Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Like most of the U.S. population, potatoes are one of my absolute favorite comfort foods.  And while it’s definitely a food associated with North America, it has a much longer history with South America.  Cultivation of the potato in South America is thought to be somewhere around 10,000 years ago.  North America can thank Peru…

Hearty Seitan and Wheat Berry Chili

This vegan chili recipe is easy, tasty and hearty. Often, vegan chili consists of beans and a few vegetables, like green peppers, onions, and sometimes, corn. I like how this vegan chili recipe brings an additional punch of heartiness with meaty chunks of seitan and chewy wheat berries. These two ingredients not only amp up…

Chipotle Sweet Potato Red Lentil Soup

This is one hearty vegan soup!  As it cooks up, it gets thicker, so if you prefer a thinner soup, stir in some extra water or broth right before serving.  This soup also has an identity crisis.  Is it chili?  Is it stew?  Is it vegetable soup?   It’s probably all three?  But regardless of…

Butternut Squash and Spinach Soup

Butternut squash, spinach, sage, celery, onion, and garlic. This is a savory vegan soup that’s perfect for the cooler months of the year.  Not only that, it cooks up fast, especially if you use frozen butternut squash.  The entire soup leaves you wanting more, and that’s the sign of a hit!  As a variation, stir in 1…

Minestrone Soup

The first soup I learned to make was minestrone.  As a youngster, I thought it was very romantic to use wine in cooking.  I felt like such a grown up incorporating it.  The smell of garlic and Italian herbs filled the air.  And at once, I was transported from my life on the Illinois prairie…

Okra Masala Soup

One of my all-time favorite Indian dishes is bhindi masala.  First of all, it’s star attraction is okra, which I positively love.  Second, it tastes like a dream within a dream.  It’s spiced and has a bit of astringency, while also maintaining a buttery, savory flavor.   When I was thinking of today’s soup, I…

Vegan Fish Chowder

When I was a kid, we eliminated eating meat over the course of a year.  First, it was no red meat.  Then, it was no chicken.  And in the final phase, it was no fish.  My parents told us that we were always welcome to eat meat outside of the home, like if we went…

Bok Choy Shiitake Soup

Sometimes, you want a brothy, comforting soup.  Today’s recipe relies on red miso, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and scallions to create a memorable meal.   When I was growing up, we never bought vegetable broth or bouillon.  We would finish a dish by adding miso at the end of cooking.  For a time,…

Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup

When I was conceptualizing this soup, I couldn’t help but think about shakshuka.  It’s a staple entree of North Africa and Arab cuisine, and involves eggs and tomatoes.  Being vegan, I wasn’t going to go the eggs route, and because I wanted soup, this would need to veer in a different direction.  Just like shakshuka,…

Soy Curl Corn Soup

This recipe was inspired by a combination of Guam’s classic corn soup, American chicken pot pie, and chicken noodle soup.  Put them all together with some vegan flare, and you have a comforting, flavorful soup that keeps you coming back for more.  In fact, we had no leftovers! While I chose to use fresh corn…

Lemon Artichoke Asparagus Soup

For a time, we lived close to California’s Monterey Bay.  After a long day of hiking, we would stop off at one of the roadside artichoke farms for fried artichokes.  There is nothing like the smell of the beach, the fog rolling in, and the taste of farm fresh artichokes.   Since moving to the…

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

As we move into the final days of winter, I am making the most of it.  Warming and nourishing, there’s nothing like a bowl of homemade soup.  Some people crave ice cream.  Some people like cake. I just want a really good bowl of soup.   Spiced with garam masala, today’s soup is literally “heating…

Spiced Carrot Soup

This soup is spicy in a warming curry way, bright from the lemon juice, savory from the fennel bulb, and a bit sweet from the carrots. All in all, it uses few ingredients, cooks up fast, and is very easy to make. And best of all, it tastes absolutely delicious. Ras el hanout is a…