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I’m having what I think is a mild panic attack today.

Ok, maybe “panic attack” is too big a term to use here…  but I did just  realize something. This Passover will my first one as a vegan. Hmmm…. What does a vegan eat during Passover?

Soy’s out. Grains are out. Beans are out. Matzah ball soup’s out. Wait… what??? No matzah ball soup this year??  Oy vey… Pass me the brown paper bag, I’m starting to hyperventilate.

Looks like my festive meal at the Seder this year will pretty much consist of matzah and celery dipped in salt water. Kind of like a salty celery soup. Yum. Wait… Celery soup…. There’s an idea…

Soup

Prep time: 20 minutes    

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Ingredients (serves 8-10)

  • 1 Large Celeriac (celery root)
  • 4 Large parsnips
  • 4 Large leeks
  • 2 Large Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 2 tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Water to cover vegetables in the pot ( you may also use chicken broth or vegetable broth)
  • 1 Tbs vegetable bouillon or Parve chicken flavored bouillon
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper or to taste

Garnish

  • 1 1/2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp hot red paprika
  • 1 tsp sweet red paprika
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp salt

Soup

  1. Cut and wash the leeks (white part and the light green part) really well to remove all the sand.
  2. Peel and cut the celeriac, parsnips and potatoes in large chunks.
  3. In a large soup pot pour olive oil, and heat for a minute.
  4. Sauté  all the vegetables  for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add filtered or bottled water to barely cover the vegetables and set the stove on high until the water starts to boil.
  6. Add vegetable bouillon, salt and pepper and reduce heat
  7. Let the soup simmer covered until vegetables are tender about 30 minutes. (Check vegetables with a fork).
  8. Set the soup aside and let it cool.
  9. Once cooled, blend until smooth and creamy.
  10. Adjust seasoning if necessary.
  11. Pour the soup back into the pot and let it simmer for an additional 10 minutes

Garnish

  1. Pre-Heat Oven at 350F
  2. In a medium bowl mix all the ingredients together making sure all the seeds are well coated with the spices.
  3. Spread on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes until seeds start to brown slightly.  Depending on your oven they may need a little extra time in the oven.  Watch them carefully since they can easily burn.
  4. Serve the soup hot or warm and garnish each bowl with seasoned pumpkin seeds right before serving.
  5. ENJOY!! From May I Have That Recipe

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