There is little that can compare to a good bowl of soup. Reminding us of home, soup awakens the senses and brings us to a comforting place.
Since Animal Culture is still in Spain, we thought it only right to start out “Veggie Food Guide” with a hot bowl of a typical Spanish vegetarian soup. Garbanzo soup, or Potaje in Spanish, is full of deliciousness and nutrients, especially the protein that us vegetarians need.
This specific recipe comes from Angelines, Kalie Lyn’s Spanish mother-in-law. Simple and definitely hitting the gastronomical spot, Potaje is a recipe worth trying.
– 1/2 Cup (per person) of Garbanzo Beans
– 1/4 Cup (per person) of White Beans
– 1 Pound (or 2 Cups) of (well washed) Chopped Spinach
– 1 Medium Onion (chopped)
– 3 Garlic Cloves (minced)
– 1/2 Teaspoon of Sweet Chili Powder
– 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
– Salt and Pepper to Taste
Preparation & Cooking Steps:
– Soak the garbanzo beans and white beans in cold water overnight. Put enough water to cover the beans, and add 2 more cups.
– Drain the beans and rinse with fresh water. Combine beans in a large pot with enough water to cover the beans, and add 2 more cups of water. Add salt. Boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1 hour. Add more water if needed.
– In a sauce pan, pour oil and let pan heat up on low. Combine onion, garlic, and sweet chili powder. Cook on low, stirring occasionally, until onions are clear and soft.
– In a separate pot, boil spinach in enough water to cover it until spinach is tender.
– Combine the spinach with the oil, onion, and garlic. Add a pinch of salt, and stir, mixing everything together.
– Combine all of the ingredients to the pot of beans. Bring to a boil for 10-15 minutes, then turn heat on low. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let sit for another 30 minutes to absorb the flavor.
– Serve and Buen Provecho!
“Creature Spotlight” Answer
Now, at the end of every “Veggie Food Guide” recipe, the answer to yesterday’s “Creature Spotlight” quiz will be revealed.
Yesterday’s quiz asked:
“Vegetarians, adult elephants eat about how much food a day?”
66% of you said 300-400 lbs, while 33% of you said 500-600 lbs. The answer?
With a diet consisting of grass, leaves, bamboo, bark, roots, and sometimes sugarcane and bananas grown by farmers, adult elephants eat about 500-600 lbs of food per day.
That is the equivalent of eating 1,650 bananas!