Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Bisque

Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Bisque

This roasted red pepper bisque is made of fresh herbs and veggies, with a little bit of heavy whipping cream and delicious Asiago cheese and goat cheese- no need for veggie broth here. It’s best when slow cooked over low heat, letting all of the flavors infuse and come together. This bisque also works great as pasta sauce. Makes about 4-6 servings.

What you will need:
a food processor
4-5 large red peppers
1 celery stalk
1 carrot
1/2 of a red onion
a couple pinches of fresh parsley
a couple pinches of fresh rosemary
a pinch of fresh thyme
lots of fresh basil
1 large garlic clove
1 c heavy whipping cream
3 oz goat cheese
5 oz shredded asiago cheese
a dash of Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids
a pinch of sea salt (if you don’t have Bragg’s, just add more salt according to taste)

Preheat oven on the broil setting. Cut the red peppers in half, remove the stem and seeds, and place directly on the top oven rack. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until the peppers start to char. In a food processor, combine the celery, carrots, red onion, garlic, and fresh herbs along with all but one of the red peppers and blend until somewhat smooth. Transfer to a medium side pot and start to cook over low heat. In the food processor, take the last roasted red pepper and pulse it to a salsa consistency, being careful not to over blend it. Add it to the pot along with the heavy whipping cream, Bragg’s liquid amino acids, shredded asiago cheese and goat cheese and stir until everything is evenly mixed. Continue to cook over low heat for at least an hour and a half, letting all of the flavors combine and the veggies soften. Serve with crusty, toasted bread and shredded asiago cheese.

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Acorn Squash Baked with Eggs in a Savory Basil Rosemary Mushroom Sauce

Acorn Squash Baked with Eggs in a Savory Basil Rosemary Mushroom Sauce

Here’s another recipe from the ongoing series called “Eggs in Holes”! Acorn squash is a very easy squash to work with; you can use all sorts of different butters and sauces with it (a creamy spinach sauce would work great, too) AND it already comes with it’s own perfect little serving bowl. Leftover cream of mushroom soup works as a great base for the sauce (btw, the sauce for this turned out AMAZING). You can doll it up with fresh herbs and a little lemon garlic sea salt from the herb grinder. You can also go for a sweeter version by making a sauce out of honey, cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg. Recipe makes 1 acorn squash.

What you will need:
roasting pan
1 acorn squash
1 egg

The sauce:
1/8 c olive oil
1/4 c (well rounded) Amy’s condensed cream of mushroom soup
fresh basil
fresh rosemary
a couple turns of the lemon garlic and pepper grinder
a sprinkle of asiago cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Carefully cut the top off of the acorn squash, remove the seeds, and place both pieces face down in a baking sheet filled with 1/4 inch water (we don’t want the acorn squash drying out!). Bake for an hour or until squash is soft. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the sauce, stir, and set aside. Once the squash is ready, remove from the oven and turn down the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Use a spatula to turn the squash over (careful, it will be really hot!) and start scooping the squash away from the flesh. Combine the squash with the sauce. Leave a “hole” for the egg and crack the egg over the squash. Return to the oven and bake for another 20 minutes at 350 or until the egg is white and set. Garnish with fresh rosemary and serve as a main course.

Roasted Purple Cauliflower

IMG_6257Admittedly, this was not my best recipe. I’ve never really cooked with cauliflower before, even though I love it (weird, huh?). I drizzled the cauliflower in oil and roasted it in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes. I then sauteed it in a pan with butter, rosemary, garlic, herb goat cheese, almond milk, and the rind from a block of quality Parmesan cheese (I think the goat cheese is where I went wrong). I topped it with a lemony sunflower, hemp and pumpkin seed blend and it was ready to serve. It wasn’t bad at all, but it didn’t stand out to me. It’s not a recipe the I’ll be looking forward to making over and over again in the future. So, I picked up orange and purple cauliflower at the local farmers market today and will be sharing the recipes that I come up with here, in the next week. What are your favorite ways to prepare cauliflower? What’s your favorite sauce to pair cauliflower with? Your suggestions are greatly appreciated!