Recently my sister Jamie shared a link to this Creamy Vegan Navy Bean & Tomato Vegetable Soup recipe because she really loved it. Jamie has awesome taste and I trust her opinion. I decided to once again try a vegan dish to see if I could walk that walk, even a little.
I hate using canned legumes so I got out my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker and cooked the navy beans ahead of time.
The recipe called for 1 large leek which was supposed to give me 3-4 cups…??? What?! So I added 2 chopped leeks but started to get a little nervous.
After cooking the leeks, carrots and garlic, I added the diced tomatoes and tomato paste.
Instead of adding just water or vegetable broth (I was really starting to get nervous) I used chicken broth to add more flavour.
The recipe called for 1 tbsp of dried dill. One TABLESPOON?! That is a hell of a lot of dried dill. I added just under 1 tbsp and kept my fingers crossed.
I let it cook down for 15 minutes until the veggies were soft.
I added the kale and beans. Then I saw I was supposed to add 3 tbsp of honey. OMG, that is a lot of sweetener!
I started to feel a little more comfortable when my immersion blender actually did a good job of breaking down the soup and making it creamy.
Foodie Results & Problem Solving Techniques
Many times I find vegan dishes pretty flavourless but not this one. So dilly and sweet! Yet, the bones for a good soup were there. This recipe made a lot of food and was not a super cheap dish for me to make so I went about problem solving to try and tweak it.
First, I added some cayenne to cut the sweetness. I had some the next day and nope, it was not enough of a change. I added sour cream. Nope, still good enough. I tried adding goat cheese. Nope. Then it hit me. To cut the dill, which was just too strong for me, I would add fresh lemon juice. Yes! Success!
I told Reg that I finally fixed the soup and was going to share it with him. Then, I fell down the stairs! I got the soup all over me and smashed my back on the stairs. I have been couch-bound ever since.
OK Universe, I am listening.
I know that veganism is all popular right now but it just is not my way. It is way too much work to make something taste good for me and Reg. I know who I am. I left my vegetarian roots a long time ago now. I am glad vegan dishes make other people happy but I know now to no longer tempt foodie fate. I am not vegan and that is OK.