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Stuffing Soup

recipe - soup/stew - vegetarian

Who has leftover Stuffing Mix?

When you google “Stuffing Soup” – you’ll find plenty of recipes using leftover stuffing…

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…but none “from scratch!”  This soup was the result of a craving for stuffing, but also a desire to not have an entire pan of it sitting in my fridge.

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Soup, though, I can handle soup.

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The best part of this – you can use extra stuffing bits as “croutons!”  It tastes even better the next day, too.

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(Gluten-Free and Martha-Approved, this is not.)

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Stuffing Soup (serves 6)

Ingredients

  • 1 TB Coconut Oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 8 oz white button mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cups herb stuffing mix
  • 4 cups kale
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

In a large pot, melt the coconut oil. Add the onions and cook til wilted, then add mushrooms. Cook for about 5 minutes over medium high heat, until browned.

Pour in stuffing mix, veggie stock, and water. Stir. Add Kale, seasoning with salt and pepper. Wilt the greens down, then bring to a boil and serve with extra stuffing bits on top as “croutons.”

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The Farmer and the Cook

dinner - restaurant - salads - vegetarian

The Farmer and the Cook came highly recommended by everyone who heard we were heading to Ojai.

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It’s a vegetarian restaurant (yes, owned by a farmer and a cook) with a market inside…

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…and a pizza oven on the patio.

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We wound up ordering other things, though the pies did look delicious.

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Super fresh Chilled Sun Gold Tomato Soup, with Avocado…

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…a Kale Caesar Salad with Cashew Cheese…

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…and regular cheese on a stellar Veggie Burger, made from lentils – served with Vegenaise and Banana Chutney.

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This dinner made us so freaking happy.  I’m curious about their Mexican menu – and of course, those pizzas!

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Grain Lab

lunch - restaurant - salads - sandwich

In my experience, there’s two types of Burbanks – the retro/funky kind with restaurants like The Tallyrand and fun thrift shopping, and the massive strip malls that feel like Anytown, USA.  I visited the latter, and was surprised to find this gem amongst the giant chain stores.

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Grain Lab Deli/Kitchen has been open for 2 years – when they invited me in for lunch even Rachelle (the Queen of Ventura Boulevard eateries) had never heard of it.

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We glanced at the periodic table-inspired menu, then took a seat…

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…sipped on fresh lemonade and soda…

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…and enjoyed a few lunch options.

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In addition to The Queen, her little Princess came to help, as well as Anna.

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My favorite were the sandwiches – this was a Turkey Pretzel Sandwich, with gruyere and cheddar cheese…

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…and a Chicken Pesto with Avocado and Oven-Roasted Tomato.

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We were also impressed with the bowls – Seared Ahi Tuna with Brown Rice/Veggies…

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…and a Steak Protein Bowl mixed with grilled eggplant/zucchini/carrots/squash.

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On the side – killer sweet potato fries with avocado pesto…

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…and Beets with Yams – tossed with goat cheese, cucumber, candied walnuts, and lemon vinaigrette.

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They’ve got green salads as well – this is the Kale Citrus Salad…

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…and a Cindy’s Special – sans feta and added chicken – taken to go!

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Next time you’re doing some marathon mall shopping, stop by – it really is yummy!

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