Monday, February 4, 2019

80--- Vegan Cheddar and Roasted Broccoli Soup with Popcorn Croutons

Sometimes, you have to get a little weird to keep things fresh in the kitchen.  Hence my popcorn croutons, which by the way are fun and delicious.  I used Pop Zero {in Guilt-Free Cinema}, which is a great option if you're looking for a delicious and healthy option! 

This creamy vegan soup is high in protein and is super healthy!  I don't always use tofu, but when I do it's to boost the plant-based protein content of my recipes.  That gives this soup extra staying power.

Vegan Cheddar and Roasted Broccoli Soup with Popcorn Croutons
Serves 4

4 cups broccoli florets, trimmed of large stems
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1/2 tsp vegetable seasoning (or other seasoning salt mixture of your choice)
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 Tbsp minced garlic
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 lb crumbled cauliflower (in your grocery store's bagged produce section)
2 cups unsweetened plain almond milk (or other plant milk)
16 oz silken tofu, drained of liquid
2 cups vegetable broth
2 Tbsp red miso
3/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper (more to taste)
2 cups popped popcorn

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Toss broccoli with 1 Tbsp olive oil, then spread on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.  Sprinkle with seasoning salt and pepper.

In a large stock pot heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until fragrant, ~3 minutes.  Add Worcestershire sauce and cauliflower crumbles and saute for 2-3 minutes.  Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until cauliflower is completely softened.

While soup cooks, place broccoli into the preheated oven and roast for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned.  

Use an immersion blender to puree soup.  If you desire a thicker consistency, continue to cook on a low boil for 5-6 additional minutes.

Serve in soup bowls topped with 1/2 cup roasted broccoli, then popcorn.  Sprinkle with additional nutritional yeast and ground black pepper if desired.

Nutrition info per 1 serving with toppings: 256 calories, 9.5 g fat, 26 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates, 6 g fiber

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