Summary: Early spring can be frustrating. Sometimes the temperatures are warm, but then they suddenly plummet, making you wonder if warm weather will ever arrive. Soup is a wonderful staple for chilly nights, as it comforts your heart and warms your belly. We love this delightful vegan cream of broccoli variety—thick, nourishing, inexpensive, and easy to make. Your kitchen will smell wonderful, and you won’t mind holding onto winter just a little bit longer.

Early spring can be frustrating. Sometimes the temperatures are warm, but then they suddenly plummet, making you wonder if warm weather will ever arrive. Soup is a wonderful staple for chilly nights, as it comforts your heart and warms your belly. We love this delightful vegan cream of broccoli variety—thick, nourishing, inexpensive, and easy to make. Your kitchen will smell wonderful, and you won’t mind holding onto winter just a little bit longer.

INGREDIENTS
Olive oil for pan
2 ½ cups finely chopped broccoli florets
1/3 cup finely chopped carrots
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup chopped onion
1-2 minced garlic cloves
¼ teaspoon sea salt (not the iodized variety!)
3 tablespoons gluten-free flour (we used Bob’s Red Mill garbanzo flour. Hearty and delicious!)
1 ½ cup vegetable broth (check labels, make sure it’s gluten-free)
1 ¼ cup plant-based milk (We used a combination of coconut and almond milks)
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
Salt and pepper to taste
Pinch of cumin

INSTRUCTIONS
Heat olive oil in medium-sized soup pan. Add broccoli, onion, carrots, celery, and garlic and sauté for 5-10 minutes. Onions should be slightly browned. Add flour and toss into vegetables. Stir for 1-2 minutes, then add vegetable broth and plant-based milk. Sprinkle in nutritional yeast. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and cumin. Simmer vegetables for 10-15 minutes, until they are slightly tender.

Remove from heat and pour into a blender or food processor. Mix until pureed. Your soup should be thick and creamy. Pour directly into bowls and dig in!

We like to make broccoli croutons for topping. They’re easy—cut up a few more florets, sprinkle with sea salt, and fry on stovetop for a few minutes. Start on low heat. When broccoli becomes tender, turn up the heat and continue frying until browned on both sides. Be sure to flip the broccoli several times. It should be slightly crispy. Remove from stove, drain off excess olive oil, and sprinkle your croutons on top of the soup.

Other great toppings include shredded vegan cheese, shaved carrots, and/or an extra drizzle of olive oil. Serve alone or with a side salad and/or loaf of gluten-free garlic bread. Unbelievably tasty! This hearty soup serves 2-3 people, but feel free to increase portion sizes if you’re entertaining more guests. No one will want to leave your house. Stay warm! Nicer weather is just around the corner.

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Summary: We are obsessed with soup this winter and have been trying out various varieties—for our own comfort as well as for the readers of this site. A warm, nourishing broth is a must for these cold, dark January days. We especially love potato soup and were thrilled to discover this simple but delicious recipe. It’s inexpensive and only takes about 45 minutes to prepare.

We are obsessed with soup this winter and have been trying out various varieties—for our own comfort as well as for the readers of this site. A warm, nourishing broth is a must for these cold, dark January days. We especially love potato soup and were thrilled to discover this simple but delicious recipe. It’s inexpensive and only takes about 45 minutes to prepare.

You can use any kind of potato your heart desires—russet, red or white. You might even try the recipe with sweet potatoes. We created this soup with red potatoes, a favorite of ours. The addition of vegan sausage makes the dish hearty and delightful. The coconut milk adds a subtle but creamy sweetness. Try it, we think you’ll love this soup as much as we do.

INGREDIENTS
½ cup vegan butter or margarine (we used Earth Balance, and it worked great)
2 small onions, diced
2 chopped stalks of celery
3 carrots, sliced into thin rounds (for color and variety, buy a bunch of multi-colored carrots. Our bunch had yellow, orange, and purple!)
8 cups water
2 cups vegetable stock
1 ½ teaspoon sea salt (NOT the iodized variety!)
1 ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 ½ teaspoon cumin
2 cups diced potatoes
2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
4 sliced vegan sausages (check labels to make sure there is no wheat or soy sauce, which contains gluten).
Dried parsley, oregano, and/or cilantro for topping

INSTRUCTIONS
Melt butter or margarine in large soup pan and add onions, carrots, and celery. Sautee for about 10 minutes until vegetables start to soften. Add potatoes, water, vegetable stock and spices and simmer for about 15 more minutes. A wonderful aroma will fill your kitchen! Ahhhhh……

Add coconut milk and sausages and continue simmering for another 10-15 minutes, until all vegetables are completely cooked through. You can do a taste test to make sure that none of them are hard. Don’t let them get mushy, though! Remove pan from stovetop and serve in the most colorful bowls you can find. Sprinkle liberally with dried spices, and/or a dash of hot sauce, if you dare. Or try some grated vegan cheese.
potato soup

We like this soup with a side salad and a loaf of fresh, gluten-free bread. Your guests will agree. Serves 8 people. If you have fewer guests, freeze the soup or refrigerate for up to four days. Stay warm!

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Summary: We love making soups in the winter. They’re warm, hearty, and help us feel better on a cold evening, especially at the end of a long day. If you’re under the weather, a good soup can nourish you like nothing else on the planet. We recently discovered this black bean tortilla soup at a friend’s holiday party and were so wowed that we begged her for the recipe. She was delighted to share it, and so are we. The concoction only takes about 45 minutes to prepare, so it’s a great dish if you’re on the run.

tortilla soup

We love making soups in the winter. They’re warm, hearty, and help us feel better on a cold evening, especially at the end of a long day. If you’re under the weather, a good soup can nourish you like nothing else on the planet. We recently discovered this black bean tortilla soup at a friend’s holiday party and were so wowed that we begged her for the recipe. She was delighted to share it, and so are we. The concoction only takes about 45 minutes to prepare, so it’s a great dish if you’re on the run.

SOUP INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups vegetable broth
1 28-ounce can, stewed tomatoes (check label, make sure no chemicals are added).
2 teaspoons ancho chili powder
2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon sea salt (not iodized!)
2 cans black beans (or 3 cups boiled black beans, if you have time)
1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)

GARNISHES
3 small corn tortillas
1 avocado, sliced
1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
1 lime, cut into wedges

Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil into a large pan and add chopped onions and garlic. Fry on medium heat until onions and garlic are slightly brown. Your kitchen will smell terrific, and you’re just getting started! Add vegetable broth, stewed tomatoes, both chili powders, salt, and cumin. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until tomatoes are cooked through.

Add black beans and corn and continue simmering for 10 minutes until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Meanwhile, cut tortillas into thin strips. Place strips in olive oil in a medium-sized frying pan (cast iron is great!) Fry strips on both sides until brown and crispy, then remove from pan. Place them on paper towel to absorb excess olive oil.

Serve soup in festive bowls with avocado slices, a squeeze or two of lime juice, a liberal dash of cilantro, and as many tortilla strips as your heart desires. We love tortilla strips and find that it’s hard to put too many into this soup. But eat fast, because they do get soggy.

Serves 4-6 hungry guests. This soup is especially good with vegan, gluten-free cornbread and/or beer. If you do end up with leftovers, you can freeze them, or devour them in the next couple of days. You will be utterly delighted by this simple, inexpensive, and satisfying meal. Stay warm and enjoy!

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Summary: Residents of several US states consider butternut squash soup to be a traditional Thanksgiving staple. This makes sense to us, so we decided to give the dish a test whirl to see if it would work for our holiday feast. The answer is a resounding yes! This recipe is extra exotic, due to the addition of curry and cinnamon. Of course, it’s vegan, gluten-free, and absolutely delicious. Try it, we think you’ll agree.

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon coconut oil
½ small red onion or 4 scallions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups butternut squash chunks (1 medium-sized squash)
Pinch or two of ground pepper
Pinch or two of sea salt (not iodized table salt, please)
2 teaspoons curry powder
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ¾ cups coconut milk
2 cups vegetable broth
2-3 teaspoons maple syrup (the real kind)

OPTIONAL GARNISHES
Roasted squash seeds
Chopped thyme
Chili paste
Fresh ground pepper
Extra coconut milk as drizzle

INSTRUCTIONS
Chop squash into medium-sized cubes and bake in oven at 425 degrees until pulp is slightly soft. Remove from oven, cool and then separate skin from pulp. Discard or compost skin. Fry squash, onions or scallions, garlic cloves, curry powder, cinnamon, salt and pepper in coconut oil for about 10 minutes. Squash should be slightly browned. Your kitchen will smell wonderful!

Pour mixture into large pan with coconut milk, vegetable broth, and maple syrup and simmer about 15 minutes until squash is quite soft. Remove from heat and transfer contents to blender. Mix at medium speed for a couple of minutes until pureed. The texture should be thick and creamy. Transfer it back into pan and heat for about 10 more minutes. Remove from heat and pour directly into bowls.

This comforting, aromatic soup tastes incredible all by itself, or you can garnish with a drizzle or two of additional coconut milk, chopped thyme, chili paste, extra ground pepper, or any other topping of your choice. Feel free to experiment! Serve with a side salad, some gluten-free garlic bread, and for an extra kick, a glass or two of vegan red wine.

squash soup

This soup serves four people and keeps well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. You can also freeze it for approximately 1 month. However, we strongly doubt that you’ll have any left over. The delectable concoction will warm your bones and prepare you for autumn’s chill. Enjoy, and stay warm!

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