— by Talia Goren
In these cold January days, what can be better than soup and salad? Try the delicious combination of mushroom-quinoa soup and heart of palm salad. It is gluten, dairy, meat and soy free!
Full recipe and picture after the jump.
Mushroom and Quinoa Soup
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 3 cups water
- 1lb sliced mushrooms, cut in half or thirds
- 2 cups raw quinoa
- 3 shallots, sliced
- 2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1 tsp fresh ground white pepper
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- Salt to taste
- Put vegetable broth and water in the pot on medium heat for 5-6 minutes.
- Add spices, stirring in between each addition and let simmer for another 5-6 minutes.
- Add mushrooms and shallots.
- Once it’s boiling, add quinoa and minced garlic. Simmer on low for 15-25 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked through.
- Serve with freshly ground black pepper!
Hearts of Palm Salad with Dill Dijon Dressing
For the salad:
- 2 medium plum tomatoes
- 2 parisian (or equally small) cucumbers
- 1/2 white onion
- 6 hearts of palm (if they are short. if they are long, you only need three). Note: make sure there isn’t extra salt or flavoring, you won’t need it!
- 1 bunch romaine lettuce
- Chop tomatoes, cucumbers and onions into small squares.
- Slice hearts of palm (about 2cm each), and then in half.
- Separate lettuce and then slice into 2 inch pieces.
- Toss gently.
For the dressing:
- 1 Tbsp Gluten Free Dijon Mustard
- 2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- 3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Combine all ingredients until mustard has incorporated into the olive oil.
- Drizzle on the salad, tossing well so it’s fully covered.
Talia spends a lot of her time in the kitchen preparing copious amounts of experimental foods, which she tests on her very patient and consequently well-fed family and friends. Although she came to the states from Israel when she was just a toddler, she retains her love of loud, passionate discussions and homemade hummus. When she is not in “balabuste” mode, she makes a living composing, singing and performing. Talia also gives workshops to young singers to teach them healthy vocal, performance and audition technique.