Creamy Vegan Corn Soup

The weather has finally gotten cold in Georgia. I thought I was living in Santa Barbara, for a minute. The truth is, Georgia’s weather could be a little tricky. Cold one day and 78 degrees the next. But, as soon as it got cold. I was in my kitchen making this soup. Now this is a vegan version of the soup. I wanted something much cleaner, than all the heavy cream and butter I consumed over the holidays. The food was amazing and I love to eat good food and boy did I have my share. Okay, enough of my time of confession. Let’s get to the soup.

I used a roux, which is a cooked mixture of butter or other fat and flour to help thicken sauces, soups, etc.  I used olive oil and flour for this soup. Cooking the flour, gives it a nice buttery and nutty flavor, so no need for the butter, and the flour thickens it as well.

I hope my vegan version, gets you to start thinking, especially in the New Year, you can set the butter and heavy cream a side, ever now and then.

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Creamy Vegan Corn Soup

 

Ingredients:

Roux 

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 1/2 tablespoons of flour, coconut flour

Corn Soup

2-3 tablespoon Olive oil

1/2 large white onion, chopped (~1 cup)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon red chili flakes

2 cups organic frozen corn

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon  garlic powder

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

2 cups low sodium vegetable broth , low sodium

Garnish

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 cup frozen organic corn

1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced

Cilantro

Sea salt and black pepper , to taste

Directions:

In a medium saucepan over medium heat add the olive oil for the roux. Add a pinch of flour sprinkled into the oil, when it just begin to bubble. Then, whisk in 2-1/2 tablespoons of flour to form a thick paste.  Continue whisking as the roux gently bubbles and cooks, for 2 minutes. Do not let the roux bubbles vigorously or it will burn. Stir constantly. Add the onions and garlic, stir and cook for another 2 minutes. Lower the heat just a bit. Add the red pepper flakes, stir. Next, Add the corn and all the spices, salt and pepper, to taste.  Stir and allow to cook for 5 minutes. Add the vegetable broth and allow to cook for another 10 minutes on a medium heat, continue to stir as needed. Add more vegetable broth if needed. Do not allow it to dry out.

While the corn is cooking, add your oil for your garnish, in another sauce pan on medium heat, once the pan is heated, add the peppers and the corn. Allow the corn and peppers to cook, until they have caramelized on some of the pieces. Remove from the heat and set a side.

Once the corn is cooked for the soup, remove it from the heat and add the mixture in a blender, Ninja or Vitamix. A very strong blender will give you a very creamy soup. Add the mixture to the blender and process, until the soup is creamy and smooth. If the mixture is too thick , add more vegetable broth. The soup should be smooth,creamy, but not thick.  If it is too thin, add more corn and blend.

Once the corn mixture is smooth, give it a taste and adjust the seasonings, add sea salt and black pepper at this time, if needed.

Remove the soup from the blender. Add it to a mesh stainer over a clean sauce pan. Strain the soup into the saucepan, use a spoon to press out all the liquid from the soup.  Once all the soup is strained away from any remaining kernel. Place the sauce pan over medium heat. Stir and heat the soup up to your preference. Add the heated soup to a bowl. Add the garnish on top and Enjoy.

You can always skip the straining process, if you like a more rustic soup.

 

RAW Napa Cabbage Tacos with an Avocado, Ginger and Lime Sauce

I love going to the grocery store and picking up ingredients you don’t’ find in a typical American household, like japanese radishes, lychee fruit, dandelion leaves and yes Napa cabbage, to just name a few. I picked up these beautiful napa cabbages at my local grocery with no real idea what to do with them. I love to chopped them up in my healing broths, but not this time. I had something hardy, crunchy and so fulfilling for these guys. Raw Napa Cabbage Tacos. Yes!! Who doesn’t love a good taco? Raise your hand. Okay, maybe one person, put your hand down. LOL. 🙂

Here’s a simple start to your mind going wild with possibilities for this recipe. Enjoy. Oh yes, please Set the Table with Love.

RAW Napa Cabbage Tacos with an Avocado Ginger Lime Sauce, alfalfa sprouts, poblano peppers, green apples, red cabbages, organic raw corn, red bell peppers, cilantro and mangos.
RAW Napa Cabbage Tacos with an Avocado Ginger Lime Sauce, alfalfa sprouts, poblano peppers, green apples, red cabbages, organic raw corn, red bell peppers, cilantro and mangos.

Raw Napa Cabbage Tacos with an Avocado, Ginger and Lime Sauce. 

( you can use more of each ingredient if you like, fill those cabbages up)

2 large Napa Cabbage leaves, cleaned

1 cup alfafa sprouts

1/2  cup chopped poblano peppers

1/2 cup chopped red bell peppers

1/2 cup chopped organic green apples

1/4 cup chopped cilantro, for garnish

1/2 cup raw organic corn

1/2 cup chopped avocados

1/2 cup chopped mangos

1/2 cup of sliced red cabbages

sea salt, ginger powder and cayenne powder to taste

Directions: 

Place all ingredients on the side on a platter and season them to taste. Start making your sauce.

RAW Napa Cabbage Tacos with an Avocado Ginger Lime Sauce, alfalfa sprouts, poblano peppers, green apples, red cabbages, organic raw corn, red bell peppers, cilantro and mangos.
RAW Napa Cabbage Tacos with an Avocado Ginger Lime Sauce, alfalfa sprouts, poblano peppers, green apples, red cabbages, organic raw corn, red bell peppers, cilantro and mangos.

Avocado, Ginger and Lime sauce

1/3 cup water or more, if needed

2 tbsp. lime juice

1/2 tsp. sea salt

1/2 avocado

1 clove garlic

1 tsp organic honey

1 tsp. powder ginger

cayenne pepper to taste

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend thoroughly. Taste and more water or spices if needed. You want a sauce that is easy to pour over your tacos. I had to add a little more water, but starting out with less is better. You can always add more later.

Assembly:

Place your cabbage on a nice plate. Add your sprouts first, spread them out, add the other ingredients as you like. I added my soft ingredients like my mangos and avocado last so they would not get mushy under the rest of the vegetables. Drizzle your Avocado, Ginger and Lime sauce on top of your Napa Cabbage Tacos and enjoy.

Quinoa Corn Cakes with a Carrot, Apple and Cranberry Slaw

This perhaps one of my favorite things to eat for lunch or breakfast, these amazing  Quinoa Corn Cakes. They are gluten free and high in protein. A great way to start the day, before a hard cardio workout for me. I just filmed a how to video about these yummies, but wanted to give you guys the recipe. The video is being edited at this time and why should you wait. LOL!  Enjoy!

Quinoa Corn Cakes with a Carrot, Apple and Cranberry Slaw
Quinoa Corn Cakes with a Carrot, Apple and Cranberry Slaw

Ingredients:

1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained

1 cup water

1 lg egg, beaten

1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed

1/4 cup onions, finely chopped

1/4 cup red bell peppers, diced

1/4 cup poblano peppers, diced

2 tbsp brown rice flour

1 tsp smoked chili powder

1 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp cumin powder

1/4 tsp sea salt ( to taste)

1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp olive oil

Directions for Cakes:

1.  Make the Quinoa according to your package instructions. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Fluff with fork, add to a large bowl and set aside.

2. In a sauce pan add 1 tbsp of olive oil and sauté all the veggies on a medium low heat for 1-2 minutes. You want the veggies to still have a crunch. Add a pinch of salt.

3. Combine quinoa and all the other ingredients, except the extra olive oil in a bowl. NOTE: Allow everything to cool before adding the egg, you will have quinoa with scrambled eggs. That’s good, but for another time. 🙂

4. Heat the remaining oil in a large, nonstick skillet (work in batches if necessary) over medium-high heat. Scoop a generous 1/4 cup of the quinoa mixture at a time and drop onto griddle, flattening into pancake shape with back of a large spoon or spatula (makes 8 cakes). Cook until browned on bottom, about 3 minutes. Flip carefully and cook about 3 minutes longer.

Quinoa Corn Cakes with a Carrot Apple and Cranberry Slaw
Quinoa Corn Cakes with a Carrot Apple and Cranberry Slaw

Carrot, Apple and Cranberry Slaw

Ingredients:

1 peeled large carrot, grated

1 large organic apple, grated

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1 1/2 tbsp  apple cider vinegar, or less to taste

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp honey

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp black pepper, or more to taste
Few leaves of mint and cilantro for extra flavor ( optional)

Directions: 

Place apples in a large bowl and toss with apple cider vinegar. Add carrots, oil,  dried cranberries, honey, salt, pepper and fresh herbs; toss to mix thoroughly. I serve this in the middle of 4 Quinoa Corn Cakes.

Spicy Corn and Poblano Soup with Honey and Sage Cornbread

This is the season for soup. Today I made a Spicy Corn and Poblano Soup. I wanted some bread to go with it.  I was in the mood for some cornbread, but with a twist.  I have had this idea in my mind for a week to make a Honey and Pistachio Cornbread. I did not have pistachios, but I did have some sage. It is a wonderful combination. Here’s the recipe and it’s gluten free. This version is a lighter version of this soup, still packed with lots of flavor.

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Spicy Corn and Poblano Pepper Soup
Spicy Corn and Poblano Pepper Soup
Spicy Corn and Poblano Pepper Soup

Spicy Corn and Poblano Soup

1 large garlic cloves, unpeeled and minced

1 1/2  tbsp olive oil

1/4 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 cup onions, roughly chopped

1/2 cup poblano peppers, roughly chopped

1/2 cup red bell peppers, roughly chopped

1 cup organic frozen corn

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin 

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp sea salt ( to taste)

1 tsp smoked paprika

4 cups vegetable broth

In a large sauce pan on a medium heat, add the oil and the cumin seeds and cook for a minute to release it’s natural oils, add the onions and sauté until transparent, then add the garlic and sauté until soften. Add your corn and spices. Stir and add 4 cups of vegetable broth. Bring to a boil for a minute and lower the soup to a simmer for 15 minutes. Serve hot with the Honey and Sage Cornbread.

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GF Honey and Sage Cornbread

Gluten Free Honey and Sage Cornbread

Wet Ingredients

2 large eggs, lightly beaten, at room temperature

1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk

1/2 cup Organic honey

1/3 cup Olive oil

Dry Ingredients

1/2 cup Bob’s Mills Tapicoa Flour

1/2 cup Bob’s Mills Sorghum Flour

1/4 cup Bob’s Mills Brown Rice Flour

1 cup Bob’s Mills GF Cornmeal

2 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Xanthan Gum

1 tsp Sea Salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease cast-iron skillet. Set a side.

2. In a large bowl, beat the wet ingredients with an electric mixer on low speed until well blended.

3. In a separated bowl, whisk together dry ingredients until thoroughly blended. Gradually, with a blender on low speed, add in the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until the mixture is thick like cake batter. Spread evenly in the cast-iron pan.

4. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until top is firm and edges are lightly browned.

5. Remove from oven and drizzle with olive oil and honey before serving.