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Vegan French Onion Soup with Mushrooms

Here’s my dairy-free take to the traditional French onion soup. Made hearty and satisfying with the addition of mushrooms.

Why I love this soup

This soup is not only comforting and delicious, but it is also good for you. Both onions and mushrooms are loaded with antioxidants and cancer fighting properties. They also help boost the immune systems and are full of beneficial phytonutrients. Too many big words? Basically, just make this :)

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Vegan French Onion Soup with Mushrooms
 
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Delicious, nutritious and satisfying bowl of onion soup with the hearty flavour of Mushrooms.
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 kg brown onions (6 large onion), Peeled & Quartered
  • 350g button or flat mushroom, sliced
  • 2 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp muscovado sugar or brown sugar
Method
  1. Peel and half onions. Slice thinly with a knife or add to Cuisine Companion bowl and chop for 15 seconds using chopping blade at speed 5.
  2. Replace blade to stirring blade. Add olive oil and saute for 10 minutes at 100 C.
  3. Add stock and cook for 30 minutes at 100 C reduce to speed 4.
  4. Add mushroom and cook for 5 minutes/100 degrees/speed 4.
  5. Mix tapioca flour with 4 tablespoon water to form a smooth paste.
  6. Add tapioca paste to CC bowl and mix for 2 minute / 100 degrees / speed 4.
  7. Serve in soup bowls and season with salt and pepper.
Notes
P.S. If you don't have Cuisine Companion you can make this on the stove top. Just follow the direction and use large pot to cook the soup, stirring as needed.

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Eat Me Skinny Kohlrabi Soup

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This is diet-changing stuff. I’ve asked myself how something so creamy and yummy can also be so healthy and light. Oh, but it can. It’s called Kohlrabi.

Kohlrabi

Like most vegetables, kohlrabi is healthy and nutritious. This one is particularly rich in Vitamin C, though. Just a hundred-gram serving gives you all your daily Vitamin C requirement. And, my goodness, it is so low in calories it is almost criminal. It has the creaminess of potatoes but it has just one third of the calories.

One kilogram of raw kohlrabi has only 270 calories. To put this into perspective, that’s less than a calorie count of 100 grams of bread. Amazing, isn’t it?

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Geeky science fact: Kohlrabi is actually man-made. Along with cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts, it was created by artificial selection from the wild mustard plant (brassica oleracea).  Artificial selection of a plant means the intentional selection of certain traits you like from the plant, so for example:

  1. Brocolli resulted from the suppression of flower development.
  2. Kale was the outcome from the enlargement of leaves
  3. Cauliflower came from sterile flowers
  4. Cabbage arose from suppression of the internode’s length (the bit of the plant stem between the nodes); and
  5. Kohlrabi was the result of enhancement of the lateral meristem (part of the plant cells involved in lateral/sideways growth)

Thankfully, contrary to artificial selection and cultivation, cooking Kohlrabi is not a complicated undertaking. Here’s as perfectly basic, easy-to-make soup with a great clean flavour which you can tweak to your heart’s content – wants spice, add cayenne; dreaming of Italy, add bay leaves and rosemary; or like it exotic, add cumin powder, you get the gist.

Eat Me Skinny Kohlrabi Soup
 
A creamy, comforting soup, without the calories. Great to have warm or chilled.
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 kohlrabi bulbs, peeled and chopped
  • 2½ cups vegetable stock
  • 2½ cups almond milk
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Vegan parmesan (I use
Method
  1. Heat coconut oil in a large pan. Add onions and cook gently until soft, about 10 minutes. Add kohlrabi and cook for 3 minutes.
  2. Add vegetable stock, and almond milk to pan, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 25 minutes or until kohlrabi is tender. Let cool for a few minutes.
  3. Using an immersion blender, bench top blender or food processor, puree soup until smooth.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve in heated bowls with freshly cracked pepper and a generous sprinkle of vegan parmesan.
Notes
Vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free

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