Pot O’ Veggies – Soups and Whatnot 

One of the things I love about being Vegan or even Vegetarian is that plants go with plants. There really isn’t a lot that goes into “meal planning.” There are obviously certain ethnic foods that combine specific produce to create the flavors of that culture, but when it comes to something like a vegetable soup, it really is just “whatever”. 🙌🏼 I love “whatever”! 

We really enjoy a good soup. It is one of our favorite meals because it always tastes better the next day, but it’s also so very easy and affordable. I love the flexibility of flavors and creative combinations. There is also something so very comforting about a bowl of hot soup and some fresh bread or a grilled cheese sandwich. 

My husband has yet to have a soup I’ve made that he hasn’t loved, especially just a classic vegetable soup. I have to agree and you don’t have to be a chef to make a delicious soup! Mediocrity in the kitchen is perfectly acceptable in this case! Yay! 

Personally,  I have a three rules of thumb with veggie soup:

  1. Keep the base the same – sautéed garlic, onion, celery, carrot, and vegetable broth (usually 4-6 cups)
  2. Use FRESH produce! No frozen or cans! This really is huge, it affects the flavor, texture, and just everything. Fresh is ALWAYS best. I feel strongly about this if you couldn’t tell. But it really is the biggest issue in all Vegan and vegetarian cooking! So be Fresh and use Fresh…😏
  3. Herbs are always delightful taste sensations. 

Veggie Soup Base:

– sauté 1 yellow onion chopped, 4 cloves of garlic minced, 1 large carrot chopped and 1 stalks celery diced in about 2tbsp olive oil. 

– add whatever herbs you are planning (I usually go for thyme, basil, oregano and sometimes I’ll throw in some tarragon). 

– when everything is nice and tender add whatever else you are planning on using. Pour in your veggie broth, cover and simmer until everything is tender. 

– season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Note: if you’re using something like rice, pasta or lentils, cook them separately and add at the end. 

It really is that simple! 

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