Oct 04, 2013

Vegan Greek Lemon Chik’n Soup + New Product Review

No, that is not real chicken in my soup! It’s a fabulous product I just discovered called “Soy Curls” by the Butler company. They are simply soy—whole soy, not soy protein or any strange derivative of soy. I have no idea how they make these guys but they have definitely found a permanent home in my cupboard.

It’s quite uncanny the way soy curls resemble chicken when cooked in a soup. Not a lot of flavor on their own… hey, it is soy after all. But that’s kinda good because they just pick up the flavors of whatever you’re cooking them with. I’ve heard of some other people using them for vegan bacon… I haven’t tried that one yet.

Anyway, I vote YES for Soy Curls! I haven’t seen them much in the markets but you can order them online here. I bet as they get more popular we will be able to find them in health food stores.

This soup is a variation of the Greek Avgolemono chicken/rice/lemon soup. Traditionally thickened with egg yolk, it is very rich and filling. My version is thickened with creamy cashews and a little natural thickener (arrowroot powder). It’s just as tasty, just as filling and just as satisfying! I hope you’ll try it.

Ingredients:

  • 3 quarts salt-free vegetable broth (or water with 4 TBS low-sodium veggie base)
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups soy curls
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 TBS Spike salt-free seasoning
  • 1 TBS tamari or other low sodium soy sauce (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp crushed black pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 TBS arrowroot powder (or other natural thickener such as tapioca starch or kuzu root)
  • freshly grated black pepper to garnish

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients, except the cashews, the rice and the thickener in a large soup pot.
  2. Cover and simmer until the veggies are tender (about 30-40 minutes).
  3. Add the cooked rice and stir well to combine.
  4. Place the cashews and a bit of the soup broth, just to cover, in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Add this to the soup and stir to combine.
  5. Make a slurry with the arrowroot powder by mixing it with a little water. Add to the soup and stir well. 
  6. Let the soup cook a bit more (5 minutes) to thicken.
  7. Serve garnished with fresh black pepper.

Makes a lot! Serves about 8-10. Enjoy!

Two days to go…

Healthy trails,

13 responses to “Vegan Greek Lemon Chik’n Soup + New Product Review”

  1. Funny … I just ordered soy curls so the timing is perfect. Can't wait to try this and can't wait for pumpkin week. Yay!

  2. Maggy says:

    Beautiful website! Just what I need — Fuhrmann recipes, since we just "went Fuhrmann."

  3. Helyn says:

    That's great, Maggy! Welcome aboard. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have. Do well.

  4. TracyP says:

    I was wondering, is it really 4 quarts of broth? It seems like quite a bit, but you do say it makes a lot of soup. And by the way, I'm with you on the soy curls. They are great!

  5. Helyn says:

    OMGosh! You're right, Tracy. It was three… ARGH! typos…I'll fix it in the recipe. It still makes a lot. It turns out to be about 4 quarts total Thanks for spotting that!

  6. TracyP says:

    Thank you. I was sure you were going to say it should be 4 cups. Ha! I'm glad it makes a lot, though.

  7. This soup is one of my all-times favs! With the Winter coming on it's very hearty and satisfies the "chicken-soup" taste buds. Make sure you make a lot as you will want to have extra in your fridge!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi Helyn,

    I made this soup for lunch today and was pleasantly surprised how much my husband and I liked it I had never heard of "soy curls" before you mentioned them. I'm amazed how much it does taste like chicken. Have you tried any other recipes using the soy curls?
    I am thoroughly enjoying your website, as I am also a nutritarian.

    Thanks,
    Jeanne

  9. Helyn says:

    It is amazing, isn't it?? Nope, I haven't tried any other recipes with the soy curls yet. Thanks so much for the feedback! Great that you're on the Fuhrman plan! Isn't it the BEST? 🙂

  10. Rachel says:

    This was one of my favourite soups before I went vegan, and I never thought I'd get to eat it again. Just made this, and it is FABULOUS! I am so excited. Thank you so much Helyn!

  11. Helyn says:

    Thanks Rachel! I haven't had it in ages and you reminded me how much I liked it too! I think I will make it this week :))

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