Baked Potato Soup

I had this at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and it’s SOOOO GOOOOD!! (Score one for hospital food!)

This is my approximation of that recipe.

YIELD: 4 servings

Ingredients:

1 small onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
2 stalk celery, diced
1 clove garlic, diced (optional)
4 small gold potatoes, baked

1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp all purpose flour
1 c milk (optional – if can’t tolerate milk, use water)
1/2 c water

Garnish:

salt and pepper to taste (pepper is optional, don’t use if you can’t tolerate it)
1 tsp fresh parsley, minced (optional)
1/4 c cheddar or pepper jack cheese (optional)

Directions:

  1. In skillet or omelette pan or wok, cook onion, celery, carrot and garlic over medium heat until tender. Set aside.
  2. In soup pot, add butter, let melt. Add flour, let brown. Add veggies, let sizzle. Add milk and water, let mix and thicken. Scoop out insides of three potatoes, add into soup pot. Let cook well and then let cool a little.
  3. Blend to desired consistency (optional step).
  4. Put blended soup back in soup pot. Add scooped out insides of last potato. Let cook for five minutes.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add parsley and cheese for garnish.
  6. Enjoy!

Note: The optional stuff is what I added in that the hospital did not. If you’re on a healthy eating plan of some sort, keep the optionals optional 🙂 If you can’t tolerate solid food, make sure you blend very well, and skip the part in step five where you add in the unblended scooped out insides of the last potato.

Ginger Rasam

Rasam is a spicy broth. It’s a South Indian specialty, and both delicious and healthy. This recipe is adapted from Dakshin by Chandra Padmanabhan. I HIGHLY recommend this book for the best in South Indian Vegetarian recipes. Photos of each recipe are included as well 🙂

BLEND:

3 tbsp red gram dal (or pigeon peas, or toor dal)[masoor], soaked in 1 c water for 30 min
3-4 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp black peppercorns
3 green chilies [I used 1/2 jalapeno]
2-3 pieces of fresh ginger (each piece 1 in)[I used a 1×1 cube of ginger]
3 tsp grated coconut
1 tbsp powdered jaggery
1.5 c water

VAGHAR in 2 tsp ghee:

1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp asafoetida powder (hing)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 red chili pepper, halved [I used 1/2 dried red pepper]
a few curry leaves

Add salt to taste.

Add water as necessary (consistency is of a broth, not a soup).

Add a spoonful of tamarind concentrate.

Let simmer over low heat for as long as you can (1 hour or so).

Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Enjoy!

 

 

Easy Potato Soup

In 4 c pyrex container (I use the 4 c measuring cup), add:

2 c diced potatoes
1 diced or sliced carrot
1/4 tsp finely diced jalapeno pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper

Boil until cooked, about 20 min.

On stove at med heat:

Add 2 tbsp butter, let melt.

Add 1 tbsp flour, mix until cooked.

Add 2 cloves garlic, 1/4 c finely chopped onion.

Mix well.

Add water when flour is pinkish color.

Mix well until no lumps remain.

Add potato mixture. Mix well.

Let boil until well integrated (5 min?).

Can add a splash of cream or sour cream if so desired. (This makes cream of potato soup)

Enjoy topped with shredded cheddar cheese if so desired.

Vegetable Broth

Came home from the hospital recently on a restricted diet.

Here’s a recipe for vegetable broth that should be easy on your stomach and doctor approved:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/fresh-vegetable-broth-106690

Skip the parsley, dill and peppercorn until the doctor says you can eat them again.

And a tip for those on a clear liquid diet: you are allowed to eat lollipops! (You’re welcome!)