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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
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The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.


Creamy Cauliflower Soup
by Lauren Klatsky

Here is a comforting soup recipe to warm you up this winter. This soup's creamy consistency comes from its thick vegetable base and a small scoop of oatmeal. A conventional blender, food processor, or emersion blender may be used to puree the cooked vegetables. Just be careful of the hot steam if you do not allow the mixture to cool first. You may choose to puree the soup until it is silky smooth or to keep it chunky. Either way, the dish is equally delicious and satisfying. Serve a generous portion with a piece of crusty French bread or whole grain toast for lunch on a snowy day. Bon Appetit!

1 large head organic cauliflower

1-2 Tb. olive oil (preferably extra virgin)

1 medium onion, chopped

2 small carrots, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

6 cups filtered water

2 Tb. rolled oats (preferably regular, not instant)

1/2 -1 tsp. salt, to taste

1/8 tsp. black pepper, to taste

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1. Separate head of cauliflower into medium-sized florets and chop any stem into small chunks.

2. Heat oil in 2 quart pot over medium-high heat and saute onion until soft, about 10 minutes.

Add carrots and celery and continue to cook until vegetables are tender.

3. Add cauliflower, water, and 1/4 tsp. of salt. Bring mixture to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, partially covered so that a little steam is allowed to escape, until cauliflower is fork tender.

4. Add oatmeal and cook, uncovered, another five minutes.

5. Puree soup to desired texture (completely smooth or chunky) using an emersion blender, or process in batches in food processor or conventional blender (if soup is still steaming hot, only fill blender half full and make sure to hold lid down with a dish towel).

6. Return soup to pot, reheat, and season to taste with additional salt, black pepper, and nutmeg.

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