It’s still cold out and this weather definitely makes me crave comfort food. But doesn’t “comfort food” too often mean greasy food? I like greasy food as much as the next guy, but I don’t necessarily find food comforting just because it’s greasy. This coconut lentil stew, on the other hand, is comforting, and extremely easy to make, and also vegan, so that’s good if you’re a vegan who wants comfort food, or really anyone who wants comfort food since meat eaters also eat vegans. – I mean, eat vegan food…
This recipe, adapted from food52, works extremely well in either a slow cooker or a pot, which makes it a wonderful weeknight dinner in either case. There might be something better than coming home from work to a gurgling pot of coconut lentil stew, but there probably aren’t that many things that are better. You finish the whole thing with a tadka – sautéed mustard seeds and onion – that you stir in at the very end, because doesn’t that sound good?
Coconut Lentil Stew
- 3 cups lentils, any kind, preferably Indian
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 onion
- 1 14-oz can tomatoes
- ½ tsp. red pepper
- 2 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. coriander
- ½ tsp. turmeric
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp. mustard seeds
- ½ onion, chopped
- 10 fresh, frozen, or dried curry leaves (optional)
- 1 14-oz can coconut milk (can be light)
- Blend garlic, onion, and tomatoes in Magic Bullet.
- To either a pot or a slow cooker, add seven cups water with all ingredients except the mustard seeds, the chopped onion, and half the oil. In the slow cooker, cook for eight hours on low; in a pot, boil for thirty minutes.
- Just before serving, add remaining oil, mustard seeds, and onion to a pan. Cook over medium-high heat until beginning to brown, about five to ten minutes. Stir into stew and serve over rice.
A friend of mine gave me this tortilla soup recipe, which has become a regular weekday dish in my house. When I first tried it at her house, I could not believe it was made from scratch! It tasted just like it was from a restaurant. After she explained the recipe to me, I was even more surprised at how easy it is to make at home. It only requires a few simple ingredients. I love topping it with tortilla chips and cheese, which melts over the hot soup. This soup is a great way to use up extra cooked chicken in the refrigerator – just shred it by hand and throw it in. If you like your soup on the mild side, you can skip or decrease the crushed chili peppers.
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tsp. cumin
- 1/2 tsp. crushed chili peppers
- 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro
- 1/2 14 oz can Mexican stewed tomatoes
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 cooked chicken breast, shredded
- Shredded Mexican blend cheese, for topping
- Tortilla chips, for topping
- Heat the vegetable oil over medium heat in a large pot.
- Add the chopped onions and garlic, and cook until the onions are translucent.
- Stir in the cumin and chili peppers, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the tomatoes and cilantro, stir, and shut off the heat.
- Let cool, then transfer to a Magic Bullet blender pitcher and blend until smooth.
- Add the chicken broth to the pot and bring to a boil.
- Add the soup back to the pot and stir well. Add the chicken and heat through.
- Top the soup with cheese and tortilla chips.
Makes 6 cups
Some days, I really want soup, but don’t want to spend the time it usually takes to make it. One day, I was craving this broccoli cheese soup and realized it can be made quickly and easily with the Magic Bullet. The longest step is cooking the broccoli florets, but after they’re done, you just need to toss them and the rest of the soup ingredients into a Magic Bullet cup and blend. The soup stays warm from the just-cooked broccoli and can be eaten warm right away. This recipe only makes a cup of soup for one, but you can double this recipe to serve two people.
Quick Broccoli Cheese Soup
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1/2 Tbsp chopped onion
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
- 1/2 tsp chicken boullion
- Boil the broccoli florets in a small pot for 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain well.
- Let the broccoli cool a bit and add, along with remaining ingredients, to a Magic Bullet cup and blend until smooth.
Makes 1 cup soup
I love dips, but most of the time they’re really unhealthy! What makes this curried lentil dip so great is that it’s actually very healthy for you, but you wouldn’t even know it. Lentils are cooked with onion, carrots, celery and tomatoes, and then blended together to make a creamy dip. The fresh cilantro on top gives it even more flavor. This dip tastes great with tortilla chips!
Curried Lentil Dip
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 onion, peeled and chopped
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
- 1 large tomato, diced
- 1 cup dry lentil beans
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 Tbsp curry powder
- ½ tsp black pepper (add more to taste)
- Pinch crushed red pepper
- Fresh cilantro for topping
- Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat, and add the onions, celery and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent.
- Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Add the lentils and cook for 40 minutes, then add the carrots, tomatoes, curry powder and peppers.
- Cook for another 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender.
- Let the lentils cool, then blend in a Magic Bullet blender using the small cup.
- Top the warm dip with fresh cilantro just before serving.
Makes 2 cups
This recipe is inspired by a friend of mine who loves curry more than anyone I know. He sprinkles curry on just about everything and always eats with it by his side at the dinner table. Curry pairs very well with carrots and I found that this creamy carrot soup tastes even better when it is spiced up with some curry powder. The secret to the nice texture of the soup is the addition of one small potato. Top the warm soup with a cold dollop of tangy yogurt to complete your dish.
Curried Carrot Soup
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 lb carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 small potato, peeled and chopped
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 Tbsp curry powder
- Optional: dash of cayenne pepper (if you like it hot!)
- Plain yogurt, for topping
- Heat a pot over medium heat and add the butter.
- Add the chopped onions and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the carrots and potato, then the spices.
- Mix the vegetables well with the spices, then add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.
- Cover and turn down the heat to medium-low and cook for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove the lid and let cool for 10 minutes.
- Transfer the soup once cooled to a Magic Bullet cup and blend until puréed and smooth.
- Transfer back to the pot and reheat.
- Serve warm with a dollop of yogurt on top.
Makes 4 cups
In August of last year, I had salmorejo, a version of gazpacho from southern Spain, rich with bread and olive oil. I was eating tapas at Bar Eslava – a place where Tripadvisor reviews include statements like, “arguably the best meal of my life” – and bowls of this orange soup kept going by. I asked the couple next to me what it was, and they replied salmorejo with a puzzled look on their faces. Then I asked if it’s good (“¿está bien?”), and their look changed from puzzlement to bafflement. “Si,” ellos dijeron. “Está muy bien.”
Translation: the best tomato soup of your life. And easy, too.
This is a no cook gazpacho, with just a soak in boiling water to stand in for cooking, so really the quality of the soup depends on the quality of the tomatoes. Luckily, that’s no problem this time of year.
As it turns out, the Magic Bullet was made for tapas. The large container is the perfect size for an appetizer portion for two. Feel free to double the recipe or more. It’s traditional to serve this with a chopped hard boiled egg and a drizzle of oil. I’ve dramatically reduced the amount of olive oil that is typically used in the dish itself, because I find the dish to be just too rich, but feel free to add more if you want the authentic Spanish experience.
- 1 large tomato
- 2 oz white bread, ripped into large pieces (baguette)
- 1/8 small onion
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 small clove garlic
- 1 tsp sherry or balsamic vinegar, plus a drizzle
- 1 tbl olive oil (or more)
1 hard boiled egg, chopped, for serving
black pepper, for serving
- Place tomato, bread, onion, salt, and garlic in Magic Bullet and cover with boiling water. Let sit for at least 20 minutes and up to an hour.
- Drain vegetables, squeezing water from bread and reserving 1/4 cup soaking liquid.
- Add reserved soaking liquid, oil, and vinegar. Blend until smooth.
- Serve, topped with chopped egg and black pepper, and a drizzle of vinegar.
I recently discovered an exciting new soup recipe! It is a black bean soup, which sounds boring at first, but there are many ingredients that make it incredibly flavorful and delicious. This soup is great for lunch because it’s really filling and will give you the energy you need to get through the rest of your day. I like to serve it with a dollop of sour cream, fresh cilantro and tortilla chips. If you like your soups on the spicy side, you can add more cayenne pepper. You can also control the texture by reserving the desired amount of soup before blending it, or by pulsing the Magic Bullet blender versus letting it run.
Black Bean Soup
- 1 Tbsp canola oil
- 1/2 onion, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 1/2 large red bell pepper, finely chopped
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 can black beans, undrained
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- Sour cream for topping
- Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
- Add the onion, garlic, celery and bell pepper and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.
- Add the beans, salt, chili powder, cumin and cayenne pepper and stir.
- Remove the pot from heat and let cool to room temperature.
- Add the desired amount of soup to a Magic Bullet pitcher and pulse or blend to the texture you want (blend more soup and longer for a smoother texture).
- Pour the soup back into the pot and reheat before serving.
- Top with sour cream and fresh cilantro.
It’s the first day of spring, but all across America, the temperatures are still in the lows to freezing. So, now, during this still-perfect soup weather, try this one before it gets too hot for soup. Which is really a shame. Because soup is amazing.
Sweet Potato and Broccoli Soup
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 leek, chopped
- 3 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 medium apple, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1 tablespoon water
- sour cream and apple slices, optional for garnish
- In a medium-sized saucepan, heat oil and add onion and leeks just slightly before the oil starts to sizzle. Cook, stirring, for 4 minutes or until soft. Stir in the broth, sweet potatoes and apple pieces. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Cover and simmer until sweet potatoes are tender; about 20 minutes.
- While the potatoes cook, microwave your broccoli florets and water in a small bowl on High for 1 minute, or until they are crisp.
- Once your soup is ready, let it cool. Add about 1/3 of the portion to your Magic Bullet cup or pitcher and blend until creamy and smooth. Repeat with the rest of the soup.
- Begin to heat the pureed soup again, stirring in the broccoli florets. Heat for 10 minutes, or until hot.
- Serve, adding a dollop or sour cream and apple slices on top, if desired.
The first time I tried this creamy corn soup was during a foodie conference last summer at a 4-star restaurant in Carmel. I have never tried corn soup before and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it. This is my attempt to recreate that delicious creamy corn soup, since it has become one of my top five favorite soup recipes of all time! And, as we know, wintertime is the best time to make homemade soup. It’ll warm you up on those chilly winter nights, but you can also enjoy it cold if you prefer!
Creamy Corn Soup
- 2 cups corn
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 potato, peeled and cubed
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1/4 cup cream
- Tomatoes and cilantro for garnish
- Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat.
- Add the onions and celery and cook for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the corn, potato, pepper and chicken broth and bring to a boil.
- Cook for 10 minutes, then remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes.
- Transfer soup to a Magic Bullet pitcher and pulse until you get a creamy consistency.
- Pour back into pot and heat up if needed.
- Stir in cream and serve warm or cold. Garnish with chopped tomatoes and cilantro.
Makes 6 cups
What in the world is gazpacho?! I’d never heard of it until my friend told me about it just the other day. It’s basically a vegetable soup served chilled that originated in southern Spain. It’s especially popular in the summer months due to its refreshing nature. I usually don’t make many soups during the summer months, but this I will do! There are many variations, including some that use tomato, grapes, or cucumbers. I decided to make a cucumber gazpacho with my Magic Bullet and it was so quick and easy. All you have to do is toss all ingredients into your Bullet and blend away! So what do you think? Would you like to give gazpacho a try?
- 1 large cucumber (16 inches)
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1 small clove garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- Peel and chop cucumber.
- Add all ingredients to a Magic Bullet blender cup, cover and blend until foamy.
Makes 2 cups