cheesy veggie soup.

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This is a pretty easy soup you can make from a variety of vegetables in your fridge. I havent done it, but I imagine you can interchange veggies to what you have in stock.

What I did:
1 onion
4-6 cloves of garlic
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
3 stalks celery
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 cups brocolli
6 cups vegetable broth
olive oil
4 T nutritional yeast
salt and pepper

saute chopped onion and garlic in some olive oil in a soup pot and sautee until translucent, about 5 min. Add vegetables and sautee about five more minutes. Add salt and pepper then add broth, cover and let cook about 15 minutes until veggies are soft. stir in nutritional yeast and transfer to blender – puree until smooth. add salt and pepper and more nutritional yeast to taste – Serve with crusty bread or garlic crutons or garlic toast!

sazon tomato soup.

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A few years ago my friend served me a bowl of this soup and I have been dreaming of it ever since. This past holiday break, he showed me how to make it! Its so so easy and my family goes crazy for it, so we plan to keep it in rotation. we made it with sazon goya, which I learned contains MSG, so im going to experiment with making my own sazon seasoning and give it a try, so I’ll be sure to report back.

Olive oil
3 Tomatoes
1 packet sazon goya
1 small onion
3 cloves garlic
1 box pasta noodles (shells or orichette work great, but honestly you can use anything)
Salt and pepper to taste

Put a little bit of olive oil in a large soup pot and warm. Once warmed, add dry pasta noodles and continually mix until they get toasted and blistery.

Meanwhile, Puree tomatoes, onion, garlic and sazon with a little bit of water ( to get it going) in a blender and blend until smooth. Add this mixture to the pasta and once it boils fill the blender with water about two times (with my size pot and vitamix I fill it one and half times). You basically want to fill the pot almost to the top with water. The amount of water will have to do with the consistency of your broth. If you want it thinner, add more water, if you want it thicker, add less.  Season with salt and pepper.

Once broth boils, cover pot, lower heat and let simmer about 40 minutes.

Serve with warm tortillas. Soup is good in fridge for about three days.

comforting miso soup.

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Its been pretty chilly around here and all I have been wanting to do is eat soup!

I threw this together with a bunch of stuff that was leftover in my fridge and it came out comforting and delicious. I made the last minute decision to throw in these thick spinach noodles from the asian market I had sitting around and they were perfect. Reminded me of a good bowl of chicken soup, only there is no chicken here!

4 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
chopped carrots, celery, onion
Cauliflower florets
green beans
(really you can use whatever you have laying around!)
1/2 cup of miso paste (i used yellow or brown i think!)
2-4 cloves of garlic, minced
Garlic
Olive oil
Your favorite noodles (optional)
salt and pepper

Saute chopped onions in olive oil about 5-7 minutes until golden and translucent. Add minced garlic and cook about a minute or so, then add carrots and onion, stirring occassionally and cooking until a little soft, maybe 5 minutes or so.  Add cauliflower and green beans or whatever vegetables you are adding at this point and stir and cook a few minutes longer. Add broth and water and cover pot and cook until cauliflower and green beans are cooked through, maybe 10 minutes or so. I had the water bowling.  Add the miso paste and stir into dissolved.

Note: The noodles i used only needed about 5 min to cook, so I added them while the soup was boiling and I had about 5 min left.  then i added the miso and cooked for about 2 more minutes until the miso was dissolved.

 

cauliflower chowder.

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Heres a recipe for this dreary, rainy day! It’s a creamy, garlick-y soup that was delicious and came together pretty easily. It makes great leftovers, because the garlic really sits in and comes to life.  If you have a vitamix this soup comes together in no time!

Original recipe found here.

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 small potato
  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ cup Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water (+ more as needed)
  • 2 teaspoons miso paste
  • 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast (optional)
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Chop cauliflower into florets, and peel and chop the potatoes. Arrange on a baking sheet and drizzle with about 1½ tablespoons of oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cut the top off the garlic bulb so that some of the cloves are slightly exposed. Drizzle with remaining oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap bulb in tin foil and place on sheet with vegetables.
  3. Roast for 20 – 25 minutes until the cauliflower is starting to brown and the potatoes are soft (they don’t have to be totally soft because we’ll be blending them later). Check the garlic after 15 minutes to make sure it isn’t burning. Allow the veggies to cool slightly then add them to a vitamix or high powered blender. Squeeze/spoon the garlic out of skin and add it to the blender as well.
  4. Add the cashews, along with the hummus and quinoa to the vitamix. Pour in liquids, miso, nutritional yeast and additional salt and pepper, and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust seasonings (adding more garlic, salt, pepper, miso or other seasonings) as desired.
  5. Serve warm topped with some of the roasted garlic garnish from the hummus, some chopped parsley and a drizzle of olive oil.

 

tomato and fennel soup.

tomfennelsoup.jpgA few years ago I had a potluck and my friend brought this soup. Fast forward to now and I’m still dreaming of it. Fennel and tomato pair nicely for an Italian-style tomato soup. Its perfect with crusty bread on a cold day!  This recipe comes together in no time.

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 large fennel bulb, diced (4 cups)
  • 2 vegan Italian sausages, cut up (I used tofurkey, but field roast would be good as well)
  • 1 tsp. fennel seeds
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • small pasta noodles (optional)

Heat oil in soup pot over medium heat. Add fennel, and sauté 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in sausages and fennel seeds, and cook 5 to 7 minutes, or until fennel seeds are slightly softened and bits of sausage are stuck to bottom of pan. Add broth, and tomatoes , and bring to a boil. Add noodles, if adding, and let simmer until the pasta is ready. Add spinach and simmer until wilted. Season with salt and pepper.

original recipe found here

 

roasted acorn squash & sweet potato soup.

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It got really cold really quick here and I’ve been on a big soup kick! This is a really easy and delicious soup I found here, and once you roast your squash and potatoes it comes together in no time!

  • 2 -3 lb acorn squash, sliced lengthwise in half and seeds removed
  • 3 small sweet potatoes (1 lb)
  • 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4-5 cups vegetable broth
  • 2/3 cup light coconut milk
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice the acorn squash in half (lengthwise) and remove the seeds and guts–place cut side up on a large baking sheet, drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Slice the sweet potatoes in half lengthwise, drizzle and rub the cut side with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on the baking sheet along with the acorn squash.
  2. Roast for 45 minutes to an hour, or until both the potato and acorn squash are fork tender and very soft. Remove from oven and when cool enough to handle, remove the squash from the skin and set aside in a large bowl. Discard the skin.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in medium-sized soup pot. Add the onion and saute over low heat until soft and completely translucent.
  4. Add the ground ginger and garam masala and cook for an additional minute or two, stirring constantly, until fragrant. Add the vegetable broth, roasted squash, and sweet potato.
  5. Bring to low simmer, cover, and cook for an additional for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Puree in a blender (in batches, if necessary) and return to heat. Add the coconut milk and stir until well combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

italian orzo soup.

orzosoupThis soup is adapted from a recipe I kept seeing on pinterest. Its perfect for the colder weather we have been having and very easily customizable to your liking. I definitely think I’m going to add some chickpeas next time for some added protein.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 6-8 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, pureed in blender before adding
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo pasta
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 cups loosely-packed spinach
  • 2 T nutritional yeast
  • salt and black pepper

Directions:

  • Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for 4 minutes, until soft. Add carrots, celery and garlic and saute for an additional 3 minutes. Add vegetable stock, tomatoes, thyme, oregano, and nutritional yeast and stir to combine. Bring soup to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes or so. Add the orzo and cook another 10 minutes, until the orzo is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in the spinach and cook for 1-2 minutes until it is bright green and wilted. Season with salt and black pepper to taste (if needed). Serve warm with some crusty bread.

lentil soup.

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It is COLD in chicago. The high today was 9 degrees. When I saw smitten kitchen post this recipe today – and I just happened to have everything on hand to make a vegan version of it…it was a sign that I needed to make it for dinner!  It’s the perfect comfort food when the weather is as cold as it is. Were going to serve it up with some crusty garlic bread and spend the rest of the night under the covers!

Here is my take on it!

olive oil
half a package of uptons italian sausage seitan
1 medium onion, diced
2 celery stalks, sliced or diced
2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into half-moons or diced
4 cloves garlic
Kosher salt
A pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 cup brown lentils, sorted and rinsed
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
6 cups water
Freshly ground black pepper
3 to 4 cups shredded or thinly ribboned  kale

Heat olive oil  in a large pot on medium heat. When hot, add the seitan, breaking it up with a wooden spoon until it starts to cook a little bit (maybe 2-3 minutes). Add the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, a pinch of salt, and if you like your soup spicy, a pinch of red pepper flakes. Cook with the seitan until the vegetables soften a bit, another 5 minutes. Add the lentils, tomatoes, water, more salt and black pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook until the lentils are tender, about 40 minutes. (It might be necessary to add more water if the soup gets too thick.)

When the lentils are cooked, add the kale and cook until the leaves are tender, just a few minutes more.