January 6th, 2006

soup and bread recipe requests

Okay, so now that the weather conditions in my little corner of the world (Ellensburg, WA) have reached epic cold proportions, I'm searching for a few stew/soup recipes. I have a few requirements. The recipe needs to be:

- cheap

- freezable

- light on soy (I'm trying to cut back on how much soy I eat. A cup or so for a recipe is okay, though.)

- heavy, hearty, and filling

Any suggestions?

Also, I have about three to four cups of plain pumpkin puree sitting in my fridge, waiting. I wanted to puree some carrots and add them together to make a soup base, but I'm not sure what else I should add to it to make an actual soup. I want the soup to be on the creamy side with a bit of spice. I'm thinking something along the lines of a curry flavored soup. Any suggestions for what I should add to the puree?

Finally, I'm looking for a simple and cheap wheat bread recipe - one that is a basic recipe that I can tweak with other ingriedents.

spinach casserole and friends; side dish help!

I plan on making this for dinner tonight (adding garlic, of course- how could they forget?!). I'll probably serve it with garlic bread, but what's a sweet side item that would go well with these flavors? I thought of baked apples, but probably just because I like them so much.

I sometimes find that I have trouble pairing entrees and sides. I'd like to make more full meals! what are your favorite combinations?

edit: it turned out beautifully- the cheeze melted okay and it smells great. I placed two portobello slices on top as a garnish (and because I lovelovelove them) before topping the casserole with the remaining cheeze and baking for another ten minutes. I'm serving it with garlic bread, fresh asparagus sauteed with olive oil and italian seasoning, and baked apples with margarine and cinnamon. yum! I wish I had my camera here!