Ladies and gents, it's November 11th / Veterans' Day... and the end of an interesting week here in America. Thanksgiving is 13 days away and the temperatures are starting to fall here in NY. What I'm trying to say is, bring on the soup. All . the . SOUP!
This Cream of Mushroom Soup is a gluten-free, dairy-free version of the Thanksgiving Day classic. Not only is it a great side dish to bring or serve for those with special dietary needs, it comes packed with protein and fiber to help you fill you up on the good stuff. Make extra - you can freeze some to enjoy for a quick dinner when you come home late from holiday shopping. ;-)
This recipe calls for the soup to be pureed into a smooth, creamy consistency, but feel free to keep it "chunky" if you and your guests prefer it that way. For comfort and toddler purposes, I went with the puree option this time and it worked out well.
Toddler tip: Magnolia (3 years old now), taste-tested this recipe and helped me "adjust" the spices to her liking. She also watched me chop the onions and garlic and put her two cents in about when the soup was done blending. I let her lick the spoon after mixing and once I got the final chef's stamp of approval, I served her the soup over green beans. All of this involvement requires front-loading of time - more time getting the kiddos involved in the prepping and cooking process will save you time, money, and stress of untouched meals.
Cream of Mushroom Soup
5 cloves garlic, minced
½ medium onion, chopped
2 cups mushrooms, chopped
2 cups chickpeas, cooked
2 cups cashew milk
1 cup coconut flour
2 T coconut oil
1 tsp Thyme
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp pepper
1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add oil, garlic, and onion. Cook about 3-5 minutes (until onions become translucent).
2. Add mushrooms and cook another 2-3 minutes.
3. Add chickpeas, cashew milk, and coconut flour and bring to a boil.
4. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
5. Add thyme, salt, and pepper.
6. Use immersion blender to puree (or transfer into regular blender in batches with towel firmly pressed over top of blender to prevent leakage).
7. Enjoy as is or pour over cooked green beans or other veggies.
*This recipe is high in protein, high in fiber, and low glycemic.