Hi Everyone! Happy Holidays! I hope that you are all enjoying the season as much as I am!
With the excitement of Christmas approaching, life has been quite busy with shopping, planning a plant based Christmas dinner, and looking forward to the new year; this time of year it can be hard to plan meals when it is easier to buy something on the go or whip something up fast. What I like to do is cook larger portions that can be used as leftovers the next day or frozen for a meal a different day. Also with Christmas approaching a lot of people are looking to clear out their fridges for space for their holiday meals and instead of getting rid of produce or turning it into a salad, making a soup with whatever veggies you have in the fridge is a great alternative especially at this time of year! I used veggies that I had on hand but you could use almost any vegetable and it would be a great addition to this soup! Keep reading for the recipe!
Everything in the Fridge Roasted Veggie Soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes/ Cook Time: 35 minutes/ Total Time: 50 minutes
Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Plant Based/ Vegan/ Dinner/ Easy/ Soup
*1/2 a Head of a Large Cauliflower (Cut into Small Florets)
*1/2 a Head of a Large Broccoli (Cut into Small Florets)
*1 Large Sweet Potato (Cut into Small Pieces)
*1 Large Sweet Onion (Diced)
*3 Stalks of Celery (Cut into Small Pieces)
*4 Carrots (Cut into Rounds)
*1 Parsnip (Cut into Rounds)
*2 Cloves of Garlic (Minced)
*4 Cups of Veggie Broth (Low Sodium if trying to avoid sodium)
*1/3 Cup of Nutritional Yeast
*1/2 tsp of Garlic Powder
*1/2 tsp of Onion Powder
*1/2 tsp of Dried Dill
*1/2 tsp of Dried Basil
*1/2 tsp of Dried Rosemary
*1/2 tsp of Piri Piri Seasoning
*1/2 tsp of Sea Salt Plus More to Taste
*1/2 tsp of White Pepper Plus More to Taste
*Pinch of Sugar
*Dried Kale Chips (Garnish) (Optional)
*Preheat the oven to 450 Fahrenheit
*Chop the cauliflower, broccoli, 2 of the carrots and the parsnip into small pieces. Put veggies into a large mixing bowl and toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and pinch of sugar until all the veggies are coated. Place the vegetables onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Once oven is heated, place the veggies into the oven for about 30 minutes or until browned (this may take longer depending on your oven)
*While those vegetables are roasting, chop the onion, celery and remaining carrots. Place vegges and minced garlic into a large stock pot with a tablespoon of olive oil and saute on medium high heat until the onion becomes translucent (about 5-7 minutes). Add in the dried dill, basil, rosemary, piri piri and some salt and pepper, saute for another 3 minutes. Add in the veggie stock and stir. Bring to a boil and let simmer until the veggies in the oven are done roasting (about 30 minutes).
*Once the vegetables in the oven have roasted to your liking, take them out of the oven and place them into the stock pot with the other veggies. Continue simmering soup for another 5-10 minutes. Add in the nutritional yeast.
*Using an immersion blender (or high speed blender), blend the veggies until you have a thick soup. Add in some water if you would like your soup thinner. Taste and add in seasoning if needed.
*Place soup into serving bowls and garnish with dried dill, piri piri and dried kale chips. Enjoy!
I hope that you have enjoyed this recipe. The roasted veggies in this recipe really make this soup stand out and give it a little bit of a sweetness which I really enjoy in my dishes. This combination of vegetables all really worked well together but like I mentioned, this soup would also taste good with other veggies like spinach, kale, potatoes and golden beets. This soup is great for a colder day but would also be great as leftovers for lunch the next day. Soup is one of my favourite things to cook and also to eat during the long Canadian winters!
I hope that you all have a great Christmas (or whatever you celebrate) and that you spend time with those closest to you, eat lots of great food and spend some time relaxing! This will be my last post before Christmas but I am working on a couple more personal posts which will be out before the new year and am looking forward to creating new recipe posts in the new year! Thank you so much for your continued support, kind words and helpful advice. I sound like a broken record but it really does mean so much.!
Merry Christmas Everyone!!!