My kids have always loved to eat Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls for Shabbat dinner. When my teenage son became a vegetarian, I initially replaced Friday night's chicken soup with a vegetable soup and stopped making matzo balls altogether. When I discovered that I can actually make a Vegetarian Matzo Ball soup, I had happy campers at my Sabbath table once again.
It is so healthy and economical to throw all your vegetables into a soup and enjoy it all week long. If you have lots of vegetables, double the recipe and freeze part of the soup. This Green Bean Cabbage Soup is one of my family's favorite blended soups. Just saute vegetables, add boiling water and spices, simmer until the vegetables are soft, and blend.
My English friend Dalia, who is a vegetarian, explained to me how to make her family's favorite soup - Sweet Potato Red Lentil Soup. Dalia doesn’t like spending hours in her kitchen, so I knew it would be a quick and easy recipe. And Dalia only eats healthy food, so I knew the soup would be full of fresh vegetables and high in protein. I didn’t know, though, that the soup would be so delicious that my guests would say “wow” and my kids would ask me to make the "orange soup" again next Shabbat.
One of my favorite kitchen tools is an immersion blender. The immersion blender makes it possible to easily make delicious and healthy vegetable soup. Just boil vegetables under tender, blend and spice. The soup is also economical because you can use whatever leftover vegetables you have in the house - cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, onion, cabbage, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots, celery, kohlrabi and more.
This is my mother's recipe. In other words, ingredient amounts are not exact, but the soup is delicious every time. Use whatever leftover vegetables you have in the house - cauliflower, zucchini, onion, cabbage, pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots, celery and more. Just when the veggies are tender enough for the immersion blender, add coconut milk to make the soup creamy but still parve.