Saturday, January 22

Tons of Veg Soup!

I tried my first Daniel Fast recipe today. It is my own recipe. It's very easy, and if I may say really really good!

Tons of Veg Soup:

2-3 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped.
3 ribs of celery, chopped (the leaves give soup a great flavor too so include them!)
5-6 cloves of garlic chopped finely.
2 small zucchinis ends removed sliced in half lengthwise then sliced into half moons.
1 large leek (just the white part) cut lengthwise then turn halfway cut lengthwise again then slice into 1/2 inch pieces.
1 red bell pepper diced.
2 carrots sliced anyway you like.
5 oz or so mushrooms (any kind you like, I used baby portobellos, I used half of a 10 oz. container.) cleaned and sliced.
2 15.5  oz cans of kidney beans drained and rinsed.
64 oz of vegetable stock. (I used two of Emeril Lagasse's organic veg stock)
4 oz. can of regular tomato sauce. (make sure there is no added sugar to be Daniel Fast friendly)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp lemon pepper
2 Tbsp Dried Italian herb mix (Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Parsley, Rosemary, Marjoram)
1/2 tsp fennel seeds (I used a very big sharp knife and coarsely chopped the seeds... wear safety goggles)
Salt and pepper to taste.
handful of fresh spinach leaves coarsely chopped.

Okay, that was a workout! A lot of ingredients, but trust me, it's yummy! So good for you too!

Start with your soup pot over medium heat pour in the olive oil and let it get hot. Add the onions, celery, and garlic. Sweat the veggies until they're not quite cooked. Add the zucs (like cucs, but with zucchini!), the leeks, pepper, carrots, mushrooms, and beans. Let all the veggies cook for a minute or two then add the stock.

Bring the soup to an almost boil, a little better than a simmer... a bimmer, like a simmer only more boily. Right.

Add all seasonings and tomato sauce. Let the soup bimmer for about an hour (it's the only way for all the flavors to marry properly!) Add salt and pepper to taste, then stir in the spinach (which you want to just wilt, so it keeps it's beautiful color) and the lemon juice.

Voila! Homemade vegetable soup! Vegan style and so stinking delicious! I will post pics of the finished product tomorrow! This Daniel Fast is looking pretty promising! Thanks for reading, not go try the soup! You know you want to!