I love vegetable soup in winter and winter has arrived with a vengeance. The winds feel like the westerly winds of August and it is bitterly cold. I am so glad that I had another load of wood delivered this week as we were not looking forward to our fire going out. Our fire keeps our kitchen and living room warm and toasty. These two rooms are the heart of the house for us in winter.
In summer, my office is the back room that opens onto our back deck and the dogs tend to check on me and the Magpies let me know when they are hungry. However, in winter the back room is too cold and I relocate my office to the interior of the house. If it is a sunny day, I open the blinds of our north-facing sunroom and close them when the sun begins to fade around 4. If it is a grey day, the curtains and blinds remain close and the house is a little cave.
I love this time of year, when it comes to food as one of my favourite laziest meals is soup! Pumpkin Soup. Thai Soup. Vegetable Soup. Corn Soup. Vietnamese Soup. I love any type of soup really. What I love most about soups is that you can generally throw some vegetables in a saucepan, season and add some stock. Then you have a meal that is super easy, incredibly comforting and feels like a warm hug.
I didn’ have much in the house yesterday apart from some vegetable stock, nutritional yeast (I get mine from Tenterfield Health) and some vegetables and I threw what I had in a pot and it was one of my favourite soups so far! The addition of nutritional yeast, garlic powder and onion powder lent a divine creaminess to this which was a treat. It was not the prettiest soup in the world, but it tasted wonderful.
Creamy Vegetable Soup
- 4 Potatoes Peeled and diced
- 2 Carrots Peeled and sliced
- 3 stalks Celery Sliced
- 2 Turnips Peeled and diced
- 2 Onions Peeled and roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
- 1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
- 1 tablespoon Onion Powder
- 125 gram Dried Chickpeas
- 125 gram Dried Lentils
- 125 gram Dried Legumes whatever you prefer
- 1 splash Olive Oil
- Soak dried legumes in bowl with water for 4 hours.
- Saute onions, celery and carrots in a saucepan until softened.
- Add all other ingredients to saucepan including the drained legumes.
- Bring to boil.
- Allow to simmer for an hour or so.