Beef Goulash

1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat
2 medium carrots, bias-cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/4 cups beef broth
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1 tablespoon Hungarian paprika
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 red or green sweet pepper (bell pepper), cut into bite-size strips
Hot cooked noodles
Dairy sour cream or yogurt
Hungarian paprika (optional)

In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, combine meat, carrots, onions, and garlic.

In a small bowl, combine broth, tomato paste, the 1 tablespoon paprika, the lemon peel, salt, caraway seeds, black pepper, and bay leaf. Stir into vegetable and meat mixture in cooker.

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 9 hours or on high-heat setting for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours.

If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir in sweet pepper strips. Cover and cook for 30 minutes more. Discard bay leaf.

Serve with hot cooked noodles. Top with sour cream or yogurt. If desired, sprinkle with additional paprika.

Makes 6 servings.

Proctor-Silex 4-Quart Slow Cooker

Crock Pot Beef Stew

2 pounds beef stew meat cubed
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups beef broth
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon paprika
4 carrots — sliced
3 potatoes — diced
1 stalk celery — diced

Place meat in crock-pot.

Mix flour, salt and pepper and pour over meat. Stir to coat meat with flour. Add remaining ingredients and stir well.

Cover and cook on low 10 to 12 hours. (High 4 to 6 hours.) Stir well before serving.

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Shiitake Mushroom Vegetable Soup

12 shiitake mushrooms, fresh or dried, cut or broken into pieces (6-9 pieces/mushroom)
1 cup broccoli florets, cut into bite size pieces
1 onion, medium size, sliced and cut into small pieces
2 oz. water chestnuts, sliced thin
1 cup carrots, shredded
2 cups cabbage, shredded
2 teaspoons garlic, chopped or crushed
1 lb. tofu, cut into small cubes
1 chipotle pepper, finely cut or chopped
1 teaspoon ginger, powdered
1/2 teaspoon mustard, dry powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric, powder
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons corn starch

Put 5-6 cups of water into a pot and place on the stove top on high heat. Add all the ingredients except the soy sauce and corn starch. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer.

In a cup, mix the corn starch with the soy sauce until the corn starch is evenly dispersed. When the onions become translucent, pour in the soy sauce –
corn starch mixture and mix well until all the corn starch is dissolved. Do no let the soup come to a boil. Remove from the stove and serve.

Note: A 1 lb. package of frozen stir-fry vegetables can be substituted for the broccoli and water chestnuts.

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Chicken and Rice Soup

1 cup Water Maid® Medium Grain Rice or River® Medium Grain White Rice
8 cans (10 oz Each) low sodium chicken broth
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup celery, sliced
1 cup carrots, sliced
1/4 cup parsley, snipped
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 bay leaf
2 cups chicken, cooked and cubed (about 3/4 pound)
2 tablespoons lime juice
lime slices, for garnish

Prepare rice according to package directions.

Combine broth, onion, celery, carrots, parsley, pepper, thyme, and bay leaf in Dutch oven. Bring to a gentle boil; stir once or twice. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered 10 to 15 minutes. Add chicken, simmer, uncovered 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked.

Remove and discard bay leaf.

Before serving stir in rice and lime juice. Garnish with lime slices.

Serves 8

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Egyptian Bean and Vegetable Soup

1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
1 teaspoon (5ml) whole Cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5ml) French Dressing Mix
1/4 teaspoon (1.25ml) Harissa
2 bay leaves
1 large carrot, diced
1 cup (250ml) diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)
4 cups (1L) vegetable stock
2 cups (500ml) canned fava (or white kidney) beans
3 tablespoons (45ml) fresh lemon juice
Sea salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon (5ml) mint

In a large pot over medium heat, saute garlic and onions until onions are translcent. Add cumin, French Salad Dressing Mix, Harissa, bay leaves and carrots. Cook for 5 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes and vegetable stock and simmer until carrots are tender (about 15 minutes).

Add fava beans, lemon juice and Mint. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper.

Serves 4 to 6

Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart, Island Spice Red

Wild Rice Soup

2 tablespoons butter
1 cup each diced carrots, onions and celery
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups hot chicken broth
1 cup cooked wild rice, drained
1 cup cubed cooked chicken
1 teaspoon thyme, crushed
1 cup stemmed fresh button mushrooms, cubed
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons white wine Worcestershire Sauce
1 cup fresh or frozen peas
2 teaspoons minced orange peel
3 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Melt butter in Dutch oven and add carrots, onions and celery. Saute’ about 5 minutes; add flour and cook about 5 minutes more, stirring constantly. Add broth and stir to loosen roux from bottom of pan. Add wild rice, chicken and thyme; let simmer for about a half hour, stirring frequently.

Meanwhile, saute’ mushrooms and parsley in olive oil and Worcestershire sauce about 5 minutes; add to soup, along with peas, orange and almonds. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste before serving.

Yield: 6 servings

Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart, Island Spice Red

Pumpkin Soup (2)

4 lbs. pumpkin, flesh
1 qt. apple juice
1 onion, medium size
1 tablespoon garlic, cloves
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Cayenne pepper or hot sauce, to taste

Begin by baking the pumpkin. We have found that you get about 4 pounds of cooked pumpkin flesh from an 8 pound whole pumpkin. If you do not have a fresh pumpkin, you can substitute either butternut or hubbard squash.

Wash and bake the pumpkin at 350 degrees F. in a conventional oven or in a microwave oven on “high” until the pumpkin becomes tender and begins to sag. Remove the pumpkin from the oven.

Wash and peel the onion and garlic, and place them in a covered dish and bake until cooked. If you are using a conventional oven, you can bake the onion and garlic at the same time you bake the pumpkin.

Cut the pumpkin in half from top to bottom. Remove the seeds and save them for roasting. Scoop the pumpkin flesh off of the rind and place the flesh in the container of a blender. Add some apple juice to aid in blending, cover and run at high speed until smooth. Pour into a large covered microwaveable dish or in a pot. Repeat as necessary until all the pumpkin is pureed. The baked onion and garlic can be pureed with the pumpkin.

Add any remaining apple juice and the other ingredients to the covered dish or pot and mix well.

If cooking in the microwave oven, cook on high for about 15 minutes.

If cooking on the stove top, simmer for about 30 minutes, mixing frequently.

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Pea and Summer Squash Soup

4 cups vegetable stock
4 summer squash, chopped
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon thyme
3/4 cup lowfat yogurt
1 cup seasoned croûtons

Combine all ingredients, except yogurt and croûtons, in a heavy saucepan over high heat. Season with salt and white pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover saucepan and simmer 30 minutes or until vegetables are soft.

Working in batches if necessary, transfer soup to a food processor or blender and purée.

Transfer to serving bowls and let cool.

Serve at room temp or chilled with a dollop of yogurt and sprinkled with croûtons.

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Cheatin’ Chicken Soup

1/2 cup microwaveable brown or long-grain rice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, minced
1 can (15 1/2 ounces) each: low-sodium chicken broth, diced tomatoes
1 to 2 cups cooked chicken
1 cup corn, frozen or canned
1/4 cup white wine
1 tablespoon herbes de Provence or dried herb blend of your choice
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
Freshly ground pepper

Cook the rice in the microwave according to package directions.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; add the garlic and onion. Cook, stirring, until golden, about 5 minutes.

Add the broth, tomatoes, chicken, corn, the rice, wine, herbs, red pepper flakes and pepper to taste. Heat to a boil; lower heat and simmer 5 minutes.

Serves 2

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Green Split Pea Curry Soup

4 cups (2 lb) green split peas, dried
3 cups onions, diced
3 cups carrots, diced
2 cups celery, diced
6 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
1 tablespoon ginger, ground
2 tablespoons cumin, ground
2 tablespoons coriander, ground
2 teaspoons cardamom, ground
2 teaspoons turmeric, ground
2 tablespoons lemon juice
cayenne pepper, pinch, to taste (optional)
12 cups water

Note: We use a large 6-1/2 quart slow cooker for this recipe. The recipe may be halved for a smaller cooker. It’s a good idea to start preparing the soup early in the morning.

Set slow cooker to “high.” Preheat 12 cups of water to boiling and add to slow cooker with cover.

While the water is heating, sort out any unwanted material from the dried green split peas. Rinse split peas well and add to the heated water in the slow cooker.

Wash and peel the onions and carrots. Dice and place in a microwaveable dish with cover. Wash and dice celery and add to the onions and carrots. Clean and crush or mince garlic and add it to the rest of the vegetables. Cover the dish and cook in the microwave oven until the vegetables are tender. (This saves cooking time.) Then add them to the slow cooker.

Add all the seasonings and the lemon juice to the slow cooker and mix well. Add more hot water, if necessary. Cover and leave on “high” setting. Stir occasionally, checking to see if more hot water is needed for desired consistency.

The slow cooker may be left on “low” setting if you will be away during the day. Make sure that there is enough water in cooker before you leave.

When split peas are soft, turn slow cooker off.

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