Peanut butter soup is one of the best meals I remember my mom making when I was a kid. Now, I’ll admit that 9-year-old me was a bit skeptical at first, but it was delicious, and I can remember telling a kid who was deathly allergic to peanuts that he was really missing out (sorry, Felix). Anyhow, unfortunately for me, my mother completely forgot about that soup, and by the time I thought to ask for it again, she was certain it had never existed. Oh well.
If you’ve ever been to Toronto and never eaten at Ravi Soup, you are seriously missing out. I’m sure everything there is good, but I always have the Porcini Mushroom Wild Rice Bisque (with crispy shallots and truffle oil), and Oven Roasted Veggie wrap. So, so, SO good! I soup is amazing, but the wrap… wow. So many veggies, gooey brie, and a delicious, chipotle sauce. Mmm.
A creamy Thai curry, loaded with vegetables, tofu, and toasted cashews, is exactly what I need sometimes. Lots of flavour, lots of veggies, and a good dose of whole grains in the form of some red Thai rice. This one definitely fits the bill.
One of my favourite Thai restaurants, Bangkoknoi, makes the most incredible coconut rice. It is absolutely addictive, and I have gone there several times almost just for the coconut rice (though I do always get a curry to pour over it). It’s wonderful—creamy, sweet, rich, and utterly delicious.
Unlike chocolate, homemade sushi isn’t a difficult thing to make at home, and you can quickly surpass the stuff you get at the store—especially if you like vegetarian sushi. And especially if you don’t live in Vancouver or some other seaside sushi haven.
This soup is sort of like emergency rations. Super delicious emergency rations. It’s the sort of thing you can make after coming home from a vacation and deciding you simply can’t be bothered to go grocery shopping just yet.
The majority of this soup is lentils, which are right up there with cockroaches and margarine in terms of shelf life and ability to withstand a nuclear halocaust (though far less dodgy and far more edible).