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Roasted Carrot Soup with Dill

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This morning, I woke up groggy, grumpy, and stricken with a mean craving for some vegetables.

I had a cookie hangover, courtesy of the 16 different holiday sweets I sampled  at a cookie exchange last night.

I wish I could say this was my first cookie hangover of this season, but I am all too familiar with the icky feeling of overindulgence, especially during the holidays. This carrot soup is one of my go-to recipes for post- sugar binge recovery.

Roasted carrots and onions have natural sweetness that brings me down gently from the sugar high, and stomach-soothing dill offers digestive relief.  Using skim milk or unsweetened soy milk in place of heavy cream helps to keep the calories down, too, so I can balance out my cookie consumption.

The best part about making this soup the day after a cookie swap is that the carrots and onions roasting in the oven make the house smell like veggies, not cookies. Someday I’ll learn to have just six two cookies at holiday swaps. Until then, I’ll keep some comforting carrot soup in the fridge to help atone for my pastry sins.

Caramelized Carrot Soup with Dill (yields 6, one-cup servings)

3 cups peeled, chopped carrots, about a pound
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup skim milk or unsweetened soy milk*
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

In a large stock pot, cook the carrots, onions and garlic in the olive oil for 25 minutes over medium high heat. Stir occasionally, so that the vegetables caramelize  evenly.

Once vegetables have softened and browned, add vegetable broth to the pot. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, and then use an immersion blender to purée the soup in the pot.  Stir in the milk of your choice, along with the dill. Season the finished soup with salt and pepper.

*Check the label carefully when you buy soy milk for this recipe. Many “regular” flavored soy milks add sugar or evaporated cane juice, and using one of those here will result in a soup that’s too sweet. If you must use soy milk with a sweetener in it, add lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to help brighten the soup’s flavor a bit.

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Customer Recipe: Cucumber Dill Soup

Here’s another great customer submitted recipe for a refreshing late summer soup. We love to share culinary inspiration, keep them coming!

Curah writes –

Had to pass on this recipe that I tried out last week when my girlfriends came over. We wanted to do a light dinner of cool salads and a summer soup .. so I decided to try my hand at a cool cucumber dill soup.  It was super EASY and very cool and refreshing.

Cucumber Dill Soup

4 large cucumbers — peeled, seeded and chopped. (reserve a small amount for garnish if desired)
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup milk
Juice of Half a Lemon (or lime)
2 tablespoons fresh dill chopped
1/2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp chopped parsley
Mint for garnish

Process cucumbers in blender or food processor until smooth. Add remaining ingredients (minus mint) and pulse to combine. Chill soup about 1 hour. Serve in chilled bowls and garnish with mint sprigs and chopped cucumber (optional)

Thanks for sharing Curah!

Israeli Carrots

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This easy little recipe would make a great vegan Easter or Passover side dish. When I say easy, I mean that all you do is boil the carrots for a few minutes, mix up a lovely dressing with fresh herbs, olive oil, garlic, and cumin, and toss it with the warm carrots. Done and done. As a bonus, these guys taste good warm or at room temperature, so you can mix them up while you’re doing something else, and then forget about them till it’s time to eat. When you’re making a big holiday spread, a dish like this great to have in your back pocket.

Israeli Carrots (from Cooking Light)

1  pound  carrots, cut into 1/2 in.-wide sticks
1  garlic clove, chopped
1/2  cup  chopped fresh cilantro
2  tablespoons  chopped fresh dill
1  tablespoon  olive oil
1  tablespoon  fresh orange juice
1/2  teaspoon  ground cumin
1/4  teaspoon  kosher salt

1. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a saucepan. Add carrots; cook 3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain.

2. Place garlic in a food processor; pulse 3 times or until finely chopped. Add cilantro; pulse 3 times or until combined. Add dill and remaining ingredients; pulse 3 times or until well combined. Spoon dill mixture over carrots; toss gently to coat. Serve warm or at room temperature.

– Stephanie

New Year Noodle Soup

Raise your hand if you are a victim of cedar pollen right now. Yeah, me too. When I’m suffering from stuffy sinuses, all I want is some spicy, brothy soup to clear everything out. When I came across this recipe, I knew I had to try it. The original calls for a serrano pepper, but mine somehow didn’t make it home from HEB and I substituted a generous pinch of red pepper flakes with great results.

Besides that, there’s so much going on in this soup. There are three types of beans: chickpeas, yellow split peas (or lentils) and borlotti beans. The latter are also called cranberry beans, for the reddish-pink flecks on their skin. They are a bit sweeter and fuller-flavored than pinto beans, but pintos are a good substitute if you can’t find borlotti. I used dried beans that I cooked a few weeks ago and froze until now. The borlotti are on the far right in this picture.

I used Swiss chard, but any hearty green would work. Also, I used whole wheat spaghetti instead of the egg noodles originally called for, as I think they’ll hold up better when the soup is reheated. And I love the addition of fresh herbs at the end, along with a squeeze of lime juice. Oh, and the toppings! Caramelized onions, walnuts, and a bit of sour cream add even more flavor to what already is a fantastic soup. You really need to give this one a try.

New Year Noodle Soup (adapted from 101 Cookbooks)

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp black pepper
8.5 cups vegetable broth
3.5 oz yellow split peas or lentils (about 1/2 cup)
1.5 cups cooked chickpeas, rinsed if using canned
2 cups cooked borlotti or pinto beans
Salt to taste
4.25 oz whole wheat spaghetti noodles, broken in half
3.5 oz Swiss chard, finely shredded (about 4 cups)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
Juice of one lime

Toppings:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
1 large onion, thinly sliced
Sour cream or creme fraiche
Toasted, chopped walnuts

Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and the pepper flakes and cook until they soften, a few minutes. Add the spices and cook for another thirty seconds, just long enough for them to toast a bit, then stir in the stock. Bring to a boil and add the split peas/lentils and chard to the pot. Cook until the peas are just tender, about 25 minutes. Stir in the cooked chickpeas and borlotti beans. Once the beans have heated up, season with salt to taste.

Add the noodles to the simmering soup and return to a boil. Reduce the heat back to a simmer and cook until the spaghetti is al dente, about 11 minutes. Stir in the cilantro and dill. Squeeze in the lime juice. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking.

While the lentils are cooking, prepare the toppings. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large frying pan over medium heat along with a few pinches of salt. Cook the onion, stirring occasionally, until golden and caramelized, 8 -10 minutes. Set aside.

Serve right away, each bowl topped with a big spoonful of caramelized onions, some sour cream, and a sprinkling of walnuts.

Local Box Meal Plan: Jan. 3-7

Happy New Year! We’re starting the year off right with the first cauliflower of the season. Here’s the full list and video:

Citrus – G&S Grove
Green Onions – Naegelin
Oriental Turnips – Acadian
Mustard Greens – Naegelin
Daikon Radish – My Father’s Farm
Purple Mizuna – My Father’s Farm
Cauliflower – J&B
Apples – Apple Country
Cilantro – Acadian
Mixed Mushrooms – Kitchen Pride
Dill – My Father’s Farm
Mixed Carrots – Animal Farm

I will be making:

Turkey and mizuna salad – With a few modifications, of course. Sub cauliflower for broccoli, and use thinly sliced daikon radish in place of the cucumber (be sure to cut them very thin – they can be pretty spicy). The dressing looks delicious, but if you don’t feel like making it just use whatever you have. If you haven’t had mizuna, you’re in for a treat – it has a mild, peppery flavor, much like arugula.

Daikon and carrot pickles – Pickling is a traditional preparation for daikon radishes. The colored carrots we’re getting will look pretty here, too. If you’re feeling adventurous, these daikon radish cakes look tasty and use some unusual ingredients, like white rice flour.

Traditional turnips and mustard greens – I was in New Orleans last week and had some turnip greens cooked this way at Mother’s Restaurant. It’ll always be my favorite way to eat them.

Pork medallions with mushroom-dill sauce – The sauce is reminiscent of beef stroganoff.

Apple-grapefruit salsa – I love this spicy-sweet combo. Would also work well with oranges if you get those instead of grapefruits.

Local Box Meal Plan: Dec. 13-17

We get local avocados this week – a rare treat! Here’s the full list and video:

Assorted Peppers – Lundgren
Avocados – G&S Groves
Green Leaf Lettuce – Acadian
Dinosaur Kale – Naegelin
Fuji Apples – Apple Country
Red Beet Bunch – Naegelin
Green Cabbage – Naegelin
Dill – My Father’s Farm
Yellow Onions – Various
Portobello Caps – Kitchen Pride

I’ll be making:

Avocado relish with caramelized onions – Adjust the ingredient amounts to fit what you get.

Beet, barley, mushroom, and kale soup – Ok, so this recipe, despite its title, doesn’t mention kale or mushrooms. In fact, the whole thing is kind of poorly written. But I like the spirit of it, so I’m using it as a template. Just finely chop the bunch of kale we get, dice the mushrooms, and add them when you add the beets. If you aren’t feeling vegan, this ginger beef and kale stir-fry is another good way to use up your kale.

Harvest supper salad with smoked turkey and apples – This calls for two heads of lettuce and two cups of cabbage, but you’ll be fine with just one head of lettuce (we probably won’t get two) and more cabbage. I love the combo of turkey, apples, blue cheese, and almonds here.

Local Box Meal Plan: May 3-7

This week, we are getting:

Curly endive — Tecolote OR Fennel — Ringger
Summer squash — Acadian
Leeks — Animal Farm (I chuckled) or Montecino
Orange and grapefruit — G&S Groves
Carrots — My Father’s Farm or Naegelin
Red leaf lettuce — Bradshaw
Red radishes — My Father’s Farm
Dill — My Father’s Farm
Strawberries — Naegelin
Chard — Acadian

So, I am making:

If you get fennel, try roasting it. The recipe is simple, with olive oil, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese, but tastes fabulous.