Curried Butternut Squash Soup

INGREDIENTS

SOUP
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) coconut or grape seed oil
  • 2 shallots, thinly diced (~40 g)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbsp or 6 g)
  • 6 cups (840 g) butternut squash (~1 small butternut squash)
  • Pinch each sea salt + black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp (12 g) curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 14-ounce (414 ml) can light coconut milk
  • 2 cups (480 ml) vegetable broth
  • 2-3 Tbsp (30-45 ml) maple syrup (or sub coconut sugar)
  • optional: 1-2 tsp chili garlic paste
FOR SERVING optional
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds
  • Chili garlic paste
  • Full-fat coconut milk

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Once hot, add oil, shallots, and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add butternut squash and season with a pinch each salt and pepper, curry powder, and ground cinnamon. Stir to coat. Then cover and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add coconut milk, vegetable broth, maple syrup or coconut sugar, and chili garlic paste (optional – for heat).
  5. Bring to a low boil over medium heat and then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes or until butternut squash is fork tender.
  6. Use an immersion blender, or transfer soup to a blender, and purée on high until creamy and smooth. If using a blender, return soup back to pot.
  7. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more curry powder, salt, or sweetener as needed. Continue cooking for a few more minutes over medium heat.
  8. Serve as is or with garnishes of choice (options above). Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Best when fresh.

Much thanks to Dana at Minimalist Baker for this soul-warming soup!

How to Make Easy Kimchi

INGREDIENTS

  • medium head (2 pounds) napa cabbage
  • 1/4 cup sea salt or kosher salt (see Recipe Notes)
  • Water (see Recipe Notes)
  • tablespoon grated garlic (5 to 6 cloves)
  • teaspoon grated ginger
  • teaspoon sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablepoons seafood flavor or water (optional, see Recipe Notes)
  • 1 to 5 tablespoons Korean red pepper flakes (gochugaru)
  • ounces Korean radish or daikon, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • scallions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

DIRECTIONS

  1. Slice the cabbage: Cut the cabbage lengthwise into quarters and remove the cores. Cut each quarter crosswise into 2-inch-wide strips.
  2. Salt the cabbage: Place the cabbage and salt in a large bowl. Using your hands (gloves optional), massage the salt into the cabbage until it starts to soften a bit, then add water to cover the cabbage. Put a plate on top and weigh it down with something heavy, like a jar or can of beans. Let stand for 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Rinse and drain the cabbage: Rinse the cabbage under cold water 3 times and drain in a colander for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse and dry the bowl you used for salting, and set it aside to use in step 5.
  4. Make the paste: Meanwhile, combine the garlic, ginger, sugar, and seafood flavor (or 3 tablespoons water) in a small bowl and mix to form a smooth paste. Mix in the gochugaru, using 1 tablespoon for mild and up to 5 tablespoons for spicy (I like about 3 1/2 tablespoons).
  5. Combine the vegetables and paste: Gently squeeze any remaining water from the cabbage and return it to the bowl along with the radish, scallions, and seasoning paste.
  6. Mix thoroughly: Using your hands, gently work the paste into the vegetables until they are thoroughly coated. The gloves are optional here but highly recommended to protect your hands from stings, stains, and smells!
  7. Pack the kimchi into the jar: Pack the kimchi into the jar, pressing down on it until the brine rises to cover the vegetables. Leave at least 1 inch of headspace. Seal the jar with the lid.
  8. Let it ferment: Let the jar stand at room temperature for 1 to 5 days. You may see bubbles inside the jar and brine may seep out of the lid; place a bowl or plate under the jar to help catch any overflow.
  9. Check it daily and refrigerate when ready: Check the kimchi once a day, pressing down on the vegetables with a clean finger or spoon to keep them submerged under the brine. (This also releases gases produced during fermentation.) Taste a little at this point, too! When the kimchi tastes ripe enough for your liking, transfer the jar to the refrigerator. You may eat it right away, but it’s best after another week or two.

Recipe Notes

  • Salt: Use salt that is free of iodine and anti-caking agents, which can inhibit fermentation.
  • Water: Chlorinated water can inhibit fermentation, so use spring, distilled, or filtered water if you can.
  • Seafood flavor and vegetarian alternatives: Seafood gives kimchi an umami flavor. Different regions and families may use fish sauce, salted shrimp paste, oysters, and other seafood. Use about 2 tablespoons of fish sauce, salted shrimp paste, or a combination of the two. For vegetarian kimchi, I like using 3/4 teaspoon kelp powder mixed with 3 tablespoons water, or simply 3 tablespoons of water.

Thanks to Emily Haan at kitchn for this awesome recipe!

Kohlrabi Chips

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Toss kohlrabi with olive oil. Season with salt. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with a nonstick mat. Bake at 250 degrees, rotating sheet, until crisp and deep golden, 35 minutes to 1 hour; transfer chips as they’re done to a paper-towel-lined plate. Season with salt.

Thanks to Martha Stewart Online for this simply delicious recipe.

Curried Beet Soup with Tandoori Chickpeas

INGREDIENTS

CHICKPEAS
  • 1 15-ounce (425 g) can chickpeas, rinsed, drained + dried in a clean towel
  • 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil (or sub grape seed oil)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 Tbsp tandoori masala spice blend (see notes for DIY/where to buy*)
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
SOUP
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) coconut or grape seed oil
  • 2 shallots, thinly diced (~40 g)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbsp or 6 g)
  • 1 Tbsp (6 g) minced ginger
  • 6 small-medium beets, quartered (~80 g each)
  • Pinch each sea salt + black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp (25 g) green curry paste (or sub 12 g curry powder)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • optional: Pinch each ground cardamom and coriander
  • 1 14-ounce (414 ml) can light coconut milk (optional: more for serving)
  • 2 cups (480 ml) vegetable broth
  • 2-3 Tbsp (24-36 g) coconut sugar (or maple syrup)
  • optional: Fresh chopped cilantro

DIRECTIONS

  1. If preparing chickpeas, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C), and add rinsed and dried chickpeas to a small mixing bowl. Top with coconut oil, salt, tandoori masala, and coconut sugar. Toss to combine, and sample a chickpea. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  2. Spread onto a bare baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until deep golden brown and fragrant. Set aside to cool.
  3. In the meantime, heat a large pot over medium heat.
  4. Once hot, add oil, shallots, garlic and ginger. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Add beets, salt and pepper, curry paste, cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, cayenne, cardamom and coriander (optional). Stir to coat, then cover and cook for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add coconut milk, vegetable broth, and coconut sugar.
  7. Bring to a low boil over medium heat and then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until beets are fork tender.
  8. Use an immersion blender, or transfer soup to a blender, and purée on high until creamy and smooth. If using a blender, return soup back to pot.
  9. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more dry spices, salt, or sweetener to taste. I didn’t make any adjustments.
  10. Serve with an extra drizzle of coconut milk (optional), a generous amount of tandoori chickpea, and a sprinkle of cilantro (optional).
  11. Store leftover soup covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Store chickpeas separately in a well-sealed container at room temperature up to 2 days.

 

Big thanks to Dana at Minimalist Baker for this amazing recipe!

Cold Sesame Noodles with Broccoli and Kale

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large head of broccoli, cut into large florets with some stalk attached
  • 2 garlic cloves, 1 finely grated, 1 thinly sliced, divided
  • 1½ teaspoons sambal oelek
  • 1 tablespoon plus ½ cup sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar, divided
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more
  • 3 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced, plus more for serving
  • 1 3-inch piece ginger, peeled, cut into 1-inch matchsticks
  • 4 cups chopped Tuscan kale leaves
  • 2 10-ounce packages fresh ramen noodles or two 3-ounce packages dried
  • Torn mint leaves and toasted sesame seeds (for serving)

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 450°. Toss broccoli with grated garlic, sambal oelek, 1 Tbsp. vinegar, and ¼ cup oil on a rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Roast, tossing occasionally, until tender and browned in spots, 20–25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, whisk scallions, ginger, sliced garlic, 1 tsp. salt, ¼ tsp. pepper, and remaining ½ cup vinegar and ½ cup oil in a large bowl. Add kale; toss to coat. Let sit at room temperature at least 15 minutes and up to 1 hour.

  • Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain; rinse under cold water. Add noodles and warm broccoli to kale and toss to coat. Divide among bowls and top with mint, sesame seeds, and more scallions.

    Thanks to Bon Appetit for this delicious recipe!

Sauteed Shrimp with Arugula and Tomatoes

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring often, until they blister, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add shrimp and cook, stirring often, until almost opaque throughout, about 4 minutes. Add arugula, season with salt and pepper, and toss until wilted, 1 minute. Add lemon juice and toss to combine.

Thanks to Martha Stewart Online for this fabulous recipe!