Cream of Portobello Mushroom Soup

Cream of Portobello Mushroom Soup

This soup is a creamy mix of goat cheese, heavy cream, portobello mushrooms, onions, and garlic, with savory undertones from fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme. The mushrooms, onion, and garlic are reduced and slightly caramelized over low heat to release both the sweetness and savoriness of the vegetables. Makes about 4-6 servings.

What you will need:
a food processor
3 T butter
2 lbs portobello mushrooms
1/2 an onion
3 cloves of garlic
1-2 sprigs of rosemary
1-2 sprigs of thyme
1 sprig of sage
1 c heavy whipping cream
4 oz goat cheese (Parmesan, Asiago, or Romano cheese would work great, too)
1 1/2 tsp apple wood smoked sea salt
1 1/2 T Italian seasoning

In a large sauce pan or cast iron skillet, melt the butter over low heat. Clean mushrooms and remove any part of the stem that is unusable. Set aside about 1/2 lb of the mushrooms and chop the remaining pound and a half into smaller pieces. Add to the food processor along with your onions and garlic. Pulse and then mince the mixture on the low setting for about 35 seconds, or until the mixture is even. You may have to do this in a couple of batches. Transfer to the pot and add your sprigs of rosemary, sage and thyme. Continue cooking on low heat for about 30-35 minutes, stirring every 4-5 minutes. Add your heavy whipping cream, turn up the heat just slightly, and continue to cook for 5 minutes. With a pair of tongs, remove the sprigs of rosemary, sage, and thyme. Add the goat cheese and stir continuously until it is completely mixed in (you may have to turn up the heat a little bit more). Add your smoked sea salt and Italian seasoning and serve!

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.

Skillet Baked Eggs with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Skillet Baked Eggs with Spinach and Goat Cheese

This is an easy recipe that only involves 4 ingredients- butter, spinach, goat cheese and eggs. Of course you can add fresh herbs, hot sauce, onions, and all sorts of other veggies, but I felt like keeping it simple today. If you have a big appetite, you might be able to finish this yourself, but this meal is best when shared between two people.

This recipe can also be made without a cast iron skillet. Check out the * at the bottom of this recipe for instructions on how to use a frying pan in place of cast iron.

What you will need:
a cast iron skillet
butter for sauteing
handfuls of spinach
goat cheese
3 eggs (or more if you prefer)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add spinach by the handfuls and stir until it starts to wilt, no longer then 3 or 4 minutes. Add crumbled goat cheese and then start to carefully crack the eggs into the skillet, making sure not to break the yolks. Transfer to the oven and cook until the egg white start to set, about 10-15 minutes.

*In a medium size frying pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add spinach by the handfuls and stir until it starts to wilt, no longer then 3 or 4 minutes. Add crumbled goat cheese and then start to carefully crack the eggs into the pan, making sure not to break the yolks. Cover with lid and continue to cook until the egg whites have set, about 4-6 minutes.

Pomegranate and Pistachio Kale Salad with a Honey Goat Cheese and Fig Balsamic Dressing

Pomegrantate and Pistachio Kale Salad with a Honey Goat Cheese Fig Balsamic Dressing

Start off the new year right with this colorful, easy to make, simple salad that’s rich with antioxidants and vitamins from chia seeds, pomegranate seeds and kale. An aged fig balsamic vinegar acts as the perfect base for the dressing, but any rich, flavorful balsamic vinegar will do. This salad will last for a couple of days in the fridge, too, so you can eat healthy all week!

What you will need:
The Dressing
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
1/8 c olive oil
2 oz honey goat cheese (if honey goat cheese isn’t readily available, add about a spoonful or less of honey to the dressing.)

juice of 1/2 lemon

The Salad
1 bunch of kale (about 1 lb)
seeds from 1/2 of a pomegranate
a few handfuls of pistachios (shells removed!)
a handful or two of chia seeds
2 oz honey goat cheese

In a small mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the salad dressing and whisk until the goat cheese is mixed in (there will be little pieces of goat cheese in the dressing and that’s fine). Chop kale into bite size pieces and add to a large mixing bowl. “Massage” the kale between your hands. This breaks down the cellulose wall making it less bitter and tough while making it easier to eat. A good 5 minute rubdown should do the trick. You can add the dressing before or right after this step, it just depends on how messy you want to get. Add the chia seeds, pomegranate seeds and pistachios and mix. Serve in a bowl with the remaining honey goat cheese crumbled on top.

Egg-cellent Fried Egg, Goat Cheese, and Fresh Herb Kale Wrap

Egg-cellent Fried Egg, Goat Cheese, and Fresh Herb Kale Wrap

Initially, this recipe wasn’t intended for a blog post (hence the low quality cell phone picture). I was just hungry and needed a good breakfast void of a lot of carbs but high in protein. I also need to use up the massive amount of kale in my fridge. And goat cheese. Oh my gosh, goat cheese. I used honey goat cheese for this recipe, but really, any type of cheese will do. Makes one serving.

What you will need:
2 eggs
butter for frying
1 large kale leaf
honey goat cheese, crumbled
fresh herbs (i used rosemary. basil, dill and thyme are a couple of good ones, just too name a few)

Warm a frying pan on medium- low heat and coat it in butter. Slowly and carefully crack the eggs directly into the pan, letting the whites pour out first. If the pan is hot enough, the whites will begin to set and keep the yolk centered. Cover the eggs with a lid and continue to cook. They are done when the whites are set and the outer edges are just starting to curl up. I didn’t time this part, but I’m guessing it takes about 4-5 minutes or so. Lay out the kale flat on a plate and carefully transfer the eggs from the pan to the piece of kale. Top with crumbled honey goat cheese (or your choice of cheese), fresh herbs and maybe some scallions, too. Enjoy!

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!

Creamy Asparagus Bisque- Soup Week!

Creamy Asparagus Bisque- Soup Week!

This week at The Veggie Slaughterhouse is soup week! You’ll be feasting your eyes (and maybe eventually your stomachs) on different chowders, bisque’s, savory soups and more- all week long. Today’s recipe is for hearty asparagus bisque. Goat cheese, butter and heavy whipping cream really give this soup a rich, savory taste and a smooth, creamy texture. Makes about 2 servings.

What you will need:
food processor and sauce pan or pot
1 lb asparagus
1 c vegetable broth
3 tbsp butter
1/2 c heavy whipping cream
2 garlic cloves
2 oz goat cheese

In a sauce pan on low heat, combine vegetable broth and butter. Meanwhile, remove the hard, whitish ends of the asparagus and discard. Cut off the tips of the asparagus and set aside. Cut or break the remaining pieces in half and combine in the food processor with heavy whipping cream and garlic cloves. Blend until creamy and very smooth, about a minute. You will need to add some of the vegetable broth from the saucepan to help make it smooth. Combine the ingredients from the food processor in the saucepan, as well as the asparagus tips, and stir in the goat cheese. Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes, or until the asparagus tips are soft. Pour into bowls and serve with whole grain bread.

Cucumber Cups- Vegan with Roasted Corn Salad and Vegetarian with Goat Cheese and Pickled Beets

Cucumber Cups- Vegan with Roasted Corn Salad and Vegetarian with Goat Cheese and Pickled Beets

This is actually a recipe for two different types cucumber cups; one is vegetarian with goat cheese, pickled beets, heirloom tomatoes, red onion, celery and arugula. The other is vegan with a corn salad made of Tofutti cream cheese, roasted corn, purple sweet peppers, red onion, celery and heirloom tomatoes. Cucumber cups make great finger food for parties and gatherings. I will admit, these are a little time consuming to make, but so worth it. All of the ingredients can be prepped the night before, just make sure to keep the salad separate from the cucumbers. Otherwise, you’ll end up with watered down, soggy cucumbers (gross!). One cucumber will make about 10 cups. this recipe is for 20.

What you will need:
a mandolin slicer and a melon baler (if you don’t have either, a knife will work just fine.)

Vegetarian Cucumber Cups with Goat Cheese:
1 large cucumber
1 1/2 c arugula
1 jar of sliced, pickled beets
about half a package of small heirloom tomatoes, cut in half
1 celery stalk, thinly sliced with a mandolin
1/4 of a red onion, thinly sliced with a mandolin
fresh dill
fresh parsley
2 oz goat cheese
1 tsp balsamic vinegar

Cut cucumbers to about 3/4- 1 inch thick (you won’t want them any larger than that. It’ll make them harder to eat as finger food. Ask me how I know). Use a melon baler or knife to hollow out the cucumber bowl, making sure to take as much cucumber off of the sides of the bowl, while still keeping the bottom in tact (this is also very important. the thicker the sides of the cucumber, the harder it will be to eat).

Then, in a salad bowl, combine arugula, dill, parsley, goat cheese, red onion, celery and balsamic vinegar and and mix until everything is coated in goat cheese and balsamic vinegar. Place into cucumber cups and top with a pickled beet slice and heirloom tomato halves. Arrange on a plate and serve.

Vegan Cucumber Cups with Roasted Corn Salad:
1 cucumber
2 ears of sweet corn
2 spoonfuls of Tufutti cream cheese (about 1/3 of the package)
1 sweet pepper, thinly sliced with a mandolin
1/4 of a red onion, thinly sliced with a mandolin
1 celery stalk, thinly sliced with a mandolin
about half a package of small heirloom tomatoes, cut into 4ths
fresh dill
juice of half a lemon
a tsp or less of extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit, and roast both ears of corn for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. While the corn is roasting, prep your cucumbers as explained in the recipe above.

In a salad bowl, combine Tufutti cream cheese, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil and mix. Then, add sweet pepper, celery, heirloom tomatoes, red onion, and dill. Once the corn has cooled, remove the kernels with a knife and mix all of the ingredients together. Fill cucumber cups, arrange on a plate and serve.

Creamy Blackberry, Watermelon and Mint Chilled Soup

Creamy Balckberry, Watermelon and Mint Chilled Soup

I hadn’t really dabbled in chilled soup until just a few months ago, and I had no idea what I was missing. Chilled soups are lighter than smoothies and typically a little less filling. They’re great for any meal, too! Makes about 2-3 servings

Here’s what you’ll need:
food processor
12 oz blackberries
12 oz watermelon
about 15 mint leaves, give or take
1 c vanilla yogurt
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
juice of 1/2 of a lime

Toppings:
ground cinnamon
goat cheese
chia seeds

In food processor, combine all ingredients (besides toppings) and blend until smooth. Pour into bowls and serve with the toppings of your choice. Other possible toppings: yogurt, feta cheese, granola or fresh blackberries.

Goat Cheese, Chick Pea, Basil and Mixed Baby Greens Salad

Goat Cheese, Chick Pea,  Basil and Mixed Baby Greens Salad

This salad packs a whole lot of flavor with hummus and balsamic vinegar as the dressing. I used mostly organic, locally grown veggies for this salad for the best flavor (and the least amount of chemical pesticides!)

What you will need:

Tomato
Cucumber
Chick peas (canned is fine)
Goat cheese
Hummus (i used red pepper hummus)
Whole, fresh basil leaves
Mixed baby greens (i went with kale, swiss chard, arugula, and spinach)
Olive oil (optional, but not necessary. the hummus will have a lot of oil in it)

Start by slicing your cucumber and tomato, then layering your plate with baby mixed greens and basil. Add your cucumber, tomato, chick peas and goat cheese. Then add hummus and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and you’re done!

This salad is also great with red onion and all sorts of other fresh herbs mixed in. I used what I had on hand today and it turned out great.