Vegan since 1975, I decide to answer the question, "What DO you eat?" These posts tell about some meals and recipes my family and I have enjoyed over the years.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bean Soup With Dulse



We got home late tonight, but I wanted something to eat, and to use up the leftover navy beans I hadn't used in the baked beans, so I made A BEAN SOUP WITH DULSE.

Saute one large chopped onion in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, adding in a bulb of chopped garlic, half a teaspoon each of cumin seeds and turmeric, and half of a crumbled red pepper, or a quarter teaspoon red pepper. I also added half a teaspoon of horseradish powder because I saw it and had forgotten I had it.

I had just gone shopping and had a bag of frozen mixed organic vegetables—corn, green beans, peas and carrots—so I threw them in, along with approximately four cups of cooked navy beans, which would be about three cans worth of beans. I also added in about four cups of water and some potato water I had saved. Heat all that up.

Add in a quarter cup of nutritional yeast and a quarter cup of dulse flakes, if you have some on hand. Dulse is a reddish pleasant tasting seaweed which contains iodine, just in case you think you need it, say, to protect your thyroid from a radiation plume. Dulse has more iodine than iodized table salt—a teaspoon of dulse contains approximately 300-600 mcg of iodine, more than any other sea vegetable. If your thyroid has already absorbed non-radioactive iodine, it will not absorb as much radioactive iodine—that is why one would take one 100 mg potassium iodide tablet in the event of actual high-level radiation exposure, 48 hours ahead, or 8 hours afterward, if advised to do so. If you live inland, away from the sea, you are more likely to be iodine-deficient. 150 mcg of iodine a day is normally recommended for an adult.

After cooking the soup for half an hour or so, I added in two tablespoons of chick pea miso mixed in some water, along with a teaspoon of tamari, and one squeezed lemon.

Serve with bread. Mine was sourdough.

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