Cream of Mushroom Soup, www.StyleNectar.com
This fabulous Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe is long overdue! However, the best things in life are always worth the wait :-) My vegan take on the classic is a bowl of warm, savory goodness. Rich, velvety and as always, simple to prepare.
I love this dairy-free version of Cream of Mushroom Soup even more than the cream-based & lower-fat dairy-based recipes I made in the past. This delicious soup gets it's luscious, creamy texture from the addition of cashews. (Dairy contains many hormone-containing and cancer-promoting substances and there are strong associations between dairy consumption and prostate, ovarian, adult testicular and colorectal cancers. 1.)
Lately, I often wonder if my tastebuds don't somehow know the difference between the foods that make me vibrant and healthy, versus those that don't. I adore my new vegan way of eating that much. It feels everyday like I get to have my cake and eat it too! I definitely have not given up a thing, despite virtually elimating dairy, meat, sugar and refined grains in favor of G-BOMBS (greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries & seeds). In fact I feel I've received a huge gift... the most delicious food I've ever made which happens to simultaneously make me feel amazing!
Please enjoy a steaming bowl of my Cream of Mushroom Soup to make your insides as happy as your tastebuds!
PS. I almost neglected to mention: "Mushrooms block tumor growth and have anti-estrogenic activity - regular consumption of mushrooms - as little as one mushroom per day – has been shown to decrease breast cancer risk by up to 60-70%." 2.
Cream of Mushroom Soup the Nutritarian way, www.StyleNectar.com
Cream of Mushroom Soup
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 10 oz button mushrooms, coarsly chopped
- 10 oz cremini mushrooms,coarsly chopped
- 3-4 c. vegetable broth (depending on how thick you want the soup)
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 2 or 3 tbsp. dry white wine
- 1 tsp (or to taste) Himalayen or Celtic Sea Salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- a handful of raw cashews (maybe 1/4 to 1/3 cup) depending on how thick you want the soup (soak overnight if you don't have a heavy-duty Vitamix blender- personally I soak then dehydrate all nuts as it removes enzyme inhibitors making them easily digestible & an active, live food with live enzymes/benefits galore.)
- almond milk (1/4 c. give or take depending on how thick you want your soup)
- Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds. Add the mushrooms and cook until they release most of their liquid.
- Add the broth and thyme and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the wine, salt, and pepper and cook for 3 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and cool slightly.
- Using a heavy duty blender, such as a Vitamix, add cashews, almond milk and soup to the blender (add soup in batches if necessary) and puree until smooth & silky.
- Taste for desired richness and add more cashews or almond milk as necessary. Check seasonings. Warm through before serving if necessary.
Stay tuned for a to die for Mushroom Tapanade coming later this week...
You may also enjoy: Triple Berry Parfait with Cashew Cream!
1. www.DiseaseProof.com, Dairy and cancer
Dairy products contain many hormone-containing and -promoting substances. U.S. cheese consumption has increased 182% (almost 3-fold) in the past 30 years11, and the incidence of our hormone sensitive cancers has also increased. There are strong associations between dairy consumption and prostate cancer.12,13,14Interestingly, some studies have found that prostate cancer risk was elevated with increased consumption of low-fat milk specifically, suggesting that the potential threat to prostate health may be more closely linked to dairy protein than dairy fat.15,16 Ovarian cancer risk is also elevated by consumption of dairy products equivalent to three glasses of cow's milk per day.17,18 Butter use is associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer in women.19 Eating larger amounts of dairy products during childhood is associated with adult testicular and colorectal cancer.20,21
Cow's milk is the perfect food for the rapidly growing calf, but foods that promote rapid growth promote cancer. Consuming dairy protein on a regular basis elevates blood levels of insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1).22IGF-1 is known to stimulate the growth of both normal and cancer cells, and there is a strong and consistent association between serum IGF-1 concentrations and prostate cancer risk.23 One study showed that men who had the highest levels of IGF-1 had more than four times the risk of prostate cancer compared with those who had the lowest levels.24 If you choose to consume dairy, minimize your intake to small amounts - dairy products are not essential for good health and carries potential health risks.
2. www.DiseaseProof.com, Strategies for Preventing Breast Cancer, 6