Miso Noodle Soup

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Delicious and easy!!

4 servings of soba or brown rice noodles, uncooked

3 cups vegetable broth

3 cups water

1 cup julienned carrot

1 cup julienned zucchini

1 cup thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms

1 cup broccoli florets

3 Tbsp miso paste

1 (14-ounce) package firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes (optional)

¼ cup chopped green onions

1 sheet roasted nori seaweed, broken into pieces

  • Prepare the noodles according to the instructions on the package. Set them aside.
  • 2 In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring the vegetable broth and water to a boil. Add the carrot, zucchini, mushrooms, and broccoli, reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • 3 Use a ladle to transfer 1 cup of broth to a small bowl. Use a fork to dissolve the miso paste into the broth, then return it to the pot. Add the tofu, green onions, and cooked noodles, then simmer for 1 more minute, until everything is warm.
  • 4 Transfer to bowls and top with the nori seaweed.

Recipe Source: T. Colin Campbell Center For Nutrition Studies

Spicy Fall Stew Baked in a Pumpkin

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Serves 2 w/leftovers

Ingredients:
1 medium onion, diced (1 cup)
2 Tbs. olive oil, divided
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch dice
2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
1 tsp. chili powder, preferably New Mexican
1 tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. dried oregano
½ lb. tomatillos, husked and quartered (1½ cups)
1 15-oz. can hominy, rinsed and drained
¾ tsp. salt
1 3- to 4-lb. pumpkin, either sugar pie, cheese, red kuri, kabocha, or buttercup squash
2 oz. grated sharp Cheddar cheese (½ cup packed)
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Heat 1 Tbs. oil in pot over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Sauté 7 minutes, or until softened. Stir in chili powder, cumin, and oregano, and cook 3 minutes more, or until spices darken.

2. Add tomatillos, hominy, 1/2 cup water, and salt. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, partially covered, 10 to 12 minutes, or until tomatillos are softened. Uncover, and cook 5 minutes more to thicken stew, if necessary.

3. Meanwhile, cut top of pumpkin around stem to make lid. Scoop out pumpkin seeds and strings. Rub inside of pumpkin with remaining 1 Tbs. oil, and sprinkle generously with salt. Sprinkle cheese in bottom of pumpkin.

4. Fill pumpkin with stew, then top with pumpkin lid. Place on parchment-covered baking sheet and bake 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until pumpkin flesh is fork-tender. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes.

5. Scoop stew, including pumpkin, into bowls and serve hot, topped with Poblano-Cucumber Salsa (Click here for recipe).

Source: Vegetarian Times

Tomatoes & A Recipe

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Tomato Sweet Potato Bisque

Ingredients

  • 2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced into round wedges
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 cups tomato puree
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tablespoon italian seasoning
  • onion powder to taste
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 peeled & cubed sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup cooked/mashed gold potato

Add all of the ingredients, except the potato to a pot. Stir well and turn to high heat. Bring it to a boil and once it starts boiling, stir once more and then cover with a lid and turn the heat down to medium-low. Let it cook covered on medium-low for 25-30 minutes until the carrots are very soft. Last 15 minutes add the sweet potato. Stir a couple of times during and to check on the carrots. Once the carrots are tender, turn the heat off. Very carefully pour the soup into a blender, and add the mashed potato.  Blend on high until completely smooth and creamy.