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Thai-Inspired Veggie and Rice Soup

What you need: 

1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium zucchini, chopped
1 small-medium onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
5 button mushrooms, sliced
greens, chopped
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/2-1 quart vegetable broth
1-2 cups water
1/2-1 cup brown rice
1-2 teaspoons dried basil
sprinkle turmeric
salt and pepper, to taste
1-2 tablespoons Thai green curry paste
1/2 pound extra firm tofu, frozen, thawed, squeezed, and cubed
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2-1 (15 ounce) can coconut milk
1 lime, juiced

What you do: 

1. Heat vegetable oil in large soup pot over medium-high. Add onion and zucchini, and let cook until they start to "sweat." Add bell pepper and mushrooms, and cook until all vegetables begin to get tender (5 minutes or so). Add greens and let cook down until they begin to wilt.
2. Add canned tomatoes, broth and water, and rice. Here is where you can make a choice: if you want a thinner soup, add more liquid, and less rice, but if you want a thicker "stoup" type dish, add less liquid, and more rice, or anything in between (I added 1/2 quart broth, 1 1/2 cups water, and 1 cup rice, and it was soupier right after the rice was cooked, but as it set it became very thick-great either way).
3. Add the spices to taste, and the curry paste. Turn heat to low, and let simmer until rice is tender (45 minutes-1 hour). At the end of this time, you can fry your tofu in a little oil until it is golden and crisp on both sides. Once the rice is done, add the coconut milk, lime, peanut butter, and tofu.
4. Taste, and adjust the seasonings (spices, peanut butter, curry paste, etc.). You can also add more liquid at this time, or let it set and it will get thicker. I loved it both ways!

Preparation Time: 
1-2 hours
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

Very. Good. Soup.

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omg....the best soup ever!  of course, what else would I expect?  AC made it!

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I'm so glad!  :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

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I love this soup!!!!  It is so hard to find a soup that isn't same ole same ole.  This is a keeper for sure.  Can't wait to share it with friends. ;)b

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Just made this for dinner and it was delicous!! Both my daughter and I loved it... Thanks for sucha great recipe :)

Thank you!  :)

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Just made this for dinner and it was delicous!! Both my daughter and I loved it... Thanks for sucha great recipe :)

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animal, I want to thank you for the wonderful, sweet review! It REALLY made my day, and I felt like I was glowing after I read it. Thanks so much; I'm so very glad that you love it!

I also thought it was so cute how you went back and changed your review.  ;)

:)>>>

I have a couple other new recipes that have yet to go through...so be on the look out.  :)

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I had a dream about this soup ( ??? ) so I considered it a message from the higher powers that I must attempt to make this in my kitchen. And so I did. I did not have zucchini,bell pepper or tomatoes,  mushrooms, so I used carrots, red potatoes and broccoli and it worked beautifully.
I think the tomatoes are key

What can I say, this recipe is glorious!
I love it, I want to take a picture of it and frame it on my wall.
I want to send bowls of it to my loved ones.
Allychristine, this is the second recipe of yours I have made and I think that you are talented with putting together sauces.
Props to you for a recipe that infiltrates my dreams with its spicy temptation.  :D

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Ok, so I know I already posted about this recipe but it's so awesome that I needed to say it again!  I have pics this time and I'll post them as soon as I get them on the computer.  I added a little curry powder this time but I didn't change much else.  I love taking this for lunch, it makes everyone in the office drool!   ;D

I agree! it is impossible to rave enough about this recipe; i am making it again tonight and i am sooo excited!!!  :)>>> 

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Ok, so I know I already posted about this recipe but it's so awesome that I needed to say it again!  I have pics this time and I'll post them as soon as I get them on the computer.  I added a little curry powder this time but I didn't change much else.  I love taking this for lunch, it makes everyone in the office drool!  ;D

Thanks so much! I'm glad you're loving it..it was one of those throw things in the pot soups! I'm glad you took a pic.  ;)b
It did indeed make me very happy to read your review.  ;D

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