Zucchini Mushroom Soup 

Like many Jewish women, I spend my whole week planning for Shabbat. And, I spend my whole year planning for Passover, which is 3 weeks away. 

Cooking and Shabbat are closely connected in our house. 

It is to the point that if I am cooking, the first thing Yaffa says is “it is Shabbat yet?  Mommy is cooking for Shabbat!”

  

It’s very cute, because there is also a children’s story,  Is It Shabbas Yet?  that I used to read to the girls when they were little.  Yaffa has almost memorized it. An incredible feat when you consider that she is significantly hearing impaired in addition to her cognitive challenges. Cute gets you very far! 

Raizel also found a number of YouTube videos about the book, that Yaffa loves to watch. 

If anyone is interested, this is one of the multiple versions available online:

The constant repetition has enabled Yaffa to learn the story. 

Friday morning is usually my marathon cooking time.  I prepare all the food on Thursday. Then, I get up at dawn and do the cooking before going to work.

One of my new favorite things to make Zucchini Mushroom Soup.  This is an extremely flexible recipe. Sometimes I make it with the mushrooms, and sometimes I make it just with zucchini. I usually add an onion, but, the amounts vary.

Ingredients 

1 onion, quartered

1-2 zucchinis, cut in large chunks

8 oz. mushrooms, sliced

Water to cover

Salt and if desired pepper to taste

Instructions:

Add all the ingredients to the crockpot.

The secret to making the soup this way is to use a small crockpot, and slightly overfill it. I tend to add more water than necessary, (about half way up the crockpot) as I leave it in the crockpot for more than 8 hours. With more liquid, it is less likely to over cook.

Then, once I come home, I remove some of the liquid, and using an immersion blender, puree the vegetables, and adjust the seasoning.  The soup should be slightly thick.

It can also be made on the stove or in a pressure cooker, 2 minutes to pressure.

Here are the pictures:

Here, all the vegetables are in the pot. I also cut them into large pieces, to prevent over cooking.

Here is what it looks like once it is cooked. Before I puree it, I remove most of the liquid, so that it will not be too thin.

Voila! Here is the final product:

Yaffa loves zucchini, and this is one of her favorites!

 

Enjoy!

If anyone is interested in the book that Yaffa and Raizel like, here is the link for that too:

http://www.amazon.com/Is-Shabbos-Yet-Ellen-Emerman/dp/1929628021

 

 

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36 thoughts on “Zucchini Mushroom Soup 

  1. Lynz Real Cooking April 1, 2016 at 4:18 PM Reply

    Such a sweet post! I love this Carol! Hi Yaffa!

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  2. Karina Pinella April 1, 2016 at 5:59 PM Reply

    Great video with the recipe.

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  3. anotherfoodieblogger April 1, 2016 at 7:13 PM Reply

    The soup sounds so good! It’s interesting for me to learn about Jewish ceremonies and food, I don’t know too much about that but I’m learning from you!

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  4. Sheryl April 1, 2016 at 11:33 PM Reply

    Lovely post – Your description of how your daughter had the book almost memorized is a high recommendation for it.

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged April 2, 2016 at 8:52 PM Reply

      It’s very funny. It is a very simple book, which is perfect for young children. When she sees me cooking, she repeats the story and also helps do all the activities mentioned in the book. This week she set the table, helped cut the ends off the green beans and make the challah. I real little helper!

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  5. Dr Ruth 2point0 (Anna) April 2, 2016 at 12:07 AM Reply

    What a sweet story!

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  6. jncthedc April 2, 2016 at 9:48 AM Reply

    You defy the argument, “equal work means equal pay.” There is no way the average man would be willing to put the work and effort into the family responsibilities like you do! I tip my hat to you.
    The book looks very cute. Children are responsible for a lot of those “smile” lines we appear to have on our faces. Wouldn’t have it any other way!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged April 2, 2016 at 8:57 PM Reply

      Thank you. I have to say, my husband does a lot of stuff too. I could never do what I do, without his support. Enjoy your weekend too. I still smile thinking about that turtle story.

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  7. Stephanae V. McCoy April 2, 2016 at 10:56 AM Reply

    Very nice post, loved the video – cute!! Have a nice weekend.

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  8. CHCooks April 4, 2016 at 6:40 AM Reply

    Great accomplishment that, memorizing an entire story! Way to go Yaffa! 🙂

    Soup looks delightful too 🙂

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  9. sabitha April 4, 2016 at 8:23 AM Reply

    Sounds great Carol !! 🙂 I love it 🙂

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  10. Gama April 4, 2016 at 3:16 PM Reply

    Ian eagerly wating to try this, nice one

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  11. Gama April 4, 2016 at 3:22 PM Reply

    Yes definitely and Those kids in the video are so cute.

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  12. Gama April 4, 2016 at 4:22 PM Reply

    Sure I will go through this. No doubt it will be a good post and worth reading

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  14. Parul Singhal April 20, 2016 at 10:02 AM Reply

    Zucchini and mushroom both are healthy and my hubby favorite..

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