tomato soup & grilled cheese

i believe that there is nothing better on a cold day than a bowl of tomato soup and a crispy grilled cheese, and this recipe will fulfill all of your soup and sandwich needs, i promise!

for the soup you will need:

3 medium-sized vine ripe tomatoes (1.5-2 lbs), quartered

1/2 onion, diced

1 can diced tomatoes (any brand, i used muir glen)

olive oil, salt, and pepper

1 can chicken broth

for the sandwich you will need:

2 slices of bread, i used rosemary sourdough from whole food’s

room temperature butter

cheese of choice, i used mild cheddar

recipe:

  1. preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. place the tomatoes onto a sheetpan and drizzle with olive oil + season with salt and pepper. roast tomatoes for 1 hr
  3. heat up some oil on high heat and once heated, add in your onions
  4. season onions with salt and pepper and cook them for 7-8 minutes, until translucent
  5. once onions are cooked, pour in the roasted tomatoes (optional: peel them to prevent skins in soup), diced tomatoes, and chicken broth
  6. heat on high and let everything stew together and simmer for 20-30 minutes
  7. blend the soup with an immersion blender- if you like chunks in your soup, ladle a portion of the soup to the side before blending (check chef’s notes if you do not have one)
  8. let soup simmer on medium-low heat until ready to serve and season to preferences
  9. butter both sides of the two slices of bread
  10. place the bread onto a cold pan and then proceed to place the cheese
  11. finish the sandwich by putting the last slice of bread on top and turn the heat to medium + cover the pan
  12. after 3-4 minutes, check on sandwich and cook according to preferences!
  13. enjoy 🙂

 

chef’s notes:

if you do not have an immersion blender, ladle a portion of your soup to the side and let cool for 20-30 minutes before blending. you can blend all of your soup if you’d like, you’d just have to do it in multiple batches

you can add roasted garlic to the soup with the broth and tomatoes, just roast the garlic with some olive oil, salt, and pepper with the tomatoes (make sure the garlic is wrapped in aluminum foil)

 

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Leftover Veggies Curry


Today I had a little bit of this and that left in the fridge so I figured a curry is perfect for combining leftover produce in a batch of deliciousness. I combined two recipes from BBC Good Food and used a quick Garam Masala recipe (OK, but in the future I will probably be invest either time or money for a real version) to substitute for it in the recipe.

For the rice: Cook 1 cup brown or white rice in standard rice cooker

For the curry:

  • 2 onions, sliced thinly
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 stalk Broccoli, cut into florets
  • Handful of spinach (fresh)
  • 1 can of peeled tomatoes, 14 oz
  • Olive oil, for pan
  • 1 tsp garam masala/spice mixture
  • 1 tsp tumeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 can Coconut Milk, 14 oz
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed/minced
  1. Add rice to rice cooker before prepping the vegetables – it will take a long time!
  2. Heat oil in a deep skillet or pot over medium heat, then add sliced onions. When translucent (about ~7 – 10 min), add garlic and spices and mix thoroughly for 2 – 3 minutes.
  3. Pour in can of tomatoes. Break down with a wooden spoon until chunky and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Pour in coconut milk and add s&p, stir occasionally and thicken for 15 minutes over medium-low heat. In the last 4 minutes, add in the broccoli florets to cook in the mixture
  5. Stir in chickpeas and spinach until spinach is wilted. Serve over rice!

 

 

 

 


the best grilled cheese : vegan!

hi guys! i’m obsessed with vegan youtubers- hotforfood (lauren toyota too), kalel kitten, and the list just goes on and on. they’ve all been raving about this vegan cheese called chao cheese and i’ve been looking for it for forever, so when i found it at earthfare today i almost screamed. this is hands down one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches i’ve ever had and it can easily be made vegan, i just didn’t have vegan butter with me. you can use any brand of chao cheese (or any vegan cheese, but i love chao), they only had the tomato cayenne, so i had a gooey and spicy cheese sandwich. i hope you try it and enjoy!

grilled cheese sandwich serves 1

you will need:

two slices of chao cheese

two slices of bread (i used white country bread from costco)

butter (vegan if you have it)

basil (optional)

1. butter the outsides of each slice of bread

2. place the cheese on the slices of bread, then the basil if you have it

3. place the sandwich on the pan at medium heat (i didn’t preheat but you could)

4. place the pan’s cover on top and flip when you think it’s right (trust me, it’s a cook’s intuition!)

5. once both sides are golden and crispy, enjoy!

cook’s note:

my sandwich fell apart multiple times when i was flipping it and i didn’t think that the cheese was melted, but it was ooey and gooey in my mouth! so basically as long as it’s warm and soft, don’t worry about what it looks like.

 


spinach bell pepper salad

this is probably the easiest salad you’ll ever make, and it’s so incredibly good that you’ll want to make it again- and you can! it only takes ten or so minutes and it has four ingredients.

you will need:

baby spinach

red bell pepper

parmesan cheese

croutons – i used some leftover garlic toast from corner bakery and diced it and baked it for 8 minutes @ 400 degrees. the croutons were crunchy and chewy on the inside.

1. thinly julienne your red pepper- you’re looking for paper thin strips so that they’ll absorb the salt better! sprinkle salt on top of the red pepper and mix- i like to dry my red pepper with a paper towel because i don’t like a soggy salad. if you like raw red bell peppers plain, feel free to do that as well.

2. roughly chop the baby spinach and dry it as well (optional), and season lightly with salt. there’s no dressing in this recipe so everything needs to be well seasoned!

3. toss the croutons, bell pepper, spinach, and parmesan together! you don’t want a ton of cheese in this recipe, but it does add a nice touch.

4. enjoy!


easy tomato butter sauce

hi, sister three here! this is my favorite tomato sauce that utilizes fresh tomatoes. i’ve made this recipe with plum, roma, and grape tomatoes and it’s always tasted delicious! i like to dice my tomatoes instead of just halving them so that they break down easier and i don’t have to mash the sauce as much. blending it is also an option, but i don’t like blending hot liquids. but i recommend that you leave a few spoonfuls of sauce behind when you blend it for extra texture! the garlic gets put in at the end of the sauce so it has time to soften instead of getting crispy and burnt. i hope you try this, enjoy!

serves 1

you will need:

6 tomatoes (your choice), diced

half an onion, diced

butter

3 thinly sliced garlic cloves (can be diced, but i love thinly sliced garlic)

parmesan cheese (optional)

spaghetti (or any other pasta)

  1. heat up about a tablespoon of butter in a super hot pan- you want the butter to melt on it’s own before proceeding to the next step.
  2. toss in the onion and stir. cover the pan and fill up a cup with a tiny bit of water (just a few drops)
  3. after a few minutes, uncover and pour in the water. when your onions are brown and nicely cooked (don’t forget to season!), toss in the diced tomatoes.
  4. after stirring around, toss in the garlic and let the mixture boil/simmer for 20-30 minutes. you want most of the liquid to be gone!
  5. “mash” the sauce with your cooking utensil if you’d like- this allows the pasta to absorb the sauce better.
  6. after seasoning to taste (i recommend adding sugar), toss in as much butter as you’d like. i like a lot to make my sauce creamier, but it’s all up to you.
  7. when the sauce is finished, toss in your parmesan cheese and the pasta! top with more cheese if you’d like. enjoy!

 


the ultimate breakfast for dinner

hi, sister three here! i’ve fallen in love with this multi-grain bread that you can get at costco, it’s full of seeds and is absolutely delicious. i like to heavily butter it then cook it in a pan, resulting in an extremely crispy exterior. but how can i make this better? by adding scrambled eggs of course! the result is soft and fluffy eggs, crispy toast, and a good bite from the red pepper. enjoy!

(feeds 1) you will need:

3 eggs

2 pieces of toast (your choice, you probably want thick pieces that can hold up the eggs)

red bell pepper

onion

salt & pepper

softened butter (salted preferred, if not just add it)

parmesan (optional)

  1. whisk eggs together and season accordingly.
  2. dice the red bell pepper and onion.
  3. heat a pan to medium-high with butter and add the onion.
  4. once the onion has softened, add the red bell pepper. whilst waiting for the onion to soften, take the butter and spread it on the bread- be generous!
  5. heat up another pan to medium and place the bread (cold pan). meanwhile, grate the parmesan cheese (optional).
  6. once the bread has turned golden brown and crispy on one side, flip it over.
  7. pour the eggs into the pan and scramble! i like to make downward motions. you don’t want your eggs to be super clumpy or they’ll just fall off of the toast.
  8. finish the toast and transfer to plate, place eggs on top. sprinkle parmesan cheese (optional)
  9. enjoy!

toaster oven quesadilla (revisited!)

hi, sister three here! can i just say that Earth Fare is my favorite store ever- the freezer area is so neat and clean, despite the store being six months to a year old (i don’t remember). everything is organized perfectly, they offer awesome products, and have delicious food! speaking of delicious food, i picked up some tortillas and colby jack from there, determined to make quesadillas with my brand new toaster oven. and my oh my did they work. they’re crispy, cheesy, and made in less than 10 minutes. also, they’re pretty hard to mess up!

you will need:

cheese of your choice (i used colby jack)

tortillas (whole-wheat, corn, etc.)

oil (optional)

directions:
1. grate your cheese until you have as much as you want- it’s all up to you! also, preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2. place and scatter cheese over the tortilla, making sure to have an even distribution.

3. place the other tortilla on top of the one with the cheese and brush some oil over it (for crispiness, optional)

4. cook for 8 minutes- you can flip it but i opted not to. enjoy!