Creamy Mushroom Cauliflower Soup

vegan cauliflower mushroom soup

It’s chilly today in Indiana so I decided to make soup. I’ve made cauliflower soup before but I was craving mushrooms so I decided to throw some in along with some kale. I also had some leftover cashew cream from my cauliflower eggz benedict so I add some of that too. If you want to save some time, you can leave out the cashew cream, it’s great either way! I think this is my new favorite soup!

Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup Vidalia onion, minced
1 head cauliflower chopped into florets
1 8oz package of mushrooms
4 cups water
2 Edward & Sons No-Chick’n Bouillon Cubes
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 large kale leaf, chopped
2 tbsp cashew cream (optional) (recipe below)

Directions:

In a large saucepan, add 1/4 cup of water along with the garlic and onion and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the cauliflower, mushrooms, water, bouillon cubes, and black pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium and simmer until cauliflower is soft.

Let the soup cool a bit then pour 3/4 of it into a blender and blend until mostly smooth.

Transfer back to the saucepan with the remaining 1/4 of the soup and add the chopped kale and cashew cream, if using. Reheat and serve.

Cashew Cream:

3/4 cups cashews soaked overnight, drained
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp lime juice
2 medium slices of jalapeno, seeds and spines removed
1/8 tsp salt
3-4 shakes of black pepper

Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.

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Herb Butter Roasted Veggies w/ Pan Fried Garbanzo Burgers

 Vegan Roasted Veggies w/ Garbanzo Burgers

They may sound fancy but these delicious dishes are so easy to make!
Garbanzo bean burgers

  • 1 cup garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and mashed (pulse in food processor to make it even faster!)
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin 
  • 1/8 cup whole wheat flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

Throughly mix all ingredients together except oil in large bowl. Form 4 flat patties and fry in oiled pan over medium-high about 5 minutes on each side or until burgers are golden brown. 

Great on a bun with sliced avocado and sauteed mushrooms. 

Herb Butter Roasted Veggies

Fresh green beans taste so much better than canned and can be found in the produce department of most grocery stores.

  • 4 new red potatoes, scrubbed, rinsed, and quartered
  • 4 baby bellas, crimini or other mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter (Earth Balance, Smart Balance Light w/ Flax, Blue Bonnet Light)
  • 1 fresh garlic clove minced or 1/2 tsp minced garlic in jar
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 cup fresh green beans, trimmed and washed
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray medium casserole dish w/ non-stick spray and add the mushrooms and potatoes. Melt butter in a small bowl then add garlic, basil and thyme – drizzle over veggies and toss to coat evenly. Roast until the vegetables begin to brown, about 20 minutes.
 
Remove from the oven and toss in green beans. Season with the salt and pepper, return to the oven an additional 10 minutes, or until vegetables are golden brown and potatoes are tender.

Makes 4 servings.