Friday, March 26, 2010

Rock Your World Veggie Chowder

Rock Your World Veggie Chowder

From: Cooking With Anne

1 Lg bottle V8 juice
2 cups water
4 medium tomatoes, diced
2 cups oyster mushrooms, sliced (I couldn't find these so I just added a bit extra of the other kinds of mushrooms)
2 cups shitake mushrooms, sliced
2 cups portabella mushrooms, sliced
2 cups button mushrooms, sliced
2 cups fresh carrots, chopped
2 cups broccoli, chopped
2 cups chopped cauliflower
1 cup shallots, chopped
1/4 cup fresh garlic, minced (don't worry, it won't turn out super garlicy)
2 small cans black beans, drained
1/2 cup fresh ginger, finely grated
3 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
3 Tbs. fresh squeezed orange juice
3 Tbs. Liquid Summer Hot Sauce (I just used the hot sauce I have on hand)
2 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tbs. chopped fresh oregano
1 Tbs. chopped fresh basil
1 Tbs. ground turmeric
1 Tbs. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp sugar

Using a large soup pot, pour in the V8 and water and heat over high heat. Add all the veggies except for the ginger and bring to a rolling boil. Stirring often, continue boiling until foam begins to appear.

Add the OJ, vinegar and black beans.

Once the mushrooms have reduced, add all of the remaining ingredients and continue boiling and stirring for 1 hour until veggies are tender. Reduce to a simmer and cover. Once it thickens, about 1 hour, check seasoning for taste. Continue stirring and serve while hot.

NOTES: Don't add too much pepper as it expands when heated and may get fairly spicy!

Can serve over brown rice or with a little shredded cheddar.

If you must add salt, use sea salt or kosher salt to taste. (I definitely feel the need for salt)

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