Happy new year! My resolution for 2016 is to keep finding new recipes and idea to try to keep my year tasty and exciting.
I’m going to kick off the new year with an indulgent, veggie filled soup which will make you never miss dairy again. It combines great tasting roast vegetables with soya cream for a gluten free, lactose free vegan lunch time.
First I prepare all my vegetables ready for roasting. I start by chopping 3 courgettes into slices and then quartering, chop 2 red and 2 yellow peppers into small squares and quarter 3 large vine tomatoes. I pop all of these into a large roasting tin and add 3 cloves of garlic, I peel the cloves but leave them whole so that they can roast and imbue the flavour through the vegetables. Pour on a tablespoon of olive oil and finely chopped basil.
Roast all the vegetables on a 200 degree heat for about an hour. This will give the vegetables time to crisp and to cook right through.
Today I’m actually going to take the slow cooker approach and combine the roasted vegetables with 100ml soya cream and 400ml vegetable stock. I use Kallo low salt vegetable stock cubes for an easy gluten free vegetable stock. Cook in the slow cooker for a few hours (or in my case until I’m home from a bracing January walk) and blitz with a blender for a smooth and creamy taste. I’ve found my family and friends can’t even tell it’s dairy substitute! Viva la Veganism.