Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Black Forest Cream of Musroom Soup

My parents were recently told by their doctor to go on a strict diet in efforts to improve their health. My family is generally a pasta loving, big eating, fun times family. We tend to eat a bunch, because we love the philosophy of the Italian table. However, my parents are doing a switch away from eating meat, carbs, and dairy for the next two months. So I researched the diet and found some recipes, and there are definitely some fun and creative ways to eat even with restrictions. This recipe is taken directly from Dr. Fuhrman's website, which was full of great ways to eat healthy.

1/2 cup dried mixed mushrooms (optional)
2 pounds mixed fresh mushrooms (button, shiitake, cremini), sliced 1/4" thick
2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
2 teaspoons herb de Provence
2 carrots, coarsely chopped
3 cups cauliflower florets, cut into small pieces
1 cup chopped organic celery
3 leeks, cut into 1/2 inch rounds
4 tablespoons no salt seasoning
5 cups carrot juice
3 cups water
1/4 cup raw cashews
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
2 cans white beans, northern, navy, or cannellini (no salt)
1 5-oz bag organic baby spinach
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
If using dried mushrooms, soak them in hot water to cover for 30 minutes and cut in pieces.

Heat 1/8 cup water in large saute pan. Water sauté the fresh and dried mushrooms, garlic and dried herbs until tender and fragrant. Set aside.

In large soup pot, bring carrot juice, water, carrots, cauliflower, celery, leeks and seasoning to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.

Puree 1/2 vegetable soup in high powered blender, adding cashews, lemon juice, and fresh herbs. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Add pureed soup back to soup pot along with mushrooms, beans, and spinach. Heat until spinach is wilted.

Serve garnished with fresh chopped parsley.

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