Sunday, January 20, 2008

Potato-Leek Soup, Panini, and More Chickpeas

This is just too weird. Last week, when I planned my menu for the week, I planned on potato-leek soup for Friday night. Imagine my surprise when I logged on to Carrie's blog mid-week (after we had made two similar meals on the same days) and saw that she had made a potato-leek soup! Actually, the first meal we made was exactly the same: sweet and savory lentils, mashed sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts. Three of the same meals in one week!

Anyway...On to the soup. I found this recipe on the Food TV website. I love, love, love potato soup, but I wanted to try something different from my usual. This one looked really easy and good. I made a few changes to it, though. Instead of chicken broth, butter, and heavy cream, I used no-chicken broth, Earth Balance and Silk soy creamer. It was fantastic, but honestly it wasn't too different from my regular potato soup. I'll definitely make this one again.

To go along with the soup, I decided to try my hand at panini (Apparently it's actually panino in singular form. I'm sticking with panini, though!) So, I made a spinach, roasted red-pepper and mozzarella panini. I tossed the spinach in just a little Italian dressing for some nice flavor. It was really, really tasty.

We had plenty of leftover soup to get us through Saturday without having to cook. This morning I made some really great omelets with the leftover black bean and veggie filling from the quesadillas. I topped them with a dollop of sour cream and some good salsa. Amazing! They were every bit as good as the Santa Fe Omelets that we sometimes get for brunch at our favorite local diner, Maxwell's.

This evening I kept it simple with the off-the-hook chickpea gravy that I've blogged about before. I had mine over brown rice, but made mashed potatoes for Sleek and the kids. I sauteed some onions and spinach to go with it. Yum!


carrie said...

Your panini sounds delish....I always make tomato, pesto, and mozzarella, but I'll definately be trying this one next time I make panini.....maybe next week

The Dalai Mama said...

I can't wait to get those massive bags of organic basil from our CSA this summer! I love pesto so much that sometimes I'll just eat a spoonful. I can't wait to try it on panini.

Inarticulate Fumblings said...

You had better hope we don't move anywhere close to you and Sleek. We would be over every night of the week around dinner time! Hope your kids want a couple more uncles.

The Dalai Mama said...

IF: You guys would be welcome for dinner anytime! That would be so much fun!