Vegan Ginger Cauliflower Soup

Welcome back! It’s Vegan Mofo Day 2 and we’re really impressed with all of the bloggers! Thanks so much for stopping by our little corner of the interwebs, it really means a lot to us.

Also, in ginger beer news, the second batch is going well. Due to a number of user errors and placing the brew in a spot that was just not warm enough, I can see how things went horribly awry. This batch, however, is foaming nicely and smells like gingery goodness.

Now, just in time for the still chilly weather, today’s special: Ginger Cauliflower Soup

1 TbL Earth Balance
1 onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, diced
3 TBL fresh ginger, grated
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp coriander
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cayenne
2 Yukon potatoes, cut into small pieces
1 cauliflower, chopped
5 cups faux chicken broth
1/2 cup unsweeted soy yogurt
1/2 cup non-dairy milk (we used Trader Joe’s coconut)
1 TBL lemon juice
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
Salt and pepper

Melt the Earth Balance over medium heat in a large stock pot. Add onion, jalapeno, ginger, and garlic and cook about 5 minutes, then add spices and stir well. Add broth, potatoes, cauliflower, nd bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are very tender, about 20 minutes.

In a non-metal bowl, whisk together non-dairy milk, yogurt, and lemon juice, set aside.

Reduce heat to low. Reserve 3-4 cups cauliflower and potatoes and set aside. Using an immersion blender (or regular blender, be careful!) puree soup until fairly smooth. Return reserved vegetables to soup on low heat. Stir yogurt mixture and cilantro into the soup. Taste for salt and pepper.

We had this with a spinach, mushroom, and tomato salad! It’s also good over a little rice, or rice/quinoa combo.

Adapted from Madhur Jaffrey via Red Molly Cooks

Indian style cauliflower and chickpeas with heirloom tomato sauce

Our CSA included two GIANT tomatoes this week, so we pulsed up one yellow/pink/orange one and part of the red one for this sauce, with garlic, ginger, jalapeno, mustard seeds, onion, curry, cumin seeds, and lime juice. Then we chopped up one head of cauliflower and added one can of drained chickpeas, covered and simmered for thirty minutes.

Served with this salad of arugula, cherry tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers and topped with soy raita.

Gluten free, vegan alfredo with roasted vegetables

This looks fancy, but it’s really just a vegan white sauce made with rice flour, shallots, nooch, and a little sherry. The cauliflower, asparagus, and mushrooms are tossed in olive oil with salt and pepper, and then roasted for about 15-20 minutes. In your bowl, layer the noodles first, then pile on the veggies, and toss them all together with the sauce.


Vegan cauliflower gratin

Look, we actually cooked something! This time of year with birthdays, holidays, finals, work, and lethargy, it’s just hard to do a lot of cooking. Last night, we decided to change it up and cook some new things, and they both turned out great!

One cauliflower, chopped into small pieces
1 can white beans
2/3 cup nutritional yeast
2 TBL Earth Balance
3 TBL whole wheat flour
1 1/3 cups soy milk
1 tsp parsley
2 TBL flax seeds
1 TBL olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
extra water

Preheat the oven to 400. In a pot, melt the butter and then add the flour. Cook about three minutes, then add the soy milk. Cook and stir with a whisk to prevent lumps. It should get thick in 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Place the cauliflower pieces in a large casserole dish, then top with white beans (with liquid). Season with salt, pepper, and parsley. Add half of the nutritional yeast. Then add the béchamel sauce from the pot. Top with remaining nutritional yeast and flax seeds. Add additional water so that there is a least ½ inch in the dish. Sprinkle more salt and pepper and drizzle olive oil on top. Bake about 45 minutes, or until cauliflower is very tender.

Next time I would add a dash of turmeric as well!

Roasted curried sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and chickpeas

We copied the CopyCat Cook‘s recipe for Roasted Curried Cauliflower, and added two (local) sweet potatoes, 1 can of chickpeas, and increased the spices.

1 TBL olive oil
1.5 TBL black mustard seeds
1.5 TBL cumin seeds
1.5 TBL sambar powder (or whatever curry mix you have on hand)
¾ tsp salt
1 large head cauliflower cut into large florets
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1-1.5 inch pieces
1 can chickpeas with liquid

Preheat oven to 375. Heat oil in a large dutch oven and saute the sweet potatoes for a few minutes. Mix the spices together in a small bowl. Add chickpeas with liquid and cauliflower and stir in the spices so that the vegetables are well coated.

Bake uncovered about 45 minutes, stir every 15 or so.

Serve with fresh little salad.

Orange spiced chickpeas, saffron cauliflower

On a recent trip to visit a friend in the mountains, we made a dish inspired by this Michael Natkin’s recipe for Cauliflower and Chickpea Tapas with Parsley-Fennel Mayonnaise. On the fly, I recreated the basic elements of the dish, subbing bottled oj for the mandarin oranges, changing up the spices a bit, and veganizing the mayo dressing. I served it over a bed of arugula with a little rice.

Lemon roasted potatoes and cauliflower

Chop four red potatoes and 1/2 head of cauliflower. Preheat oven to 450 and pour a small amount of olive into a 9 x 12 inch baking dish. Mix together 1 cup water, 1 faux chicken bouillon cube, 3 garlic cloves minced, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1 TBL oregano, and 1 TBL black pepper. Place the vegetables into the pan, then pour liquid mixture over it. Add more water if needed. Sprinkle parsley and a little salt on top. Bake for 1 hour uncovered, stirring occasionally.

Serve with smoked paprika hummus and fresh vegetables.

Red curry with cauliflower, beans, carrots, and celery

Served with a side of kale.

For the curry: blend until smooth–2 shallots, 3 garlic cloves, 1 kafir lime leaf, 2 TBL lemon juice, 2 TBL dark soy sauce, 1 TBL vegan worchester sauce, 1 TBL ketchup, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 TBL galangal (or ginger), 1 tsp 5 spice powder, and 1/2 cup Thai chilis.

In a dutch oven, saute 2 chopped tomatoes with 2 chilis until tomatoes are very soft. Add curry paste, 2 cups of chopped cauliflower, 3 carrots, 3 celery stalks, and two cans of beans drained (kidney and white). Add can of light coconut milk and stir. Add 1/2 cup chopped cilantro. Bring to a boil, then cover and cook on low for 30 minutes. Stir often.