Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sweet Potato Soup (with Curry & Garlic)


Here is an heirloom recipe passed to me by my lovely new Facebook friend,
Nancy Pugh, who got it from her friend Helen Heenan, New Zealand, who got it
from her grandmother. That is the beauty of "networking" at its most organic!
I have made a couple of minor adjustments (you guessed it: I used the
VitaMix)

2 med.- lg. sweet potatoes, diced into ~ 1 cm cubes
1 - 2 tsp. curry powder
75 Gm butter (~ 2/3 stick)
2 - 4 cloves, garlic

Cook all ingredients together, low heat to melt butter. Add water to cover & cook together until sweet potatoes are cooked through.
Transfer into the VitaMix cannister and whir until homogeneous (don't drain
before doing that).

Add milk or vegetable stock just before serving, to desired thickness.
May freeze.
Taste improves with age.
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**Thanks to Manoel Silva for the photo of the prize-winning sweet potato. Manoel displays his photos at StockXpert at sxc.hu

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sweet Potato-Peanut Soup (vegan, gluten-free)


This sounds like it might have African and/or Southern US influences. Whatever-- it's delish!

Place all ingredients in Vita-Mix container in order of listed ingredients. Secure 2-part lid. Select VARIABLE, speed #1. Turn on machine and quickly increase speed to #10; then to HIGH. Run for 6 to 7 minutes. Reduce speed to VARIABLE, speed #4. *

1 cup (240 mL) vegetable stock
1 cup canned chopped tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup onions, sauteed
3 cloves garlic, roasted
8 ounces silken tofu
1 cup natural peanut butter
15-ounce can sweet potatoes (or 2 cups baked or boiled sweet potatoes)

Add the following. Run for additional 10 seconds. Serve immediately.
1 cup red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup scallions, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika with salt and pepper, to taste

Garnish with roasted peanuts or cooked brown rice.
 This is adapted from a recipe on the Vitamix site.
*NO Vitamix?  Cook soup on stove and blend up in regular blender.
**Other peanut soup recipes on this site include: Thai Coco-Veggie Soup and Whirled Peanut Butter Ginger Soup

Monday, November 24, 2008

Taco Soup


  • 6 cups broth
  • 1 onion ( or more!)
  • 1 small can mild chopped jalapeno peppers
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic ( or more!)
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can black beans

  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp.cumin
  • 2 tsp.lemon juice


  • Simmer 30-40 minutes.
    Karen states: "For my broth, I use chicken seasoning, and before adding the water, I saute' the onion and garlic."

    Add the following to an empty bowl and then pour the hot broth on top:
    corn chips
  • diced tomatoes
  • diced green onions
  • grated cheese
  • diced avocado


  • This is a sort of 'haystack' soup (Adventists will know what I mean).

    Credit goes to Sheri Townsend for the delightful recipe and to Karen Ritchey for posting it on Facebook. Olé!

    **image courtesy of Jacek Chabraszewski on StockXpert at www.sxc.hu

    B is for Black Bean Mulligatawny with Celery & Apple Chutney


    Yummy, delightful soup to serve your family or company on crisp pre-Christmas days. It smells divine! And it is soooo easy to make if you have a VitaMix! This recipe can be found on the VitaMix site.

    Yield: 5 cups
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 7 minutes

    Celery & Apple Chutney
    1/2 cup tart apple
    1/4 cup celery
    1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
    1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

    Place all ingredients in Vita-Mix container in order listed. Secure two-part lid. Select VARIABLE, speed #1. Turn on machine and quickly increase speed to #4 or #5. Run for 5-10 seconds or until ingredients are chopped to desired consistency. If necessary, use the tamper to push the ingredients into the blades while proessing. Do not over mix

    Black Bean Mulligatawny Soup
    2 cups 480 mL reduced sodium, low fat chicken broth
    14 oz. black beans cooked, drained
    3/4 cup onion
    1 cup 240 mL light coconut milk
    2 tablespoons 30 mL tomato paste
    1 teaspoon fresh ginger
    1 teaspoon madras curry powder
    1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

    Place all ingredients in VitaMix container in order listed. Secure 2-part lid. Select VARIABLE, speed #1. Turn on machine and quickly increase speed to #10; then to HIGH. Run for 6 to 7 minutes.

    Serving Instructions

    Ladle soup into two bowls; top each with about 1/4 cup (60 mL) chutney. Serve immediately.

    Tuesday, September 30, 2008

    Another Wild Mushroom Soup


    I'm staying with my son in the beautiful Eastern Townships of Quebec. It's fall, the leaves are scarlet, the temperatures are pleasant (although it does rain and blow at night).

    My son and his buddies are mushroom savvy. This recipe is an adaptation from the Vita-Prep Cookbook (the Vita-Prep is the blender made by Vita-Mix for professional chefs.)

    Ingredients:

    1# (5 C.) Mushrooms, stems removed, and quartered (use fresh cremini, shitaki, etc.)

    6 Tablespoons (T.) Butter or Virgin Coconut Oil

    2 C. Carrots, chopped to 1"

    2 C. Celery, chopped to 1"

    2 C. Onion, chopped into 1" pieces

    1 Clove Garlic

    8 Cups Stock (your choice-- I use a vegetable stock)

    3 T. Tomato Paste

    Bouquet Garni (3 sprigs Parsley, 3 sprigs Thyme, 1 Bay Leaf -- see here)

    Celtic Sea Salt to taste

    Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to taste

  • Set aside 1 C. Mushrooms
  • Chop the rest of the Mushrooms, 1 Cup at a time, -- chop at Variable Speed 3 and pulse 10 times each for a fine chop.
  • Saute the chopped Mushrooms in 4 T. Butter or Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Using Variable Speed #3, chop the Carrots, 1 Cup at a time, allowing a run of 5-10 seconds for a fine chop. Set aside.
  • As above, also chop the Celery, Onion, and Garlic.
  • Add the above to the saute Mushrooms and saute for another five minutes.
  • Stir in the Stock, Tomato Paste, Celtic Sea Salt and add the Bouquet Garni. Bring to a boil and then simmer, partially-covered, for 45 minutes.
  • Remove Bouquet Garni.
  • Puree the Soup in 2 batches by setting the VitaMix speed to Variable #8 for ten seconds.
  • Slice and saute remaining 1 C. Mushrooms and add with Apple Cider Vinegar to the puree. Reheat and serve.


  • Magnifique!

    **it's a good idea to cook mushrooms, particularly button mushrooms, to destroy any toxins that are natural to the raw mushroom make-up.
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    Friday, September 12, 2008

    Running On Cold Fruity Power-Packed Soup...

    VitaMix sponsors Run America against Child Obesity

    Ultra marathon runners Charlie Engle and Marshall Ulrich are attempting to break the world record, running 3,100 miles across 11 states in 45 days! They will be running to raise money and awareness of childhood obesity—and Vita-Mix will be running right along with them!

    UNTIL DECEMBER 15, 2008, with each VitaMix purchase from this site, you could win a $50 Gift Card (shipping is free). To learn more about this contest and the amazing Whole Food Machine (10-Appliances-in-One), click here.

    Go here to read more about Run America and VitaMix's healthy solutions.

    Thursday, April 3, 2008

    "B" is for Belgian Creme de Saute


    Today's soup features the herb called "watercress" which I am not particularly familiar with in Canada, but which I see in a number of European recipes. I WILL get hold of some though, because it does sound like it has a number of very good qualities that I can use in my life: it is an antioxidant AND a diuretic. Those are two characteristics that I appreciate as I get older. I'm big on ORGANIC these days, so would definitely look for that in my purchase. It sounds like Cilantro in its claims to chelate toxins from the body.

    Back to the Alphabet Soup idea... here is a soup recipe from "B" for Belgium called "Creme de Saute" that uses Watercress (I've also included a "living" or "raw" watercress soup recipe in the Whirled Soup Ezine>> you might want to subscribe to that to get that recipe... see the sidebar to sign up<<< )

    Creme de Saute
    (Belgian Watercress Soup)


    1/2 C. blanched organic Almonds, soaked in 1 C. Water overnight
    1/2 C. washed, dried, finely chopped Watercress leaves
    1 pound diced organic Potato
    1 thinly sliced Onion
    1 T. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
    1/2 tsp. Sweetener (such as organic granulated cane sugar)
    Celtic Sea Salt and Cayenne to taste
    1-2 litres/quarts of filtered Water

    Simply whirl up the Almonds and water until a thick cream is produced. Leave the almond cream in the Vita-Mix Cannister.

    Fry up the Watercress, Potato and Onion in the Coconut Oil in a large
    pan or wok just until the onion is beginning to be translucent.

    Stir in the Sweetener and other seasonings.

    Add with Water to the Vita-Mix cannister. Secure the 2-part lid in
    place. Beginning with the Lowest Variable Speed, increase the speed
    gradually until the higest Variable Speed is reached, and then flip over into the High speed and process until homogenous.

    Sprinkle with a few fresh, finely chopped watercress.

    Enjoy!

    This is the sort of handy-dandy parsley chopper my European mother-in-law used:
    Bethany Mezzaluna Vegetable Chopper



    *thanks to Reinhold Tscherwitschke at www.sxc.hu for the watercress image
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    Saturday, February 23, 2008

    Borsch Demo

    Here is a delectable looking Borsch demo from a charming cook:

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    Wednesday, January 16, 2008

    The Stock Answer...


    These days when I make a soup I generally pop in a vegan stock cube that I buy from the local health food store. I do this "from convenience", but in reality, if I'm making soup anyhow, it isn't such a stretch to make my own fresh organic soup stock and freeze it for use in future soups. I haven't done the math, but it is probably cheaper, too.

    So, if you have the time, this is well worth the trouble. You can use the whole vegetable (without peeling), just make sure they have been scrubbed clean.

    There are various combinations you can use (to suit your palate). Here is one to try:

    Add the following organic ingredients to a large Dutch oven or soup pot:

    ~6 oz. dried Beans (any kind-- rinse in advance until they stop 'foaming' and they will be more digestible. Also, mixed beans are more apt to create digestive problems than just using one variety)
    ~1 large Potato, chopped but with skin on, scrubbed
    ~2 Carrots, cut into chunks
    ~1 Onion, sliced
    ~2 sticks Celery, chopped
    ~3 whole Garlic cloves
    ~1 Bouquet Garni (see instructions to follow)
    ~1 T. chopped fresh Parsley
    ~2 1/2 Litres (4 1/2 pints) filtered Water

    *Bring the above to a boil and then immediately put a lid on and turn it to simmer for about 3 1/2 hours. Strain and freeze. You can use the pulp in other Vita-Mix soups as a creamy base.


    *According to Wikipedia, bouquet garni is a French invention of any number of herbs, usually tied together with string that is trailed in the stock or soup to add an extra surge of flavor. I would suggest that if you want intense flavor that you could also use any of the pure culinary-grade essential oils such as basil, thyme, oregano, etc., singly, or in combination. CAUTION: Less is more with essential oils, and DO NOT use any essential oils that read "for external use only" since they have likely been adulterated with chemical additives and distilled with solvents.

    **picture of bouquet garni is taken from the Wikipedia site and contains sage, bay and thyme, a classic combination.
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