Roast cauliflower, carrot and wild rice soup with borlotti beans (GF)

To be honest, I have never been a fan of soup. Well, I don’t detest them, I simply prefer foods with more texture. Although delicious and flavourful, they are often satisfying for a hot minute before you’re lookin’ for snacks again. I have learnt to up the satisfaction factor by increasing the amount of protein in my recipes including the good old humble bean. In this recipe, I have also added wild rice for a delicious, nutty texture.

Have you tried wild rice before? It is technically a seed rather than a rice and hosts a range of nutritional benefits including protein, fibre, folate, manganese, magnesium, iron and some of the B vitamins. It is also an excellent source of complete protein in a plant-based lifestyle. Along with the fibre and protein found in the borlotti beans, cauliflower and carrot this soup is satisfying, warming and nourishing.

RECIPE:

Serves four

1 cup wild rice, soaked overnight + water to cook as per packet instructions

1 large head of cauliflower, cut into large chunks

2 organic carrots, cut into large chunks

1/2 brown onion, wedges

3 cloves garlic

1 cup borlotti beans, cooked

1 TBSP olive oil

1/2 TSPN turmeric powder

Salt and pepper to season

4 cups vegetable stock

1/3 cup nutritional yeast

Sourdough and vegan butter to serve

1. Preheat the oven to 190C.

2. Cook the wild rice as instructed.

3. Place the cauliflower, carrot, onion, garlic and borlotti beans onto a large baking tray and cook for 30-40 minutes. Ensure the garlic is “protected” under some cauliflower so it doesn’t burn.

4. Place the cauliflower, carrots, garlic, onion and half the beans in the blender with the vegetable stock, nutritional yeast, turmeric, salt and pepper to taste. Blend until desired consistency.

5. Heat the soup in a large saucepan on the stove. Serve with wild rice, leftover borlotti beans, fresh herbs and a side of sourdough!

NOTES:

❀ The borlotti beans could be substituted with chickpeas or pinto beans. These roast well and become crunchy, bringing a delicious texture to the soup.

❀ Leftovers can be frozen and heated on the stovetop.

❀ Be careful when cooking the wild rice as it can burn easily due to the time it takes to cook.

Have a  beautiful day,

Di ♡

“If we’re destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there’s got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.”- Ellen DeGeneres.

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