Carrots, Ginger, Soups

Chef Ramses Bravo Recipe Demo!

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Carrot Ginger Soup

Yield: 4 servings

4 cups sliced carrots

1 cup diced yellow onions

1/2 cup diced leeks – white and light green part only

1/2 cup diced shallots

1/2 cup diced celery

1/2 cup carrot juice

8 cups vegetable broth

2 tablespoons chopped ginger

1 kaffir lime leaves or 1 tablespoon of lime zest

Toasted pumpkin seeds for garnish – optional

In a large pot dry sauté the carrots, onions, leeks, shallots and celery stirring often. Cook until the vegetables and the bottom of the pot are browned.  Deglaze with the carrot juice and cook until the liquid dries up. Add the vegetable broth bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook the soup for 10 minutes. Put the soup in a blender with the chopped ginger and kaffir lime leave or lemongrass. Serve, garnish with the pumpkin seeds and enjoy.

Note: This soup is delicious hot or cold.

Bravo uses whole spices and uses this spice grinder

Bravo Cookbook

Bravo Express Cookbook

Chef Bravo recommends this stainless steel stock pot

Chef Ramses Bravo is the executive Chef for True North Health in Santa Rosa California.  He is also the creator of  Bravopb.com where you can find his online plant based cooking courses.  He is the author of Bravo and Bravo Express cookbooks.  Although he trained as a regular chef, with a little intervention from the universe, he found himself working as a plant based chef, and has been doing it for 13+ years now. 

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Batch Cooking, Beets, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Onions, potato, Recipes, Soups, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day

Rick’s Beetroot Borscht

Great for Valentine’s Day or Halloween or Any Day!

A food processor makes preparation for this recipe much easier. This is my favorite food processor. The large 5″ wide feed chute eliminates need to precut most ingredients. It has a large capacity, so I don’t have to keep dumping the container as I am processing. The wide mouth can be adjusted to a smaller mouth to use for carrots, celery, etc. The slicing disc is the real deal. Turn the adjustment knob to the thickness you want and away you go.  https://amzn.to/3sBzTSt

Ingredients

  • 3 Large Beets
  • 6 Stalks Celery
  • 1 onion (medium)
  • 4 carrots
  • 5 cup kale chopped
  • 3 Tblsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 Large potatoes cubed 1“
  • 1 Large or 1/2 small head red cabbage, shredded
  • 3 Tblsp Table Tasty
  • 1 Lemon Juiced
  • 3 Tblsp Dill Weed
  • 1 Tblsp Garlic powder or 3 cloves fresh-minced
  • 1 Tblsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tblsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tblsp Parsley
  • 2 Tblsp Date Syrup
  • 1 Tblsp Dry Mustard
  • 1/2 cup Hemp Seed
  • 1/2 cup Macadamia Nuts, Raw and Unsalted
  • 1/4 cup Brazil Nuts, Raw and Unsalted
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts, Raw and Unsalted
  • 12 cups Water Divided into 2 cups for blender and 10 cups for Stock Pot

Directions
Shred in Food Processor
Beets, Celery, Onion, Carrots, Cabbage

Blend:
Hemp Seed, Macadamia nuts,
Brazil Nuts, Walnuts
2 cups water
Keep mixture in Blender

In Large Stock Pot:
10 cups water
Simmer remaining ingredients for 30 minutes

Add to the blender with liquid from Stock to the capacity of the blender.
Blend till combined.

Pour contents of the blender into the Stock pot.

Mix and serve.

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Batch Cooking, black beans, Corn, Recipes, Soups

Black Bean Soup – Sugar, Oil and Salt Free


Black Bean Soup

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Note: Uses liquid from Black Beans Recipe

1 12 oz bag frozen, organic corn

1 16 oz bag frozen pepper and onion

1 16 oz bag frozen California veggie mix

1 jar low or no salt salsa or 1 can of no salt tomatoes

1 TBS cumin

1/4 cup non-fortified, nutritional yeast

2 TBS Benson Table Tasty (I use this often, but you may use your favorite salt substitute.)

1 TBS Chilly 9000 (or to taste)

1 can no salt Rotell (optional for heat)

4 cups cooked, black beans or 2 cans, unsalted, black beans.

Filtered Water

Add water to max fill line


Put all ingredients in Instant Pot

Cook for 1 minute.


I like to add cooked a starch like farro, brown rice, potato or quinoa also mushrooms to my bowl of black bean soup when I serve it.

I like to freeze extra soup in silicone bags for future, delicious meals.

I use these to remove the Instant Pot liner for easy pouring.

This is so much fun to use to release steam from the Instant Pot. I have a dragon which blows steam!

It is handy to have instant boiling water at your sink. This is what I have at my kitchen sink.

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Christmas, Holiday, Soups, Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Chipotle Soup

Pumpkin Chipotle Soup

Watch this recipe demo I attended at a Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Ingredients:

• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 2 cloves garlic, chopped
• 1 and ¾ cup roasted and mashed pumpkin* or 1 can (15 oz.) pure, unsweetened pumpkin
or 1 and ¾ cup roasted and mashed butternut squash
• 4 cups (1 quart) unsalted vegetable broth or water
• 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce (or 2 if you want to break a sweat; for timid palates omit the chipotle pepper and add 2 tsp mild chili powder)
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• ½ tsp ground coriander
• ¼ cup raw, unsalted pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
• cilantro for garnish (optional)

*For fresh roasted pumpkin, cut a sugar pumpkin in half. Scoop out the seeds and strings and place the halves face down on a silpat baking sheet or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake at 350°F until soft, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool and then scoop out the flesh. Freeze any remainder for other recipes. Butternut squash can also be used in this recipe as an alternate to pumpkin. Simply follow the same roasting technique.

Technique:
In a dry skillet, toast the pepitas over medium heat. Stir the seeds frequently to evenly toast and prevent scorching. Set aside.

Water sauté the onions and sauté until lightly golden. Add the garlic and sauté an additional minute. Transfer the mixture to a high speed blender.

Add the pumpkin, 2 cups of  broth, the chipotle pepper and the cumin and coriander; process until completely smooth. Transfer to a large cooking pot and add the remaining stock/broth. Bring to simmer, partially cover and cook for 30 minutes. Ladle into individual bowls and garnish with the toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and optional cilantro.

Garnish with chopped kale, microgreens, sesame seeds, etc. Add your favorite bean(s).

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Eggplant, Soups

Curried Eggplant Soup

eggplant soup

This delicious soup is so creamy and delicious!

Ingredients:

1 large eggplant (or 2 smaller ones)
1 large onion, diced
1 Granny Smith apple, (not peeled if organic) and diced
1/2 cup diced tomatoes (drained canned tomatoes or fresh)
1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons best-quality curry powder
1 pinch cayenne (or more, to taste)
1 tablespoonSalt substitute

Remove the eggplant from the oven and allow to cool. Put half of the slices into the food processor. Chop the other half coarsely and put them in a large pot. Add 3 cups of the vegetable broth and bring to a low simmer.

Add the onions to a skillet and sauté until tender, about 3 minutes. Add small amounts of vegetable broth if onions stick.  Add the diced apple and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato, curry powder, cayenne, raisins and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the reserved 1 cup of broth and cook another minute. Pour this mixture into the food processor with the eggplant.

Add the beans to the food processor and puree until it forms a thick paste. Scrape the paste into the pot with the broth and eggplant, stir well, and add the non-dairy milk. Season to taste with salt substitute and pepper (and more curry powder if necessary). Turn down to very low and barely simmer for 15 minutes.

Serve hot or chilled, stirring in one tablespoon of soy yogurt into each bowl (if desired) and sprinkling with parsley or cilantro.

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Beans, Soups

Chili

Chili

This hearty chili is made with beans, vegetables, and quinoa. Meat lovers and vegans will love this chili!

Ingredients:
•1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
•1 cup water
•1 tablespoon unsalted vegetable broth or water
•1 small onion, chopped
•3 cloves garlic, minced
•1 jalapeno pepper, diced
•1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
•2 celery stalks, chopped
•1 green bell pepper, chopped
•1 red bell pepper, chopped
•1 medium zucchini, chopped
•2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
•1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
•3 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
•1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
•2-3 tablespoons chili powder, depending on your taste
•1 tablespoon ground cumin
Salt substitute and black pepper, to taste
•Optional toppings: green onions, avocado slices, etc.

  1. In a medium sauce pan, combine the quinoa and water. Cook over medium heat until water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Set aside.
    2. Heat a large pot, add the tablespoon of broth and onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, jalapeño, carrot, celery, peppers, and zucchini. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Add a bit of water or broth as needed to prevent sticking, but allow caramelization.
    3. Add the black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Stir in the cooked quinoa. Season with chili powder, cumin, salt substitute, and black pepper. Simmer chili on low for about 30 minutes. Serve warm.
    Note-garnish the chili with green onions, avocado slices if desired. This chili freezes well.
    Serves 10-12.

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Beans, Kale, Mushrooms, Soups

Minestrone With Pesto

INGREDIENTS:

1 large onion, diced
1 cup peeled and coarsely chopped garlic
2 celery stalks, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 small turnip, diced
1/2 cup white wine or no-salt-added vegetable broth
1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried sage
3 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
10 cups no-salt-added vegetable stock
4 cups chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup tomato paste (see note)
1/4 cup no-salt seasoning blend adjusted to taste
1 1/2 cups cooked garbanzo beans or 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added garbanzo beans, drained
1 1/2 cups cooked kidney beans or 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added kidney beans, drained
1 small head Napa cabbage, shredded
8 ounces peeled pearl onions
1 pound frozen kale, collards, mustard greens or a mix
1/2 pound fresh green beans, topped and tailed and cut diagonally into 1 inch pieces
1 zucchini, diced
2-3 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
FOR THE PESTO:
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup pine nuts
4-6 cloves garlic or to taste
unsweetened soy, hemp or almond milk, as needed
2 tablespoons lemon juice or to taste
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
freshly ground black pepper
INSTRUCTIONS:
Steam/saute the onions, garlic, celery, carrots, parsnips and turnips in the white wine in a large covered pot over medium-high heat until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Add the mushrooms and saute for 5 minutes, then add the spices and saute for another minute. Then add the stock, tomatoes, tomato paste, MatoZest and garbanzos and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Next, add the kidney beans, Napa cabbage, pearl onions, greens, green beans and zucchini. Continue to simmer for 15 more minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the balsamic vinegar, remove form the heat and let sit 20 minutes before eating.

To make the pesto, process the basil, pine nuts, and garlic in a food processor with an S-blade until a fairly smooth, thick paste forms. With the machine running, pour in the non-dairy milk until you achieve a smooth sauce. Add the lemon juice, nutritional yeast and black pepper, to taste and process until a very smooth consistency is achieved.

Serve soup topped with a spoonful of pesto.

Note: Choose tomato products packaged in glass or cartons. These materials do not contain BPA.

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Cauliflower, comfort food, Soups, Vegan Twists on Old Favorites

Clamless Chowder

Clamless Chowder
Warm, delicious and satisfying.

Prep time: 25 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 55 mins
Serves: 4-6 (makes about 8.5 cups)

INGREDIENTS
Blender ingredients:
1 ounce raw, unsalted cashews (about ¼ cup)
¼ cup water

Soup pot ingredients:
½ medium yellow or white onion, chopped into small pieces (about 1 cup)
1 rib celery, chopped into small pieces (about ½ cup)
2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into ¾-inch chunks (about 6 cups)
4 cups water
½ small head of cauliflower, chopped into small pieces (about 2 cups)
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon dried dill
2 bay leaves

Frying pan ingredients:
¼ pound king oyster or trumpet mushrooms, chopped into small pieces (about 1½ cups)
½ medium yellow or white onion, chopped into small pieces (about 1 cup)
1 rib celery, chopped into small pieces (about ½ cup)
1½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
Optional garnishes: chopped parsley and black pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
Place the ¼ cup cashews and ¼ cup water into a blender (small blenders work best for this small amount) and set aside while you prepare the rest of the soup.
For the soup pot ingredients, heat 1 tablespoon of water in a soup pot over medium-high heat. When the water starts to sputter, add the 1 cup onion and ½ cup celery, and cook while stirring for 3 to 5 minutes to soften, adding a little water, as needed.
Add the potatoes, water, cauliflower, granulated garlic, paprika, dill, and bay leaves, and bring to a boil, uncovered. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook covered for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are very tender, stirring occasionally.
While the soup pot ingredients are cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of water in a frying pan over medium-high heat. When the water starts to sputter, add the mushrooms, 1 cup onion, and ½ cup celery, and cook while stirring for 3 to 5 minutes until soft, adding a little water, as needed. Add the thyme toward the end. Set the pan aside off heat.
Remove the bay leaves from the soup pot at the end of cooking, and blend the soup to your desired consistency with an immersion blender (or see Notes), leaving some small chunks.
Blend the cashews and water until very smooth, and stir into the soup pot along with the cooked vegetables from the frying pan, and simmer on low for 5 to 10 minutes covered before serving. Garnish with black pepper and/or chopped parsley.
NOTES
For added seafood flavor, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of kelp granules in step 6, or add “to taste” to individual bowls. (Kelp granules are usually found in the Asian cooking aisle of the grocery store.)

If you don’t have an immersion blender, carefully ladle most the soup into a blender or food processor, and blend briefly to your desired consistency before returning to the pot. Or you can use a handheld potato or bean masher right in the pot.

If you don’t eat nuts or are trying to avoid extra calories, simply omit the blended water and cashews or substitute with cannineli beans. The chowder will still be thick and creamy, just not as rich.

If you don’t have thyme, which is traditional for this dish, you may use finely chopped fresh rosemary.

Optional additions: 1 cup green peas and/or small-chopped carrots.

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Soups

Broccoli Lentil Soup

Broccoli & Lentil soup

Broccoli and Lentil make a delicious and hardy combination!

INGREDIENTS:

8 cups water
2 cups carrot juice, fresh or bottled or unsalted vegetable broth
1 pound dried lentils
2 pounds plum tomatoes, chopped
4 cups chopped broccoli
2 onions, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
3 small zucchini, chopped
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup raw cashews or 1/4 cup raw cashew butter
INSTRUCTIONS:
Place all ingredients except sweet potato, vinegar and cashews in a large soup pot. Bring to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes. Add sweet potato and simmer for an additional 15 minutes or until lentils and vegetables are tender. Remove from heat. Add vinegar.

Remove 2 cups or more of soup and puree with the cashews in a food processor or high-powered blender. Stir back into soup.

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Soups

Italia Style Vegetable Stew

Dinner

Prep 15 min ∙ Cook 8 hrs or 30 min ∙ Makes 6-8 ∙ Difficulty Medium

Ingredients

1 large yellow onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp rosemary
3 carrots – thinly sliced
1 celery rib – chopped
2 Yukon gold potatoes – diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded – chopped
32 oz unsalted chickpeas – rinsed & drained
14.5 oz diced tomatoes – w/juices
½ C dry white wine (optional) or water
32 oz vegetable broth
2 bay leaves
Pepper (25 turns)

Directions

1) Sauté onion until softened (5 min)

2) Add the garlic for 1 min

3) Stir in the tomato paste, oregano, basil & rosemary

4) Transfer the onion mixture to the slow cooker.

5) Add carrots, celery, potatoes, bell pepper, chickpeas, tomatoes & juices, wine, broth & bay leaves

6) Season to taste with pepper.

7) Cover & slow cook on low 6 to 8 hrs
7) Cover & pressure cook for 5 min & Natural Release

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