Recipe: African Peanut Soup

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African Peanut Soup [Vegan]

Ingredients:
2 tablespoon coconut oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped fine
3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
4 cups cubed sweet potatoes – (2) 10-oz bags organic frozen, or 2 large organic fresh.
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
½ teaspoon paprika, or to taste ( use chili pepper flakes or cayenne, if you like “heat”)
1 teaspoon salt
1 can diced organic tomatoes with juice (14.5 oz can)
4 cups vegetable stock
½ cup natural peanut butter

Garnishes:
¼ cup roasted unsalted peanuts, chopped
Cilantro leaves, chopped

Using in a 5 or 6 quart Saucepan or Dutch Oven,
Sauté onion & garlic in coconut oil until onions are translucent.
Add broth, sweet potatoes, ginger ; cook on medium heat for 6 minutes.
Add salt, tomatoes, & peanut butter. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and cook an additional 7 minutes. (Note: if using fresh sweet potatoes cook an additional 3 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are tender)

Let cool slightly, puree with a handheld blender, or in small batches in a blender. Serve in bowls , garnished with peanuts & cilantro.

Made today by: Carlotta Lucas
Photo by: Carlotta Lucas

Adapted from The Baker Creek Vegan Cookbook by Jere & Emilee Gettle

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Tomato Pie Recipe

Here’ s a great recipe for those gardeners out there who are actually harvesting some red tomatoes this year!

 Tomato Pie Recipe
Ingredients

1  9-inch pie shell
1  onion, chopped [if caramelizing, double the amount; it really adds to the flavor!]
4 large peeled tomatoes, sliced or chopped, [approx 3 cups] squeeze to remove excess juice1/3 to 1/2 cup chopped basil, or more to taste!
2 cups grated cheese (combinations are good: Sharp Cheddar, Monterrey Jack, Gruyere, Mozzarella)
1 cup mayonnaise [or vegetarian Vegenaise] Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions 
Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  1. Pre-cook pie shell approx.10 minutes, a frozen crust might need to cook slightly longer.
  2. Salt tomatoes in a colander and allow them to drain while pre-cooking pie shell.
  3. Chop onion [option:caramelize*] 
  4. Using paper towels, squeeze as much juice out of the tomatoes as you can.
  5. Layer onions, tomatoes, and basil in the pie shell. 
  6. Combine grated cheese and mayonnaise to together. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Spread mixture over the tomatoes.
  7. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until light brown & bubbly.

Serves 6.

*Caramelizing Onions
New York Times recipe for caramelizing onions fast. Start onions in a dry pan without any oil. As the onions begin to darken, but before they burn, add oil and salt to stop their browning. Then sauté them until they have softened in some spots and crisp up in others. This is said to take less than half the time of the traditional, slow-cooked method. 

http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/30/a-quick-way-to-caramelize-onions/

GROW YOUR OWN SPROUTS

During the winter months when our local Grower’s Market is not available, it’s fun to grow your own sprouts.There are other ways to do it, in glass jars, for instance, but here’s mine.First, I buy sunflower seeds (other types of seeds are also available) in the bulk food section at local grocery stores like Shop ‘n Kart or Ashland Food Coop.Then I use an ordinary planting tray without drainage.

  1. Put about a couple of inches of planting mix in the tray.
  2. Sprinkle seeds sparingly over the mix.
  3. Cover seeds with about another inch of planting mix.
  4. Place tray on a small table near a window and preferably near a furnace heating vent.The sprouts will think it’s summer.
  5. Water lightly with a watering can as needed.
  6. Turn the tray as needed when sprouts lean toward the light.
  7. Harvest with kitchen shears when sprouts are the height you like.Mine take about twelve days.
  8. Store sprouts in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, then use in salads, sandwiches, or whatever appeals to you.Delicious!
  9. Compost tray remains, and start over for a constant supply of nutritious sprouts.

Enjoy, Marjorie Hoeft

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A few suggested uses:

Raw snack
In salads
Inside tortilla or tacos
A powerful green juice
Sprinkle on soups, or pizza, before serving, as a topping
In sandwiches

…Carlotta Lucas

Gadzooks!…Zukes

Over stocked with zucchini?
Try out this crowd-pleasing vegan zucchini bread.

ZUCCHINIBREAD
[Vegan]
Preheat oven 350 degrees

Ingredients:
1½ cup Sugar
½ cup Oil
3 cups Whole Wheat Flour [ option: 1½ white, 1½ wheat]
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Salt
3 tsp. Cinnamon
3 tsp. Vanilla
2 cups Grated Zucchini
1 cup Chopped Pecans [or Walnuts]
¾ cup Water
½ cup Raisins [optional]

Mix all together- pour into 2 oiled & floured loaf pans or 1 bundt pan.
Bake 350 Degrees for 1 hour…………….This bread freezes well.