Split Pea & Potato Soup (slow cooker)

Split Pea & Potato Soup (Slow  Cooker)

split pea and potato soup

We love split pea soup but sometimes it’s a little too thick and heavy for Spring/Summer.  Here’s a recipe for a lighter version that’s just as delicious, has very few ingredients and cooks in the slow cooker.

This recipe is great for vegetarians, it’s also economical and very simple to prepare.  Enjoy!

Recipe

  • 8 cups of water
  • 2 cups yellow split peas (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 cup diced potato
  • I cup diced onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (or substitute 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 6-7 hours.

Add salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.

Variations:  Add chopped celery and/or carrots.

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Mexican Quinoa

Mexican Quinoa

 

I love it when I come across a recipe that is not only delicious, healthy and easy but its also made in one pot in 30 minutes!

Mexican Quinoa

  • 1 tbsps Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 jalapeño (minced)
  • 1 cup quinoa  (rinsed well & drained)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 can black beans  (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes (can use fresh peeled & diced)
  • 1 can kernel corn
  • 2 tsps chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1-2 avocados (diced)
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • Chopped cilantro or green onion to garnish
  1. Heat oil over medium heat.  Add garlic and jalapeño and cook for 1 minute stirring frequently.
  2. Stir in quinoa, broth, black beans, tomatoes, corn, chilli powder, cumin, salt and pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Simmer until quinoa is cooked, approximately 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in avocado and lime juice.
  5. Garnish with cilantro or green onion.

I can think of so many ways this recipe can be changed to suit your needs and leftovers can be stuffed into green peppers or squash, or try adding shredded cheese.

 

 

Adapted from Damn Delicious

 

 

Butternut Squash & Potato Soup

Ever had one of those little food experiments that turn out far better than expected? Me neither, until last night.

It is so hot and dry here right now that we seem to be living off salads, smoothies and BBQ suppers and yesterday was no exception.  We didn’t want anything fancy so ended up with potatoes, onions and garlic cooked in foil, veggie patties and good old baked beans.  As usual I made too many potatoes for just the two of us (I would argue you can never have too many potatoes but that’s the Brit in me), there wasn’t enough left over to make another supper so I needed another idea.

Earlier that day I had thawed out a bag of cooked butternut squash which I had mistaken for cubed cantaloupe (it was a bit disappointing when I went to make a smoothie for lunch but it will teach me to label next time).  Anyway a light bulb came on and I threw the butternut squash, leftover potatoes, onions and garlic, 2 cups of water, 1 veggie stock cube, a bit of salt and pepper in my blender and voila!

butternut squash & potato soup

The results were sooo good.   I think that roasting the potatoes, onions and garlic with some olive oil and seasoning in a foil packet added so much flavour to the soup that I don’t think I could have replicated it if I had made the soup from scratch.

Tonight’s menu….my new delicious soup experiment, a fresh green salad and gluten free dinner rolls.

It’s a good day!

Spaghetti with Garlic & Olive Oil (Vegan & Gluten Free)

One of my favourite vegan, gluten free meals to make is Spaghetti with garlic and olive oil.  Its so quick and easy to make that you’re almost forced to make a beautiful salad to accompany it to make up for how easy this meal is (notice I said almost.)  The only thing you have to cook is the spaghetti so its a no-brainer really.

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Spaghetti with Garlic & Olive Oil (serves 2)

  • 1/2 package Gluten Free Spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 small garlic cloves minced (I keep a jar of  minced garlic in the fridge and use 1 tsp)
  • 1 tsp chili pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp parsley

Cook spaghetti according to directions until al dente.

While spaghetti is cooking, in a small bowl mix together rest of ingedients and set aside.

Drain spaghetti and add the oil mixture.  Stir to coat the pasta and distribute flavours.

Serve with a side salad and a nice chunk of bread to make this a complete meal.  (Don’t forget the nice glass of wine too, this will step it up another level and you’ll look like a star! )

Variations –

  • Add crumbled feta cheese or parmasan cheese (for non-vegans)
  • Sprinkle with nutitional yeast for a nutty cheese flavour to boost protein.
  • Add chopped walnuts
  • Add sauted onions and mushrooms

 

 

Pasta Delish (GlutenFree)

Decided to make pasta for supper tonight (not a big decision since we eat pasta all the time ) but I was feeling creative, and thought I would make something different.  After looking in the refrigerator I came up with mushrooms, onions, cherry tomatoes and garlic and threw it all together.

Result = awesome 🙂  I will definitely make this on a regular basis so I quickly wrote down the ingredients before I forgot (memory is a problem for me these days unfortunately).

Photo Fail – This photo doesn’t do it justice as I didn’t take a before pic and this is all that was left over…..

Pasta

Pasta Delish

7 oz spaghetti pasta (I use gluten free)

1 medium onion chopped

1 cup mushrooms sliced

1 large garlic clove minced

1 tsp red pepper chili flakes

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

3/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes sliced in half

feta cheese (optional)

  • Cook spaghetti as per directions. Drain and set aside.
  • In large pan saute onions, garlic, mushrooms and chili flakes in 1tbsp olive oil until soft.
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • Add  spaghetti and 1/4 cup of olive oil to the pan and stir until pasta is well coated.
  • Add tomatoes and cook until they are soft and heated through.

Sprinkle with feta cheese if desired .

*I might have garnished it with cilantro if I wasnt allergic to it as I think it lacks some greenary but I served it with a green salad so all was ok in the end 🙂

Experimenting with Quinoa

I have to admit that I am slow to jump on the quinoa bandwagon and although I don’t mind the taste, I haven’t really used it as part of our regular menu.  This weekend (since the weather was crap anyway) I decided to experiment a little and see if I could find a way to incorporate it in our meals other than a rice substitute (boring).

This is what I came up with……quinoa

My first thought was a way to make meatballs that were tasty but also needed to be gluten free and vegan.  That meant no eggs or breadcrumbs to hold them together and they turned out great with a tomato sauce on top of pasta. quinoa meatballs

But then I got lazy (also hate touching food with my hands) and made the executive decision to make patties instead.  This way I could drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan and flatten them out with a spatula ….yey no messy hands!  These patties worked great in a burger. quinoa patties

Also tried using them over pasta, added sauce and topped with vegan cheese and threw it under the broiler and voila! quinoa pasta bake

I actually don’t think I did too bad on my first attempt at experimenting with quinoa and it passed HSA (Hubbys Seal of Approval) so that’s a bonus 🙂

Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a try and feel free to tinker with the seasoning but I think the more flavour you add the better the result.

Quinoa GF Patties

1 cup Quinoa

3 cups water

½ tsp salt

Rinse quinoa under cold water and drain.  In a medium pot, bring water, quinoa and salt to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Stir until it starts forming more of a dough like texture.

1 tbsp Italian seasoning

1 tsp minced garlic

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

1 tsp parsley

Add rest of ingredients to quinoa and stir until thoroughly combined.

Allow mixture to cool slightly until you can handle it safely.

Heat 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil in a pan over medium heat.

Form mixture into meatballs and add to pan.  Cook until meatballs are browned on all sides. 

For patties, drop large spoonfuls of mixture into the pan and flatten with spatula. Turn over to brown both sides. 

Note:  More water than usual is used to cook the quinoa in order for the mixture to be moist enough to hold together .  Eggs are usually used in meatballs to bind the mixture but I wanted to go vegan for this recipe.

Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Here’s another great soup recipe that’s delicious, healthy and easy to make.  Perfect for a cold winter’s day especially when served with a hearty cheese and chutney sandwich. 🙂

butternut squash soup

Butternut Squash Apple Soup

1 med sized butternut squash

1 apple peeled and sliced

1 onion diced

2 carrots sliced thinly

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 ½ quarts vegetable broth

1 tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

Slice butternut squash lengthwise and remove seeds.  Place cut side down in casserole dish and add 1 cup of water.  Roast at 450 for 40 – 45 minutes until soft.

In large pan, sauté onion and carrot in olive oil until soft.  Add sliced apple and vegetable broth and simmer until apple is soft.

Remove skin from squash and add the squash to pan.  Add the salt and pepper.

Puree in blender or use hand blender until smooth.  Add more salt and pepper if needed.

This makes approximately 4 large servings and is easy enough to store in mason jars for lunchtime.  I dislike plastic storage containers so I save my soup in mason jars.

Bonus …… if a friend or co-worker is sick, whats better than giving them a fabulous homemade healthy soup in a jar?    (yep, your welcome 🙂 )