21 March 2020: Tuscan Soup With White Beans

  Ever since we learned our granddaughter has an egg sensitivity, we have been eating more plant-based and vegan meals. Recently I discovered a really great website, A Couple Cooks. Sonja and Alex, the authors of this blog have some terrific ideas for meals – some vegan, some vegetarian, some whole food – as well…

8 February 2018: Lemony Carrot & Cauliflower Soup Meets Wine Club Arneis

When I make soup, it very often is a vegetable-based soup. Here’s a creamy – without the cream – soup that is a welcome variation on carrot-based soups. This one uses carrot, cauliflower, and light miso to blend together. It made a satisfying weeknight dinner soup.  Take Melissa Clark’s advice: don’t let the recipe hinder…

19 February 2017: Red Curry Vegetable Soup

Living in a diverse community such as Lowell, MA, I sometimes find that I’ve taken for granted all of the ethnic flavors that are available to us here.  With one of the largest Southeast Asian populations in the United States, we’ve been so fortunate to experience some fantastic foods and flavors, and even the mainstream grocers…

19 December 2017: Quinoa Vegetable Soup

Adapted from Whole Foods Market Quinoa Vegetable Soup. Having adopted more mindful eating this year, I’m always looking for satisfying soups and salad mains that don’t load on lots of calories. This soup, courtesy of Whole Foods Market, not only makes use of more seasonal vegetables (like turnips), but is quite tasty – and low in…

02 August 2016 Curried Carrot Soup

Adapted from Mayo Clinic Diet. I love the combination of spices in this carrot soup – and with just 80 calories per 1 1/2 cups it is a perfect way to counteract the food treats I experienced at the Lowell Folk Festival this past weekend.  This tasty soup comes from the Mayo Clinic recipe resources….

08 August 2015 Chilled Herb Spinach-Potato Soup with Buttermilk

Recipe downloaded from Mollie Katzen’s website; originally published in Vegetable Heaven. We’re in for a string of 90-plus degree days here in New England. A chilled soup seemed like something that might be light and tasty in the heat and humidity of early September.  Be sure to clean the leeks thoroughly! Ingredients 2 fist-sized russet…

24 Jun 2011 Bread and Tomato Soup

Adapted from Oliver, J. Bread and Tomato Soup. Downloaded from the web on 24 June 2011.  My Comment: While it is still too early for farmer’s market tomatoes here in New England, there are still good sources available for fresh and canned tomatoes to use in this recipe. Besides, I had some bread to use…

18 Apr 2011 “French” Onion Soup

My Comment:  What better to celebrate Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts than a lovely vegetarian version of French Onion Soup? After all, the French did prove to be very helpful with the Revolutionary War…. This adaptation is my response to taking the beef out of onion soup – it was an experiment of course… but one…

08 Apr 2011 Back in the saddle with Carrot Soup

My Comment: March was a cruel month — too much to do at work, lousy weather, and one cold virus after the other. Did anyone notice 4N/W was MIA? But April… well with April, there comes new resolve: we ARE going to go back to our basics of eating well, eating healthy foods, and eating…

21 Mar 2011 Spring Vegetable Minestrone

Adapted from Farre, Viviane Bauquet. Chop, Chop! Vegetarian Times. (April 2010). Issue 376, Volume 36, No. 5. p. 42.   My Comment What better way to kick off spring than this spring soup! Even though it is snowing today (on the first day of Spring) in New England, we’ve flirted with some fine spring weather…