No Croutons Required - September Edition

I'm a little late posting the roundup for September, but better late than never. Now settle in and see what other bloggers are cooking up in their kitchens. A special thanks to everyone who participated.

Recipe: Locro de Papa - Ecuadorian Potato-Cheese Soup

Locro de Papa
Chef: Mireille
Blog: Chef Mireille's East West Realm
Location: USA

This is my kind of fall soup and one unfamiliar to me that is Ecuadorian in origin. Bright and vibrant, it's packed full of potatoes and cheese. Soft and melty Cayambe cheese was used for its creaminess, but Mireille says queso fresco would be a perfect substitute. Garnished with avocado, tomato or corn, I think I'd be tempted to have more than one bowl.

pea pesto pasta salad
Recipe: Zesty Green Pea and Jalapeño Pesto Pasta

Chef: Lisa
Blog: Lisa's Kitchen
Location: London, Ontario, Canada

My contribution this month is a hearty pasta salad employing fresh basil and mint from my garden that I used to make a zesty pesto with some sun-dried tomatoes. I added fresh garden peas too and some jalapeño. It was a satisfying meal, bursting with fresh flavors and easy to prepare too, making it an ideal busy night selection.

Thai Green Curry Noodle Soup

Recipe: Thai Green Curry Coconut Broth with Homemade Noodles

Chef: Dominic
Blog: Belleau Kitchen
Location: UK

I think the picture speaks for itself here. Anything Thai gets my attention and here, the chef wanted something different and warming and tried his hand at making his own noodles. I am sure they did complement the soup beautifully. The vegetable broth base filled out with creamy coconut milk is enhanced further with a divine sounding homemade green paste for some extra kick. Certainly a perfect way to get some warm into our bodies.

Spicy Sweet Potato, Lentil and Chipotle Soup

Recipe: Spicy Sweet Potato, Lentil and Chipotle Soup

Chef: Linzi
Blog: Lancashire Food
Location: UK

Next up we have a gorgeous spicy and creamy potato and lentil soup that employs a generous amount of chipotle. Of course that got my attention. Garnished with a swirl of yogurt if you please, you are in for one delicious meal, especially if served with a bit of crusty bread on the side. Yum!

kamut salad

Recipe: Red Vegetable Salad with Kamut

Chef: Niki
Blog: Spices and Slices
Location: UK

This is Niki's very first post and I'm flattered that she was inspired by one of my recipes. This healthy salad is just bursting with bold colors and flavors. Easy to throw together, grapefruit, radish, red peppers, beets, radish and cranberries make an appearance along with nutty kamut. The whole thing is dressed with a honey mustard dressing. An intriguing dish packed full of everything good for you.

sweet greek salad

Recipe: The Sweet Greek salad – with Spiced Feta, Roasted Sweet Potato and Aubergine

Chef: Deena
Blog: Deena Kakaya
Location: UK

Deena's recipes are so creative and unique and this one is surely no exception. This salad was a loving family affair and certainly it's one of the most dressed up Greek salads I have seen. It just bursting with goodness and love and beautiful to behold.

Crunchy autumn slaw

Recipe: Crunchy Autumn Slaw with Ginger Honey Yogurt Dressing – Rosh Hashanah Salad

Chef: Helen
Blog: Family Friends Food
Location: UK

This delicious looking crunchy autumn slaw includes many ingredients that are often used in food celebrating the Jewish new year. Easy to put together, beetroot, carrots and leeks are dressed with ginger, honey, yogurt and olive oil. Sounds like a sweet and nourishing salad to me.

barley soup

Recipe: Scotch Broth with Lentils and Barley

Chef: Johanna
Blog: Green Gourmet Giraffe
Location: Australia

Johanna has been a loyal supported of NCR since its beginnings and she never fails to disappoint with her offering. Another nourishing autumn soup, this one features the goodness of barley, carrots, cabbage, tomatoes, lentils and seasonings in a delightful broth. I agree that you can get enough soup.

chickpea broccoli salad

Recipe: Lemon-Cilantro Broccoli and Chickpea Salad

Chef: Janet
Blog: The Taste Space
Location: Canada

Janet is another loyal contributor to NCR and her dishes always make me hungry. This purifying salad contains the goodness of lightly steamed broccoli, plump chickpeas, green onion and cilantro. Then it is lovingly dressed with a lemon and honey dressing. Garnish with some pine nuts and you're all set.

Recipe: Runner Bean Pasta Salad

Chef: Shaheen
Blog: Allotment to Kitchen
Location: UK

Up next is another tempting pasta salad, this time with runner beans. The beans are blanched, tossed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and some seasoning before being added to the pasta. Shaheen wanted to brighten it up a bit and so tossed in some cherry tomatoes. Sounds good to me.

carrot cumin soup

Recipe: Carrot and Cumin Soup

Chef: Elizabeth
Blog: Elizabeth's Kitchen Dairy
Location: UK

Up next is yet another soup. As the weather gets cooler, soup is often just the thing we crave, especially when it can be enjoyed outside on a lovely fall day. I put cumin in just about everything, so this one with carrots, coconut, quinoa and other seasonings sounds just fine to me.

sweet potato soup

Recipe: Sweet Potato, Apple and Ginger Soup with Ginger Pumpkin Seeds

Chef: Sarah
Blog: Jacob and Me
Location: Scotland

Sarah loves soups and she was especially delighted to try out one of her favorites in her new soup maker. This pretty bowl contains sweet potatoes, apple and ginger along with some lemon juice. The she garnished it with ginger pumpkin seeds. With her cooker, it was ready in hardly any time at all.

Recipe: Watermelon Salad

Chef: Dena
Blog: Oh! You Cook
Location: USA

Dena is not quite ready to give up summer just yet, so to stretch it out so to speak, she served up a colorful watermelon salad with baby greens, cucumber, and feta cheese. Then, the salad is drizzled with ranch (or buttermilk) dressing, followed by pomegranate molasses. The salad is then sprinkled evenly with pepitas before serving. Sounds very refreshing.

quinoa salad

Recipe: Quinoa Salad

Chef: Manpreet
Blog: Eat Well Feel Good
Location: USA

Quinoa is one of my favorite grains, so surely this salad would appeal to me. A twist on a classic pasta salad, the nutty grain steals the show here. Tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers make an appearance. This salad that would be fit for a gathering is then dressed with a creamy Italian based dressing with some vinegar and a bit of spice thrown in for some extra kick.

sweetcorn soup

Recipe: Silky, Smoky Sweetcorn Soup with Loads of Veg

Chef: Kellie
Blog: Food to Glow
Location: Scotland

Feast your eyes on this bowl of goodness. Corn comes together with carrots, sweet potato, tomatoes, stock and a bit of spice. It's a beautiful whizzed up soup that is garnished with herbs and a swirl of yogurt before serving. Vegetable soups are always a pleasure in the fall.

black bean salad

Recipe: Black Bean, Cucumber and Feta Salad

Chef: Jennifer
Blog: A Girl Eats World
Location: USA

One of favorite pairings is black beans and feta cheese. Jennifer is trying to add more salads before it gets more like soup weather. This one sounds delicious. I like the addition of cucumber, corn and cilantro, and it's dressed up with fresh lime juice and some seasoning.

paneer salad

Recipe: Marinated Paneer Salad

Chef: Corina
Blog: Searching for Spice
Location: UK

Corina wanted to get adventurous with this Indian inspired creation. I love anything with paneer cheese, so of course I want to try it. The paneer gets a spicy marinade treatment and then is fried. It comes together rocket leaves, pomegranate seeds and is topped with yogurt and cucumber raita on the side.

And that concludes September's Round up of Vegetarian Soups and Salads. My good friend Jacqueline of Tinned Tomatoes is hosting for October. Check out her announcement.

1 comment:

The VegHog said...

Hi Lisa! I only now found your blog and it looks great. I'll definitely be following it for some veggie food inspiration.