Friday, December 19, 2014
SIMPLE-BUT-DELICIOUS LEEK & GIGANTE BEAN (OR WHITE BEAN) SOUP; & YUMMY VEGGIE SANDWICH ON HOMEMADE SPROUTED WHEAT BREAD
This was our lunch the other day and you could hardly hope for a more delicious, inexpensive and healthful, even though it was made from simple ingredients and leftovers. The soup is my rendition of an Italian soup and, in true Italian style, the flavor belies the simplicity of the few ingredients. My husband raved over it and wants me to make it regularly.
The sandwich was made with thin slices of my second batch of homemade sprouted wheat bread made with minimal flour. (Read about my first trial here.) I didn't have much to make a sandwich out of, so I spread both sides the last of my homemade Okara/Cashew Ricotta (2 other vegan ricotta recipes here) and sprinkled one side with grated carrots and the other side with thinly-sliced red bell pepper. Doesn't sound very exciting, does it? But, surprisingly, the combination of the smooth ricotta, the crunchy fresh veggies, and the nutty sprout bread was scrumptious!
The first batch of my sprouted wheat bread included about 1 cup flour per loaf-- the rest was the ground sprouted wheat, kneaded together with the yeast, salt, etc. (no oil). The loaves rose beautifully, cut well, had a lovely crumb and flavor, and looked like a "normal" loaf of homemade sandwich bread:
My second batch was made the same way (but I oiled everything the dough touched to avoid having a sticky mess like the first time!), except that I used only 1 cup whole wheat flour for 3 loaves. As you can see by the photos below, it didn't rise as nicely, but it was easy to slice and smelled and tasted divine.
I want to test the sprouted wheat bread at least one more time, or until I get it to our satisfaction (so close!), before I post the recipe on this blog, but I doubt I'll get it done until January-- too many other things to do right now! (UPDATE: Here's the recipe!) But we love it so much that we don't mind consuming the experiments! Happy Holidays, everyone. (I will post again before Christmas.)
BRYANNA'S SIMPLE-BUT-DELICIOUS LEEK AND GIGANTE BEAN (OR WHITE BEAN) SOUP