Global Sampler

Brazilian-Inspired Black Bean Stew

Brazilian-Inspired Black bean stew

Though inspired by Brazil’s famous national dish (feijoada), this stew doesn’t claim to be authentic, but it is abundant with nourishing ingredients. I love the contrast of the black beans and sweet potatoes, both flavor-wise and visually. Serve with steamed fresh greens and a tropical fruit salad or orange slices, as shown here. See the comments by a Brazilian reader, below, on how this differs from the national dish. more→

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Callaloo-Style Vegetable Soup

callaloo by Robin Robertson

This luscious soup pairs colorful vegetables with a spicy coconut broth. To make it more substantial, add the optional kidney beans.  Some cooked rice added to the bottom of each bowl is another good addition for turning it into a one-dish meal.  This recipe is from Vegan Fire & Spice* by Robin Robertson © 2008, Vegan Heritage Press. Photo by Evan Atlas. more→

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Southeast Asian–Style Vegetable Stew

Southeast Asian-Style Vegetable Stew

Broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, and peppers mingle in a rich coconut–peanut base, making a stew that’s great all year round. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Photos by Theresa Raffetto.

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Miso Broth with Soba and Squash

A quick Japanese-style soup for fall and winter, this is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate. Use chopsticks for “slurping” the noodles. more→

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Udon Noodle Soup with Crisp Vegetables

Here is a Japanese-style soup inspired by one I sampled in a New York City noodle shop. Thick noodles in a hot broth are topped with crisp raw vegetables. It’s an unusual but simple presentation, which you can start making literally minutes before you wish to serve it. The traditional way to eat this is to “slurp” the noodles with the help of chopsticks, then finish off the remaining soup with a spoon. “I believe I once considerably scandalized her by declaring that clear soup was a more important factor in life than a clear conscience.” —Saki more→

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Ramen Noodle Soup with Bok Choy or Napa Cabbage

Napa cabbage

Ramen noodles are now readily available, even without the ready-made soup mix, in the Asian foods section of well-stocked supermarkets. They are an appealing addition to simple soups. more→

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Chinese Bean Curd Soup with Cellophane Noodles and Spinach

Fresh spinach in a bowl

Asian-style soups can be created in a quick burst of inspiration and little forethought.

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Tofu Aloo Gobi (Cauliflower and Potato Curry)

tofu aloo gobiWe’ve rarely gone out for Indian food without including this classic cauliflower and potato curry among our selections. It’s a vegetarian/vegan standard. This simplified rendition comes together quickly, and the tofu mimics paneer, the bland, soft cheese found in some Indian dairy dishes. Photo courtesy of In My Box: An Exploration of My CSA Box. more→

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