I adapted this recipe from Italian minestrone so it has the same base flavours of tomato, onion and garlic. I decided to replace the white pasta with much healthier brown rice which makes the soup gluten free and the addition of some beans adds fibre, protein and minerals and really makes this a complete meal in a bowl!
You can add whatever veggies you have to ring the changes but peppers, green beans, carrots, leeks, courgettes, frozen peas and finely shredded greens of some sort all work really well and add loads of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, strengthening literally every body system.
It's still wild garlic season so I am making the most of it by adding it to as many dishes as I can.
It's delicious, highly nutritious and it's free so get yourself out to your nearest woodland and let your nose guide you to swathes of gorgeous wild garlic!
Any beans work, flageolet, cannelini, haricot, butter beans are all great.
I am a big fan of nutritional yeast flakes so add a couple of tablespoons to your soup or sprinkle some on as a garnish. They add great flavour, loads of minerals and vitamins and make the soup lovely and creamy!
So without further ado, here is the recipe, I hope you enjoy it....!
VEGAN RICE AND BEAN SOUP WITH WILD GARLIC
This is one of my favourite dips. It’s just delicious and packed with health promoting ingredients! The addition of fermented garlic adds a healthy dose of probiotics, walnuts and extra virgin olive oil supply omega 3, tahini adds calcium and magnesium and beetroot contains nitrates which relax the blood vessels, reducing blood pressure and increasing blood flow to the brain!
This dip is great with raw veggies, on a baked sweet potato, in a wrap, sandwich or with oatcakes! I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like it and it’s such a fabulous colour!!
Simply add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blitz until blended. A hand held stick blender works well too! Transfer to the fridge and enjoy!!
These are delicious and way better than ordinary salted nuts. You can use any combination of nuts and seeds, I used walnuts, cashew nuts and
pumpkin seeds but almonds, hazelnuts, pecans would work well too.
Nuts are a great source of protein, good fats and minerals and seeds are packed full of antioxidants, protein, calcium and magnesium.
Put the nuts and seeds in a bowl and add the tamari, oil and all the spices and mix well until the nuts are coated in the mixture.
Empty the nuts and seeds onto a lightly greased baking tray, spreading them out into a single layer
Bake in the oven at 180C for around 10 to 15 minutes, shaking the tray to make sure they don't stick.
Cool then serve in paper cones or in a Jar for a really nice foodie Gift!
🍃 Health educator🍃