Posts Tagged ‘soup’

Revisiting Recipes

February 5, 2010

One problem with blogging about what we cook on a regular basis is once we post about something once, we don’t post about it again.  And while we do enjoy trying new recipes and being experimental, the reality is we always strive for recipes that we *can* make again and again. Things that can fall into a fairly regular cycle of things we cook, making weekly plans quick and easy, and always be confident that what you’re going to be cooking is a hit. So many weeks we end up only posting new recipes on weekends, because that’s when we tend to experiment and go all out elaborate meal plans – and the rest of the week we just cycle through recipes we’ve already made a dozen times.

These are the recipes we deem worthy of our “regular” rotation at the moment, and it tends to change every couple of weeks as we add new regulars and put a few we get sick of on hold for awhile:

  • Couscous with Broccoli and Walnuts – We only posted about this one this week, but it was probably the third time we’d made it. So so quick and easy. Also, it’s healthy and cheap – so who could ask for more?
  • Hot, Sweet, & Sour Chickpeas with Eggplant – We’ve made this one twice already, and I would happily make it again in a week or two. Again, it’s super quick to make, and we tend to have most of the ingredients on hand at all times, except for eggplant – which is easy to buy. It’s also a fairly interesting dish – it’s essentially just a simple curry, but with really interesting flavours going on.
  • Soup: We like to have soup once a week -especially in the winter- and lately we’ve cycled between the Curried Carrot Soup, Creamy Potato Leek Soup (which we just made last night, and the Artichoke Soup Provençal.
  • And while we haven’t posted the recipe yet (coming soon!), a new addition to our cycle is a Chili-bean quesadilla. It has everything a weeknight meal should have: It’s cheap, fast, and tasty. A pretty simple dish using poblano peppers, and it’s helped us discover that poblanos are kind of awesome. If we have tortillas on hand, this recipe will be a part of our weekly plan, nearly guaranteed.

Having easy fall back recipes really is key, otherwise we end up visiting our favourite Falafel/Shawarma place a little too often. (We can get dinner for both of us for around $10! And it’s good!)

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Red Lentil Soup

November 2, 2009

Another great soup to add to our rotation, courtesy of 101 Cookbooks.

We didn’t get any good photos of this one, but don’t let that sway you from trying it out. It’s very filling and nutritious, and super tasty to boot. A pretty easy one for a weeknight as well. It made enough for 4 meal servings for us – a nice dinner helping and enough for lunch the next day. Next time we may make a double batch as it’s perfect for weekday lunches – so having an extra batch in the freezer would be great.

Recipe:

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Creamy Potato Leek Soup

October 20, 2009

Our weekly bin always comes with a flyer, which usually includes a recipe. Usually we don’t bother – they either require too many ingredients or look too simple or just… eh. Well this one sounded perfect. And oh boy was it. It’s not even so cold out today, but it’s definitely getting more and more fall like out there, and this just hit the spot. Not only was it super simple for a weeknight, but it was cozy, tasty, and healthy to boot! The potato added a real nice creaminess to it. Definitely one to add to the regular rotation.

Recipe:

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Artichoke Soup Provençal

October 7, 2009

Mmm, dinner.

Our collection of Moosewood Restaurant cookbooks were extremely good to us in our early days of cooking as apartment dwellers, but it wasn’t until we had been living in the house and were looking for something a little different that we stumbled upon this recipe for Artichoke Soup Provençal.

Although it seemed almost too simple to even be worth trying, the delicious blend of citrus, sherry, saffron and vegetables won us over at first taste and made it a household favourite.

Here’s the recipe:

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Acorn Squash Soup

October 1, 2009


Not a whole lot to say about this one – but it’s got all the right things for a weeknight meal: It’s super simple, it’s really tasty, and it’s quite filling.

The full recipe is here.

We did a few substitutions but it still worked out… no granny smith apples on hand, so we just used a red one we had on hand. Not as tart as it would’ve been, I suppose. Also we only had one acorn squash so we sort of cut it into a third, which ended up with the right quantity for two people.