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Don’t be afraid of the parsnip!  Think of the parsnip as carrot’s pale cousin.  Parsnips are not only tasty, but they are loaded with potassium and are a good source of dietary fiber.  They also add a lovely texture to pureed soups.  This soup combines parsnips and sweet potatoes for a savory and slightly sweet flavor.  I used chicken broth in mine, if using vegetable broth the soup may turn out slightly darker.  To make this a one pot meal add the optional chickpeas.  This goes great with fresh crusty bread.

Sweet Potato and Parsnip Soup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 leeks, including light green parts, finely chopped
  • 3 – 4 parsnips peeled and sliced
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, about 1 pound total weight, peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 ½ tablespoons tomato paste
  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed (optional)
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (for garnish)

In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil.  Add the leeks and saute until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add the parsnips, and potatoes and saute about 3 more minutes.

Add the tomato paste and stock.  Partially cover the pan and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 25 – 30 minutes.  Add the chickpeas if using and heat 3 minutes longer.  Add salt and pepper to taste and remove from heat.

Puree soup in a blender or food processor or process with a handheld blender until smooth.  Return soup to pan and reheat gently.  Stir in 2 tablespoons of the parsley.

Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with remaning parsley.  Makes 4-6 servings.

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This quick salad is a great side dish for chicken or is great all by itself.  It’s fresh, light and satisfying.  Be sure to eat it the day its made or the next day because the yogurt separates and looks a tad unappealing. 

Cucumbers with Yogurt and Mint

  • 2/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups sliced peeled cucumber (about 3 medium)

Combine yogurt, mint, salt, cumin and pepper in a large bowl.  Add cucumber to yogurt mixture, and toss gently to coat.  Cover and chill one hour.  Makes about four one cup servings.

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Oven roasted broccoli?  That sounds weird.  Don’t you roast things like beef, pork and wild boar?  Why would I roast broccoli?  Because its delicious!  Roasting the broccoli brings out a nutty sweetness that is different and delicious.  Don’t be scared when it gets a little brown on the edges, this is a good thing.  If you buy the whole crown of broccoli with the stalk like I do, (its cheaper), don’t throw the stalk away!  That was too dramatic, but the stalk is yummy.  Be sure to cut about an inch or so off the end and peel the remaining stalk with a veggie peeler and slice.

Oven Roasted Broccoli

  • 2 – 3 crowns fresh broccoli, separated into florets, and stalk peeled and sliced if using
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Heat oven to 375°F.  Line a baking sheet (with sides) with foil and spray with cooking spray.  Spread broccoli out on pan.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake for about 45 minutes or until edges of broccoli are browned.

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My 3-year old daughter loves spinach and mushrooms.  My 4-year-old son hates spinach and mushrooms, but we are able to force him to eat a few bites by telling him he will be super tall when he grows up if he eats spinach.  I really hope he’s tall or he’ll have years of therapy and he’ll blame me for everything wrong in his life.  An airplane spoon and vivid sound effects help too. 

I love leeks, and this is an easy and tasty way to use them. This is currently my favorite veggie side dish.

  • 2 Tb olive oil
  • 2 leeks, white and pale green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 8 oz button or baby Portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

 

  • 1 bunch or 1 bag baby spinach (washed well and dried with a salad spinner)
  • salt and pepper 

 

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  When it starts to shimmer add sliced leeks.  Saute until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add mushrooms and garlic and season with salt and pepper.  Saute over medium heat for about 3 – 4 minutes until mushrooms are slightly browned.  Reduce heat to med low and continue to cook until leeks are brown and mushrooms are golden, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Return the heat to medium and add the spinach.  Using tongs quickly turn the spinach until just wilted.  Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.

This goes really well with beef, but I have entertained the idea of adding cubed firm tofu with the mushrooms and serving with brown rice for a yummy vegetarian dinner.

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