This is the time of year for fuzzy warm socks and hoodies and boots. I love Fall more than any other time of year. I am lucky enough to have just celebrated my daughters first birthday and made her a wonderful Almond Cherry Cake that I will absolutely post soon. However, it was a soup I made last night that I just HAD to post.
I had 4 small sweet potatoes sitting on my counter begging me to cook them but nothing I thought they would pair with. I wanted to have soup for dinner but I was out of my signature squash cashew and I had no cashews to cream up any veggies I had. That’s when I thought that maybe I could make a roasted sweet potato soup with coconut milk and it would be so warm and delicious on this really cool fall day. It was about 54 degrees outside and I could feel the first chill seeping through the windows. I warmed up the oven to 400 degrees took out my baking stone and roasted the four sweet potatoes for an hour. No oil, no salt.
4 small sweet potatoes/yams
1 cup Apple Cider
1 packet onion soup with 2 cups of water
2 tablespoons yellow curry spice
1 tablespoon coconut oil
RECIPE DIRECTIONS Continued:
When the sweet potatoes were roasted, I peeled them and tossed them in the Vitamix with 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 2 tablespoons curry spice (yellow), 1 tablespoon coconut oil, and 1 cup apple cider and pureed the mixture. It was very thick.
I then boiled a broth of onion soup mix and 4 carrots for about 20 minutes and then poured it into my vitamix. Blend until smooth and transfer back to the broth saucepan to warm through.
This was the most amazing soup. I poured it into a soup bowl that had a scoop of mixed steamed grains in the center. THe grains I made in my rice cooker. It was equal parts 1 cup of: Amaranth, Brown Basmati Rice, and Red Quinoa. I then added 1/4 cup of black chia seeds and 1/4 cup of split peas for extra protein.
The meal was hearty and warm and everything a fall or autumn meal should be. Everyone loved it. My stepkids loved the smell so much they ate a second dinner after having gone out to dinner with my parents already!
Food is Love.
When I wasn’t vegan and I was applying to law school I worked at a law firm in Quincy, MA near a Panera Bread. My favorite lunch was always a bowl of their signature Broccoli Cheese Soup and a toasted Asiago bagel and an apple. The soup was so decadent and the sharp Asiago smothering the bagel made me just fall into a million pieces. I would’ve eaten this over a filet mignon or fancy lobster dinner (mostly because I never liked either but also because it was that good in my mind). So when I was beginning my ideas for this next week of blogging on soups, stews, and chowders I thought that I really must start off with Broccoli Cheese Soup. I have eaten the broccoli cheese soup in Chef Chloe’s cookbook and it is very good and very healthy but I wanted to make a truly decadent creamy creation that reminded me of that soup near the law firm. So with that I present my version.
Creamy Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup
6 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1 tbsp vegetable bouillon paste (I use Penzey’s)
1 1/3 cup Daiya Mozzarella Shreds
(1) White Onion
(2) Heads of Broccoli
(6) Small or Baby Carrots
1 qt of Soy Creamer
1/2 cup soy milk
1 cup of water
1/4 cup Tofutti Better than Cream Cheese
1/4 cup Tofutti Sour Supreme Sour Cream
Prepare the Base:
- Put (2) tablespoons of oil in a pan with salt and (1) onion chopped into rings.
- Sweat the onion on medium heat until very soft and light golden brown. They will naturally start to separate as they heat up, so continue stirring.
- Take 1/2 of the onions out and place in an extra large sauce pan. Add broccoli and 1 tbsp oil and place on medium heat,
- Toss oil, onions, and broccoli and sprinkle with salt. Leave on medium heat.
- Take remaining onions in the frying pan and add 3 tablespoons oil and flour. Stir until it forms a paste.
Cooking down the soup:
- Pour creamer into large sauce pot with broccoli and onion mixture.
- Bring to a simmer.
- Add all remaining ingredients and oil/onion paste except for carrots.
- Stir until broccoli is soft and well combined. The sauce should be thick now and form a film on top if not constantly stirred.
- Take an immersion blender and place in pot allowing the blender to chop and puree the broccoli. You can reserve a few small pieces if you want it a little chunkier.
- Then shred the carrots with a peeler or making matchsticks with a sharp knife and add a few minutes before serving. These should be cooked but slightly crisp.
- Serve hot and Enjoy!
Serves (7). 1 cup servings. WW Points 11.
The Hippie Gypsy