A typical vichyssoise is served cold, fully decked with potatoes, plenty of rich cream, and leeks. We’ve taken a bit of liberty here by adding healthy and vitamin-packed spring nettles to the base. And more importantly, our nettle soup is even more exceptional because it’s delicious served either cold or warm.
For optimal health, pick fresh stinging nettle leaves and use within a day. If stinging nettles are difficult to find, substitute with spinach.
Note: Stinging nettles are in abundance in the spring. But caution is needed when harvesting and handling. The tiny fuzz on the leaves are microscopic needles that stick in your skin and sting relentlessly. It’s best to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when foraging. To harvest, wear latex gloves and, using a pair of scissors, cut leaves, dropping them into a bowl.
Trim off tough green ends and roots from leeks. Cut leeks lengthwise in half and rinse well to remove any grit. Blot dry. Coarsely slice.
In large saucepan, heat oil or melt butter. Add leek, onion, carrot, potato, and garlic. Sauteu0301 over medium heat until onion is soft. Do not brown. Stir in stock and bring to a gentle boil. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes to fully soften vegetables. Stir in stinging nettles, dill, lemon juice, and salt. Simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
Transfer to high-speed blender or pureu0301e with stick blender until smooth and creamy. Taste and add more lemon juice, salt, and some pepper if desired.
Refrigerate, uncovered, until fully chilled.
To serve, ladle into small bowls or cups. Dollop with some thick plain yogurt or creu0300me fraiu0302che. Scatter with microgreens or some edible flowers for garnish.
This recipe is part of the How Good Is Green? collection.
These Asian-inspired salmon burgers won’t leave you missing the beef < or > the bun. And keep this fruity and fiery salsa in mind the next time you want to jazz up grilled chicken or taco night. Serrano pepper or chile de arbol would be good swaps for bird’s eye pepper in the salsa. You can even mix some Sriracha sauce into the burgers to further punch up the meal. Skin deep Skinless fish is the only way to go for burgers. A helpful fishmonger will kindly skin fillets for you before purchase. As an alternative to salmon, you can also blend up skinless fillets of arctic char or rainbow trout.
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This Mexican-Mediterranean hybrid dish gleans its tempered kick from parched ancho chilies, the dried form of poblano peppers known for their smoky quality and sweet to moderate heat. It’s a fantastic saucy, and comforting, appetizer or meal on its own. Serve with crusty bread to sop up every last bit of the red sauce, or spoon over cooked grain. Chili choices Experiment with different dried Mexican chili peppers in your dishes. Instead of ancho, other options, each with different heat levels and flavour nuances, include pasilla, guajillo, or morita. Look for them in Latin markets and some supermarkets. For leftover lovers Because the flavours in this dish only deepen with resting time, it’s a definite candidate for serving as leftovers; simply reheat in the oven or microwave. Cheezy choices If possible, compare labels and look for lower-sodium feta options. A ball of fresh mozzarella or bocconcini are great alternatives, or try a block of medium-firm tofu and substitute agave syrup in place of the honey for a vegan-friendly dish.
A good option for both backyard barbecues and healthy snacking, this creamy dip benefits from a little spicy crunch, courtesy of quick-pickled peppers. If you want your dip to have a smoky edge, blend in a chipotle-flavoured salsa. Or forgo the salsa and, instead, blend in a couple tablespoons of tomato paste and a single canned chipotle chili pepper. Extras of the pickled peppers are an exciting topping for burgers, sandwiches, and tacos. TIP : When using prepared chili pepper products such as bottled salsas, examine the ingredient list for items you really don’t want or need, namely sugar and high amounts of sodium.