Jane shared on the CARE forum how delicious and easy this cod stew was from the Washington Post. She says “If you like fish, it makes a quick, flavorful light meal. I think this would be good with shrimp or salmon too.” So I tested it myself. I love the versatility of soups for packing in produce, herbs, and other fiber-rich nutrition stars. This soup also adds fish as a source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats.
This soup exemplifies nutrient density – all the way down the ingredient list to cilantro. Cilantro and the dried seeds it produces (coriander) are being studied for their potential to regulate insulin secretion, lower cholesterol, and reduce inflammation.
Try roasting a medley of roots and fruits first, then blending them to velvety soup. Any roasted root vegetables can be made into smooth soup, including carrot, beet, potato, or a mix of parsnip, apple, and red onion. Parsnips look like ivory carrots, and when roasted, they are ethereally sweet, nutty, soft, and perfect for soup. They’re also just as good simply roasted and eaten that way. For a balanced plate, pair with an easy green salad dressed in lemon and garlic and your choice of an extra lean piece of protein.
A CARE member brought a copy of this recipe to me after her family just fell in love with it. It is remarkable how a staple like peanut butter, or other nut butter, can be blended into soup stock transforming it from “the usual” to absolutely unexpected. I added tofu for additional protein compared to the original recipe. This makes this vegan soup an unexpectedly rich source of calcium. Adapted and balanced from Robin Asbell’s recipe in the Star Tribune which she adapted from “The Moosewood Cookbook”.
Fresh papaya, in addition to tasting like a tropical dream, contains the digestive enzyme papain. This makes it a wonderful complement to richer dishes that contain legumes and animal proteins. It is also in season during our colder months, bringing a bit of sun to our shorter days up north. This stew also uses cheese and avocado in balanced amounts to add rich flavor and texture, as well as, nutrition (calcium from cheese and mono-unsaturated fat from avocado). In a consistent, long-term therapeutic lifestyle focuses on how to add favorites vs. restrict them.
This recipe has been a program favorite since the original Perfectly Produce Seasonal e-Recipe Books. My dear friend, Amy, didn’t have all the vegetables to make my fall chili so she emailed me what she used instead. I loved that she kept it simple and just used what was in her crisper! I published her version and it continues to be a favorite of CARE members. It’s perfect for weekend make-ahead cooking and left-overs beg to be frozen for grab-and-go meals later in the month!