A healthy version of a holiday classic: vegan cream of broccoli soup, made creamy with nutritional yeast and almond milk for an easy, hearty soup.
Popular blogger, Lindsay Nixon has done it again. This month her newest book, “Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings” has been released and with it Nixon answers the question so many have been asking, “What the heck does a vegan eat at [insert any holiday] anyway?” by providing a cookbook filled with delicious, simple, and familiar recipes for the whole family to enjoy throughout the year.
Specifically focused on holidays & gatherings (as the title suggests), the book is divided into three parts:
- The Pre-Party. This short chapter gives an overview on how to plan for an event or celebration with details on how to build the menu, plan the prep, and present the feast.
- Occasions. All the recipes in this book are in this main section (the bulk of the book) and organized by event. Starting with Thanksgiving, Nixon takes us through all the major holidays of the year with easy-to-make healthy recipes.
- Appendix. This chapter contains one of my favorite features in any cookbooks: dinner party menus providing menus for 18 themed dinners with everything from “Classic Italian” to “Southern Home Cookin'”. In this section she also provides a glossary of ingredients and helpful tips.
Like I said, Nixon begins the recipe section with a chapter on Thanksgiving which is followed by Winter Holidays. Between these two chapters you will find many classic holiday favorites: Green Bean Casserole, Traditional Stuffing, Portobello Pot Roast, Rum Bundt Cake and much more. An entire holiday feast can be made with these healthier, vegan versions.
Some of the other celebrations highlighted in this book are:
- New Years Eve & Day
- Tailgating & Appetizing Parties
- Romantic Occasions
- Breakfast in Bed
- Easter & Passover
- Picnics, Barbecues, & Outdoor Parties
- Kid-Approved Parties
Each occasion is filled with seasonal appropriate recipes, most of which are accompanied with large beautiful photos, and personal narrative along the way.
Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings is a beautiful book, and one every cookbook collector should have.
The generous people over at BenBella Books are letting me share a recipe from the book with you. When I saw this Vegan Cream of Broccoli soup recipe I knew I had to share it. Growing up this was always part of our Christmas Eve tradition. After church we would come home to a bowl of broccoli soup and a mug of apple cider. Once dinner was finished up we would eat the last of the Christmas cookies while opening presents.
To me this Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup is a Christmas Eve necessity and I was thrilled to find a healthy, vegan version in this new book.
- If using fresh broccoli, remove the tough lower stalk but chop the other stalky parts.
- Line a large pot with vegetable broth and sauté onion and garlic until onion is translucent
- Add 1/2 cup broth and cooked rice or potato and let simmer until rice is waterlogged and extra liquid has all or mostly cooked off.
- If using fresh broccoli, add another 1/2 cup broth and broccoli, and cook until broccoli is very tender. If using frozen broccoli, add broccoli at the end as the rice is finishing up (omit extra 1/2 cup broth - just a splash will do).
- Transfer soup to a blender and puree with non-dairy milk, plus additional broth as necessary to achieve desired consistency. You can also add fresh or dried basil or type, plus salt and pepper to taste.
- Return blended soup to your saucepan and let simmer, adding nutritional yeast to taste.
- Squeeze fresh lemon juice over soup before serving. if desired, and garnish with red pepper flakes or fresh black pepper.
For a richer soup, blend some raw cashews with water to make a cashew cream and replace the nondairy milk with the cream.
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