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Brussels Sprouts au Gratin and Green Vegetable Soup 12/11/2010

As much as I love green, no, I didn’t cook both today, just the soup.  The Brussels sprouts au gratin I baked the other day just didn’t have the time to resize the photos and post it.

I like Brussels sprouts, mostly roasted sprinkled with a pinch of nutmeg but lately that’s the only way I had them so I decided to make a gratin. Sounded good and tasted way better than I imagined. I know lots of people who don’t like these tiny cabbages and I don’t understand why. Brussels sprouts are high in vitamin C and are a good source of folate and vitamin A (beta-carotene). They are cruciferous vegetables and contain phytochemicals that may help prevent cancer.

 

Brussels Sprouts au Gratin

 

Ingredients

lit over 1 pound Brussels sprouts

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

few garlic cloves

1 oz grated Parmesan

1 Tbsp butter

salt and pepper

 

Directions

Mix the milk, heavy cream, Parmesan, finely chopped garlic, salt and pepper. Slice the Brussels sprouts

Butter 2 casseroles, divide the sliced Brussels sprouts between them and pour over the milk/cream mixture.

Bake in preheated oven (350 F) for about 45-50 minutes or until they are soft and start to brown on top.

 

 

Now, the soup.

 

I have a problem with my fridge. If  the vegetables are left outside the fridge drawers they freeze although the thermostat is set as low as it can be. The same goes for eggs if I don’t place them on one of the door’ shelves.

Last night my husband decided to make himself a salad and trying to get everything out of the drawers he put some vegetables on the fridge shelves and forgot them there. This morning when I opened the fridge to make breakfast, surprise, I had 3 frozen zucchini and 2 frozen broccoli crowns. Well, what was I supposed to say, nothing would make them fresh again. While we were enjoying our breakfast I remembered a broccoli-zucchini soup I had once and since we were out of soup the memory came in handy.

I melted some butter and sauté 2 chopped leeks and 2 celery ribs.

 

Meanwhile I chopped the zucchini, broccoli and 5 Brussels sprouts. Added them to the pot and covered with stock.

When the vegetables were cooked I let them cool slightly and purée the soup. Returned it to the pot and added 1 cup Greek yogurt.

Serve warm to hot with more yogurt.

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Creamy Carrot and Orange Soup 10/03/2010

Filed under: Soups,Vegetarian — Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything} @ 19:03
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I know it’s already October and is pumpkin season and my mind was set on a warming soup, but since the sun was up in the sky and the day turned into a sunny one reminding ourselves of summer I decided to make this wonderful creamy soup with a citrus flavor.

A while ago i posted another carrot soup – Carrot Cardamom Soup https://gringarl.wordpress.com/2010/05/22/carrot-cardamom-soup/

Ingredients

4 tbsp butter

3 leeks sliced

1 pound sliced carrots

5 cups stock

rind and juice of 2 oranges

Greek yogurt

1/2 tsp nutmeg

salt and pepper

Directions

Melt the butter in a large pan. Add the leeks and carrots and stir well, coating the vegetables with the butter. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables begin to soften.

Pour in the stock, orange rind and juice. Add the nutmeg and season to taste. Bring to boil, lower the heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender.

Leave to cool slightly and puree the soup until smooth.

Return the soup to pan, add 2-3 tbsp yogurt and reheat gently.

Serve warm or as you wish with a little bit more yogurt.

 

 
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