~ 2-4 tablespoons olive oil
~ 1 large onion, diced
~ 1 large bell pepper, diced
~ 4 cloves garlic, minced
~ 1 batch of Sour Tofu, (option to substitute lemon juice for vinegar) diced
~ All leaves from 1 head of celery, chopped fine
~ 1 large carrot, diced
~ 6 large Crimini mushrooms, chopped
~ 1 1/2 cup frozen spinach
~ 140 grams organic tomato paste
~ 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dry thyme
~ 2 tablespoon German mustard
~ 1/2 small lemon juiced
~ 1/3 cups prunes, chopped
~ 1/4 cup dates, chopped (optional if you need a low sugar version of this recipe)
~ 2 cup vegetable juice (no fruit except tomatoes)
~ 2 cups water + more if required
~ 1 can coconut milk
~ Sea salt & black pepper to taste
1) Grab a medium/large pot. Put heat to medium, add oil, add onions, sprinkle with salt, and mix together well. Place top on pot and allow to cook for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice to keep them browning evenly.
2) Add peppers, a sprinkle of salt, and mix well. Place the top back on your pot and cook for another 10 minutes stirring frequently to keep the vegetables browning evenly.
3) Remove the top from the pot and cook for another 5-15 minutes (use this time to prep the other vegetables, clean up dishes, and put some good music on) stirring frequently to keep the colour even on the vegetables.
4) Add garlic, and a tiny pinch of salt. Cook for about 1 minute stirring the whole time, or cook until aromatic. Once you smell that garlicy goodness you are ready to move on.
5) Add all the other ingredients, two hearty pinches of salt, and a smattering of freshly cracked pepper. Mix well. Bring to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer, top off the pot, for 20 minutes.
6) Taste after 20 minutes of simmering. Add more salt if desired or to intensify the flavours without more salt cook soup for another 20 minutes**.
7) Taste soup again, add any final seasonings desired:
-Spicy: add hot sauce, cayenne, chilli flakes, etc.
-Sour: add lemon juice
-Sweet: raw agave (or other natural sweetener of your choice)
-Salty: sea salt, Himalayan salt
8) Done! Eat hot with something starchy*, and a nice crunchy salad on the side.
Note**: If you accidentally make your dish too salty here are some easy ways to remedy this:
-Add a little more water to the soup
-Add a can of unsalted, diced tomatoes, this remedies any dish that is too salty!
-Add more fresh vegetables, they will soak up the extra salt, and add more vitamins/nutrients to your dish.
Note*: Something starchy would be boiled potatoes, baked potatoes, rice, quinoa, bread, or anything else you enjoy munching on!