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Ginger-Mint Tea Plus Vegan Tomato & Butternut Bisque Recipe

Posted Apr 02 2013 11:53am

Good morning and hope you’re having a great start to your week. I had some fun this past weekend, visiting my local farm stand and going on a hike I’ve never done before:

Weekend collage.

Cat Update:

I didn’t blog yesterday because I needed to take my cat, Xena, to the vet for her dental procedure, but I got a call mid-morning that she was being “uncooperative” and the sedative the vet gave her actually made her more agitated, so I rushed right over to take her home. This might have been a feline version of an April Fool’s trick, but we’ve rescheduled the surgery and hopefully it will go better next time. Until then, she is getting lots of snuggles and extra attention to make up for the bad day yesterday:

Xena looking cute.

Ginger-Mint Combination:

The fresh mint I got at the farm stand has been lasting forever. I love the combination of mint and ginger and have been putting both of them in my morning green smoothie :

Ginger and mint in my morning green smoothie.

I had an upset stomach yesterday morning because I was concerned about my fur-baby, so I made some fresh ginger-mint tea by just smashing the mint into a teapot with chopped ginger. It just needs to steep for about 5 minutes:

Homemade ginger-mint tea

I thought the cat mug was appropriate:

Ginger-mint tea in a cat mug.

I definitely think both the mint and ginger were helpful to calm my nerves. Since I still have a ton of mint left, I am wondering what other dishes I could make with this combo?

Fresh mint and ginger.

Tomato & Butternut Bisque:

Speaking of soups, I wanted something quick and easy last night for dinner, so I threw some ingredients in my slow-cooker after lunch yesterday and it ended up being a really delicious meal:

Tomato & Butternut Bisque.

The ingredients were simple: jarred tomatoes, butternut squash, beans, mushrooms, onion, herbs, and coconut milk. It started like this:

Tomato & Butternut Bisque in the slow-cooker.

Five hours later on high, I had this:

Tomato & Butternut Bisque all up close and personal.

The fresh lime juice gave it a kick of flavor and the coconut was very mild. The texture of the squash and the mushrooms was great, and it really did taste more like tomatoes than anything else. The squash, of course, made it sweet and hearty.

Here is the recipe:

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Butternut & Tomato Bisque

8 servings

Ingredients:

1 onion, chopped

2 lb. chopped butternut squash

1 25-oz. jarred crushed tomatoes (I use Eden brand)

7 oz. shiitake mushrooms, chopped

3 cups cooked cannellini beans

1 cup water

1 tablespoon dried oregano

2 tablespoons no-salt seasoning

1 tsp. dried garlic

1 13.5-oz. can coconut milk

2 oz. fresh basil (about 20 leaves), chopped

fresh lime juice, for topping

Directions:

Combine onion, squash, tomato, mushrooms, beans, water, oregano, no-salt seasoning, and garlic in a large slow-cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours. An hour before serving, stir in coconut milk and basil and cook on low for an additional hour. Serve hot with fresh lime wedges.

Not a bad no-cook dinner, and I have tons of leftovers:

Tomato-Butternut Bisque.

Although I have learned to love , I think the slow-cooker is my favorite appliance, after my high-speed blender, of course. :)

Conclusion:

There is one more day left to enter my Mountain Rose Herb giveaway, by the way, I’ll be randomly selecting a winner tomorrow morning. Enter here . I won’t be blogging again until this Friday, but you can keep in touch with me on  FacebookTwitterPinterest , or  Instagram , and don’t forget to check out my recipe app,  Vegan Delish , on the iTunes store.

Have a great rest of your week!

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