As much as I'm a fan of creamy soups, I also enjoy pureed soups often as well. Using simple, fresh ingredients, makes a world of difference in a pureed soup because it is essentially about the veggies. All of the thickness, flavour, and texture, is derived from the veggies being blended together after being cooked. Once blended, you're left with thick, robustly flavoured pureed soup.
This time of year, the more orange you can put into your system the better! Orange veggies are great for strengthening your immune system along with a slew of other health benefits, so getting as much of them as possible is a good thing.
Today's soup is all about carrots and their delicious flavour and sweetness. Paired with roasted red pepper and ginger, both of which have a little contributing sweetness as well, the soup overall is rich, mildly sweet, and super delicious. Finishing a soup like this with some pepper flakes really plays up the sweetness, but gives you the perfect underlying heat that is so welcome with this soup.
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I went Vegetarian almost 17 years ago, and despite a few slips in the learning process, I've been meat free for the entire time. I've slipped up, don't get me wrong, but I am proud to say that I never went back to eating meat. It took me a bit longer to stop eating fish, but I also was in the process of educating myself and it took a lot of time to learn the ins and outs of this new lifestyle. From shopping and having to read every label, to learning new cooking techniques, to educating myself on animal rights. Without all of this education and determination to stick with it, who's to say that I wouldn't have been more lax about enjoying meat here or there.
Learning that according to this study, many of the vegetarians and vegans of earlier times were focused more on their own health and less on animals, directly correlates to why so many of them went back to meat. It's easy to cheat on yourself, without any compassion for animals, the only person you let down is yourself. For me, it was always about the animals. Without my ethical standards or compassion for animals, I may very well have gone back to meat. Without educating yourself and being wholly committed to helping animals at any cost, there's nothing holding you back from those cheat days.
Thoughts? Check out the original story and let me know what y'all think. Have you gone back to meat / dairy in your vegetarian / vegan journey? What triggered this? I want to hear from you!
Check out the Animal News page for some feel good stories in the world of animals!
If you don't have medley potatoes handy, go ahead and use any mini potato you may have on hand. You could also substitute broccoli for the cauliflower depending on what you have on hand.
I love how creamy the sauce remains even after baking and the pesto brings extra flavour and deliciousness to the bake. I love how the pesto melts into the sauce creating some kind of luscious creamy pesto hybrid that is just fantastic.
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Jonathan - Happy Veg
Dedicated Foodie. Proud Vegetarian. Recipe Creator. Friend to all Animals.