protein, 69% carb, 12% fat

APPLE:  2% protein, 95% carb, 3% fat

RED PEPPER:  13% protein, 78% carb, 9% fat

LEMON:  7% protein, 90% carb, 3% fat

(Protein, carb, and fat percentages are from the book, “Becoming Raw:  The Essential Guide to Raw Vegan Diets,” by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina.  This is another excellent book on nutrition.  You don’t need to be “raw” to read it.)

Happy blending!

Smiling Veg - IMG_9118

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