Spring in the mountains of Colorado is extremely temperamental giving us rain one day, warm sunshine the next, and then dumping a quick 6 inches that night. However, there are tiny changes taking place everywhere. The aspens are just waiting to burst and red-winged blackbirds have arrived. I’ve also noticed the appearance of fresh spring produce at our local grocers.
Spring produce includes:
I don’t necessarily stick to only what’s in season, but seasonal produce does influence and INSPIRE what I’m cooking. This past weekend, I featured a Springalicious menu at Taspen’s Organics First Saturday Wellness Fair. The Vegan and Gluten-Free items on the menu included:
EVERYTHING was gone at the end of the day! However, the Most Valuable Player on the menu was definitely the Mushroom Soup, which, by the way, was soooo simple with only 6 ingredients. I wanted to share the Mushroom Soup recipe with you, so that you have one really good, but simple standby for all those rainy, chilly, snowy, muddy, windy spring days to come!
Inspired by www.pancakewarriors.com
1 large white onion, diced
1 package white button mushrooms (8 oz) sliced
1 package crimini mushrooms (16 oz) sliced
10 stalks fresh thyme, leaves removed
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 32 oz. boxes of organic vegetable broth
5 Tbs. tapioca flour
1 dried bay leaf
2 Tbs. Balsamic Vinegar
½ tsp. salt
freshly ground pepper
Options: As with anything I cook, there’s always options to switch it up. So with this recipe, use whatever mushroom combo you want. You could use all button or all crimini. I also like to dice some of the shrooms to add interest in texture. Also, try adding rosemary to the club!
Add mushrooms and cook down until the liquid from the mushrooms is gone. Add salt to draw out the moisture from the mushrooms.
Add garlic, thyme, rosemary or whatever herbs and spices you want.
De-glaze the pot with Balsamic Vinegar…you can also use soy sauce or tamari.
Whisk the tapioca flour with the broth. Then add to the mushrooms.
Simmer for a few minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.