It’s so easy …

It’s SO easy …. to be Vegan or Vegetarian.  It’s not as hard as people think it is, even for someone like me, who wants 4 things in a dish:  simplicity, flavor, healthy and cheap.  Yes I love to ogle at al the wonderful recipes I see, but let’s face it – a lot of times I simply don’t have the time or all the fancy ingredients on hand.

So tonight for dinner I made this incredibly creamy almost cheesy like “cream” of broccoli soup.  Cool thing is, there is no cream and there is no cheese.  Actually there isn’t a lick of non-dairy items at all in this soup.  No tofu stuff. Nothing.

It also was perfect on this crazy cold and snowy day today.

I made a huge pot – because we in this house – just love leftovers and the more I can make the dollar stretch – the better 😉  So you can halve it, third it, quarter it -or triple it 🙂

8 russet potatoes – peeled and diced
1 large vidalia onion diced
Minced garlic (however much you like, I used a teaspoon)
Frozen broccoli (I actually used I believe 2 lbs as it came from a bulk store :-)!)
1/3 c Rolled oats (not instant)
8 cups of Vegetable Broth
Salt/Pepper to taste

I dont use oil, so I sauteed my onion and garlic in water till softened.  Then added 8 cups of vegetable broth and my diced potatoes and oatmeal.  Cook until potatoes are tender, about 25 – 30 minutes.  Then add in broccoli.  I left a few cups out of the bag to add back in, as we like pieces of broccoli too 🙂  Cook it for a few minutes till tender.

I pureed this in batches in my Vitamix leaving just a little bit of liquid in the bottom of the pot to quickly cook the remaining broth and then added the blended soup back in.

You may need to add a little extra water in as this soup is tremendously thick. The key ingredients are the potatoes and oatmeal to make it super thick and almost cheesy like.

Of course you can add cheese when you serve it.  I didn’t garnish mine. It was perfect the way it was.

This was actually supposed to be last night’s dinner – however I walked away from the pot and forgot about it and it burned. So as I state the obvious – keep checking the soup! 🙂

The Meatless Diva