It's now December which means the days are shorter, the nights are longer, and every day is a little bit colder. This time of year, I like my meals to be warm and comforting. While I don't mind cold weather, and actually prefer it to the heat, I still get cold easily. Like super cold. I've been this way my whole life. Nothing makes me warm up faster than a cup of hot tea and a bowl of hot soup.
Finding good store bought vegan soup is pretty difficult for me. Why? Because I hate onions. Onions is like the second ingredient is every soup. Cooked or raw I find them repulsive. Also, I'm not like the biggest fan of tofu. So like, faux chicken noodle soup with tofu kind of makes me gag. Faux meat, including tofu, is gross. It reminds me too much of the real thing and I want nothing to do with it. I decided to start making my own.
Everyone has always ranted and raved about crock pots but I just found them to be unsafe. People just leave them o all day when they're not home? What?! And these crock pot makers have no clue who my cats are. They're insane. They find their way into everything. Locked up behind closed doors and they will STILL get to it. But I took a leap. My husband saw a 6 QT Philadelphia Eagles crock pot at Walmart and I knew I had to have it.
I am a HUGE HUGE HUGE football fan, and they're my team. Plus when the games on Sunday, I don't wanna cook. I wanna sit my butt on my couch and watch my boys. Now I can just throw something in the crock pot and go watch my game while it cooks. I can't believe I never got one sooner. I still won't leave it on if I'm not home, and I periodically check to make sure my kitchen isn't on fire, and my cats haven't found a way into it. Surprisingly they didn't even go near it, other than when I was taking it out of the box, and I think that's because they wanted the box to play in. Good job cats, Mommy's proud of you!
Last week was my first time using it, and I'm using it again today. I've read a lot of recipes online and just kinda took inspiration from them to make my own onion free soup. Here's what I used:
-Pacifica's Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
-1 cup of Quinoa (uncooked)
-1 can of organic black beans, rinsed
-2 cans of Hunts Fire Roasted Tomatoes
-1 bag Woodstock's Frozen Butternut Squash
-1 bag Cascadian Farm's Frozen Organic California Blend Veggies which contains cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, and carrots.
-Salt and Pepper to taste
-A few dashes of cumin and Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb Seasoning
You can use fresh veggies if you want, but frozen was easier. I didn't use too many seasonings because I enjoy the taste of veggies so I wanted just enough seasoning to flavor them a bit. I threw everything in the crock pot, but it on high for about 4-5 hours, tasting it in between to adjust the seasoning and that's it. I'm kicking myself for not getting one sooner.
I'm not a fan of overly brothy soups so this one was super hearty and thick and was more like a stew. I dipped some tortilla chips in it and it was delicious. My best friend came over for dinner, he loved it. And I gave some to my mom, my aunt, and my boss and they all loved it. It made SO MUCH that I had to share it. I'm thrilled with how it turned out.
I'm currently sick (again!), and my appetite isn't great but I know I need to eat to regain my strength to feel better. So I'm making essentially the same thing today. I'm out of black beans so I'm gonna put some chick peas in around the last half hour or so. High protein and high fiber and it's super filling.
Do you guys have any crock pot recipes you love? I would love to try them!