It has been way too long in between recipes… but it is Autumn and this looks like the colors of fall leaves, doesn’t it? This version is super-quick, low calorie, vegan, with no added fats, but I’ll add some variations in the postscript in case you want to change it up.
makes 2 large servings, 230 calories each.
1 eggplant, cubed (I don’t peel them)
1 carrot, cubed (you can cut it into discs, I just like how it looks shape-wise with the eggplant & corn)
1 2/3 cup frozen corn
1 can S&W stewed Roma Tomatoes, Italian style, 14.5 oz.
Imagine Brand No-Chicken Broth, Low Sodium, 2 cups
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp (or less) Tamari
Add salt & pepper to taste
Place cut up vegies in microwaveable bowl and cover (I use a corning ware casserole) cook on high 5 minutes.
Meantime, place a soup pot on burner and heat broth and tomatoes with their liquid, add vegetables and remaining ingredients to liquid and simmer until carrots are tender and flavors are blended, about 20 to 30 minutes. Enjoy with bread or crackers if desired.
For even lower calories, you could substitute yellow pepper for corn, but I like corn and the starchiness makes it filling. You could also use different flavors of S&W tomatoes and stock to change the character of the broth. If you like olive oil and would like a higher fat, higher calorie version, instead of cooking your vegetables in the microwave, brown an onion in olive oil, then add liquids to pot. cook as per remaining instructions.
Before you get started, I want to warn you that this is not a traditional recipe, this one is quick and simple enough for a week-night. Click this link if you were looking for a traditional recipe and want to bail out now.
Mine is low-fat, gluten free, and either vegan or vegetarian depending on whether you use mozzarella cheese or a vegan substitute. In case you worry that this is sacrilegious, don’t. First of all, the traditional dish it isn’t from Parma at all, despite the name it is from Southern Italy. Second, there are many regional variations on eggplant Parmigiana, also called eggplant parmesan in the USA, and third, there are two completely different traditions that claim the name, one is the baked casserole type and the other is the stacked slices type. I like the casserole type best but each slice of eggplant is generally salted, pressed, dipped in egg, breaded, then fried, and finally baked with sauce and cheese. That is just too many calories and way too many steps for me. Read the rest of this entry »
This is a winner!
I just came up with this last night and it is amazing, fresh-tasting, rich, vegan, gluten-free, and low-fat to boot. The house smells incredible while it is cooking and your guests will never believe that there is no cream or flour in the broth. The original inspiration for pairing mushrooms and a serious amount of paprika is from The Moosewood Cookbook (this link is to the NEW book but the cover pic is the same.)
Now, make it and let me know how you like it!
- Mushrooms, I used baby bellas, about 12 oz.
- Celery, 4 stalks
- onion, about 2 slices, you can use more but I don’t really like onion
- Miso (any color), 3 tablespoons, (you can sub your favorite bullion)
- Almonds or walnuts, 2 tablespoons
- Paprika, 1 tablespoon
- Dill weed, 2 teaspoons
- Black pepper, 1 teaspoon
- Tamari, 1 teaspoon, or to taste
- 3 cups water or broth
Separate the stems from the mushroom caps, slice each mushroom cap into three or four slices. Place stems in blender, (I used my Vita-Mix), and mushroom caps into a slow cooker or crock pot, (you could use a soup pot on the stove).
Chop onion and celery and microwave on a plate until soft, add to mushrooms. Add remaining ingredients to blender or Vita-Mix and blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour over mushrooms and cook in crock-pot on high, or on stove at medium, until mushrooms reach desired softness. Mine took an hour in the crock pot, it would take less time on the stove.
- Saute your onions and celery in butter or oil instead of microwaving them
- Sub milk for 1 cup of water
- Sub wine or sherry for 1 cup water
- Add sour cream to each bowl right before serving
How do you spell Comfort Food? I spell it: Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
- 2 stalks celery
- 2 large carrots
- 1 onion (or you can use 1 container of Trader Joes mirepoix)
- 1 pound chicken (I use skinless boneless breasts)
- 1 bayleaf, salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
- 1 container of Pacific Chicken broth
- 1 &1/3 cups rice.
I make this in the crockpot. I put the vegies into the pot, cut the chicken breast into pieces and put it on top of the veg, add everything but the rice and let cook until chicken is tender (4 – 5 hours in mine) then stir in the rice and let it cook another half hour to an hour depending on when you are ready to eat. Serves 4 at about 238 calories per serving