Adjusting Recipes for a Vegetarian Lifestyle

I am just beginning to feel confident in my ability to change-up or adjust recipes to make them fit our vegetarian lifestyle.  Until recently I only felt comfortable using recipes from actual vegetarian cookbooks, but once you learn some of the tricks, it is not that difficult at all.

One of my favorites is a trick I learned from my friend Ginger.  She shared a recipe with me months ago called Tuscan White Bean Minestrone.  (We left out the bacon obviously!)  I discovered that the northern white beans in this recipe made the soup just as creamy and smooth as milk or cream would.  I have been using the trick ever since and love the full body taste that the beans add!

So, a few weeks ago a friend posted a recipe from Pioneer Woman that looked amazing!  It was chock-full of milk, half and half and sour cream, so I wondered if it would taste as good with just the beans.  I gave it a try then and made it again last night !  It is the perfect November evening meal, and according to my kids, also the perfect breakfast food!  (In our house, if leftovers only make as far as breakfast, that means it is a hit!)

Here is my recipe:

Creamy Vegetarian Cauliflower Soup

1 large head of cauliflower, cleaned and diced

1 large onion, chopped

1 large carrot, diced

2 stems of celery diced

2 tablespoons parsley

Place onion, carrot and celery in 1/2 cup of water and steam until soft.  Add cauliflower and parsley and cover for another 15 minutes on low heat until cauliflower is soft.


2 quarts of organic low sodium vegetable broth

2 cans of low sodium organic Northern White Beans

2 bay leaves

Let soup simmer for another 15-20 minutes and serve.

2 Responses

  1. This looks yummy and we love cauliflower – not eating “vegetarian” right now, although in the past I have, as well as, vegan and even raw foods – right now, eating according to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) due to food allergies. And cauliflower is a frequent food for me. Thanks!!

  2. Angela says:

    When did you go veg? I hope you post more and influence me to eat a little better!