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New England Clam Chowder (vegan style)  — courtesy of Donna’s Vegan Delights

Serves 6-8”

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large yellow onion, diced

3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into ¼” thick half-moons

¾ teaspoon salt, (to taste)

4 ounces shitake mushrooms, thinly sliced

8 ounces white button mushrooms, sliced ¼” thick

3-4 ribs celery, sliced ¼” thick

2 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into ¾ “ chunks

Black pepper – to taste

6 ounces spinach (rinsed well and chopped) OR 1-2 nori sheets

3 cups vegetable broth

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

For the cashew cream: (I use my nutri bullet)

1 cup cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours

2 cups vegetable broth

4 teaspoons organic cornstarch


Cooking directions for New England Clam Chowder

Preheat a 4-quart pot over medium heat and add the oil.  Sauté the onion and carrots in the oil with a pinch of salt for about 10 minutes, until the carrots are softened.

Prepare the cashew cream:  Drain the cashews and add them to a blender along with the 2cups of vegetable broth and cornstarch. Blend like crazy, until smooth.  This  can take a few minutes. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula every now and again to make sure you get everything.

Sauté the chopped mushrooms for 3 to 5 minutes.

Back to the (pot) soup.  Add the mushrooms and celery.  Cook for about 3 minutes. Add the potatoes, remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, pepper, spinach and vegetable broth.  Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling lower the heat to a simmer.  Cook for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.

Stir in the cashew cream and gently heat, uncovered, for about 7 minutes, until nicely thickened.  Add the tomato paste and lemon juice and taste for seasoning.  Add a little extra water if it seems too thick.

Serve and enjoy!