Sunday, July 17, 2011

First Parking Meter Soup

[Photo by A.]

The first parking meter was developed over two years by two engineering professors at Oklahoma State University and installed in Oklahoma City on July 16, 1935. The meter was called "Black Maria." I want to know why and I don't want to know why.

A. requested this soup, based on a version I made a couple months ago but didn't post about (apparently). It's thick and nutritious and delicious. Nuff said, here's the deets.

prep. time: approx. 1 hr
servings: approx. 8-10

2 c. vegetable broth
6 c. water
1 large yellow onion, diced
1 large yellow zucchini (or summer squash), chopped
1 large yellow bell pepper, sliced
2 small jalapeños, diced
3 cloves garlic, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 c. quinoa
1 lb. firm silken tofu, cubed
4 stalks kale, leaves torn
1 c. frozen corn
1 15-oz. can black beans
1 package Daiya pepper jack
5 spoonfuls Tofutti sour cream
juice of 1/2 lime
juice of 1/4 lemon
1 bunch cilantro
ground sea salt
ground black pepper

1. Sauté onion with oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Once slightly caramelized, add vegetable broth and water.
2. Meanwhile, sauté zucchini, bell pepper, and jalapeños in a pan. Once browned toss in garlic for a couple minutes, then add pan contents to the pot. Bring to a simmer.
3. Add lime and lemon juice, cilantro, and seasonings. Stir in quinoa.
4. After 5 minutes, add tofu. After another 5 minutes, add kale. After another couple minutes, add corn and black beans.
5. Once quinoa is cooked (should only take 15 minutes) and soup is desired viscosity, turn off the heat and stir in Daiya cheese and Tofutti sour cream. Let cool and thicken, serve with tortilla chips, Cholula hot sauce, and apple lime cider.

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