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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thursday Recipe - Dairy-free Cream of Vegetable Soup

Yesterday was a desperate day. My fridge is empty partly because I'm lazy and don't want to go to the store, partly because I've been too busy to go shopping, and partly because the day I set aside for shopping I ended up being sick. Not just sick of work and kids and my house, but lie-on-the-couch-barely-able-to-push-buttons-on-the-remote sick. So when late afternoon rolled around, I knew I'd be in trouble if I didn't get something cooking for dinner. My boys know how to cook, but nothing I had in the house. So I dragged myself off the couch and scrounged through the pantry and freezer to find something to throw together for dinner. Soup is the easiest. It can just bubble away in the pot with no stirring. I can make soups that everyone in my family can eat, despite numerous food allergies. Soups are cheap and use up weird bits of leftover stuff. Soup tastes good. Soup is easy on sick tummies.

So, guess what I made for dinner last night? Soup. How'd you know? I even took a picture.

Not this picture. That's the crocuses blooming in my front yard. And the dead stuff we still haven't cleaned up yet. Yard work isn't very high on my priority list.

This is the soup.  Now that I look at the picture, it doesn't look that appetizing. My son had already started eating it. But it tastes good. Really. Trust me. Better than it looks. It was so good, it's all gone.

Dairy-free Cream of Vegetable Soup

1/2 medium onion, diced
2 T. butter
5 medium potatoes, scrubbed and cubed fairly small
2 t. salt
1 t. ground black pepper
1 t. smoked paprika (regular will work)
2 bay leaves
1 T. dried parsley
pinch nutmeg
1 12 oz bag frozen mixed vegetables
1 14 oz can coconut milk
6 oz bacon, diced (optional)

Saute onion in butter in large (3-4 quart) saucepan. Add diced potatoes, seasonings, and enough water to cover. Cover pot and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until potatoes are tender. Add frozen vegetables. Cook another 5 to 10 minutes until frozen veggies are cooked. Add coconut milk. Cover and cook on low just until heated through. Add more salt if needed.

Meanwhile, cook bacon until crunchy. Serve as a garnish on the soup.


  1. Wait. If it's got bacon, how can it be veggie soup?

    (ha. Word verification: progi. That fits somehow. And bacconi, for the second one. If I edit this again, will I get more foodish words, do you think?)

  2. I'm from West of Mars! I'll have to pass this recipe on to my wife and see what she thinks! Sounds good. :)

  3. Hi Jaleta, I'm visiting from West of Mars - and I'm so glad I got you as I wanted to thank you for the wonderful reviews! I am reading your book and Maria's right now. By the way, sounds like yummy soup!

  4. Hi, everyone. Nice to meet you.

    Susan, the bacon is only a garnish. Skip it if you want. My family just loves bacon.

    Hi, Larry. I hope you enjoy the soup. It was another fast and easy recipe. I specialize in those.

    Stacy, I enjoyed your book. I'm happy to give it a good review.

  5. I'm from West of Mars!
    Hello! I'm going to follow you. I need some new recipe ideas!

    I never did get any crocus this spring! Already into the daffodils though.


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