For a long time now, the team at Cali Press have seriously admired the work of the incredible little family that makes up Green Kitchen Stories. When David and Luise aren’t busy working, or taking care of their beautiful daughter, they are in the kitchen, cooking up a storm and coming up with super tasty, healthy and simple vegetarian recipes only using natural ingredients. It didn’t come as a surprise when they were announced the winners of Saveur’s ‘Best Food Blog Awards’ a few years ago.
For this reason, we’d love to share with you one of their latest (and our favourite) recipes below which we think will be especially comforting as we slowly delve into the cooler season. We also encourage you guys to go check out their blog and even some of their amazing books for purchase. There are some wonderfully nutritious and easy recipes to try making at home and are great options for pre or post cleanse meal ideas.
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MUSHROOM SOUP W/ RED RICE & AVO TOAST
A warm and comforting vegan mushroom soup with tones of white wine, forest, rosemary and thyme. It’s an ideal dinner soup, especially when served with wholegrain rice and a few pieces roasted sourdough rye slathered with mashed avocado and chili flakes.
– Serves 4
1 cup uncooked red rice
2 cups water sea salt
2 tbsp coconut oil, olive oil butter or ghee
2 garlic cloves
2 sprigs thyme
2 sprigs rosemary
4 (250 g) portobello mushroom, cleaned
8 (250 g) brown button mushroom or champignon, cleaned
a large glug of white wine, optional
4 cups / 1 liter water
1 tbsp (or 1 cube) vegetable bouillon
sea salt and black pepper
fresh parsley, for serving plain yogurt, for serving (optional)
Cooking the rice: Rinse the rice well in water and drain. Place in a saucepan with the 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, immediately lower the heat to a bare simmer, let simmer for 45 minutes or until tender. Add salt towards the end of the cooking time. Drain any excess water. Meanwhile make the soup.
Making the soup: Finely chop garlic cloves and slice the mushrooms. Heat oil in a large saucepan and add garlic and cook until fragrant but not browned. Add mushrooms and herbs and cook for about 5-8 minutes until soft and slightly browned, stirring occasionally. Reserve some of the cooked mushroom slices for serving. Add a glug of wine to the saucepan and cook for a few minutes. Now add water, bouillon, salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and bring to a simmer. Use an immersion (hand) blender to mix the soup until completely smooth (or a stand-blender). Season to taste. Serve in bowls with a spoonful of cooked rice, some mushroom slices, fresh parsley, olive oil, a dollop of yogurt if using, and an avocado toast.
2 slices sourdough rye
1 ripe avocado
1 tsp cold-pressed olive oil
flaky sea salt
Toast the bread in a toaster, a frying pan or in the oven on high heat for a few minutes until golden and crispy. Cut the avocado in half, remove the stone and scoop out the flesh. Use a fork to mash the avocado and then slather it on top of the toast. Drizzle oil on top and sprinkle with chili flakes and salt. Cut in half and serve with the soup.
– Makes 4 half slices