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Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup

You know that moment when you create something so wonderful and you just can’t contain yourself? As soon as I tasted this soup, knowing just how much I duped those hefty grams of fat, I knew this was going to be a huge hit. Saying nothing of my devious tricks, I kind of sprang a bowl of this on every member of my family as they came in the door at the end of the day.

Eyebrows were raised, yummy sounds were made and eyes rolled back into heads. Truly.

“Did you put cream in this?”

“Nope.”

“Well, what makes it so creamy?”

“I’m not telling you.”

Eyes rolled back…again.

My secret to creating this beautiful creamy texture is tofu! I’ve found that whirling up some soft silken tofu either in a blender or using an immersion blender, creates a silky cream that mimics traditional heavy cream. With tofu, you’re eliminating a huge amount of fat, saturated fats and cholesterol. One cup of heavy cream has…get ready for this…eighty-eight grams of fat! One cup of silken tofu has about eight.

We actually eat tofu often and I’ve found a tofu that we really love and I’m so excited to be working with! Mori-Nu tofu is a creamy silken tofu unlike pressed tofu packed in water. The texture is so much nicer. One of the things I love most about Non-GMO Mori-Nu tofu, is their packaging. They developed a process where the tofu is made in an aseptic package that protects the tofu from light, air and microorganisms without using any preservatives. The tofu can be kept without refrigeration for a shelf life of one year! I can’t tell you how many packages of refrigerated pressed tofu I’ve thrown out over the years! This eliminates that problem!

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Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoons olive oil
10 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced (I use baby bella)
1 medium onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup marsala (you can substitute with white wine)
1 medium russet potato, peeled and diced
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1 small bay leaf
6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
3/4 cup uncooked wild rice (see Notes)
12 ounce package Mori-Nu Soft Silken tofu

Melt butter in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until they become golden. They’ll release their moisture first, then once the liquid evaporated, they’ll begin to brown. Remove the mushrooms from the pan and set aside in a small dish.

Add the olive oil to the pan along with the onions, celery and carrots. Cook until the onions are softened. Add the garlic and cook for just one more minute. Add the flour and stir to coat the vegetables. Add the marsala or white wine and reduce evaporated completely. Add the broth, potato, thyme, bay leaf, mushrooms and the wild rice (see Notes about the rice) to the pot. Bring the soup to a boil then immediately reduce to a simmer. Cover the pot and simmer on low for 30 minutes.

In a blender or in a measuring cup if using an immersion blender, blend the tofu until smooth and creamy. Once the soup is done, remove the pot from the heat and stir the tofu into the soup until blended.

Serves 6

Notes:

  • I use a wild rice that has been cracked so that it will cook a bit quicker. If you can’t find a quicker cooking wild rice, use precooked wild rice and add it at the last five minutes of cooking time.
  • To keep this vegan, omit the butter and use 2 tablespoons of olive oil and use vegetable broth.
  • To keep this gluten-free, omit the flour completely. The soup will still be creamy and delicious.

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Quinoa and Chickpea Burgers

Quinoa and Chickpea Burger from Taste Love & Nourish

When I was recently asked if I’d review Donna Hay’s newest book Fresh and Light, I have to admit to jumping out of my office chair and doing a little dance! I’ve been a huge fan of Donna’s for a while now. Donna Hay is Australia’s leading food editor, author and publisher. Not only does she publish her own Donna Hay Magazine, but she’s the author of twenty cookbooks, a weekly newspaper column and a creator of beautiful homewares, with her own general store in Sydney. What has always drawn me to her work is her approach to using fresh and seasonal ingredients in creating beautiful and simple recipes. This book is no exception. In fact, this book is the epitome of fresh, simple and healthy.

The book itself is really beautiful. Its full-sized, lush images will have you battling between running into the kitchen to get cooking or lingering in your chair to devour each page. Each dish is photographed so beautifully…simple and elegant. Yet, her creative flair doesn’t leave you feeling inadequate or incapable of reproducing these recipes. In fact, they leave you inspired and finding that there is nothing more gorgeous (or doable) than pure simplicity.

Quinoa and Chickpea Burger from Taste Love & Nourish

I found the format of the book really interesting. I love that within each section, Donna gives you six variations on several recipes. For example, she gives you her basic frittata recipe on one page, then in just a flip, you’ve got two pages of full size images of six mouthwatering frittatas with simple adaptations below. And, isn’t that they way we all cook? We all have our go-to recipes that we change up with different seasonal ingredients. This book gives you more of those great recipes that you’ll use over and over again.

Donna Hay's Fresh and Light Review

The most difficult part of reviewing this book was choosing one recipe to adapt. After bookmarking some favorites with sticky notes, the book began to look more like a flower. I finally chose this quinoa and chickpea burger because I’ve been searching for a great veggie burger recipe for the longest time. I love veggie based burgers. They can be really versatile and they are such a great way to incorporate plant based ingredients and reduce the amount of meat we eat. I was really happy with this recipe. There are so many flavorful elements between the cumin, cilantro and jalapeño. The Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise is the perfect accompaniment with its fresh herb and citrusy flavor. We will be making these often.

I’d love to share a copy of this wonderful book with one of you. Harper Collins and Donna Hay generously agreed to send one of my readers a copy of their own. Enter here!

Quinoa and Chickpea Burgers with Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise

Adapted slightly from Donna Hay, Fresh and Light

1/2 C. white quinoa, rinsed well in a fine mesh sieve
1 C. vegetable stock
2 slices whole wheat bread
16 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
1 egg
1/4 C. cilantro leaves
1 t. ground cumin
1 small jalapeño, chopped
1/4 red bell pepper, chopped
sea salt
black pepper
olive oil, for brushing
4 whole wheat flatbreads
mixed greens, tomato slices and avocado for serving
Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise (recipe below)

Combine the quinoa and vegetable stock in a small covered saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer for 15 minutes. Set aside and cool slightly.

In a food processor, add the whole wheat bread slices. Pulse until you get fine breadcrumbs. Add the chickpeas, quinoa, egg, cilantro, cumin, jalapeño, red pepper, sea salt and pepper. Process in short bursts until finely chopped. You can divide the mixture into 4 large patties or into 8 smaller ones. Brush each pat tie with some olive oil and place in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes per side.

Serve over flatbread with mixed greens, tomato, avocado and Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise.

Serves 4

Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise

1/3 C. mayonnaise
juice of one lime
1/8 C. cilantro leaves
sea salt
black pepper

Combine ingredients in a blender or use a hand blender. Process until smooth.

Quinoa and Chickpea Burger from Taste Love & Nourish

Notes:

  • These burgers can be made in advance and reheated. Either pop them into a hot oven for about 5 minutes or in a fry pan over medium heat. They are just as wonderful!
  • If you’d rather not eat them with flatbread, try topping some mixed greens off with the burger, adding some chopped tomato and cubes of avocado then drizzle the top with the mayo. That’s what I had for lunch today…delicious!
  • Donna makes her own tofu mayo that sounds incredible! I just used regular mayonnaise made with olive oil. If you’d like to lighten things up a bit, use a nice thick Greek yogurt in place of the mayonnaise. I’ve made it both ways!

 

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Take a peek at some other blogger reviews of Fresh and Light!

Berry Frozen Yogurt from Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Polenta Crust Tomato Tart from Taste and Tell

Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi from Chocolate Moosey

Breakfast Parfait from Wonkey Wonderful

Mixed Berry Cobbler from Sugar Dish Me

Twice Cooked Quinoa with Chipotle and Lime Chicken from A Family Feast