Abigail's Vegetarian Soups and Stews Recipes

A wonderful collection of Vegetarian recipes, including African Vegetarian Stew,
Vegetarian Chowder, Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup and more.
Check out the tips for cooking dry beans.
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African Vegetarian Stew Recipe

4 sm Kohlrabies, peeled, chunks (or parsnips)
1 lg Onion, chopped
2 Sweet potatoes, peeled,chunk
2 Zucchini, sliced thick
5 Fresh tomatoes (16 oz can)
15 oz Can garbanzo beans & liquid ( chick peas )
1/2 c Couscous or bulgar wheat
1/4 c Raisins
1 ts Ground coriander
1/2 ts Ground turmeric
1/2 ts Ground cinnamon
1/2 ts Ground ginger
14 ts Ground cumin
3 c Water

Serve the couscous separately, if desired.
Combine all the ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. 1/8 recipe - 241 calories, 2 bread, 2 vegetable exchanges 42 grams carbohydrate, 8 grams protein, 2 grams fat 22 mg sodium, 658 mg potassium, 0 cholesterol
Source: Am. Diabetes Assoc. Holiday Cookbook by Betty Wedman

Vegetarian Barley and Bean Soup Recipe

1 c Chopped onion
2 Garlic cloves; minced
1 tb Vegetable oil
6 c Water
28 oz Canned tomatoes, chopped -- undrained
1 cn VAN CAMP's Kidney Beans,15oz -- drained
9 oz Frozen green beans or peas
1 c Sliced carrots
1 c Sliced mushrooms
1/2 c Medium Barley
1 ts Basil
1/2 ts Oregano
1/2 ts Salt (optional)
1/4 ts Black pepper

In 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, cook onion and garlic in oil until onion is tender. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover. Simmer 45 to 50 minutes or until barley is tender, stirring occasionally. Add additional water if soup becomes too thick upon standing.

Ten 1-cup servings *NOTE: To use Quick Barley, substitute 2/3 cup quick barley for medium barley and decrease water to 5 cups. Prepare recipe as directed above except simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until barley is tender, stirring occasionally.


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Barley-Vegetable Soup

2 x Med Onions, peeled & diced
2 x Lg Carrots, scraped & diced
2 x Stalks Celery, chopped
3 tb Butter or margarine
1 cn Tomatoes, chopped-1 lb 12 oz
8 c Water
1 ts Dried Basil
1/2 ts Dried Thyme
2 ts Salt
1/4 ts Pepper
1 c Pearl Barley
2 c Frozen green beans or peas *
1 tb Chopped fresh Dill

Saute onions, carrots, and celery in heated butter or margarine in a large kettle for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, water, basil, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Stir in barley and lower heat. Cook slowly, covered, 1 1/2 hours, until barley is tender. Stir in beans or peas during last 10 minutes of cooking. Remove from heat and stir in dill. Recipe serves 10-12.

Vegetarian Chowder Recipe

1 lb White beans (limas, small -whites, navies or great -northerns)
1 c Chopped onion
1 1/2 c Chopped celery
1/8 ts Pepper
3 c Milk
1 cn (16 oz) tomatoes
1 cn (16 oz) whote kernel corn
1/4 c Butter/margarine
1/4 c Flour
1/2 ts Salt
1/4 lb Monterey Jack or sharp -Cheddar cheese

Sort, rinse and soak beans. Drain. In large kettle, cook beans in 6 to 8 cups of hot water with 1 1/2 tsp salt. Cook until tender (about 1 hour for limas; about 2 to 2 1/2 hours for small whites or great northerns). Don't drain.

Meanwhile, cook onion and celery briefly in butter in a 1 1/2 quart saucepan. Blend in flour, salt and pepper. Stir in milk and bring mixture to a boil. Add to beans and their liquid, along with remaining ingredeints. Heat to boiling. For extra zip, add a few dashes of bottled hot sauce. Makes 12 servings.

A BAG OF BEAN TRICKS: A bag of bean tricks to help you buy, soak, cook & store dry beans. Canned beans do not require additional cooking since they have been thoroughly cooked in the canning process, but there are several ways of preparing dry beans for cooking. All start with a thorough inspection for damaged beans and foreign material, then washing in cold water.

The next step, which is highly recommended, is soaking the beans. This not only helps make the beans cook faster, it also improves flavor, texture, appearance and digestibility. For maximum improvement of these factors, it is recommended that the soak water be discarded and the beans rinsed and cooked in fresh water.

SOAKING TIPS: Hot-soak (preferred) and Quick-soak method. For every pound of dry beans, any variety, add 10 cups of hot water. Remember beans will rehydrated to at least twice theri dry size, so be sure to start with a large enough pot. (Note: up to 2 teaspoons of salt per pound of beans *may* be added to help the beans absorb water more evenly.)

Heat to boiling, let boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and set aside for at least 1 hour (quick-soak method), but *preferably* four hours or more.

The longer soaking time is recommended to allow a greater amount of the gas-causing properties to dissolve in the water, thus helping the beans to be more easily digested and lessening the aftereffects. Whether you soak the beans for an hour or several hours, remember to DISCARD THE SOAK WATER.

RECIPE COOKING TIPS: (for each pound of dry beans) Standard method: Drain and rinse soaked beans; put into a good- sized kettle. Add 6 cup of hot water, 1 to 2 Tablespoons shortening and 2 teaspoons salt. Boil gently with lid tilted until desired tenderness is reached.

Savory Method:

Use standard method (above), but use
2 teaspoons onion salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt instead of plain salt
3 to 4 bouillon cubes
1/4 teaspoon white pepper

Simmer beans slowly. Cooking too fast can break skins. * Acid slows down cooking. Add tomatoes, vinegar, etc. last. * Add 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon baking soda (no more) per pound of beans whe cooking in hard water to shorten cooking time.

* At high altitudes, beans take longer to cook. A pressure cooker helps, but follow manufacturer's directions.

Recipe for Hot and Sour Soup

1/4 c Dried tree fungus
1/4 c Dried tiger lilies
1/4 c Dried Chinese mushrooms
1 c Boiling water
1 ea Cake bean curd
3 c Vegetable broth
3 tb Cornstarch
1/2 c Cold vegetable broth
1 ts Soy sauce
1/2 ts White pepper
1 1/2 tb White wine vinegar
1 medium Egg
1 ts Cold water

In a bowl, combine the fungus, lilies, and mushrooms. Pour boiling water over them and let them soak for 20 minutes. Drain and discard the water. Squeeze all ingredients dry. Sliver the mushrooms.

In a kettle over medium heat, bring the vegetable broth to a simmer. Ad the fungus, lilies, mushrooms, and bean curd. Simmer, uncovered for ten minutes. MIx the cornstarch with the cold vegetble broth and stir into soup until it thickens and clears. add the soy sauce, pepper, and vinegar.

To serve: In a small bowl, eat the egg with the water and pour into the simmering roth in a slow steady stream. Turn off the heat at once. Stir and ladle into bowls.

Vegetarian Red Bean Stew

2 c dried red beans -- washed : sorted
1/3 c olive oil
1 1/2 md white onions -- diced
2 ts salt
1/2 ts freshly ground black pepper
4 garlic cloves -- crushed
7 oz cn diced green chili peppers : mild fire roasted
2 md parsnips -- peel and chop
2 md carrots -- peel and chop
2 celery ribs -- chopped
1 md zucchini -- trimmed, sliced
1 md yellow squash , sliced
red or green salsa
shredded cheddar cheese

Wash, sort and generally pick over the dried beans, discarding debris. Place the beans in a pot with 2 quarts of water; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce to a gentle simmer and cookuntil the small beans are creamy, not powdery, 45 to 60 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook the onions with 1 teaspoon of the salt and the black pepper until golden, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the garlic, reduce the heat and cook, stirring frequently, until the aroma is released.

Pour the red beans and cooking liquid into the stockpot, along with the chili peppers, parsnips and carrots. Turn the heat up to medium and cook at a low boil for 10 minutes. Add the remaining vegetables and 1 teaspoon salt. Simmer until all the vegetables are soft, about 10 to 15 minutes longer.

Ladle into large bowls and serve hot with a dollop of salsa. Recipe makes 4 to 6 servings

Vegetarian Garbanzo Stew

1/2 c -Water Onion ; chopped
2 Garlic cloves; minced
16 oz Tomatoes; chopped
1/2 ts Paprika;
1/2 ts Dried oregano;
1/4 ts Pepper;
black ds Hot pepper sauce;
16 oz Garbanzo beans; drained -& rinsed
1 c Winter squash; peeled & -diced
1 1/4 c Spicy tomato juice
2 c Fresh spinach; chopped

Place water, onion and garlic in a large pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened slightly, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes (including tomato liquid) and seasonings. Cook for 5 more minutes. Add garbanzo beans, squash and tomato juice. Cover and cook for 30 minutes, until squash is tender. Stir in spinach and cook until softened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Recipe serves 4. The Vegetarian Times

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