Vegan Vegetable Soup
Easy Vegan Vegetable Soup
Over time, my boyfriend and I have developed a nutritious vegetable soup which does not contain any animal products or bi-products. We've refined the recipe several times, especially in the area of the amount of each spice to use.
The recipe, which is very easy to prepare, is suitable for both vegetarian and vegan diets.
Types of Vegetarianism
Vegetarianism is the practice of eating fruits and vegetables and not eating meat, fish, or poultry. Some vegetarians include dairy products (milk and cheese) and eggs in their diet. Others do not.
There are many types of vegetarianism. The table below explains them.
Type of Vegetarianism
A flexitarian is someone who follows a flexible vegetarian diet. The person follows a vegetarian diet most of the time, but will eat animal products at special occasion meals or business dinners.
A fruitarian is a person who only eats food which can be gathered or picked without harming the plant on which it grows. Examples of the type of food that a fruitarian will eat are nuts, apples, peaches, pears, and plums. Most vegetables are excluded from the diet because the plants dies after all the vegetables are picked.
A lacto-ovo vegetarian is a vegetarian who includes dairy products (milk, cheese, and yogurt) and eggs in their diet.
A lacto-vegetarian is vegetarian who eats dairy products (milk, cheese, and yogurt), but does not include eggs in their diet.
A lessetarian attempts to eat less animal products without completely eliminating such food from their diet.
A person on a macrobiotic diet eats whole grains, beans, vegetables, and seaweed. Some people on this type of diet eat fish and don't eat most types of fruit.
An ovo-vegetarian eats eggs, but does not include dairy products (milk, cheese, and yogurt) in their diet.
A pesco-vegetarian eats seafood and sea animals, but not sea mammals. Dairy products (milk, cheese, and yogurt) are sometimes included in the diet.
A pollotarian is a vegetarian who eats poultry, but not meat or fish.
People on a raw vegan diet only eat raw food. Some people on this type of diet consider raw foods to be those which have not been heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius).
A semi-vegetarian is a person who eats some meats, but not others.
A su vegetarian is a person who does not eat garlic, leeks, onions, scallions, or shallots. This type of vegetarianism originated from Hinduism.
Vegans do not eat any animal products or animal bi-products. They do not eat dairy products (milk, cheese, or yogurt), eggs, honey, or food which contains gelatin.
Preparation and Cook Time
The dill, parsley, and black pepper listed are the minimum amounts I recommend using. I determined these amounts after much experimentation, changing the amounts the first few times I made the soup.
- 2 cubes vegetarian vegetable broth, dissolved in 4 cups (32 ounces) of water
- canola oil or olive oil, to coat the bottom of a 2-quart pot
- 1 cup carrots, sliced thin
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 2 large cloves garlic, diced
- 1/2 sweet onion, diced
- 2 small zucchini, sliced
- 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, juice included
- 1/8 teaspoon dill weed, minimum amount - you might want to add more
- 1/2 teaspoon parsley, minimum amount - you might want to add more
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, no more than this
- 1 15-ounce can navy beans or white beans, rinsed
Nine Easy Cooking Steps
- Dissolve 2 vegetarian vegetable broth cubes in 4 cups of water. Set aside.
- Coat the bottom of a 2-quart pot with canola oil or olive oil.
- Sauté the carrots in the pot for a few minutes.
- Add the celery, garlic, and onions.
- Sauté the vegetables until tender.
- Add the vegetarian vegetable broth, zucchini, and can of diced tomatoes with juice.
- Add the dill, parsley, and pepper.
- Bring the soup to a boil, cover partly, and then simmer for 60 minutes.
- Add the navy beans (or white beans), and simmer until the beans are hot.