December 18th, 2007

Minestrone Soup recipe

hi all. this is my first time posting a recipe on this community. i love reading all of the recipes and comments people leave!

i have a recipe for minestrone soup that turned out so fabulous, i thought i would post it on here after making it the other day. thanks everyone! and i'm new to being vegan so forgive me if i'm not 100% on my vegan terms and foods quite yet. : )

(sorry, no pictures either. with 3 people in the apartment, it went fast!)

Garden Minestrone Soup

3 tbsp. olive oil
1 c. minced onion (white, yellow)
1/2 c. chopped zucchini (i put a lot more in it)
1/2 c. italian green beans (i used frozen)
1/4 c. chopped celery
4 tsp. minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
4 c. vegetable broth
2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans
2 (15 ounce) cans sm. white beans (your choice, i used a Goya brand)
1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/2 c. carrots, diced or shredded (i used a lot more of this too!)
2 tbsp. fresh parsley
1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper (i put a lot more in as well)
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
3 c. hot water
4 c. fresh baby spinach
1/2 c. small shell pasta (the spinach and pasta i put out separately otherwise if it sits for a day or two in the fridge it gets kinda nasty)


1. heat the olive oil over medium heat in a lg. soup pot.
2. cook onion, celery, garlic, green beans and zucchini in the oil for 5 minutes or until onions begin to turn translucent.
3. add veg. broth to pot, plus drained tomatoes, beans, carrots, hot water and spices.
4. bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
5. bring another pot of water to a boil to cook sm. shell pasta. drain and set aside.
6. lay out the spinach and pasta, eat the soup and enjoy!
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recipe card dividers

i'm working on this project where i print on both sides of a piece of cardstock and cut it into 4 recipe card dividers. (and i put some packing tape over the tab so it doesn't get shabby and stuff.)

currently i have the following categories. do any of you have ideas for other categories? when i'm all done i'll upload it so any of you can print them out if you want to.

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Christmas Dinner?

What do you all make for Christmas dinner?

Thanksgiving is so easy, because I just make all the traditional things. But what the HECK is traditional food for Christmas besides cookies?!

The only thing I know I want is roasted brussel sprouts. But I don't think I want any kind of squash. Other than that, I'm lost.

Any suggestions?
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tofu cookery!

I got this book a couple of weeks ago at the thrift store and just started looking through it.


I didn't expect it to be vegan, but from what i've seen there are no recipes with any milk, eggs or cheese. It's pretty old, so maybe the term 'vegan' wasn't big, but i can't wait to try some things out!
yay for thrift stores having cookbooks other than the usual 'microwave cooking' in every possible variety!
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Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The mix of spices of these delightful cookies are unusual but the combination is really, really good. Enjoy!!


3 cups oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 banana, mashed
1/2 dry sweetener
2 tbsp oil (or applesauce)
1 cup sour soy milk (soy milk + 1 tsp vinegar)
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup chocolate or carob chips (optional, but highly recommended!)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, stir together the oat flakes, flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, cumin, cardamom, black pepper, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper. Add the mashed banana, sweetener, oil (or applesauce), sour milk, raisins, and chocolate chips to the oat mixture and mix together gently until "just mixed." Scoop spoon-sized (or larger!) portions onto a lightly oiled cookie sheet and bake for 8-12 minutes or until done. Makes 6 large or 12 small cookies.


christmas side dish

Hello, vegans! I'm going to be spending Christmas with my (huge) extended family for the first time this year. There will be one other vegan, and I think everyone else is omni, but they are trying hard to accommodate us. Now, I don't celebrate Christmas, so I really don't know what to expect, but someone was kind enough to email me the Christmas dinner menu, so I know what I could make that would go with the meal. Here is what the relatives have planned:
-chicken parmesan
-vegan casserole and corn casserole
-cranberry salad and caesar salad
-bread
-crackers with cheese and dip
-apple pie and cherry pie
-wine and sparkling cider
-ice cream
-cookies
And they would like me to make two dishes--a dessert and some sort of side. I'd love suggestions for Christmasy omni-friendly dishes that would go with this meal, preferably involving ingredients that aren't too weird, expensive, or hard-to-find in a small conservative East Coast town. (This is involving plane travel, so I can't make something at home and bring it with me.) (And not being too expensive is important because I'll be cooking for like 25 people.) I'm thinking about some type of soup or maybe a rice dish or pasta salad? Or just some vegetable, since they seem to be fairly lacking in that area. But for the dessert, I don't know. The easy ones that I'm good at making are taken (pie and cookies), and I'd like something that's not TOO similar to either of those. Ideas? I'm not an amazing cook, but I can follow a recipe.
I know a couple of kinda similar posts have been made recently, but if you don't mind offering suggestions, it would be most appreciated. Thank you!