soups and stews

Spring Vegetable Stew

Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4

This is a perfect stew to transition from winter to spring after you’ve been eating heavy-hearty stews for the past few months. Traditional stews are usually a mixture of meat and vegetables slowly simmered until all the flavors bind into one. This stew is quick to make, filling, and refreshing. A generous amount of oil and butter will add richness. The root vegetables will thicken the strew slightly, making it feel likes like a soup. The vibrant colors of the mixed vegetables in this Early Spring Vegetable Stew will remind us that shorter days will soon become the longer and colder days will become much warmer. I suggest using basil or mint, but you can use whatever fresh tender herbs you have around. The combination of freshly squeezed lemon juice, parsley, and crème fraîche this will elevate the flavors of the stew. This stew only takes about 45 minutes to make from start to finish. You’ll be able to enjoy more of that spring time sunshine, because you won’t have to wait for hours for your meal to be ready.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons of butter

  • 2 small Yukon potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch half-moon-wedges

  • 2 medium turnips, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch half-moon-wedges

  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt

  • 1/4 lb of oyster mushrooms, hand torn lengthwise into small strips

  • 1 quart of vegetable stock

  • 1/2 pound asparagus, cut into 1-inch lengths (woody part removed)

  • 1 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch-long sticks

  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4 inch rounds

  • 1 bunch of scallions, white and light green section only, cut into 1 sections

  • 1/2 cup snow peas, discard the stem end and string

  • Juice from one lemon

  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the garnish:

  • 4 tablespoons crème fraîche or sour cream

  • 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley

  • 4 handfuls fresh mint or basil leaves

Preparation

  1. In a enameled cast-iron dutch oven, heat olive oil on medium heat. Toss in the potatoes and turnips. Stir gently, season with salt, and cook in the oil until the potatoes becomes slightly translucent (about 5-8 minutes).

  2. Add in the mushrooms cook for about 5 more minutes

  3. Poor in the stock. cover with a lid. Turn the head down to a low simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes and turnips are tender.

  4. Remove the lid. Add the asparagus, carrots, and zucchini. Let cook for 5 more minutes uncovered, until the asparagus is cooked through but still retains it’s shape and color.

  5. Toss in the scallions and sugar snap peas. Let simmer on low for a couple more minutes, until the snow peas becomes a bright green color and warms through.

  6. Turn off the heat, add freshly squeezed lemon juice and season with and and pepper.

  7. Divide the soup into four bowls, and garnish each bowl with a dollop of crème fraîche, sprinkle of chopped parsley, and a handful of mint or basil leaves.

Creamy Broccoli Soup

Courtesy of: Co+op, stronger together Recipe by: Robin Asbell

Total Time: 45 minutes, 25 minutes active

Servings: 4

If you are making other broccoli dishes in which you really only want the florets, save the stems and use them within the week for this. The stems can absolutely delicious if you prepare them right—they are more mild and sweet than the florets, almost like kohlrabi. You only need 2 cups of florets to stir in after pureeing, so make up the difference with peeled and chopped stems in the soup. Alternately, just use a big bunch of broccoli, and use up every bit of it.

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli, stems peeled, 2 cups florets reserved OR a heavier ratio of stems: 1 1/4 pound stems and 5 ounces broccoli florets

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock or water

  • 3 tablespoons white rice

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • Croutons

Preparation

  1. Peel and chop broccoli stems and onion, reserving the broccoli florets. Put in a big pot, add rice and stock or water.

  2. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer until vegetables and rice are very tender, about 15 minutes.

  3. Reserve 2 cups of broccoli florets, then add the rest of the florets to the soup and simmer for 5 more minutes.

  4. Steam or microwave the remaining 2 cups broccoli florets just until crisp tender.

  5. Puree the broccoli mixture in batches to a smooth consistency, adding sour cream and milk as it becomes smooth.

  6. Return to pan and gently reheat, whisking in just enough milk to thin to a consistency of your liking. Stir in broccoli florets, salt, pepper and basil.

  7. Warm just to serving temperature. Be very careful not to boil.

Nutritional Information

277 calories, 14 g. fat, 34 mg. cholesterol, 571 mg. sodium, 34 g. carbohydrate, 6 g. fiber, 9 g. protein

Posted by permission from StrongerTogether.coop. Find more recipes and information about your food and where it comes from at www.strongertogether.coop.

Chipotle Corn Chowder

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 35 minutes, 20 minutes active

Servings: 4

Nothing says comfort like homemade soup. This delicious chipotle corn chowder will warm and delight the whole family!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 pound unsalted butter

  • 1 yellow onion, diced

  • 2 carrots, diced

  • 2 celery ribs, diced

  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

  • 1 poblano pepper, diced

  • 2 cups button mushrooms, quartered

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 quart chicken or vegetable stock

  • 2 russet potatoes, diced in 1/2" cubes

  • 3 cups fresh roasted or cooked corn kernels

  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, minced

  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chili pepper

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

  • Pinch of ground cumin

  • Pinch of salt

  • Pinch of pepper

  • 2 cups heavy cream

Preparation

  1. In a large sauce pot on medium high heat, melt the butter.

  2. Add the onion and sauté for 2 minutes. Add carrots, celery and poblano pepper and sauté for 3-5 minutes until the vegetable begin to soften. Add in garlic and mushrooms and sauté briefly, then add the flour and stir well. Add the stock and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add in potatoes and simmer for an additional 7-10 minutes. Add corn, herbs and spices and stir well. Add heavy cream, bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Garnish and serve hot.

Serving Suggestion

Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro or extra chipotle peppers. Serve with sides of sour cream, corn kernels, Cojita cheese, pico de gallo, crusty bread or tortilla chips.

Nutritional Information

527 Calories, 33 g. fat, 100 mg. cholesterol, 305 mg. sodium, 51 g. carbohydrate, 7 g. fiber, 12 g. protein

Posted by permission from StrongerTogether.coop. Recipe by Chris Ryding. Find more recipes and information about your food and where it comes from at www.strongertogether.coop.

Tomatillo Gazpacho

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Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: approximately 4

This tomatillo-based gazpacho is gorgeously green with a tart flavor that complements the sweet shrimp and salty olives. Make this meatless by substituting feta for the shrimp.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 English cucumber, halved lengthwise and seeded

  • 1 avocado, halved and pitted

  • 1 pound tomatillos, (see Tip), husks removed, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 1-2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped

  • 1 15-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth, or vegetable broth

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 12 ounces cooked and peeled shrimp, chopped

  • 1/4 cup green olives, chopped

  • 2 scallions, sliced

Preparation

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until just beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  2. Coarsely chop half the cucumber and half the avocado and place in a food processor. Add tomatillos, bell pepper, jalapeño to taste and the garlic. Process until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in broth, sugar and salt.

  3. Dice the remaining cucumber and avocado and place in a medium bowl. Add shrimp, olives and scallions. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil; gently toss to combine.

  4. Ladle the gazpacho into bowls and top each portion with about 3/4 cup of the shrimp salad.

Serving Suggestion

Serve with cheese quesadillas or some tortilla chips.

Tips & Notes

Tomatillos are tart, plum-size green fruits that look like small, husk-covered green tomatoes. Find them in the produce section near the tomatoes. Remove outer husks and rinse well before using.

Nutritional Information

327 calories, 18 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 793 mg. sodium, 18 g. carbohydrate, 7 g. fiber, 26 g. protein, 1 mg. added sugars

Posted by permission from StrongerTogether.coop. Find more recipes and information about your food and where it comes from at www.strongertogether.coop.