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January 22, 2012


Mike Cherol

Dear HL,

Well this roasted veggie dish is definitely a keeper. You know I had to "chef it up" a bit.
My lemon cannellini sauce had about 3 cloves roasted garlic (great addition to any fridge)
and a pinch of raw garlic instead of garlic powder. Play with white wine in the sauce if you have
some in the fridge. I used some Chardonnay with my broth.

Lemon pairs awesome with artichokes, and my medley added some TJ's frozen artichokes to the fray.
They don't need 45 minutes. Maybe half that, I just added them the last 20 minutes.

If you like balsamic vinegar products, try a little balsamic glaze drizzled on top of the whole thing.
It worked for me.

Thanks for helping me find another great veggie dinner!!!


Cherie Perkins

Hi Librarian. I can't wait to try the soup. It sounds great. One thing I will change. I will make a batch of the Happy Herbivore's Spicy Sausage (first book) which is made with pinto beans. I love knowing exactly what is in our meals as we are pretty strict on the 'NO OIL' Dr.Esselstyn demands. The HH Sausage is a bit of a project but the recipe yields quite a few sausages which pack a flavor punch and can be used in so many meals. I always wrap mine in parchment before the foil just to keep the aluminum away from our food.

Janet Novak


The soup looks great! I can't wait to try it this week. But I will steam the kale. I just can't see boiling it and then pouring all those nutrients down the drain! I'd like to check out some of those movies, too. Thanks!


Constance Braid

I have to thank you for finally pushing me over into veganism. I watched Forks Over Knives this past weekend with my 13-year-old and was totally convinced that it is time to cut out the fish, oil, dairy, and sugar from my so-called vegetarian diet! Oddly enough since I began reading your blog I have seen Dr Esselstyn's and Dr. Caldwell's names everywhere. While at Whole Foods, I see that the movie is being screened here in my city this very week and I think Dr. Esselstyn will be speaking at Whole Foods! Also I signed up for My Food Diary and think this is the way I will actually lose those final 10 lbs and belly fat. Also looking into buying the Vita mix, but only one available at Costco is $649! It comes with a knife, dry blade, cutting boards, etc. etc. I am wondering if I will use all of those extras. Anyway, I made the Vindaloo Three Bean Curry on Saturday and it is absolutely wonderful so thank you! Now I just have to convince the rest of my family, one of whom (22 year old son)is trying to lose weight on the Atkins diet...ugh...also my 13-year-old who is ADHD and very difficult to feed...

Health Librarian

Janet, You are so right! My husband made the soup--and he followed the directions for boiling the kale--so that's how I posted it--but, I agree. Next time I'm just chopping up the kale & cooking it along with the broth. I'm going to update the recipe, too! Thanks for the suggestion.

Health Librarian

@Cherie: Thank you so much for your suggestion. I was taking the quick & easy way, buying the Field Roast. But, if I can make my own, I know they don't oil, & I can really just copy the FR spice ingredients with the HH recipe!

@Mike: You're a recipe guru! Thanks for your expert suggestions!


"...gluten-free TJ's Soy Chorizo sausage ..." - bless your heart!!!!

Carol, the gluten challenged :)

Mary in southern Vermont

Constance, try the Vitamix web site - I think I got mine there (reconditioned) a couple of years ago and have been completely happy with it. I already had cutting boards. ;-)

Elena in PA

This recipe is very similar to one in The Victory Garden Cookbook by Marian Morash (circa 1980s and definitely not plant strong!)) I added canned white beans to this along with the Field Roast Sausage, made it a bit thicker. Delicious!

Wendy (Healthy GIrl's Kitchen)

This soup recipe seems delicious! Thanks for the shout out about Jill's Farmer's Pie. So glad you enjoyed it! I did not think it lacked seasoning when I tried it, but I did not make it myself yet. I'm really looking forward to getting this Penzey's no salt seasoning. How do you like it? Have you ever tried Benson's Table Tasty?

Pam Mayne

HH, if you do take on updating the Happy Herbivore sausage recipe to mimic Field Roast, could you post it, here or on FB? I would LOVE to have a repliac of Field Roast that doesn't have oil, and I'm not the cook you are, to get there by myself. :)

Thank you for that, and for all your posts, and recipes, and updates -- you're a constant source of information and inspiration!


The Healthy Librarian

@ Pam. I'm really going to work on this one! But, then the lazy side of me says--I'm going to try to get my local stores to start carrying 1.5 gram of fat Upton's Naturals Seitan--in Chorizo & Italian flavors. I'm pretty sure they carry it at the St. Louis Whole Foods--so when I'm visiting there, next, I'm going to try it out. Here's the link: The reviews are good, and maybe it's already in your neighborhood.


I made the soup last night and it is FABULOUS!!!
Thanks for posting!

The Healthy Librarian

@Janet: Yay! Thanks for the feedback. Think I'm going to make a batch this weekend when my sister & brother-in-law visit for the weekend.


Made the white bean lemon sauce. Use baby limas I had cooked in the pressure cooker. Also used fresh garlic instead of powder, more lemon, water instead of broth. Ate with quinoa pilaf and steamed broccoli, very good. Thanks!
Watched Departures last night and liked it.

The Healthy Librarian

@Elizabeth: like your substitutions. I prefer real garlic to powder hands down, too. Re Just mildly liked it? Tell me more.

Cherie Perkins

I made the Cajun Soup last night and it was GREAT. The night before I made a batch of Happy Herbivore's Spicy Sausages swapping out her seasonings for the Field Roast style Mexican Chipotle seasonings. The sausages went well in the soup. Very nice. We had a great dinner with plenty of leftovers for tonight. Thanks for another great recipe.

The Healthy Librarian

@Cherie. So happy to hear you liked the soup--and even happier to hear you figured out a way to make oil-free chipotle sausages. Can you share the exact seasonings you used--and which of HH's cookbooks I can find the recipe. I can't wait to try this.

Cherie Perkins

I used the Spicy Sausage recipe in the first book "The Happy Herbivore". I took out the fennel, cayenne, sage, chili powder, thyme, and hot sauce. I added 1Tbs chipotle powder, 2 Tbs cumin powder, and about 2 tsp oregano. Keeping from the original recipe 1 tsp each of granulated garlic and onion powders and 1 tsp red pepper flakes. I have never had the Field Roast so I do not know how close I got but they were very tasty. I might turn up the heat a bit next time.


I gave the cajun soup a try last night. DH and I really liked it. I made it too spicy for the wee ones. Thanks for the recipe!

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