Since going vegetarian over a year ago, I had to revamp my eating habits. As you all know, I decided to go “veg” due to my distaste of factory animal farming and killing animals. But I can’t say I don’t miss the taste of certain food.
There is one dish that I haven’t been able to duplicate. Chicken Soup. Sure, there are mock chicken soup recipes that claim they taste like chicken soup. Don’t get me wrong. These soup recipes are great but taste more like vegetable soup. I wouldn’t dare try and pass off the soup as chicken soup. Why would I want the Bubbie Union to file a complaint against me? (By the way a “Bubbie” is a Jewish grandmother.)
Why Do I Love Chicken Soup
As long as I remember, when you had a cold or were under the weather, you ate chicken soup. Maybe it is a cultural thing for me since I always thought of chicken soup as the Jewish penicillin. It cures everything. Do you feel the same way about chicken soup or another type of soup stemming from your culture?
I have made several mock soups which included such ingredients as mushrooms, turnips, unchicken stock, and nutritional yeast. Atlas, no chicken soup.
Desperately Seeking Vegan Chicken Soup
I can so relate to Rosanna Arquette’s character in Desperately Seeking Susan. Remember? How a bored NJ housewife desperately searched for Madonna in NYC to create some excitement in her life? Oh, come on. It is a classic. 80’s throwback. A must watch. And by the way, I dance just like Madonna in her club scene. Ask my sister.
Back to chicken soup.
Now, I not saying that I am that bored NJ housewife. (I do have my days.) But looking for the ultimate un-chicken soup recipe is like chasing after Madonna. You think you spotted her, but she slips between your fingertips. I figured I was just going to ask some of the food blogs that I follow if they could make the recipe for me.
Luckily, I stumbled upon a great food blog a couple of months ago. So, I knew who to ask. Tanya of Leafy Greens and Me. She is a vegan chef and the editor of a wonderful vegan food blog. What I love about how Tanya cooks is she rarely uses process foods. She mostly uses whole foods.
So How Did I have the Chutzpah (Nerve) to Ask Tanya?
I have been following Tanya for about a couple of months and have made some of her recipes. Delish is an understatement. (Just in case I forgot, her carrot cake cupcakes are to die for.) I comment on her blog, email her questions, and generally bug her. So, I figured since I am her Number Uno fan, I would just come out and ask her to create a vegan chicken soup recipe.. What was the worse thing that could happen? She could stomp on my heart, break my spirit and then say no? I could live with such rejection. (*Whimper*)
She said yes and recalled that her mother made a wonderful chicken soup recipe when she was young. Tanya sprinkled some vegan pixie dust over the recipe. (Trumpets, please.) And guess what? Tanya created a miracle. She “veganized her mother’s recipe!”
And do I love the recipe? Heck, yeah.
Check out Tanya’s mock vegan chicken soup recipe. Be forewarned, this recipe take some time since Tanya creates the stock first and then makes the soup. I told you. No processed foods.
What did the rest of the family think? Hubby thought it was good but not chicken soup. I thought it tasted very close to the real deal and could live with this recipe. Even my kids ate it and didn’t turn their nose up at my “vegan” creation. Remember, they are a tribe of cavemen. (“Me like meat.”)
I would even make the stock again to freeze for all my other soup recipes. Why? Let’s just say I am tried of those aspectic stock containers. Most people can’t recycle them and who knows what’s leaching from those containers into our food. Remember, those containers contain polyethylene (plastic) in their lining.
Adding Matzo Balls to the Soup
I didn’t make the noodles in the recipe. Instead I made matzo balls, which my kids enjoyed. (I have never been a Matzo Ball type of girl.) See here for the matzo ball recipe. Another warning. If you are planning to use my matzo ball recipe, spray your hands with olive oil or PAM since the dough in which you make the balls is really sticky. If you follow the recipe, your matzo balls will float, which is the hallmark of a good matzo ball. Floater, yes. Sinker, um, no. Flunk Matzo Ball School.
Join the Conversation:
- Do you have a beloved chicken soup recipes? If so, link it in the comments or give us the recipe.
- Do you have a tried and true vegan mock chicken soup recipe? Again, link it in the comments or give us the recipe. And then tell us, why you think your recipe is to die for.
- Do you use chicken soup when you are under the weather?
- Does anyone have a sniffle?
- Oh, and be sure to share this article with all of your beloved friends and family. I would love to have a list of great chicken recipes in the comments especially vegan ones. Everyone needs a great chicken soup recipe that is gentler on the Earth. Go ahead. Tweet and share my post on Facebook. (I live for likes and tweets, you know.)