Recipe: Ginger Carrot Sweet Potato Soup (Gluten-Free + Vegan)

Homemade soup doesn’t have to be a big to do. The following is an easy recipe that’s perfect for a ~cozy meal in~.

Ingredients

2 T olive oil
1 medium red onion, diced
10 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
~1/2 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
2-4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 t ground cinnamon
1 1/2″ piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1 1/2 t fresh thyme
4 c vegetable broth
1/2 t sea salt
1/8 t black pepper
14 oz canned coconut milk or 2 c vegetable broth, regular coconut milk, or water*

*For this recipe I had about 8 oz of canned coconut milk leftover in the fridge so I used that and, instead of opening a new can of full-fat coconut milk, I just supplemented it with 1 c of regular coconut milk.

Instructions

  1. In a soup pot 6 qt or bigger, add the olive oil and sauté the onion until translucent. Season with a pinch of sea salt.
  2. Add carrots, sweet potatoes, garlic, cinnamon, ginger, thyme, broth, sea salt, and pepper and stir.
  3. Bring mixture to a low simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 30 minutes, until vegetables are soft.
  4. Purée the soup using a blender, food processor, or immersion blender. Then, pour blended soup back into pot.
  5. Over medium, stir in coconut milk and mix well. Allow soup to cook a few more minutes, until the flavors meld and it’s hot all the way through. Taste and add additional seasonings, if necessary.
  6. Garnish soup with fresh thyme or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.

Serves six.

Bummed Out Bailey Rating: 8/10
Rick-the-Meat-Eater Rating: 4/10

Don’t like coconut.

Rick, a meat-eating husband who had no complaints about previous coconut-y soups

Adapted from Vegan Creamy Ginger Carrot Sweet Potato Soup.

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Recipe: No Chicken Noodle Soup
Recipe: Roasted Tomato Basil and Rice Soup
Recipe: Enchilada Soup


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Mental Health: Ways to Perk Up When You Feel Like You’ve Been Percocet’d

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Percocet’d? I’m making words up now. Is everyone okay? Am I okay? Only time will tell! Fun mystery!

I’m having some bad days and some okay days, not any particularly good days. Things that have perked up my mood are organizing things around the apartment, going for walks or doing yoga, reading a light, “for fun” book, cooking, baking, and keeping my usual morning and night routines. I say morning and night proverbially. Because… I keep vampiric hours.

Anyway.

‘Tined or not, I always love doing Yoga With Adriene. It’s free, approachable, and she’s lovely. 10/10 recommend. Even if you’ve never done yoga, she has a practice for you. Since staying in can be so sedentary, especially in a NYC apartment (approx. size of postage stamp), it’s nice to stretch ya hamstrings.

I’m reading dense things for school, but my light, “for fun” read right now is A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood, very Gatsby-esque. It’s an escape. While it’s great to buy physical and digital books to support authors, if you’re unable to financially and your library is currently closed (like the New York Public Library is), check out your library’s e-book rentals online. Of course you can read from an e-reader, but if you don’t have one you can also read from a phone (like me), laptop, etc.

I love a vegetarian green curry over basmati rice and tried out a new recipe. It’s comforting to eat something I make from scratch and I recommend doing the same if you’re able to. It’s nice to have a break from frozen meals and canned stuff. I have some similar recipes I’ve made here on Bummed Out Bailey:

Recipe: Thai Curry Vegetables (Gluten-Free + Vegan)
Recipe: THE Stew, AKA Spiced Chickpea Stew with Coconut and Tumeric (Gluten-Free + Vegan)
Recipe: Malai Kofta (Gluten-Free + Vegan)

In the mornings I chug some water, put in my contacts, wash my face, brush my teeth, apply toner, clean my mouthguard, put the kettle on for tea, make the bed, put on my serums and sunscreen, then get dressed for the day. I drink a pot of tea from my great aunt Ann’s teapot, eat, and then take my meds. Every. Morning.

At night Rick and I do a check-in (we take turns saying something we appreciated about each other that day, something that’s on our mind, and how the other can help), I take my night meds, turn down the bed, shower, change into my PJs, wash my face, brush my teeth, apply toner, clean my mouthguard, floss, use mouthwash, put on night and eye creams, apply retinol, take out my contacts, fill up my bedside water bottle, and read myself to sleep.

Wow, that was cathartic to list out and thrilling to look up and link products! I just realized something! The stakes are so dang low that I’m excited by minutiae! Even linking something like Polident! I’ll take it! Send help! Or snacks! It seems I’m having a meltdown!

The above are just things that have been helping me. There’s a lot of content floating around the internet asserting how to best use your days during the ‘rona ‘tine, but I think the most common, important denominator is to have some kind of routine tailored to you. A routine for the ‘tine. A ‘tine for the ‘tine. I’ll see myself out.

Godspeed during this weird time.

Warmest,
Bailey


Wednesday posts cover something that’s top of mind for me that week and are written in a short period of time. This means that editing is not strong. While it’s not my best work, it is my best, unfiltered thought.


More on Bummed Out Bailey:
Mental Health: Moving. Improving?
Mental Health: The Social Toll of Invisible Illness
Mental Health: Homebody v. Quarantine…Body?


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Recipe: THE Stew, AKA Spiced Chickpea Stew with Coconut and Turmeric (Gluten-Free + Vegan)

My best friend from high school, Alana, texted me asking simply if I’d made The Stew. Capital T, capital S. I hadn’t even heard it yet, and I’m supposed to be the one hip on popular recipes. BOB fail.

Anyway, she said it was so good and so many people had made it that its name had been dropped and was now just referred to as The Stew. I served it with some Thai jasmine rice, but that was entirely unnecessary. The Stew stands on its own!

Ingredients

1/4 c olive oil, more for serving
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 t minced ginger
several pinches sea salt
several pinches fresh ground black pepper
1 1/2 t ground turmeric
1 t red pepper flakes, more for serving
2 15 oz cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 15 oz cans full fat coconut milk, blended if necessary*
2 c vegetable stock
1 bunch rainbow chard (or Swiss chard, kale, or collard greens) stems removed and torn into small pieces
1 c mint leaves, for serving

*Sometimes, even with a good shake of the can, coconut milk will remain separated. In this case just plop it all into a blender and blend it for 5-10 seconds to make it smooth again.

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium. Add garlic, onion, and ginger, pinches of sea salt and pepper, and cook. Stir occasionally until onion is translucent, about three minutes.
  2. Add turmeric, red pepper flakes, and chickpeas, and season again with generous pinches of sea salt and pepper. Stir frequently while cooking so the chickpeas fry a bit in the spices and oil and start to break down a bit, about eight minutes. Remove ~1 c cooked chickpeas and set aside for serving.
  3. With a spatula, crush remaining chickpeas slightly, something that will help thicken the stew. Add coconut milk and stock, seasoning again with pinches of sea salt and pepper. Bring stew to a simmer and scrape off any bits that have formed on the sides or bottom of pot. Stir occasionally for about 35 minutes as the stew thickens and flavors start to come together.
  4. Fully submerge greens in the stew and stir, cooking about five minutes so they soften. One last time, season stew with sea salt and pepper.
  5. To serve, top stew with mint, fried chickpeas, red pepper flakes, and a drizzle of olive oil.

Serves four.

Bummed Out Bailey Rating: 7/10
Big points for ease, but it wasn’t as life-changing as I’d expected it to be!

Rick-the-Meat-Eater Rating: 7.5/10
What would make it score higher? (me, to Rick)

Chicken. Ground beef? Steak?

Rick, a meat-eating spouse

Adapted from Spiced Chickpea Stew with Coconut and Turmeric.


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Recipe: Borscht Topped with Sour Cream
Recipe: Roasted Tomato Basil and Rice Soup (Gluten-Free + Vegan)
Recipe: Enchilada Soup


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Recipe: Aloo Phujia (Gluten-Free + Vegan)

Hi friends! First of all, I’d like to announce that I’m cutting recipes down to once a month. From your clicks I can see what interests you most, and I feel like once a month is better suited to idealizing Bummed Out Bailey subject matter. I’d love to know your thoughts on post preferences in the comments or on the contact page.


Valentine’s Day is this week and this side dish is SPICAAAYYYY. Here’s another simple recipe. Cause ain’t no one got time for anything else while in the throes of SAD.

Ingredients

1 white onion, chopped
1/4 c olive oil
1 t sea salt
1/2 t cayenne pepper
1/2 t ground turmeric
1/4 t ground cumin
~4 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 tomatoes, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a medium size skillet, lightly brown onion.
  2. Add sea salt, cayenne, turmeric, cumin, and potatoes and cook ten minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in tomatoes, cover skillet, and cook for another ten minutes.

Serves eight as side dish.

Bummed Out Bailey Rating: 9/10
Rick-the-Meat-Eater Rating: 10/10

Are those red peppers? Hmmm. No. *tastes potatoes* I like these a bunch.

Rick, a meat and gluten-eating husband

Adapted from Aloo Phujia.

More on Bummed Out Baker:
Recipe: Best Damn Mashed Potatoes (Gluten-Free + Vegan)
Recipe: Black Bean and Potato Enchiladas
Recipe: Sweet Potato Gnocchi


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Recipes: 2019 Greatest Hits

Here we are, hanging out in 2020! So weird to think of that. My grandfather was born in the 20s, and now it’s the 20s again. He’s lived through nearly a century of wild progression and weirdness.

You voted with your traffic and, according to stats, the following recipes were the top ten favorites on Bummed Out Baker in 2019.

Top Ten Recipes in 2019

1. Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan)

2. Recipe: Spiced Cauliflower with Feta (Gluten-Free + Vegetarian)

3. Recipe: Twice-Baked Potato Skins with Cheese Sauce (Gluten-Free + Vegan)

4. Recipe: Avocado Strawberry Caprese Salad (Gluten-Free + Vegan)

5. Recipe: Ugly Dip (Gluten-Free + Vegan)

6. Recipe: Roasted Tomato Basil and Rice Soup (Gluten-Free + Vegan)

7. Recipe: Velvet Cake (Vegetarian)

This is my all-time favorite recipe I’ve posted to BOB. It’s Rick’s favorite cake!

8. Recipe: Scrambled Eggs with Parmesan and Arugula (Gluten-Free + Vegetarian)

9. Recipe: Chocolate-Filled Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies (Vegetarian)

It’s a TRAP! because these thumbprint cookies were god awful. See Chocolate Chip Cookies or Velvet Cake for dessert-y redemption.

Now here’s a delicious, crowd-pleasing dessert:

10. Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake with Coconut Whipped Cream (Vegan)

BONUS!

Recipe To Make You Laugh: Disaster Dinner Rolls (Gluten-Free + Vegan + Lol)

don’t be fooled

Fabulous Recipe Missing From the Top 10: Spicy Lentil Tacos (Gluten-Free + Vegan)

I look forward to yet another year of both delicious and terrible recipes to feature here on BOB in 2020. Thank you for being here. Cheers to you and happy New Year!

More on Bummed Out Baker:
Why Am I the Bummed Out Baker?
Why Do I Eat This Way?
Mental Health: Ho Ho HELP


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