Coconut-Curry Chickpeas and Veggies

This recipe is super-easy and versatile! The sauce only has three major ingredients – Veggie broth, coconut milk and curry powder. The key is to find a good-quality curry powder or garam masala blend! These Indian spice blends typically include spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon and cloves. You can get sweet (mild) versions or spicy ones that include hot pepper like cayenne. Also, feel free to substitute different veggies if you’d like. This dish is rich and creamy and great served over rice!

HCV_CurriedChickpeasAndVeggies - 11 cup veggie broth
3/4 cup coconut milk
1 med or large potato, diced
2-3 carrots, diced
Small bunch of broccoli, chopped in small florets
1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
1 cup frozen peas
2 tsp curry powder or garam masala
Other spices – salt, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley
1 Tblsp vegan margarine
1 Tblsp agave nectar or maple syrup (optional)

1 cup riceHCV_CurriedChickpeasAndVeggies - 1 (1)
Fresh cilantro (optional for garnish)

Start cooking veggies in boiling, salted water.
Boil for 8-10 min

Start cooking rice according to directions.

While veggies and rice are cooking, start making sauce.
Add veggie broth and spices to large skillet, and bring to boil.
Gently stir in coconut milk until it is dissolved.
Simmer for a few minutes and adjust seasonings.
HCV_CurriedChickpeasAndVeggies - 1 (2)Add chickpeas and frozen peas.
Drain cooked veggies and add to skillet.
Simmer a few more minutes.
Stir in margarine at end for a little more creaminess.

 

 

Serve over rice and garnish with fresh cilantro if you like!

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Vegetable Udon Soup

If you’ve never had fresh udon noodles (Japanese noodles made from wheat flour) before, they are definitely worth seeking out! You can usually find them in the refrigerated section of any Asian market. If you don’t have access to an Asian market, fear not… the dried variety work well too! Or if you would like a gluten free option, rice noodles are excellent in this soup! This version has all vegetables, but I also like to add cubed firm tofu to this soup sometimes for added protein!

HCV_UdonSoup - 13 cups veggie broth
3 cups water
I package udon noodles (fresh or dried)
1 small bunch broccoli, cut in florets
2-3 carrots, sliced
1 pkg sliced cremini (baby bella) mushrooms
1 small can sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 can baby corn, drained and chopped bite-size pieces

2 Tblsp soy sauce or tamariHCV_UdonSoup - 1 (1)
Spices – garlic powder, onion powder, powdered ginger
Sliced green onions (optional, for garnish)

 

 

Start sauteing sliced mushrooms in a little margarine or oil.

HCV_UdonSoup - 1 (3)Start cooking noodles according to package directions.

While mushrooms and noodles are cooking, add broth and water to a soup pot. Add soy sauce, garlic powder, powdered ginger and any other spices you like. (You can also saute fresh chopped onion, garlic and ginger in a little oil first)
Bring to boil and add carrots and broccoli
Simmer for 5-7 min
Add water chestnuts, baby corn and mushrooms
Simmer another 5 min
Adjust seasoning if necessary
Lastly, drain noodles and add to soup

You can garnish with sliced green onion if desired!

HCV_UdonSoup - 1 (2)Enjoy! Just a side note… a ceramic soup spoon and chopsticks work great when eating this soup! 🙂

 

Yellow Rice with Black Beans and Veggies

Turmeric and cumin (plus other seasonings) give yellow rice so much flavor! When making this dish, saute the diced veggies while the rice is cooking, and then add a can of black beans. You can use any combo of diced veggies that you have on hand. Couldn’t be easier… and it’s full of protein and healthy veggies!

HCV_YellowRice - 1Yellow rice:
1-1/2  cups rice (white, basmati, jasmine)
2 cups veggie broth + 1 cup water
1 Tblsp margarine or olive oil
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp ground cumin
Salt, garlic powder, onion powder
Dried parsley
Hot pepper or taco spice (optional)

HCV_YellowRice - 1 (1)1 can black beans, drained
Tomato
Zucchini
Broccoli
Onion
Frozen corn (optional)

 

 

Make yellow rice:
Add broth and HCV_YellowRice - 1 (2)water to a large saucepan
Add margarine or olive oil
Add turmeric and cumin
Add other spices
Bring to a boil
Stir in rice and cover
Lower heat and simmer for approx 17 min

While rice is cooking, dice veggies small
(I like zucchini, tomato, broccoli, onion)
Saute in a little oil until soft
Add black beans and saute another minute
(You can also add some corn at this point)

HCV_YellowRice - 1 (4)Combine rice and veggie/bean mixture
Adjust seasoning if necessary

Great served with avocado slices and lime wedge!

Stuffed Peppers with Rice and Veggies

I remember growing up when my mother would make stuffed peppers, and I would love the way they smelled when baking in the oven! This version has a delicious seasoned rice and veggie filling. You can use any combo of veggies that you like! Chopped mushrooms and fresh herbs would be nice additions too. These are so flavorful and so inexpensive to make!

HCV_StuffedPeppers - 1 (1)5 bell peppers (green, red, yellow or orange)
1 cup rice (white, basmati or jasmine)
1 small can tomato paste
2 cups chopped veggies, diced small (I used zucchini,carrots,celery,onions and broccoli)
Herbs and spices

 

 

HCV_StuffedPeppers - 1 (2)After the veggies are chopped, heat 2 Tbsp oil in a skillet.
Add veggies and cook saute until soft.
Bring 2 cups water (or broth) + 1 Tbsp tomato paste to a boil.
Add rice, cover and cook approx 17 min.

While veggies and rice are cooking, slice top off of peppers and clean out the pulp and seeds. You may also have to slice a little off the bottom so they sit flat.

 

 

HCV_StuffedPeppers - 1 (3)When veggies and rice are cooked, combine both, along with herbs and spices. (salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley… I also like to add a little spicy taco seasoning)
Fill peppers with rice and veggie filling,
Spread some tomato paste on top of each pepper.
Set peppers in a baking pan.

 

 

HCV_StuffedPeppers - 1 (4)Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Pour a little water (1/2 cup-1 cup) in bottom of pan (this will help peppers to steam and cook)
Cover pan with foil and bake 40 min covered, and 10 min uncovered

 

 
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Stuffed peppers are so delicious and kid-friendly! They also re-heat very well!

Creamy Vegetable Soup

In my last post, I described how to make “cashew cream” for vodka-tomato-cream sauce. The recipe only used one cup (or half) of the batch of cashew cream, so here is another recipe that you can use with the other half! This recipe is so easy and also creamy and full of flavor! You can use any combo of veggies that you like. I like broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, but you can use potatoes, sweet potatoes or others as well! This soup is also a perfect use for an immersion blender… you can blend it smooth in seconds!

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6 cups veggie broth/water
Small bunch broccoli, chopped
Small bunch cauliflower, chopped
2 carrots. chopped
1 cup cashew cream (see below)
Salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder
Thyme, sage, parsley

Cashew cream:
1 cup unsalted cashews, soaked for a few hours
1 cup unsweetened almond milkHCV_CreamyVegSoup - 1 (1)
1 Tblsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
Garlic powder

Drain cashews and blend all ingredients for cashew cream in food processor until smooth
(Makes 2 cups)

Bring veggie broth/water to a boil.
Add chopped veggies.
Add herbs and spices.
Simmer until veggies are soft 10-15 min.HCV_CreamyVegSoup - 1 (2)

Remove from heat and blend with immersion blender until smooth. Stir in 1 cup cashew cream and simmer a few more minutes.

This soup is so creamy, and is a beautiful, vibrant green!

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Vegetable Thai Red Curry

One of my favorite dishes to order at Thai restaurants is Vegetarian Red Curry. You can use any veggies in this dish, but I picked ones similar to the restaurant version I’ve had, plus they happen to be kid-friendly veggies. Honestly, I have made this dish so many times with many, many different combinations of veggies, sometimes adding tofu as well. You can find Thai chili sauce/paste in the grocery store in the international section. Some brands are spicier than others. The Kikkoman brand is both sweet and mildly spicy (others spicier brands are Thai Kitchen and Taste of Thai). The coconut milk adds creaminess to the sauce and the Thai chili sauce adds some sweetness and spice… Yum!
(Note: You can use the rest of the can of coconut milk in a smoothie!)

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Small bunch broccoli, cut into pieces
3 carrots, sliced on bias
1 small potato (or sweet potato)
1 red bell pepper, cut into pieces
1-1/2 cups green beans
1 small can bamboo shoots (optional)
Steamed white rice

 

HCV_VegetableThaiRedCurry - 1 (4)Sauce:
1 cup veggie broth
3/4 cup coconut milk (canned)
1-2 Tblsp Thai red chili sauce/paste
1 Tblsp agave nectar (or other sweetener)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp mild curry powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp powdered ginger
1/8 tsp dried basil (or 4-5 leaves of fresh)

 

Start to cook the veggies in a separate pot or pan the way you like – boiled, steamed or sauteed.

While the veggies are cooking, start the sauce in a large skillet. Add broth, coconut milk Thai chili sauce/paste, and agave nectar. Bring to a simmer and then add spices. (Fresh basil is good too if you have it!)

Lastly add cooked veggies and bamboo shoots to the skillet and simmer a few more minutes. (At this point, if you prefer a thicker sauce, you can add some cornstarch dissolved in a little water. Stir into simmering sauce.)

HCV_VegetableThaiRedCurry - 1 (1)This is another version I made with asparagus, zucchini, carrots and spinach! You can add tofu also…

 

 

 

 

Serve with steamed rice and enjoy!

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Vegetable Bean Soup

This vegetable bean soup is the best, and it’s so simple to make! It’s great any time of year and you can use any combo of fresh and frozen veggies. It has one can of beans (I like kidney beans) and a tomato broth with spices/herbs. I also love to add rice to this soup (I use a wild rice blend called Royal Blend). I find that kids love this soup and it’s great for leftovers in lunch boxes too! 🙂1_ - 1 (84)

6 cups veggie broth/water
1 small can tomato sauce
Potato, 1 large diced
Carrots, 2-3 diced
Broccoli, cut into florets
Peas, 1/2 cup frozen
Corn, 1/2 cup frozen
1 can kidney beans, drained
Optional: 1/2 cup white, brown or wild rice (uncooked)

 

 

Bring veggie broth/water plus tomato sauce to a boil. (if making rice, start in another pot)
Add salt, pepper and dried spices (onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, sage and parsley)
Add potatoes, carrots and broccoli
Simmer for 8-10 min
Add beans plus frozen peas and corn
Simmer 8-10 more minutes
Add cooked rice at end

This soup is great served with garlic bread!

Asian-style Veggie and Noodle Stir-Fry

This is another easy variation of veggies and noodles with a similar Asian-style sauce. This is a great recipe for kids since almost all kids love noodles, and I like to add kid-friendly veggies. You can use Maifun rice stick noodles (found in Asian/International aisle) or angel hair pasta, and any combination of veggies will work. Another really good addition to this dish are frozen edamame soybeans. The water chestnuts add some crunch!

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1 pkg Maifun rick sticks (or angel hair pasta)
Carrots
String beans
Broccoli
1 small can water chestnuts, drained

Sauce:
4 Tblsp soy sauce or tamari
1 Tblsp rice vinegar
1 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil or olive oil
(Plus garlic powder & powdered ginger)

 

Chop veggies and boil 5-6 min until al dente, then drain.
Cook Maifun noodles in boiling water approx. 4 min.
Spray large skillet with cooking spray and stir fry veggies for a minute or two.
Add noodles and sauce and simmer a few minutes.
(Note: The Maifun noodles may need to be broken up a bit into smaller pieces)

It’s fun to eat this with chopsticks!

Asian-style Quinoa and Veggies

Here’s another one of my easy Meatless Monday ideas with only 4 main ingredients!! Quinoa with veggies and Asian-style sauce. (One serving of quinoa has 8 grams of protein! You can find it in most supermarkets, as well as Trader Joe’s) You can substitute or add other veggies as well!
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 1 cup uncooked quinoa, well-rinsed
 2 cups Veggie broth/water
 Broccoli
 Mushrooms

Sauce:
2 Tblsp soy sauce or tamari
2 tsp rice vinegar
1 tsp toasted sesame oil (or olive oil)

 

 

Bring veg broth/water to boil.
Add quinoa, return to boil, cover and simmer 20 min until quinoa is translucent.
While quinoa is cooking, cook broccoli & mushrooms (boil, steam, stir-fry or saute) I like to boil/steam broccoli & saute mushrooms.
Mix quinoa, broccoli and mushrooms together
Mix sauce ingredients and add to mixture (plus some garlic powder and powdered ginger)

There you have it! Enjoy!