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Pumpkin & Corn Curry Soup

This post is part of the Virtual Vegan Potluck. Click on the Back and Forward links at the bottom of the page to go directly to the previous and next recipes. =)

I *love* this soup. You can make it as spicy or mild as you like (I like it HOT), it’s pretty much fool proof, and it’s delicious. Honestly, I was never a huge pumpkin fan. That was until I made this soup and pumpkin dumplings one year for Thanksgiving. This almost tastes like a creamy potato soup or a corn chowder. It makes good lunch by itself, and a great soup to dip (vegan) grilled cheese in.

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1+ tablespoon red curry paste
1 15-oz can pumpkin
1 15-oz can Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles
1 can roasted corn kernels
1/2 cup Jalapeno- Cilantro Salsa*
1 cup vegetable broth
1 14-oz. can coconut milk, as needed
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
cilantro, to taste
1 teaspoon agave
lime juice, to taste

 

*The original recipe called for jalapeno-cilantro salsa, but I buy jalapeno salsa and mix in cilantro paste to taste.

 

Ingredients

 

I like to use at least 1 tablespoon of curry paste, but you can add as much as you like. Since curry pastes can have varying degrees of heat, try adding as directed on the packaging. For this one I used 2 tablespoons and it had a good kick.

 

Curry paste

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a heavy pot over medium-low heat and add the garlic, cumin and curry paste; stir for one minute.

Curry paste, garlic, olive oil

 

Add the pumpkin, fire roasted tomatoes with green chiles, roasted corn, and salsa. Stir to combine.

 

Corn and pumpkin

 

Add the broth. Heat through to a simmer, and add the coconut milk. Season with sea salt and ground pepper, cilantro and agave. Heat through gently and bring to a slow simmer.

 

 

Taste test and add the fresh lime juice to brighten the flavor. Stir. Add more spice if you need more heat; add more agave and/or coconut milk if you need less heat.

 

Dinner

This soup goes great with Cheddar Bay Biscuits. For this meal, we decided to dip in some homemade crusty bread and grilled cheese made with Daiya mozzarella.

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Raw Review: Lulu’s Chocolate Bars

Lulu’s Chocolate:

Initial thoughts: Sexy packaging. So far I’ve eaten all except for the Raw Love and the Maca Green bars. I tried the Aztec Crunch bar first because crunch bars are one of my favorite candy bars, and I enjoy cacao nibs. I have to say I didn’t care for it. The chocolate had a slightly weird aftertaste and the clusters of cacao nibs tasted off too.

Next, I had the Coco Cin bar. This was my favorite out of the bunch, and it was awesome. The cinnamon was strong and the coconut was subtle. They complimented each other really well.

The Chocolate Maca Chunk and Maca Love were next, and I didn’t like them.  I’m guessing it’s the maca. They both had a green aftertaste that did not fit well with the chocolate.

I’ve been holding out on the last two because I’m a little afraid I won’t like them. I don’t want to have negative expectations, but if the first two maca bars were anything like the Maca Green bar that I have left I don’t think I’m going to like it at all. Hopefully, if the Raw Love is just plain chocolate (which it appears to be) I’ll like that one.

I got 6 raw chocolate bars for $13. I feel like it was a good deal, or would’ve been if I actually liked them. I love raw chocolate, and I make it all the time, but these flavors just didn’t jive together.

Aztec Crunch:

Coconut Cin:

Raw Review: Kaia Foods

I recently saw Daily Gourmet had a special of raw foods from Kaia Foods. I had signed up for Daily Gourmet emails but I had never used it before, but this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out. Now, first of all I looked at the deal and I wasn’t really interested in the package they were offering, mostly because it included 8 fruit leathers and I never cared for fruit leather. I did like their website though and I was considering just ordering stuff that I was actually interested in.

In the end, the free shipping and discounted prices made me go with the Daily Gourmet deal. I’m spoiled with Amazon’s Prime shipping and I was nervous about how long this was going to take to ship. About 3 weeks after I placed the order I got an email apologizing for the delay and I received a $5 credit. It took another couple of days before I got the package.

The Goods:

 

Fruit leathers– I think I should’ve gone with my gut instinct on this one because I don’t love them. So far I’ve tried the vanilla pear and the lime ginger. The flavor is good in both of them, but I’m not a fan of the texture. The 3rd one I ate was burnt, and I haven’t eaten any more since.

 

Kale chips– I was expecting dehydrated kale doused in seasoning. I was completely wrong, but I’m not disappointed. They were more like round crackers, embedded with sunflower seeds. So far, I’ve tried the bbq, chili lime, and salt & vinegar. They all kind of taste the same with a different aftertaste. I don’t really taste the lime in the chili lime, they taste like the others with just a little bit of heat. I was a little disappointed in the amount of chips in the packages. The bbq only had 4 round “chips”, the other ones had about 6 (including broken pieces). They also include a packet of silica gel to preserve freshness. The gel packet in the bbq bag had gotten stuck on the back of the first chip I picked up, and even though I saw it, I could see accidentally biting into it. 

Granola– In the package was the cocoa bliss granola. The flavor is very reminiscent of chocolate graham crackers, but some pieces have a funny aftertaste. I think it might be the pieces with more buckwheat. If broken into smaller pieces I think this would make a good cereal with almond milk.

Overall:

For the discounted price (and the fact that I got a $5 credit) I feel like I got an okay deal. I was excited to try everything, but after I did, I wasn’t really excited to finish it. The prices on the website are reasonable and by no means were the products bad. Just not outstanding. The fact that it took almost a month to get my package definitely doesn’t sit well with me, but they did apologize and tried to compensate. I’m guessing it was a shipping delay from Kaia Foods, most likely because I went through Daily Gourmet.

Overall, I hope the company does well and is able to grow and offer more products. I’m not sure I would buy from them again right now, but they have a lot of potential.