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Minestrone soup–Dutch Oven Version

Here is another recipe that we successfully adapted for cooking in the dutch oven. The great thing about this recipe is that you can adjust its list of ingredients based on what produce is in season and better yet based on what you need to use up from your fridge or pantry.

Ingredients (Makes 2-3 servings):
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots, sliced (my favorite type of carrots to use are rainbow carrots)
3 fingerling potatoes, cubed (these are small potatoes which come in different colors, I used one purple, one violet, and one yellow potato)
1 can organic kidney beans
3 Roma tomatoes, diced including the juices
1 veggie bouillon cube
Approximately 3 cups of water
salt, pepper, dried oregano, and dried basil to taste
a dash of Cajun pepper

Cooked pasta (we used bicycle-shaped pasta) and shredded cheese (optional)

Preparation:
1. Use a little bit of butter and coat the bottom and sides of the Dutch oven (8 inch).
2. Add all the ingredients, except the pasta and cheese. Add some water to the dutch oven. I rinsed the can of beans and the flexible cutting board with some water that I added into the Dutch oven–it’s the whole leave-no-trace thing. (It is advised especially in areas where there are bears to not dump any water that may contain food particles on the ground. Therefore, I used the rinse water for the soup and brought pasta that I had cooked at home. If you cook pasta in “bear-country” without outhouses or restrooms, you are advised to drink the pasta water…yuck!!!)
3. Place Dutch oven on hot coals and cook for approximately 20-30 minutes. The length may vary depending on heat of fire, size of the veggies, and the desired done-ness). Check periodically and stir to prevent anything from sticking to the bottom or the sides of the Dutch oven.
4. Once heated, serve in bowls with pasta and shredded cheese. Enjoy =)

Minestrone soup in Dutch  Oven

Minestrone soup in Dutch Oven

Minestrone soup served with bicycle pasta

Minestrone soup served with bicycle pasta

Health benefits:
* Carrots are a great source of beta carotene, vitamin C and B, fiber, calcium, iron, and potassium.
* Kidney beans are rich in potassium and magnesium, thus they help to keep blood pressure in check. In addition, the high fiber content can help to reduce bad LDL cholesterol.. Kidney beans are also rich in iron and protein, making them a great meat substitute for vegetarians.
* Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and E, beta carotene, magnesium, potassium, and calcium.

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Dutch oven risotto

So far…after checking numerous dutch oven recipe books…I have been rather disappointed by the lack of variety in vegetarian dishes for the dutch oven. However, there seems to be an abundance of meat dishes. In a dutch oven cook book from the 1950ties, one can even find a recipe for “oven-fried squirrel”–a recipe that reminded me of the “Hunger Games.”

In an attempt to introduce more variety to vegetarian/vegan dutch oven cooking, I was determined to use the https://ourfunstuff.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/easy-no-fail-vegetable-risotto/ recipe as a start.

Hans and I tried it with a little backyard fire and during our recent trip to Canyonlands. Two of our friends totally approved of this recipe.

Ingredients (Makes 2 servings):
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup uncooked Arborio (short grain) rice
¼ cup sliced green onions, or regular white onion
1 vegetable bullion and 2 cups of water, another cup of water
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1 cup fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 medium (½ cup) Roma tomatoes, chopped
Grated Parmesan or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, if desired. Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:
1. Coat Dutch oven (8-inch for two servings) with 1 table spoon of butter. (This may be easiest after warming Dutch oven briefly in camp fire. Make sure that the lid is closed. After warming Dutch oven, remove from fire and spread butter.)

2. Place Dutch oven over camp fire. Melt 2 tablespoons butter; add rice and green onions. While stirring, cook onion and rice briefly. Add beans, water, vegetable bullion, and basil. Cook for approximately 20 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally. If mixture becomes too dry, add a little bit more water (approximately 3/4 cup of water).

3. Stir in tomatoes and continue cooking until rice is done. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with cheese before serving.  (Note: vegan option possible, just use vegan butter and do not sprinkle with cheese.)

Dutch oven risotto

Dutch oven risotto

Health benefits:
* This recipe is low in fat, but bursts with flavor.
* In addition the beans are rich in vitamin C. (Vitamin C helps the body to absorb iron and to maintain healthy skin, teeth, and bones. It is also an antioxidant that strengthens the immune system and helps fight infection.)
* The beans also have potassium and magnesium, which help regulate body fluids and maintaining muscle, bone, and teeth health, respectively.
* Compared to white long-grain rice, Arborio rice has more dietary fiber. Fiber can help with hunger control and may also lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.
* Tomatoes are rich in vitamins C and E. They also contain beta carotene, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Cooking enhances some of the health-giving qualities of tomatoes, particulary the effectiveness of lycopene (a bright red carotene).


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Dutch Oven Tortilla Soup_Version 2

The possibilities are endless for this recipe. The ingredients can be changed up based on what is in your pantry or based on your likes. We modified version 1 https://ourfunstuff.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/torilla-soup/ to allow for more variability, if salsa is not available.

Ingredients (Makes 3 servings):
½ onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ green pepper, chopped
½ sweet potato, chopped
1 can (15 ounce) organic kidney beans, including liquid
1 can (15 ounce) organic cut tomatoes, including liquid
1½ cup water
1 veggie boullion cube (½ cube for 1 cup water)
1/3 cup black quinoa
taco seasoning, to taste (SEE BELOW)

Preparation
1. Add all ingredients into the seasoned Dutch oven (8 inch).
2. Place Dutch oven on hot coals and heat, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
3. Enjoy with cheese quesadilla.

Taco Seasoning
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon paprika
1½ teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation
In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container.

Note: This recipe can be adapted to accommodate whatever you can find in your pantry. Need to use up potatoes and carrots. Just cut them into small pieces and add into the dutch oven. No salsa, just use a can of cut tomatoes instead. Kidney beans can be replaced by other type of bean, such as black beans or garbanzo beans.

You can see the quinoa opened up very nicely. Monitor the amount of water while cooking, add more if necessary.

You can see the quinoa opened up very nicely. Monitor the amount of water while cooking, add more if necessary.

 

Healthful benefits:
* Quinoa is glutenfree and rich in protein. It is also a good source of essential amino acids like lysine and acceptable quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and iron.
* Kidney beans are a great source of protein.
* Bell peppers are a good source of vitamin C and E, beta carotene, iron, potassium, and bioflavinoids.
* Sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene, vitamin C and E, potassium, fiber, and iron.


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Hans and I were in the mood for tortilla soup. Most recipes that we came across online were not vegetarian-friendly. So we decided to come up with our own recipe. So we choose the ingredients (including veggies and spices) and just trusted in the Dutch oven magic. Anything that is cooked in a Dutch oven, will by default be amazing, right?!

Ingredients (Makes 4 servings):
½ onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ red pepper, seeded and chopped
1 can (15 ounce) organic garbanzo beans, including liquid
2 cups (16 ounce) medium salsa
1 cup water
1 veggie bouillon cube (½ cube for 1 cup water)
1 cup tricolored quinoa
1 teaspoon cumin
¾ teaspoon chili powder

Preparation (Preparation time approximately 40 minutes)
1. Add all ingredients into the seasoned Dutch oven (8 inch).
2. Place Dutch oven on hot coals and heat, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. The quinoa is fully done, when the grain looks translucent and the white-germ has partially detached itself, appearing like a white-spiraled tail.
3. Enjoy with cheese quesadilla.

Note: This recipe can be adapted to accommodate whatever you can find in your pantry. Need to use up potatoes and carrots. Just cut them into small pieces and add to the Dutch oven. No salsa, just use a can of cut tomatoes instead. Don’t like garbanzo beans, just use kidney beans. I would suggest buying organic tomatoes and beans, so you will not have to drain either can before adding them to the dutch oven. For another example, see Tortilla Soup Version 2.
https://ourfunstuff.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=216&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

Tortilla soup_before cooking

Tortilla soup_before cooking

Tortilla soup

Tortilla soup

Tortilla soup_full meal

Tortilla soup_full meal

 

Healthful benefits:
* Quinoa is glutenfree and rich in protein. It is also a good source of essential amino acids like lysine and acceptable quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and iron.
* Chickpeas are a great source of protein.


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Dutch Oven Home-Style Vegetable Chili

It’s a cold night and you are camping. You want something to warm you back up, this may be just the recipe to try. It is simple, delicious, and healthy… and it can be adapted easily to whatever beans and veggies you like.

Ingredients (Makes 4 large servings):
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium-large onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
½ jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¾ teaspoon salt
2 cans (15 ounce each) organic dark red kidney beans, undrained
2 cans (14.5 ounce each) organic diced tomatoes, undrained
shredded cheese, optional (cheese suggestions: Mexican style cheese or Cheddar cheese)

Preparation (Preparation time approximately 40 minutes):
1. Add olive oil to 8-inch Dutch oven and spread around. Add all the ingredients (minus spices). Place on hot coals and place some hot coals on the lid. Allow to heat, stirring occasionally. (Heat of the Dutch oven can be adjusted by adding or removing hot coals from underneath or the lid.)
2. Once heated through (approximately 30 minutes), add spices. Stir and enjoy sprinkled with cheese and fresh baked bread.

Notes:
* Ingredients mentioned above would more easily fit a 10-inch Dutch oven, but if you temporarily place some of the chili into one of the empty cans, while the rest is heating, an 8-inch dutch oven will work as well.
* Combine spices before camping trip and store in little plastic container or ziploc bag. Reducing recipe by half will be sufficient for two people and will more easily fit into 8-inch Dutch oven.
* Assuming, you are making this when camping: Cut all the veggies before cutting the jalapeno pepper. Also, it will be best if you have a ziploc baggy that you could use as a glove substitute when cutting the jalapeno pepper. This will make it easier to avoid getting a lot of the jalapeno juices on your hand and prevent needing a lot of water to wash it off later.

Homestyle vegetarian chili

Homestyle vegetarian chili

Home-style vegetarian chili

Home-style vegetarian chili with sour cream and cheese

 

Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker Vegetarian Cooking

 

Health benefits:
* Carrots are a great source of beta carotene, vitamin C and B, fiber, calcium, iron, and potassium.
* Kidney beans are rich in potassium and magnesium, thus they help to keep blood pressure in check. In addition, the high fiber content can help to reduce bad LDL cholesterol.. Kidney beans are also rich in iron and protein, making them a great meat substitute for vegetarians.
* Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C and E, beta carotene, magnesium, potassium, and calcium.