Monday, January 21, 2013

Meatless Monday - Creme of Broccoli Soup

While remodeling our kitchen, we've had to get creative with our meal-making.  Instead of take-out or frozen microwave meals every day, we've been trying to prepare healthier meals...slow cooker to the rescue!  When I think about the slow cooker, I always think of a roast with veggies or chili, but with Kovas trying to be vegan, I turned to Quick and Easy Vegan Slow Cooking for some ideas.  One recipe that caught my eye was the Creme of Broccoli Soup.

Creme of broccoli soup in slow cooker
Creme of Broccoli Soup
In slow cooker combine:
1/2  medium onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1 large white potato, peeled and cut in 1/4-inch pieces *
1/2 cup red lentils
1 bay leaf
Red lentils and cauliflower
Red lentils and cauliflower (instead of potatoes)
Set on LOW and cook for 6 hours.

Add
1 head of broccoli, chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

broccoli soup in slow cooker
Slow cooker - broccoli soup in the works...
Cook for 2 hours longer.  Remove bay leaf, then using immersion blender, blend to desired consistency adding more broth if needed.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Before serving I added some olive oil for flavor and creaminess.

* I substituted cauliflower for the potato because Kovas is avoiding night-shades.

Ever use the slow cooker for something other than roasts or chili?  
What's your favorite meatless slow cooker meal?

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3 comments:

  1. 3 recipes from that book, all good, definitely a keeper!

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  2. What does "night-shades" mean?

    This sounds so good! I don't have an immersion blender though.

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  3. I have never had creme of broccoli soup - it does look good.

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