gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegan, soy-free, sugar-free
I believe, now more than ever, that the best things in life are also the simplest. How embarrassing. The first line of this post: a cliché. Commonplace prose I normally avoid at all costs. I have surprised myself in a whole new fashion. And yet, there is something that has surprised me even more.
This one of many shunned clichés?
Twenty-four carat Truth.
Most of us spend our lives destroying ourselves as we try to make the most money, have the greatest career, be the most successful. It is a mirage our culture holds before our eyes the moment we enter the world. It dangles just out of an arm’s reach our entire lives, showing us what we think will make us happiest. And we’re all susceptible to it. Every one of us. It is an alluring, yet toxic, illusion, and we are all human.
I am slowly learning to separate what will fulfill me from what this culture tells me will fulfill me. It is a tangle we each spend our lives subconsciously trying to unravel: what will bring the most peace and happiness. I try to pose this question to myself whenever my guard is down. My twenty-four carat true answer still always comes as a surprise:
A person. A warm bed. A bowl of soup. Living comfortably, healthily, giving and receiving love. With anyone and everyone. It’s my best recipe yet. Recipe Number One.
This one isn’t bad either. And it’s reminiscent of Recipe Number One; it’s simple. Almost too simple. So simple, you read it and think “this can’t be that good.” But that’s the trick of the cliché: it proves you wrong. It did me, anyway, because this recipe is that good. So good, I turned to the sauce pan after testing a spoonful and asked in disbelief, “really?” The sauce pan was silent. That could’ve been due to it being either inanimate or smug, I don’t know. It didn’t matter because I didn’t wait for an answer.
Instead, I inhaled a bowl’s worth of this edible comfort, and allowed the happy to steep in my body. The best is simple. The simple is best. I think clichés may be clichés for a reason.
Creamy Broccoli Soup (serves 2-4)
2 heads of broccoli, chopped
1/4 head of cauliflower, chopped
1/2 small yellow onion, diced
1 Tbsp soy-free Earth Balance
1 1/2 cups butter beans, cooked
2 cups+ low-sodium vegetable broth
1 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
black pepper to taste
1. Heat Earth Balance in a large sauce pan over low-med heat. Add onions and sauté till fragrant and transparent.
2. Add broccoli and cauliflower, stir-fry for a couple minutes until broccoli is more vibrant in color.
3. Add broth, butter beans, salt. Liquid should not quite cover the vegetables. Bring to a boil. Stir and reduce to a simmer. Cover for 15-20 minutes, until broccoli and cauliflower are fork tender. Add vegetable broth as needed.
4. Remove from heat. In batches, ladle soup into vita-mix (or blender) and blend and low till smooth. Add more vegetable broth if necessary to get desired consistency.
5. Divide into bowls, grind black pepper on top, and serve with your favorite allergen-free crackers or bread.