It’s not everyday that you make a vegan recipe that your somewhat overweight cat takes a great interest in. I had to shoo Tony away from the table as I was taking this photo. Don’t want cat hair in my soup! I make blended broccoli soups all the time, but recently tried this recipe from Happy Healthy Life for twist on one of my favorite green soups. This is basically a healthier version of a cheesy loaded potato soup. Bring on the broccoli!
Kathy Patalsky is hands down my favorite food blogger. Discovering her blog was a major moment in my foodie adventures. I came across Happy Healthy Life a few years ago, when I was thinking about going 100% vegetarian, not just veggie focused. I’ve loved every one of her recipes I’ve tried so far and have learned a lot about cooking along the way. I also appreciate how she talks about food and veganism, and of course, the fact that she is a fellow cat lover (duh!).
I followed Kathy’s original recipe very closely. The main difference was that I didn’t bother peeling the potatoes before boiling them. The skins add more texture to the soup, which I like. To enhance the soup, I used some cayenne and a splash of liquid smoke. We bought a little bottle of liquid smoke recently, and that stuff is amazing. You just need the tiniest little bit to create a yummy smoky flavor. For toppings, I used Daiya vegan cheese and broccoli florets. A very satisfying blended soup that’s packed with broccoli. It’s rich and “cheesy”, and even though it’s hard to believe, #yesitsvegan!