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Meatless Monday: Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Published March 24, 2014 by jenmatteson

It’s fairly well-known that I am an extremely organized person, but I just wanted to share a quick peek at what my kitchen looks like when I have several projects going on at once.

My kitchen while working

To me, it all makes sense.  But if someone walked in and saw this, I’m sure they’d think I lost my mind.

Seemingly kitchen in disaray

If you can believe it, this is actually fairly organized and clean for me making more than two things at once.  I think I was making muffins, two types of bread, cookies and soup.

We’ve been on an insane soup and salad kick lately, and this was our most recent.  Seeing as though it is still winter, feeling like deep in the winter, though spring is supposedly on the way, soup is the most comforting meals.  An entire bowl or a cup paired with a salad or sandwich is pretty much what we’ve been eating for the last few weeks.  Sad, I know, but it’s soooooo good (plus quick and easy)!

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

The cauliflower has a slightly sweet taste from roasting, but the curry brings it all together and rounds out the flavor.  The original recipe calls for whole milk, but it was so creamy on its own, I didn’t even add any.  This is a unsuspectingly hearty soup at a very low price!

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Source: Adapted from Food and Wine
Servings: 4-6

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower, halved, cored and cut into 1 1/2-inch florets
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp curry powder
1/4 cup olive oil
kosher salt
fresh cracked black pepper
1 small onion, finely diced
3 tbsp. butter
1 bay leaf
4 cups water

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  On a foil-lined baking sheet, toss cauliflower with cumin seeds, curry powder and  3 tablespoons of the oil.  Season generously with salt and pepper and roast for 25 minutes, turning occasionally, until cauliflower is just tender.

2. In a large saucepan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil over moderate heat and sauté onions until softened, but not browned, about 5 minutes.  Add roasted cauliflower, butter bay leaf and water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to simmer until liquid is reduced and the cauliflower is tender, about 15 minutes.  Remove and discard bay leaf.

3. Using an immersion blender, puree soup until smooth.  Using a blender would work here as well if you don’t have an immersion blender.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

Recipe Swap: Avocado and Lime Black Bean Tacos

Published November 30, 2012 by jenmatteson

It’s that time again – Blogger’s Choice Recipe Swap, hosted by Sarah at A Taste of Home Cooking.  This week, I was assigned Jaida’s blog, Sweet Beginnings.  It might sound familiar because I’ve made several of her recipes in the past: double crunch pork chops, pumpkin scones with maple glaze (which I just made again before Thanksgiving), and salsa verde chicken ‘n’ dumplings.  Scroll to the bottom of this post if you want to see what other recipe swappers made!

I have to be honest, I must have been out of my mind to sign up for a recipe swap right after Thanksgiving.  We still had turkey and potatoes leftover, I had to test a pot pie recipe for a dinner I’m catering next week, so we had 6 total (thankfully Nate didn’t mind bringing them for lunch and making his co-workers jealous!), and we also had a ton of leftover salsa chicken that Nate had practically begged me to make because he loves it so much.  We still have pie, cookies and pumpkin scones from our friends thanksgiving, so the last thing I needed was another sweet.  But, I powered through and found an awesome recipe 😉

It really came down to the wire for me to make something for this swap, and I ended up having to do it on a night that Nate had class.  I definitely didn’t want to make some extravagant meal for just myself, so I opted for something similar to what I make myself when he’s not home, but with a fun twist. 

When Nate’s gone, one of my favorite things to make for myself are black bean tacos – black beans, onions, jalapenos, peppers, lettuce, cilantro (sometimes avocados – it really just depends on what is in my fridge), hot sauce and a dab of Greek yogurt on a whole wheat flour tortilla.  I saw Jaida’s avocado and lime black bean tacos and thought it’d sounded perfect.  Oh, and if you are a taco fan (which I am) she has Taco Tuesdays and has more taco recipes on her blog than I’ve ever seen before (over 40!).  Love it!

While the ingredients are fairly similar to what I would normally use, I found that sprinkling the tortilla with cumin really brings out the smokey flavor (I normally add it into the black beans), but it’s balanced out perfectly with the lime juice.  What an excellent combination!  I omitted the cheese (as I’m not a fan) and unintentionally omitted the egg whites.  I thought I had eggs (or at least egg substitute) at home, but I didn’t.  They were still excellent!  These tacos were an excellent way to jazz up my normal Wednesday night alone meal.

Avocado and Lime Black Bean Tacos

Source: Sweet Beginnings
Servings: 2

Ingredients:

1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
2 tbsps lime juice
kosher salt
1 avocado, chopped
2 whole wheat flour tortillas
1 tbsp cumin
1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
plain non-fat Greek yogurt (or sour cream)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheet with foil. 

2. In a small saucepan, heat black beans over medium heat, about 2 minutes, until heated through (microwave would work fine here).  Set aside to cool.

3. In a medium bowl, combine beans, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice.  Add salt to taste.  Stir in avocado and set aside.

4. Place tortillas on baking sheet and sprinkle each with cumin.  Add cheese.  Bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

5. Spoon bean mixture evenly on each tortilla.  Add a dollop of Greek yogurt (or sour cream) and hot sauce if desired, fold gently and serve.

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