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Curried potatoes recipe and a “52 soups” menu

We had a potluck meal at church Sunday and I took a family favorite, curried potatoes. Some people requested the recipe so I will share that below. This is a whole-Foods plant-based dish our whole family loves without giving much thought to the fact that it is so healthy. 

Some of you may have read my recent blog post about 52 soups, breads, and treats. Tonight happens to be our weekly soup night. I am making this roasted garlic tomato soup, three-cheese bread, and these brownies. At least two out of three will be healthy. 🙂 The three cheese bread is supposed to be my supplement to grilled cheese that one must serve with tomato soup. We will see what the family thinks this evening. 

Here is the curried potatoes recipe. I follow it exactly, except reduce the spices a bit. My husband and I both love spicy, but the children not so much. This recipe is from The PlantPure Nation Cookbook by Kim Campbell. We love many of the recipes in this cookbook! 


Curried Potatoes 

4 potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 onion diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I omit)

1 Tablespoon Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste

4 teaspoons Garam Masala (you can purchase this, but I make my own from the recipe in this same Cookbook)

1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

1 teaspoon salt

One 14-ounce can diced tomatoes

One 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained

1&1/2 cups frozen peas

2/3 cup lite coconut milk 

Method: Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to boil over high heat then reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer, just until tender. Be careful not to overcook the potatoes which will create a mushy texture. 

Drain potatoes and set aside. 

SautĂ© the onion and garlic in a little water until tender, about 5 minutes. (I wait to add the garlic until the onion is tender because minced garlic seems to burn quickly for me.) Once onion and garlic are tender, season with cumin, cayenne if using, curry paste, garam masala, ginger, and salt. Cool two minutes more. 

Add the tomatoes, chickpeas, frozen pease, and cooked potatoes. 

Pour in the coconut milk and simmer for 5-10 minutes. 

Enjoy!

Fifty-two soups, breads, and treats 

With bonus plant-based chocolate chip cookie recipe. A family favorite in our house!

My mother-in-law gave me a book a while back, “Twelve Months of Monastery Soups.” 


She also gave me a January/February 2017 Food Network Magazine with recipes for cupcakes for each month of the year. 

These two books were part of the inspiration behind my “Fifty-two soups, breads, and treats” idea. The bread idea came about when my brother-in-law gave me a bread machine for Christmas. Although I often make our own homemade bread, this machine makes it possible to have a nice fresh loaf ready right at dinnertime. 

We love soups around here. I love that they can be hearty and healthy at the same time. I also appreciate their versatility and how easily they can come together just with leftovers from the fridge or odds and ends from the pantry. 

So with the inspirations mentioned above and the ongoing effort to do more with less, I thought it would be fun to have one night a week for a whole year with soup, bread, and a simple treat for supper. 

I often look at the ingredients I have on hand and then peruse Pinterest for ideas. Since I’m usually working from scratch without having shopped for a specific recipe, I supplement and interchange ingredients as needed. 

This week I made my own version of this chicken and wild rice soup, using leftover BBQ chicken from a fundraiser. I didn’t have all the exact ingredients on hand, but the substitutes were still delicious and the children loved it! 


I also made this vegan Irish Stout Vegetable Stew, from my emeals menu.

I had made basic white bread a few days before and didn’t make any fresh bread on soup day. 

I did, however, whip up a batch of our favorite “healthy” chocolate chip cookies. 


I have served these cookies to many adults and children who had no idea they were considered “Whole Foods/plant based” and they raved and raved about them. Let me know if you try them and what you think. 

Lunchbox Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe by Isa Chandra Moskowitz 

Forks Over Knives Cookbook

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/3 cup almond butter

1/2 cup dry sweetener (Sucanat or raw sugar)

1 Tablespoon ground flax seed

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1&1/3 cups oat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sorghum flour or whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 cup grain sweetened chocolate chips 

Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Mix together applesauce almond butter, dry sweetener, and ground flaxseed. Once smooth, mix in vanilla. Add in the oat flour, baking soda, and salt and mix well. Add the sorghum or whole wheat pastry flour and chocolate chips and mix well. 

Drop spoonfuls into prepared baking sheets and flatten a bit so they resemble thick discs. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.