On this winter day, we’re looking back at a story about must-try soups. Here’s one in Tappan.
Coconut Spinach Soup
Where to Get it: Mimi’s Plate, Tappan
Story behind it: Mimi Platas, the owner of Mimi’s Plate, in Tappan, adapted a recipe from one of her go-to vegetarian cookbooks. “This is one of my base books that I’ve been using for 15 or 20 years. I changed the recipe — originally, it called for a different kind of greens. I made it all spinach and changed up the ingredients,” says Platas. “I’m well versed in getting vegetarian soups to taste good without putting any meat in them. A lot of people are vegan now, and this one is amazingly flavorful without having any dairy or meat in it.”
Ingredients: Spinach, basmati rice, coconut milk, cumin, coriander. “It’s creamy without having cream,” says Platas.
Why we love it: Because it’s super healthy, hearty — and original. It looks like a bowl of pureed spinach, but the rice gives it a nice texture and the cumin a nice kick. It’s sweet and savory, more delicious with every bite. Like Indian food? You’ll love this.
Great for: The late-afternoon munchies, when you want a snack but don’t want to dive into the cookie jar. Eat this around 3 p.m. and you’ll still be hungry for dinner.
Also at Mimi’s Plate: Fresh-baked goods like cheddar biscuits, Parmesan chicken tenders, and Greek salads, sandwiches, and cupcakes to boot.
Grab a spoonful: It’s on the menu every other week. “I have quite an arsenal of soup recipes,” says Platas. 33 Old Tappan Road, Tappan, 845-359-6464, mimisplate.com
— Mary Lynn Mitcham
Mary Lynn’s original post is here: Spinach Coconut Soup