What I Ate Wednesday!!! That’s a fun one for a lot of Foodie Bloggers; myself included.
As a supporter of blending, mixing, or processing foods into a rich and creamy mishmash of intense flavor, I tend to create a lot of purees for Meatless Monday Meals. Some of you may wonder why this “white” bean veggie fusion is green instead of, well, white. Or maybe you’re a frequent master o’blending too and know that adding healthy doses of green veggies will do the trick.
dehydrated, or added to any dish.
I posted the copious amount of benefits okra provides and a couple recipes that can be found here. Did you know another name for okra is “lady fingers”? Makes sense when you look at whole okra, but it sucks to be that lady!
The slippery mucilage in okra acts as a natural “binder” which, when added to purees creates a consistency worth dipping for. I savor thick soup purees that can double as a dip, and okra supplies what I need to make it happen!
Slow-Cooker “Green” White Bean Veggie Puree (a.k.a. Hulk Stew)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Ingredients (Serves 4 - 6)
- 2 (15oz) cans drained and rinsed or 1 cup dried white beans; I used dried cannellini beans and soaked overnight, but any white bean will work.
- 12oz bag of frozen cut okra
- 10oz bag of frozen or fresh carrots
- 12oz bag of frozen broccoli
- 10oz bag of frozen diced green peppers, onions, and celery mix
- 4 – 6 cloves fresh garlic; I love garlic, use less if you don’t
- 1 T each of cumin, chili powder, dried oregano, dried parsley, and paprika
- 2 t dried thyme
- 1 t cayenne powder
- 2 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock; I used about 1/2 cup of Pacific Natural Foods French Onion Soup for extra flavor, but not too much as it’s high in sodium!
- 2 T balsamic vinegar
- Optional: Creamy goat cheese to crumble on top or blend into potentially mad wife’s portion; or just because it’s good.
Add all ingredients to slow cooker (you may need more liquid, but I like to make sure it’s really thick) and cook on high for 4 hours.
Puree everything together with an immersion blender right in the pot, or scoop out into blender and puree in batches. Be careful if using a blender; heat expands and you’ll have a hot mess all over you and your kitchen!
Garnish with extra paprika, parsley, and crumbled goat cheese if desired
Serve with your favorite chip for dipping; try it hot or cold
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Thick soups/stews are easy to make and a lot of fun! Add a side crunchy chips or hearty whole grain crackers for dipping and skip using a spoon altogether!
Q: How do you your soups/stews/dips? Hot or cold; thick or thin?
I guess it depends on the type of soup (thick miso soup would be weird), but cold and thick soups are my favorite in the summer!