Kimchi and Veggie Soup with Carrot Zoodles

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figure friendly and tasty; kimchi and veggie soup with carrot zoodles

Welcome to Mami’s Good Food Kitchen, I hope you are keeping warm and happy during this cold and hectic time, while you are preparing for the holiday season. Have a seat and let me serve you a warm, spicy bowl of soup. It won’t add extra holiday pounds or leave you with the feeling of needing to work it off after the celebrations are over. It will fill your belly with a warm soothing glow, and you’ll feel lighter and more energized; maybe helping  you to feel ready to face another round of gift shopping, gift giving or celebrating.

This soup comes together quickly and simply. No need for simmering for hours on the stove top. What takes the longest is prepping the ingredients to add to the soup pot. One of the ingredients I used is braised king oyster mushroom, which was a leftover from a previous meal, but you could easily use any fresh mushroom you have on hand.

Let me walk you through how to put this together:

  1.  Put two cups water into a soup pot. Turn heat to medium-hi , to begin heating water. Spoon in 2 tsp of your favorite veggie-based powdered stock. I used mushroom powder. Mix together.
  2. Then add in ginger, garlic, onion, kimchi and mushrooms. Bring to boil and cook for 20 minutes.

 

3.  Now it’s time to add the zoodled carrots, bring quickly back to boil and cook for 2 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the carrots, you want them to be mostly firm and not soft.

4.  Add in the bok choy, tamari or soy sauce, and rice vinegar. Bring to boil, cook 3          minutes. Turn off heat and garnish with chopped scallions (or green onions). Ladle soup into bowl and if you use sesame oil, sprinkle just a few drops for added flavor and serve!

.List of Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp veggie broth powder or Mushroom powder
  • 1 tsp shredded ginger
  • 2 sliced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1 cup kimchi (I used spicy), chopped, and use the juices accumulated while chopping.
  •  a handful of chopped mushrooms, fresh or braised ( I had braised 4 large king oyster mushrooms in a 350 degree oven in a water bath, flavored with soy sauce and garlic powder, for 45 minutes to use in another dish the night before. The one mushroom I had leftover I chopped up and added to this soup).
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and zoodled.
  • 2 heads baby bok choy, leaves cut in half lengthwise.
  • 2 tsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • chopped green onions, or scallions

Equipment Used:

Special equipment I used is this treasure of a clay pot that I found at a yard sale summers ago, for only .25, an amazing and wonderful find!

Also, I used a kitchen gadget called a spiralizer, which changes the texture of veggies and can either give them a noodle-like form or ribbon form. There are so many things you can do with this item, it amuses and amazes me. I got mine from Bed Bath and Beyond. The one I used, is from OXO Good Grips and retails for $39.99. But there are many manufactures that make the same thing, and in different configurations, with varying prices for all, and don’t forget store coupons, which I used. I actually  paid $20.99 for my spiralizer, which made me quite happy.

Thank you for visiting my kitchen today! I hope you enjoyed your soup and feel ready to get on with your busy day!

Remember to take care of yourself, feed yourself and your loved ones well, with healthy delicious foods, so we can look forward to enjoying many more crazy holiday seasons!

Easy Chickpea Frittata

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Chickpea Frittata with potato and onion

Today for lunch, we had a simple and filling meal. Chickpea frittata filled with caramelized onions and potatoes, served with hot sauce, and steamed broccoli. It was reminiscent of before we became plant-based, and I would make us my version of  Italian Frittata, or Spanish Tortilla, made rich and delicious with eggs and cheese.

I had heard of using Besan, or Chickpea flour as an egg substitute and although I didn’t expect it to taste just like eggs or have the same texture, I thought it would be at best, an interesting experiment.

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Chickpea flour and batter

Besan, ground chickpeas made into flour, is commonly used in Asian countries  such as India and Pakistan. It is a good source of Protein,  Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Vitamin B-6 and Magnesium. Because I believe in the whole-plant foods philosophy of eating, I would normally eat the chickpeas in there unground, whole form. But once in a while, you’ve got to answer that basic instinct that says “hey, I’d like some comfort food here, today!” And the rain was beating down on the roof, and the weather felt cold and showed no promise of letting up, so I thought today would be the perfect day to give this a try.

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Onions and Potatoes

I began by peeling and slicing one large yellow onion and two medium-sized potatoes. The onions were sauteed in water, to which I added a splash of white wine vinegar. I let them cook slowly in a non-stick pan while I  boiled the potatoes in a separate pot, stirring the onions occasionally to make sure they didn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. After they were cooked, I set them aside as I got the batter ready.

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Chickpea flour batter

Next I measured out one cup chickpea flour and poured it into a medium-sized bowl. In this bowl I also added:

  • 2 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tsp Black Salt
  • 1/2 tsp White Pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder

The black salt is used to flavor the batter as an egg, due to its eggy aroma. So, if you don’t have black salt, or don’t want to use salt, simply don’t put it in. Same with the pepper. If you prefer black pepper, or don’t want to use it, it’s optional. Put together the ingredients however it pleases you. Add 1 cup cold water, and whisk ingredients until well combined and there are no lumps. Set batter aside.

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Cooking in pan!

Heat a nonstick skillet. If you are cooking low or no fat, Just be warned that the frittata may stick a bit, but if you are skeptical of your pan, I would just put a dime-sized drizzle of whatever oil you like to use and spread it around the entire pan with a spatula. I was afraid at first the whole thing would stick in the pan, and I tried to turn the frittata too soon and it did look like it was going to stick in the skillet. I let it cook longer, and when I did invert it onto the cutting board, it hesitated for just a second or two until gravity coaxed it to let go of the skillet.

So, once heated, arrange the cooked potatoes in the pan first. Then layer the cooked onions on top of the potatoes. Than take your bowl of batter and pour that over the entire contents of the skillet. It may look to you that you should have more batter to cover the potatoes and onions generously, but I just barely had enough, and after it was done cooking, I realized it was the perfect amount of batter to hold everything together.

Cover the skillet with a lid, and let it cook slowly, on medium low for 12 to 15 minutes. Now comes the hardest part of all (and I didn’t get a picture because I don’t have enough arms to hold my camera and flip the tortilla). Uncover the skillet and remove from the burner. Take a wooden cutting board and place on top of the skillet. The board has to be big enough to hold the frittata. Using pot holders or kitchen towels, pick up the skillet by the handle with one hand, the other hand you will have on top of the cutting board. Flip quickly, so that you end up with the skillet on top and the cutting board on the bottom. Place the cutting board on the counter top right next to you. If you didn’t hear the thump of the frittata releasing, gently knock on the bottom of the skillet. You may need to knock a few times but you should hear it release onto the board.

Gently slide the frittata back into the skillet, and continue to cook on low, another 10 minutes, uncovered.

When 10 minutes are up, turn off the stove and put cutting board on top of skillet, again. Using the same technique as you used for the first flip over, flip the frittata onto the cutting board, but this time, take skillet away as soon as frittata is on the cutting board, cut as desired, either in squares or wedges, and serve.

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Finished Frittata

I served our frittata with steamed broccoli and hot sauce. It was very tasty and satisfying. It was comforting and although it wouldn’t fool anyone into thinking they were eating eggs and cheese, the frittata was very flavorful and nutritious and definitely something I would cook again. My husband also liked it, and was pleasantly surprised with the familiarity of it.

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Frittata with hot sauce

Thank you for visiting me at Vegan Mami’s Good Food Kitchen, where I like to serve food that nurtures the body and brings love to your heart. Take good care of yourself and your loved ones, remember to eat real foods in their whole forms, as often as possible. Your health depends on it!