Split pea and barley stew...

What the Hell? This is a vegetarian version of my favorite split pea and ham soup. Using pearled barley gives this stew some heft and rib sticking goodness. It’s stupidly easy to make and packed full of fiber and veggie goodness. Your colon will thank you. Eat it! What the hell should I drink? A nice mineraly, acidic white wine would be lovely. Something the in the Sauvignon Blanc family would be a good fit. What the hell should I listen to? She pays the rent by the Nomads. This is a Lyres cover. Since this soup is a different interpretation of my split pea and ham recipe it seems appropriate. Woot! Split pea and barley stew   Save Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 60 mins Total time 1 hour 15 mins   Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Soup Serves: 6 Ingredients 1 Tbls. olive oil 1½ C. chopped onion 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 C. chopped celery 1 C. chopped carrots ½ tsp. black pepper 1 tsp. kosher salt 2 tsp. dried marjoram 1 tsp. dried thyme ½ tsp. dried rosemary 2 bay leaves 8 C. vegetable broth 1½ C. green split peas ½ C. pearled barley Instructions Heat olive oil in large, heavy bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, celery and carrots and sauté until onions are translucent and tender. About 5 minutes. Add salt, black pepper, marjoram, thyme, rosemary and bay leaves. Stir until veggies are will coated. Add vegetable broth, split peas and barley. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and slightly cover. Simmer until the peas are tender and just beginning to fall apart. About an hour. Remove bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper....

Garden Lentil Soup

What the Hell? Chop. Dump. Cook. Eat. No cooking skills needed. If you can chop vegetables, open a can and boil water you can make this soup! You have no excuses. Do it. Feel good about what you put into your gaping maw. I’ve seen you, and you could use the veg and fiber. What the hell should I drink? A nice, spicy Bloody Mary. Booze and veggies! Together at last! What the hell should I listen to? Parasight by Entombed. Something to help with all the chopping. Garden Lentil Soup   Save Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 35 mins Total time 50 mins   Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Soup Serves: 8 Ingredients 3 carrots, diced 3 ribs celery, diced 1 lg. yellow onion, diced 1 lg. red onion, diced 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 lg. potato, diced 1 C. dried, brown lentils, rinsed and drained 1 C. corn 8 C. vegetable broth 2 bay leaves 1½ tsp. dried thyme 1½ tsp. dried oregano 1½ tsp. dried parsely ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes 1 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes 1 C. peas Salt and pepper to taste Instructions Place all ingredients except tomatoes and peas into a large sauce pot or dutch oven. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until vegetables and lentils are soft. About 30 minutes. Add tomatoes and peas. Simmer until heated through. Season with salt and pepper. 3.1.07...

Shrimp Ceviche

What the Hell? Real, Peruvian Ceviche is life changing. Some many favors and textures working together, your mouth cries with bliss. This isn’t really a true ceviche since the shrimp is cooked and we don’t have easy access to rocoto peppers and Peruvian limes, but this is still pretty damned good.  You’re gonna want to lick the bowl clean. Go ahead, it’s completely acceptable. This is very refreshing and works well at a Fourth of July or New Years Eve party.  It’s so easy, just chop, toss and chill. Impress your friends! What the hell should I drink? Pisco sour if you can find it! Pisco is a Peruvian grape brandy. It’s amazing by itself and killer in this cocktail. 3 oz. pisco 3/4 oz. simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, dissolved) or 2 tsp. sugar 1 oz. key lime juice, fresh-squeezed 1 fresh egg white 2 dashes Angostura bitters Ice cubes Tools: shaker, strainer Glass: cocktail or goblet In a shaker, combine pisco, simple syrup, lemon juice and egg white and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a glass and dash with bitters. What the hell should I listen to? Las Hadas by Reino Ermitaño. A little heavy Peruvian stoner doom. If is wasn’t for these fine folks, I would have never experienced Ceviche or Pisco sours. Two of best things I’ve ever put into my mouth. Yes. Shrimp Ceviche   Save Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 1 hour Total time 1 hour 15 mins   Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Main Dish Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 1 lb. large shrimp, cooked, peeled, deveined and chopped ⅓ C. fresh lime juice ⅓ C. chopped fresh cilantro ½ C. minced red onion 3 garlic cloves, minced 4 scallions, minced 1 red...

Applesauce

What the Hell? Naturally sweet and chunky applesauce. So stinky easy, just like you! There is no reason you should ever buy jarred applesauce again. Seriously, this will change your applesauce loving world. This is perfect. Using 8 different apples with different levels of sweet/tartness make all the difference. Grab a porkchop and get down Peter Brady style. What the hell should I drink? Spiked apple cider would be a winner! Grab some spiced rum and mix it with your left over apple cider. Oh yeah! What the hell should I listen to? Glowworm by The Apples in Stereo. Sweet, poppy and light. Applesauce   Save Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 35 mins Total time 50 mins   So stinky easy. There is no reason you should ever buy jarred applesauce again. Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Side Dish Cuisine: Comfort Food Serves: 6 Ingredients 8 lg. apples of different varieties. Get various types of sweet and tart. The more variation the better. 1 C. Apple cider 1 Cinnamon stick Juice from half a lemon Instructions Put apple cider, lemon juice and cinnamon stick in a large, heavy bottomed sauce pan. Peel and core the apples and chop into large chunks. As the apples are chopped, immediately add to the liquid and toss to coat to prevent browning. Bury the cinnamon stick on the bottom of the pan. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and partially cover, stir occasionally. Simmer until apples are falling apart and easy to smash with the back of spoon. About 25 minutes. Remove lid and continue to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and smash the apples to chunkiness of your liking. Allow to cool to room temperature and then refrigerate. 3.1.07...

Split Pea Soup with Ham...

What the Hell? HAM! HAM! HAM! So, you’ve got some leftover holiday ham. Make some hearty, comforty  split peas soup! It’s stupidly simple, if you can chop veggies and boil water, you can make this soup. Impress your friends with your boiling prowess. Fill your belly with a salty, smokey bowl of this veggie packed goodness. You need your veggies! What the hell should I drink? A nice mineraly, acidic white wine would be lovely. Something the in the Sauvignon Blanc family would be a good fit. What the hell should I listen to? Squealer by AC/DC. It’ll make you understand. Split Pea Soup with Ham   Save Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 1 hour Total time 1 hour 10 mins   Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Soup Serves: 6 Ingredients 8 C. ham broth or chicken broth 1½ C. green split peas 1 C. chopped onion 1 C. chopped celery 1 C. chopped carrots 1 C. chopped potatoes 2 cloves garlic, minced ½ tsp. black pepper ½ tsp. dried thyme ½ tsp. dried rosemary 2 bay leaves 2 C. cubed ham Instructions Place all ingredients into a large, heavy bottomed pot or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer soup until the peas are tender and just beginning to fall apart. About an hour. Remove bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper....

Marinara Sauce

What the Hell? Simple, versatile and tasty red sauce. Not only is it great as a pasta sauce, it’s also a fantastic pizza sauce and adds some sass to soups or tomato based chowders. Use it, abuse and love every minute of it. What the hell should I drink? Red, red, wine. A full, sock you in the face, oaky Cabernet would be my first choice. What the hell should I listen to? I can never get enough pasta. Can’t get enough of you, baby by, ? and the Mysterians seems fitting. Marinara Sauce   Save Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 2 hours Total time 2 hours 20 mins   This is my go-to, basic red sauce. It's easy, makes a ton and freezes very well. Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Basic Sauce Cuisine: Italian Serves: 10 Ingredients 3 Tbls. olive oil 3 C. chopped yellow onion 1 Tbls. sugar ¼ C. minced garlic 2 tsp. kosher salt 2 tsp. dried basil 2 tsp. dried oregano 1 tsp. dried thyme ½ tsp. dried, crushed rosemary 3 bay leaves 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper ½ tsp. fennel seeds, crushed 2 Tbls. balsamic vinegar 2 C. vegetable broth 3 (28 oz) cans no-salt-added crushed tomatoes (I really like Cento brand) Instructions Heat oil in large dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion to pan; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add sugar and next 9 ingredients (through fennel seeds); cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in vinegar; cook 30 seconds. Add broth and tomatoes; bring to a simmer. Cook over very low heat for 2 hours or until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Optional I like my sauce really smooth. Once it's finished cooking, I puree my sauce with an immersion blender....

Veggie Black Bean Soup...

What the Hell? Fiber! Fiber! Fiber! Tasty and delicious fart fuel! Fill your belly and treat your body right with this healthy and hearty soup. This recipe makes a shit-ton! You will need a very large Crock Pot to hold it all. This freezes very well. What the hell should I drink? A good ale would sit right with this. Bells Two Hearted Ale is lovely. If you’re more of a wino, something fruity with low tannin would be best. In my opinion, tannins and black bean are not yummy. A nice Beaujolais or fruity Zinfandel would fit the bill. What the hell should I listen to? A big black bean soup need some Big Black. Cables by Big Black is my choice. Veggie Black Bean Soup   Save Print Prep time 1 hour Cook time 8 hours Total time 9 hours   Fiber! Fiber! Fiber! Tasty and delicious fart fuel! Fill your belly and treat your body right with this healthy and hearty soup. This recipe makes a shit-ton! You will need a very large Crock Pot to hold it all. This freezes very well. Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Soup Cuisine: Southwesternish Serves: 10 Ingredients 1 lb. dry black beans (or 4 15-ounce cans of black beans if you don't want to deal with dry beans) 8 C. water (6 cups if you're using canned beans) 1 C. carrot, chopped 1 C. celery, chopped 1 large red onion, chopped 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 8 cloves garlic, crushed 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced ¼ C. dry lentils ½ C uncooked white jasmine rice 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes 1 Tbsp. chili powder 2 tsp. ground cumin 2 tsp. dried...

Veggie Chili

What the Hell? No bell peppers! Bring on the root vegetables and squash to bulk up this bitch! This is a very spicy chili. It’s a slow, forehead sweating, nose running, put hair on your teeth kinda burn. If you’re not a fan of spicy don’t make this or cut back on the chipotles and adobe sauce. You have been warned. What the hell should I drink? A nice porter would sit well with this chili. Great Lakes Edmond Fitzgerald Porter is yummy. What the hell should I listen to? Something with a melancholy 80s synth vibe. Hold On (Goodbye To All Of That) by Crippled Black Phoenix, fits the bill. Veggie Chili   Save Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 1 hour 15 mins   Warm your guts with this hearty, spicy and veggie rich chili. It's a slow, forehead sweating, nose running, put hair on your teeth kinda burn. If you're not a fan of spicy don't make this or cut back on the chipotles and adobe sauce. You have been warned. Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Vegetarian Cuisine: Southwestern Serves: 6 Ingredients 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1 large yellow onion, diced 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 turnip, cut into ½-inch pieces 1 large sweet potato, cut into ½-inch pieces 3 C. peeled, seeded butternut squash, cut into ½-inch pieces 2 Tbsp. chili powder 2 Tbsp. ground cumin 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. thyme 1 tsp. oregano 2 bay leaves 1 26 oz. can diced tomatoes with juice 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, diced, plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce 2 C. vegetable stock 2 C. chopped kale 1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained 2 C. roasted corn...

Veggie Pasta Soup

What the Hell? So damn easy your dog could make this! If you can boil water, you can make this soup. This is my bastardized, vegetarian version of Italian Wedding Soup. Packed full of vitamins, it’s so tasty you won’t even realize how healthy it is. Popeye would get a boner over this soup. If you plan ahead you can serve this with the Crusty Bread Ball and pack your belly full of homemade goodness. What the hell should I drink? Your favorite cheap wine, jug or box. Go ahead, treat yourself, you know you love it. What the hell should I listen to? Dance around to a little Italian glam with Guida! Don’t stop rockin’ Veggie Pasta Soup   Save Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 35 mins   This is soup is very similar to Italian Wedding Soup, but uses fake meat crumbles instead of meatballs. Super easy and very tasty. Yes, you will have spinach stuck in teeth after eating this. Enjoy with a friend and pick each others teeth. Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Soup Cuisine: Italian-ish Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 14.5 oz can of Italian-style diced tomatoes (with garlic, oregano and basil) 6 C. vegetable broth 2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning 4 oz. smallish pasta (elbow macaroni or small shells or mini-bow ties, whatever tickles your pickle) 12-16 oz. of ground meat substitute (Boca crumbles or Quorn crumbles or rehydrated TVP, whatever puts a breeze in your sails) 4 C. (5oz.) chopped, fresh spinach salt and pepper to taste 2-3 Tbsp. fresh grated Parmesan cheese Instructions Bring tomatoes, broth and Italian seasoning to a boil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Simmer 10 minutes. Add pasta, ground meat substitute, spinach, and Italian...

Veggie Lentil Stew

What the Hell? Lentil soup! With mushrooms and roasted veggies! Warm, hearty, satisfying and it’s really good for you! So full of fiber your colon will thank you. Chow down, gas up and dutch oven your loved ones! Farts always equal funny. Fact. This is fantastic with the Crusty Bread Ball. What the hell should I drink? A nice porter or stout would be a fine choice. Old Rasputin is lovely. What the hell should I listen to? “Out in the cold wind, out in the snow.” Dead Meadow – What needs must be. Veggie Lentil Stew   Save Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 1 hour Total time 1 hour 20 mins   Yummy, hearty, full of texture and fiber. Perfect for a cold winter day with some rustic, crusty bread and a nice dark ale. Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Soup Serves: 8 Ingredients Roasted veggies 2 C. corn - fresh from the cob is best, but thawed frozen works too. ½ C. diced carrots 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half 1 Tbsp. minced garlic 1 Tbsp. olive oil salt and pepper Soup 1 Tbsp. olive oil 8 oz. chopped crimini or mini-bella mushrooms 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 medium red onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste 6 cups vegetable broth 1½ C. dried, brown lentils, rinsed and drained 3 tsp. dried basil 1 tsp. dried thyme 1 tsp. poultry seasoning ¼ C. dry sherry Grated fresh Parmesan cheese Instructions Roast the veggies Preheat oven to 400 degrees Put corn, carrots, tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil in a large roasting pan. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir the mixture to combine and spread out to a single layer. Roast...

Spicy chicken tortellini soup...

What the Hell? Easiest soup on the planet. One pot and almost no chop. You don’t even have to know how to cook to make this. If you can use a can opener and boil water, you can make this. Impress your friends! What the hell should I drink? Something light and in the lager category. Not too hoppy, just beery, beer, beer. Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold Lager is a tasty choice. What the hell should I listen to? Something loud and angry! I’m going with the Gallows – In the belly of a shark. Damnit! Spicy chicken tortellini soup   Save Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 25 mins   Easy. Easy. Easy. Yummy. Yummy. Yummy. Author: Embrace the Cheese Recipe type: Soup Cuisine: Southwestern-ish Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 32 oz. box of fat free, low sodium chicken broth 1 16 oz. jar of salsa. (heat level of your choice) 1 tsp. minced garlic 1 15.25 oz. can of black beans, rinsed and drained 1 C. frozen corn 2 C. diced, cooked chicken 2 C. frozen cheese tortellini 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro (optional) Instructions In a medium, heavy bottomed stock pot, bring chicken broth, salsa and garlic to a boil. Add black beans, corn and chicken. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Add tortellini and continue to simmer until tortellini is heated through. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with cilantro....