Happy New Year Recipe

I went back through my archives today and picked out a handful of recipes to revisit this January - recipes that are light and bright, brimming with vegetables (for the most part), and flavorful. I made the list for myself, but I thought you might get some use out of it as well.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of you. I've been out of the kitchen quite a bit over the past week, mostly playing around with a vintage large-format camera I've somehow become enamored with. It is heavy, slightly awkward, temperamental, doesn't fit in my camera bag, and attracts more attention than I'm comfortable with. But I'm enjoying the pictures it makes. I'm looking forward to getting back into the kitchen though - aside from the camera crush, I've also had enough party food.

I actually went back through my archives today and picked out a handful of recipes to revisit this month - recipes that are light and bright, brimming with vegetables (for the most part), and flavorful. I made the list for myself, but I thought you might get some use out of it as well.

I hope you all are looking forward to 2010 as much as I am. I have a few things I'm anxious to share with you, but more importantly, I wanted to start the year off thanking you for all you share with me - your suggestions, comments, ideas, the photos you post - I feel very fortunate for all of it.

Last year I ushered in the new year with a stomach flu, so we are already off to a better start ;)......The list of recipes:

Miso Soup - A simple, everyday approach to miso soup - this recipe yields me a bowl of soup in five or ten minutes. You can keep it simple if you like, but in this version I add soba noodles and tofu, and a few garnishes.

Double Broccoli Quinoa - I cook up lots of broccoli here, then puree half of it into a pesto. The other half is cut into little florets. Toss the broccoli with some quinoa, sliced avocado and a drizzle of feisty chile pepper oil, and you've got a nice meal on your hands.

Red Lentil Soup - A single-pot lentil soup with brown rice. It is made by browning some onions, adding the rest of the ingredients, and simmering until the whole lot is done.

Orange Pan-glazed Tempeh - The best tempeh recipe I've highlighted to date, it features a simple ginger and garlic-spiked orange glaze that plays off the nutty earthiness of the pan-fried tempeh beautifully.

Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Apples - Shredded brussels sprout ribbons, apples, garlic, pine nuts, and tofu in a skillet with a hint of maple syrup.

A Tasty Frittata - I make frittatas all the time, and this version with potatoes, onions, and eggs, drizzled with a cilantro chile sauce is a favorite.

Rustic Cabbage Soup - Hearty, healthy, and satistfying - this cabbage soup recipe is super simple to make. Slice a cabbage into thin ribbons and cook it down in a simple pot of sauteed potatoes, onions, beans, garlic and flavorful broth. Finish each bowl with a generous drizzle of great olive oil and a dusting of shredded cheese.

Broccoli Crunch - Tiny green broccoli florets, crisp apples, crunchy shallots, candied nuts and slivered red onions are tossed in a barely sweet, creamy almond vinaigrette. Add baked tofu or pan-fried tempeh and you can easily turn this side into a main course.

Caramelized Tofu - One of my favorite tofu recipes, caramelized strips of tofu served over sauteed shredded brussels sprouts. It comes together quickly and uses just one pan.

Richard Olney's Garlic Soup - I can't get enough of this soup. From Richard Olney's The French Menu Cookbook, it is made by simmering a dozen or so cloves of garlic in water with a few herbs, then thickening it with a mixture of egg and a bit of shredded cheese. It's hard to beat a ladleful poured over some crusty day-old chunks of walnut baguette.

Wishing each of you a happy, healthy, and peaceful new year. -Heidi

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I love lists, epescially when every item is something to look forward to.

tom | tall clover farm

Thank you for posting such an inspiring, healthy and varied list of recipes. I'm planning on trying each of these this month. They are mostly ones I've meant to try previously, so the 'reminder' is helpful. Varied ingredients, healthy and interesting! Thanks! Happy New Year!


Good reminders...I've been dreaming of all things cabbage lately, so the shredding and the souping are my call to action!


I've learned so much from you- thanks!

Simply Life

Happy New Year Heidi! I love your blog and cook from it at least once a week. It is my first recommendation to friends who want to try cooking more vegetarian meals. I want to plug the shredded brussels sprouts/apples combo -- easy and wonderful!


The maple-glazed tempeh is definitely my favorite of your list. Red lentil soup close on her heels... Happy New Year, Heidi! Can't wait to see what you'll come up with in 2010. ;)


Happy New Year, thanks for all you share with us! I'd love to see a picture of your new camera , anything that takes pictures that amazing is worth taking a peek at.


the Rustic Cabbage soup is absolutely one of my all time faves - it always comes wonderful - i made it at the end of the summer w/some baby purple cabbages that i grew in the garden and it not only tasted great but it was SO beautiful to look at!!! make it SOON if you haven't!!!


Happy New Year Heidi. With many thanks for your inspiration and energy.


I'd already earmarked the Rustic Cabbage Soup to try this week, but I might have to work a few more of these in over the next couple of weeks, too! The weather here is miserable, so I'm in the mood to stay in and putter around in the kitchen. :-)


I like your idea of the rice in the red lentil soup. I was in Turkey a few months ago, and they put bulgar wheat in it. I've made red lentil soup many times but never with shallots. What was I thinking?

Lentil Breakdown

I love your website and tell everyone about it. I am visiting SF this week, staying with some friends in the Mission. Last night I cooked the Brussels Sprouts and Apples and tonight I am going to make the Chipotle White Beans for my hosts. What a gorgeous, sunny week in one of my favorite cities in the world!! As my husband said when we were at the Ferry Bldg. on Saturday - "This is the Shangri-la of food!"


I have the Olney book and have wanted to make the garlic soup for awhile now - thanks for the reminder. Love your site and happy 2010.

Charles G Thompson

Happy New Year Heidi. Your web site is my absolute favorite, and your recipes have helped me enjoy the time spent in the kitchen. Thanks!

Rose D

Thanks for all the interesting and i am sure tasty soup recipes.I can't wait to hit the kitchen Thanks also for a wonderful site it inspires me daily to cook and live more healthy happy 2010


Happy New year ... snaps are good


Thanks for the reminder of great recipes. I was wondering what to cook and had no inspiration. Thanks for all that you give us.


The double broccoli quinoa was my favorite. I almost skipped the chile oil, but was glad I didn't. It was fabulous!


A wealth of great recipes to choose from. Thank you and Happy 2010 to you too!

anna maria

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