Vegetarian Cioppino?

Vegetarian Cioppino anyone? I know…how can I dismantle such a seafood classic? Well I did, and I must say it turned out pretty tasty. I think you should try it yourself! Appetizers first however…

Pita Chips with Herbed Goat Cheese and Honey

Ingredients
Pita Chips ( I used Stacy’s ) – Be careful they are addictive.
4 ounces of goat cheese
1 teaspoon of fresh thyme, chopped
1 Tbs. basil leaves, chopped
honey

In a small bowl, combine goat cheese with the thyme. Spread cheese over pita chips and a pinch of basil leaves. Drizzle with honey and serve.
Mixed Green Salad with Strawberries and Pistachios
Ingredients
A good bunch of mixed greens.
1 pint of chopped strawberries
1/2 cup salted, roasted pistachios

Dressing:
balsamic vinegar
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper

Place all ingredients in a bowl. Toss with desired amount salt, pepper, oil and vinegar. I used about 2 Tbs. of vinegar, and 2 Tbs. of olive oil. Just enough so that all the ingredients have a good coating. 

Last but not least..
Vegetarian Cioppino
Ingredients
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
5 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Onions, diced
1 bulb of fennel, diced
2 red bell peppers, diced
1-2 Tbs. dried oregano
1 tsp. red chili flakes
3 Cups of tomato, diced
2 Cups of white wine
2 tsp. of better than bouillon vegetable, or 1 vegetable bouillon cube. dissolved in 1/2 cup of water.
6 cups of low sodium veggie broth
2 packages of tofu ( Two blocks )
1 lb. of crimini mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup of basil, chopped
2 Tbs. tarragon, chopped
2 Tbs. Parsley, chopped

In a large pot, heat oil and saute garlic, onions, and fennel. 
Add red peppers and continue sauteing until slightly tender.
Add oregano, and chili flakes, and continue to saute until fragrant. Add tomatoes and wine, then water with dissolved bouillon, and veggie broth. 
Add in tofu, and mushrooms and simmer for about 25 minutes.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Stir in basil, tarragon, and parsly. Serve and enjoy.



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3 comments
  1. Salad-amazing and simple. I thought you would add honey as per usual but you left it out. Good thinking as good strawberries are sweet enough. And the goat cheese pita chips sound amazing but how would you substitue the goat cheese for those that dont have goat cheese easily avaliable?

  2. Tonight's dinner was delightful with a variety of amazing flavors. Had no problems not having seafood in the soup. If goat cheese is not available for the appetizer I would imagine gargonzola, feta or blue cheese would work too. Can't wait to see what the next "Saturday" meal will bring! Xoxox madre

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