Category Archives: Soups/Stews

Chik’n Noodle Soup

Oh! How I love comfort foods! But boy! Do I hate being sick!

I have finally manged to catch the bug that has been floating around. No fun. While I spent most of my Sunday glued to my couch with a box of tissues and hot cup of tea, I did manage to peel myself up on Monday to make myself some delicious soup. Here’s my vegetarian version of the original classic:

What you will need:

  • 2 Quorn Chik’n Cutlets
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 stalks of celery, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 6 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt & pepper
  • poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 bag of No-Yolks Eggs Noodlescooked, drained, and drizzled with olive oil (to prevent them from sticking together)
  • 1 lemon (optional)

Makes about 4 servings.

Get out your stock pot, give the bottom a turn or two of olive oil. Add the onions and celery and cook until the onions are translucent. 

Meanwhile, sear the chik’n cutlets in a pan. Season the cutlets with salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning. This will add a great flavor to the chik’n. Once cooled, chop into bite sized pieces.

Next, add the vegetable broth, bay leaf and a few extra shakes of the poultry seasoning to the pot. Add carrots and chik’n. Simmer until carrots are tender, but not mushy.

Be sure to check your seasonings to ensure your broth is not bland. If it is, perhaps add some more salt and poultry seasoning.

Now it’s time to get out your bowl. Put a handful sized amount of noodles in the bottom and then pour your soup over the top of it. 

My favorite is to squeeze a little lemon juice over the top. It is optional, but I recommend giving it a try.

This soup is so good I found my Sweetie getting a late night bowl at 11 p.m. Haha! Busted! Totally busted!

What is your favorite soup?

Until next time, I send you peace, love, and good energy.

~Sharon

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Vegetarian Comfort Food: Beef-less Beef Stew

Fall always makes me crave comfort foods, and that includes rich and hearty stews. I wanted to take this all-American comfort-food classic and turn it into a vegetarian/vegan friendly dish that would satisfy beef-eaters, too.

What you will need:

In the bottom of a large stock pot over medium heat, swirl a few tablespoons of olive oil. Add onion, celery and mushrooms.  Cook until slightly browned. 

Add carrots, green beans and season with salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Add water, stock, and garbanzo beans. Bring to a boil. Add potatoes and mushroom base. Boil for 15-20 minutes.

In a separate skillet with a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil, brown the beefless tips over medium to medium high heat, being careful not to burn.

Once potatoes are tender, whisk the 1 cup of red wine with the three packets of vegetarian brown gravy and arrowroot powder. Add to stock pot. Add the browned beefless tips. Cook for 5 minutes until thick and the flavors have married.

Serve it up with toasted and buttered chunks of french bread and enjoy your hearty meal! My Sweetie exclaimed that this is what he always wanted beef stew to taste like. So – that’s one testimonial for you.

What’s your favorite comfort food? Have you tried turning old favorites into vegetarian/vegan -friendly meals?

Until next time, I send you peace, love, and good energy.

~Sharon