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Pappa al Pomodoro (Tomato and Bread Soup)

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This Tuscan soup is more like a hearty stew than a soup, and it may not look great but it’s so incredibly flavorful and delicious. It only requires a few ingredients and can be made very quickly. In Italy, it’s made year-round with a few modifications; in the summer months when plum tomatoes are aplenty and ripe, they make it with fresh tomatoes. When the tomatoes are not in season, they make it with canned plum tomatoes. If you make it with the canned tomatoes, make sure to buy Italian-made because they will have nothing added (no salt, no preservatives—just tomatoes). And I have never tasted better tomatoes than fresh Italian tomatoes. They are exquisite. I watched about five Italian YouTube videos to see how differently each chef makes this dish, and I made mine based on theirs. There are a few ingredients that you don’t change: lots and lots of fresh basil, vegetable broth, stale crusty bread (I used a white Artisan-style bread), and of course the tomatoes.

INGREDIENTS

1 28-oz can Italian-made (I used Cento) crushed tomatoes (you could use whole)
1 beefsteak tomato (skinned), chopped (I added this because I wanted more chunky tomato)
1 32-oz carton organic vegetable broth (or, you could make your own)
About a half a loaf of stale Artisan-style hard bread, cut into ~2-inch chunks
About 2 cups of fresh basil — I used fresh from my garden
2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped (you could use leek bulb, instead)
3 carrots, chopped finely
4 garlic cloves, whole but smashed (you’ll remove them once the soup is cooked)
EVOO (high quality)
Salt and pepper, to taste

METHOD

Generously swirl olive oil into soup pot and heat on medium. Add the garlic and stir around for a few minutes in the olive oil. Next, add the carrot, celery, and onion. Stir to mix and let cook for a few minutes until the onion is translucent, but not brown. Add the canned (and/or fresh chopped) tomatoes, stir well to mix. Tear about a third of the basil into the mixture (never cut or use scissors—always tear it). Mix and let this mixture simmer for about 5 minutes. Add about half of the carton of vegetable broth, stir. Add the bread, mix well and simmer on low. Add some more torn basil leaves, and the rest of the vegetable broth. Add salt and pepper according to your taste. Simmer and let the bread become really soft and mushy. Remove the garlic cloves. Serve in individual soup bowls, garnish with fresh basil, and (optional) drizzle a little olive oil over top.

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“Chop Salad” Vegetable Stir Fry with Rice

The family really liked the Vegan Pulao I’d made the day before, but I wanted to make a lower simple carb version, using a bunch of really finely chopped vegetables, and just a little bit of rice mixed in after the vegetables were done. I also grilled some super firm tofu, seasoned with Flavor God “Everything Seasoning,” and a light spray of olive oil (not pictured here, but I posted a photo of that on my donnalynnfox Instagram account). This stir fry includes a mouthwatering mix of vegetables that blend together well, and create an awesome, flavorful and colorful dish.

INGREDIENTS

1 c cooked and cooled rice
1/2 large cauliflower, finely chopped
2 c very finely chopped green beans
1 c finely chopped green onions
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 carrots, scraped and very finely chopped
4 stalks celery, very finely chopped
1/2 c finely chopped cilantro
2 tbsp EVOO
Flavor God Everything Seasoning (flavorgod.com) **
Fresh-cut chives for garnish

METHOD

Heat oil in non-stick wok or frying pan over high heat. Add the beans, carrots, and celery first. Mix and stir for a few minutes until they begin to soften. Add the garlic, cauliflower, green onion and cook for about another minute while continuing to stir. Turn heat down to medium and add cilantro and season to taste. Turn heat off and cover for five minutes. Turn heat back on to medium, and add rice, stirring gently into the mixture. Remove from heat once everything is heated through, and spoon into a large family-style serving bowl. Garnish with chives.

** Flavor God seasonings are the best I’ve used. Flavor God chef and owner, Chris Wallace, grinds his herbs and spices fresh every day for orders going out that day. His business has grown exponentially over the past few months because his product is so excellent. Check out his site at flavorgod.com. I ordered his eBook and the four-seasoning combo pack. I’ll definitely be ordering more once I run out (which will likely be soon)!