I’ve mentioned before that we try to eat vegetarian at least 2-3 meals a week. It’s a great way to save money and it’s good for our bodies. Often this means a pasta, stir fry or soup/stew that’s meatless. But every week or two I try to have a multi-course meal with lots of different tasty vegetarian dishes. This is even easier with all of our CSA produce we get every week. So on Sunday evening I made a delicious 4 course vegetarian meal. The first three courses were really all appetizers, but we often prefer several small dishes rather than a large one. The first course was an incredible swiss chard soup. I’ve never cooked with swiss chard before and as I nibbled at a freshly washed leaf, decided I wanted to try it in a soup. I kept it pretty simple, and as I tasted the soup, decided that the final touch needed to be some goat cheese drizzled in. Oh boy was it good! This is literally my new favorite soup, I don’t know if I’ll make anything else with swiss chard. (I’ve also tried it with chicken stock the next night, oh man it was amazing!)
I followed that with some stuffed mushrooms, they were the simplest. Just mushroom caps stuffed with parmesan cheese, sprinkled with salt and pepper, drizzled with a little olive oil and baked in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes. I topped them with a little parsley which tasted great. I don’t think I can make one of these meals without stuffed mushrooms, Eric loves them so much.
The final savory dish was a spinach artichoke dip, great with carrots, chips, crackers or with a scoop wrapped in a lettuce/spinach leaf. Eric didn’t like this as much as what he’s used to getting in a restaurant, I left out the gobs of cream cheese and sour cream that are normally included and cut way back on the mayonnaise. I thought it was great, and he still ate it all so I don’t think he hated it 😉
For dessert, I had a pot of rhubarb and strawberries simmering on the stove while I was making dinner. It made a delicious jam, so I made a couple of shortcakes (from bisquik) and topped them with jam and whipped cream. It was so incredibly good! I’m planning to make more jam tomorrow and will post the recipe for you Friday. I’m having a ton of fun with my CSA, if you have a CSA and want more recipes for it, click the CSA badge above.
Creamy Swiss Chard and Goat Cheese Soup
2 cups chopped swiss chard
3 cloves garlic minced
2 TBS finely chopped red onion
2 TBS olive oil
1 cup stock (vegetable, mushroom, chicken, etc)
1 TBS goat cheese
1 TBS milk
salt and pepper to taste
In a large saucepan, saute swiss chard, garlic and onion in the olive oil on medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until soft. Stir often to keep garlic from burning. Add broth and turn heat down to a simmer. Let simmer for 30 minutes. Puree with an immersion blender (careful not to splash!).
Mix goat cheese and milk, add 1 tsp of mixture to the soup and mix well. Taste and add salt/pepper as needed. Pour into bowls and drizzle with goat cheese mixture.
Approximate Cost/serving: Amazing, this soup only cost 37 cents a serving!
Vegetarian/Gluten Free: Use vegetable stock to keep it vegetarian, totally gluten free