Carrot Ginger Soup

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To the people who may or may not watch the security cameras in my condo complex, I have to apologize.

I’m usually a nice, quiet tenant, silently opening my mail in the short elevator ride, or making sure that my dog isn’t trying to invade your personal space (or you are invading hers.)

But that always, always changes when my sister comes into town.  And this time, she brought my future brother-in-law, so that made matters ten times worse.

Yes, there may have been a few drinks involved.  There may have been a late-night watching of Paranormal Activity 3 (which consisted of me mostly hiding my head under a blanket and swearing a lot-especially a lot of swearing directed at Toby-the invisible demonic ghost).  There also may have been two dogs, one of which is still getting used to elevators and isn’t sure what to do in them (I would imagine that, as a dog, especially a smaller one, elevators can be pretty freaky.)

Regardless, at one point, we all got into the elevator, and one of us (me) shouted, “Come on, Toby!” in front of the security cameras, beckoning to an invisible person.  There was one time where the three of us got into the elevator, didn’t say a word, and then each of us stood in the corners, heads down, facing away from one another.  Totally random.  There were a few lyrical dances, including a nice Irish jig that my future brother-in-law performed not only in the middle of the sports bar, but also on the street in front of the bar.  Maybe a few serenades into the cameras.  And a few times where the dogs got their leashes and us all tangled up (from all of the dancing, of course.)  And then there were also the early morning walks for the dogs, which usually consisted of me and my sister, hair all a mess, sunglasses on, frowning, fumbling out into the bright shiny morning sun.

When I think about all of these things, it makes me laugh out loud. I love being random and silly and not caring what anybody else thinks (*within reason, of course*).   And I am thrilled that my little sister (my best friend) and her soon-to-be husband are the same way. So, if you are the person who watches the videos in my complex, I apologize…but not really.

One of the last times Sam was here, we stopped at a nice vegetarian restaurant in my neighborhood.  I tried a vegan carrot ginger soup that was out of this world.  Since then, I had been dying to attempt it myself.  Since I still had some leftover vegetarian pho soup base, I figured that would be an incredible base for the soup. If you don’t have this on hand, of course, you can always use a basic vegetable stock and add in some of your own Asian-inspired flavors.  I did end up putting a small spoonful of creme fraiche on top, but you can obviously skip this if you are looking for vegan option.

 

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Thanks for the great weekend, Sammy. I love you so much!

Carrot Ginger Soup

Servings: 6-8

 

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

1 pound carrots, peeled and chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

6 cups vegetarian Pho soup base, or vegetable stock

1 and 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated (*I mashed mine into a paste)

For garnish: chives, creme fraiche, orange zest, etc

 

Instructions

1. In a large Dutch oven or sauce pot over medium-low heat, heat the olive oil until shimmering.

2. Add the onions and cook until softened and translucent, about 10 minutes.

3. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

4. Add the carrots and about 2 cups of the pho base (or vegetable stock-enough to cover the carrots completely.)

5. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a gentle boil.

6. Reduce the heat to low, cover the soup, and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the carrots are completely cooked through.

7. Very carefully, using an immersion blender or a blender (in batches), puree the soup until smooth.

8. Add the remaining 4 cups of pho base  and ginger and cook until the soup is completely heated through, about 10 minutes or so. Garnish as desired.

 

Source:  Adapted from Williams-Sonoma.

September 19, 2013 - 7:58 am

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - Bahaha and it SHOULD change when your sister comes into town! So fun. Annnnd this soup looks awesome!

September 19, 2013 - 3:19 pm

Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl - Can’t wait to try this…I am slightly (okay, REALLY) obsessed with all things carrot related. In fact, I just finished eating baby carrots for a snack :) .

September 19, 2013 - 7:36 pm

Joanne - Finding yourself doing ridiculous things in front of security cameras is definitely a hallmark of a good night! Or a good weekend!

I love how this soup seems so creamy…but also so saturated in vitamin A.

September 19, 2013 - 9:56 pm

jennie @sundayswithjennie - It’s so nice to have such a fun relationship with your sister! And this soup sounds amazing! Carrot and ginger is such a nice mix :)

September 25, 2013 - 10:16 am

Debra Rose - Such a perfectly warming soup with the fresh ginger added. Perfect for this time of year.

September 25, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Ali @ Inspiralized - I have been looking for a good soup recipe, and this is just the ticket! Can’t wait to try it!

September 26, 2013 - 12:29 pm

Claire - Was looking for something to do with the last of my carrots from the garden! This looks so perfect! Thanks for sharing

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October 4, 2013 - 5:28 pm

Ashley - This is lovely! I could go for a bowl right now. Your photos are gorgeous! :)

October 4, 2013 - 5:34 pm

srlacy - Aww thanks…..so are yours!

November 16, 2013 - 11:07 am

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Chocolate Espresso Oatmeal Cookies

 

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I’m going to skip a long into this time and just tell you straight up that these cookies are pretty phenomenal. Like, eat the raw dough out of the bowl kind of good. The kind of good where the satisfaction that occurs from tasting these far outweighs any kind of guilt that could potentially be associated with them. Which is saying a lot because I managed to get through the whole summer without putting on a bathing suit…but will need one in about a month, so naturally I’m devouring things like beer, pizza, and cookies.  And throw in the fact that I spent my Sunday brunch in a pub, drinking mimosas and eating Cronuts while simultaneously trying to watch the Packers and the Colts play.  (I couldn’t stop eating Cronuts.  Like. Crack.)  Makes total sense. These cookies are worth the purchase of a flowy, bohemian cover-up.

I found this recipe at Vegetarian Times, and I didn’t change a single thing (well, except these are vegetarian-not vegan). And I really didn’t need to. I had all of the ingredients on hand. Now, the only downside to these cookies is that they do need to chill for several hours (or overnight, preferably) in order to hold their shape. But, I promise you they are worth it. They are kind of like no-bake cookies on steroids (if you love no bakes, you will love these.) If you want a vegan version, just substitute in margarine for the butter and use vegan chocolate chips. Served with some strong coffee and a marathon viewing session of House of Cards, these were worth every bite.

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Chocolate Espresso Oatmeal Cookies

 

Servings: about 36-48 cookies

 

Ingredients

¾ cup all-purpose flour

¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

¾ cup sugar

¼ cup cooled espresso or strong coffee

½ teaspoon vanilla

1 and  ½ cups oats (I used old-fashioned, and this worked well.)

½ cup chocolate chunks

 

 

Instructions

1. In a medium bowl,  whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda.

2. In the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

3. Add the espresso and vanilla, mixing until combined.

4. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture slowly.

5. Add the oats and chocolate chips, mixing until thoroughly combined.

6. Divide the dough in half.

7. Transfer each dough half to individual large sheets of plastic wrap.

8. Using the plastic wrap, shape each dough piece into a 2-inch-diameter log.

9. Wrap each dough log tightly in the plastic wrap, and chill at least 2 hours, or overnight.

10. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet (or two, if you need an extra one) with parchment paper.

11. Slice each dough log into 1/2-inch-thick slices.

12. Transfer the slices to the prepared baking sheet.

13. Bake the cookies for 8 to 11 minutes.  Let cool.

 

Source:  Vegetarian Times.

September 17, 2013 - 7:09 am

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - I can definitely see how these would be so good! What a delight!

September 17, 2013 - 10:16 am

Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen - chocolate, espresso AND oats….I’m sold! These look amazing! I just finished watching House of Cards a few weeks ago….so good! I can’t wait for season 2! Now I just starting to make my way through Orange is the New Black.

September 17, 2013 - 11:55 am

Rose Marie - Wow, this sounds to me like the perfect breakfast cookie!! I know what I will be making this weekend – thanks!!

September 17, 2013 - 11:59 am

srlacy - A breakfast cookie is a brilliant idea!

September 17, 2013 - 12:00 pm

srlacy - Hi Kelli! I know-those shows are so addicting. I guess Kevin Spacey is nominated for an Emmy for House of Cards-I hope he wins. He’s such an amazing actor!

September 17, 2013 - 10:52 pm

Joanne - I’ve avoided a bathing suit this summer so far as well…and it’s been awesome not having to stress over it (though it really is SUCH a stupid thing to stress over, I know). Bring on the cookies!

September 18, 2013 - 12:07 pm

kelly @ livelovepasta.com - Yum!! I need to try this recipe…cookies with oats are my fave. :)

September 19, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Jasmine - How long will these keep, or can the dough be frozen before baking for a while? They sound AMAZING!

September 19, 2013 - 2:50 pm

srlacy - Hi Jasmine-

You can definitely freeze the dough before baking if that’s more convenient for you. Mine were still chewy and soft after a few days, but they didn’t last long enough for me! :)

September 23, 2013 - 5:53 pm

Amelia - These look incredible. I love oatmeal cookies but always make the same two recipes – this is such a unique one to throw in the mix! Can’t wait to try it!

October 3, 2013 - 6:49 am

Nan - These cookies are delicious!!! I let it sit overnight as suggested and just made my first batch 20 minutes ago…Wowza!! Will definitely be making this again.

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January 25, 2014 - 5:35 am

Inês - Can we use instant oatmeal ?

January 25, 2014 - 10:45 am

srlacy - Hi Ines-

Instant oats shouldn’t be substituted here. Here’s a great link from Baking Bites explaining the differences between different kinds of oats as well as why this isn’t the best idea: http://bakingbites.com/2011/05/regular-vs-quick-cooking-oatmeal-for-baking/ I think this is a great reference!

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Philly Cheesesteaks

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I’m pretty sure that you can take any classic meat sandwich and veganize/vegetarianize it.  (TLT, anyone?  Reubens Meatball sandwich? Gyros? I’ve got you covered)  To all the disbelievers out there, I promise you these all taste good.  For real.

Take a Philly cheesesteak.  I don’t know why I got this intense craving the other day for one…it’s weird. I don’t usually crave meaty-ish sandwiches.  Onion rings?  Yes.  Chocolate anything? Yes.  But this?  This was a weird one.  Maybe it was because I had been eating mostly healthy the whole week and my brain/body needed a little junk food boost.  Regardless, I decided to pick up some ingredients on the way home from work and experiment.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted a seitan base or a mushroom base, to be honest with you.  And you could go either way.  In the end, I cooked up the seitan in some vegan Worcestershire sauce, and it was quite delicious.  I went ahead and cooked the mushrooms along with the bell peppers and onions, well, because the more vegetables, the better, in my opinion.  So just omit them if you prefer. Now, if you want a vegan version, you could substitute in your favorite vegan cheeze….but I went with old-fashioned provolone in my version.  Topped on some nice bakery bread, popped in the oven so that the cheese got all melty and smooth, this sandwich was messy, filling, and pretty much one of the best sandwiches I have ever had.  I ate the leftovers for three days straight.

 

 

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Philly Cheesesteaks

Servings: 4

 

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, sliced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 small red bell pepper, sliced **or just use one large bell pepper

1 small green bell pepper, sliced

8 ounces mushrooms, sliced (I used baby bella)

One 8-ounce package seitan, chopped

1 teaspoon oregano

1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce

Provolone cheese (or your favorite vegan substitute)

Hoagie rolls (or your favorite bread)

 

Instructions

1.  In a heavy sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat until shimmering.  Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

2. Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is softened, about 10 minutes or so.

3. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

4. Add the bell peppers and mushrooms, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, about 5-10 minutes; set aside.

5. Add the seitan to the sauté pan (add a little bit more olive oil if you need to).

6. Add the oregano and the Worcestershire sauce, stirring to thoroughly coat the seitan pieces.  Cook until the seitan is heated through, about 5 minutes or so.

7. To assemble the sandwiches:  Place your desired amounts of vegetables, seitan, and cheese on your hoagie rolls.  Wrap the sandwiches in foil and bake until the cheese is melted, about 10-15 minutes.  Enjoy.

 

Source:  A Curvy Carrot original.

September 12, 2013 - 2:26 pm

Maria Tadic - I love vegetarian sandwiches! I’ve made tempeh reubens before and they’re awesome! But I’ve never thought about a vegetarian philly cheesesteak! I will definitely be giving this a try!

September 12, 2013 - 6:06 pm

Joanne - Whenever I make a vegetarian version of a meaty food for my boyfriend he is always so surprised at how satisfying it is! For so many things you really can’t tell the difference. Love how hearty these are!

September 17, 2013 - 10:26 am

shobelyn - This looks very delicious. I want to eat it right now.

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