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Dairy-Free Cream of Mushroom Soup

November 4, 2014

Hello from the sky! I am writing this as we attempt part #1 of our trip home from Minneapolis. I failed to mention this trip in my Best Of post on Friday because at that point a trip to Minn wasn’t on the books for the weekend.

A delicious dairy-free version of classic cream of mushroom soup where cream is replaced with soaked and blended cashews for a creamy "creamless" soup!In fact, the plan for the weekend was for C and I to skip Halloween, hibernate and veg-out for 48 hours. The kid’s been travelling pretty much non-stop for the past few weeks for work so a weekend alone together was exactly what we needed.

It didn’t quite play out that way….

Life never really plays out as you expect it to. That’s the beauty and terrifying nature of it. You can’t know what the future holds for you no matter how hard you attempt to control it. It can lead you down the path you always expected or a roadblock that forces you to turn around and reevaluate. And sometimes this means getting a reality check you never want to hear, dropping whatever preconceived ideas you had for your weekend and rushing off to Minneapolis for the weekend.

A delicious dairy-free version of classic cream of mushroom soup where cream is replaced with soaked and blended cashews for a creamy "creamless" soup!This weekend wasn’t as I imagined it would be. It was so much more. I witnessed a community of people come together to celebrate a life cut for too short and more hugs and love I ever thought possible.

It wasn’t a 48 hour Netflix binge or an afternoon spent making this Dairy-Free Cream of Mushroom Soup. Instead it was an opportunity for me to evaluate how incredibly lucky I am to be surrounded by an amazing group of family and friends. How truly fortunate I am to be able to hop on a flight for a weekend and tell them all this and more in person.

A delicious dairy-free version of classic cream of mushroom soup where cream is replaced with soaked and blended cashews for a creamy "creamless" soup!It’s getting late now and we still have to drive across the border from Buffalo till we reach our final destination. We’re exhausted from a whirlwind trip of emotions but right now I am grateful to be able to lean over and tell this adorable sleeping giant next to me how much I love him.

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Dairy-Free Cream of Mushroom Soup

PREP TIME 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 16 oz mixed mushrooms (about 4 cups – I used cremini, shitake, and portobello), stems and caps chopped
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Place cashews in a bowl and cover with 1 cup of water. Soak for at least 2 hours.
  2. Add coconut oil to a large pot and melt over med-high heat.
  3. Add onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes or until translucent.
  4. Add in mushrooms and continue cooking for another 3 minutes.
  5. Lower heat to med-low and cover pot to sweat mushrooms for 5 minutes.
  6. Increase heat to high and add in vegetable stock, dried basil, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and let cool for 20 minutes.
  9. Add soup and cashews and soaking water to a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  10. Serve warm.
  11. Will keep for several days in the refrigerator and also freezes well.

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A delicious dairy-free version of classic cream of mushroom soup where cream is replaced with soaked and blended cashews for a creamy "creamless" soup!

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  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    November 4, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Thinkin’ of ya buddy!

    Is it werd that I’m kind of obsessed with that red…tea towel? I felt the connection with it in some zucchini muffins 😉

    That soup looks epic.
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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 6, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      good cause that’s gonna be your blanket for the next couple of days!!!

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    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green
    November 4, 2014 at 6:14 am

    I love how thick and rich this soup looks, and no dairy? Amazing. Thinking of you.. hope everything is ok!
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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 6, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks, girlfriend! We should totally catch up soon!

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    Lucie@FitSwissChick
    November 4, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Oh that soup sounds so good right now. It’s so grey and nasty outside, I want to have it here!!
    I hope you and your family are ok – I am glad you have each other and all the love you share.
    Big Hugs!
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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 6, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      Lots of love to you! Wishing I could send a big bowl of this soup to you! Lots of love, babes.

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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    November 4, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Thinking of you Davs<3 On the up side, this soup looks divine–more mushrooms puhhhlease.
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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 6, 2014 at 7:33 pm

      Thinking of YOU and all the happy moments to come for you!!! Totally the sunshine to my raincloud hearing your amazing news 🙂 xoxox

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    November 4, 2014 at 7:09 am

    What a kind post. I too am so grateful for my family. Most important people in my life. I’m
    so grateful for their love, roof over my head, a job, good food, strong mind and body…
    Em @ Love A Latte recently posted…Smoothie Week: Comforting Butternut Squash-Apple Smoothie

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      And you have such a beautiful and strong family to be grateful for! Sending you lots of love Em xoxox

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    November 4, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Awww that last line had me tearing up over here!! I hope whatever is going on is alllllll okay and that you and C and Lee can bond over some fantabulous mushroom soup. It looks divine! LOVE YEW!

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    Alysia @ Slim Sanity
    November 4, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Give me mushrooms! Give me soup! And cashews??? I LOVE THIS.
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    Michele @ paleorunningmomma
    November 4, 2014 at 9:24 am

    This looks so comforting and like a great one to try. I don’t eat dairy so I’m always looking for ways to do things like this!

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    Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon
    November 4, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Hope you’re doing okay. Soup is the perfect comfort food for you guys as it sounds like you had a whirlwind of a weekend. We are here for ya and appreciating this warming soup recipe!
    Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon recently posted…Vietnamese Zucchini Noodle Bowl {Bún Chà}

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 6, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      You’re the sweetest! Thank you so much Marisa. I seriously don’t know what I would do without this amazing community. We should catch up soon! xoxo

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    Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
    November 4, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Love that this is dairy free. Excited to try it out!
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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    November 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Thinking of you and C today!!

    Today, I’m grateful for all the opportunities afforded to me lately. As scary as my recent life changes have been, I’m grateful that I’ve had the means and the support to be able to pull them off!
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles recently posted…Goal Talk: November.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 6, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      You’re amazing and I am SO proud of you! Hoping to catch up on your new life soon! Arman comes tomorrow and I keep thinking about how I’ll be missing you 🙁 But we’ll do a shot in your honour hehe xxo

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    November 4, 2014 at 10:35 am

    What a beautifully unexpected post accompanying what I’m sure is a delicious soup. You have a way with words, my dear. xo

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    Kim
    November 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I’m sorry for the loss you have experienced but glad that you have such wonderful family and friends to be surrounded by. Hope you are OK!!!
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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 6, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      I am and thank you for your kind words! You’re the sweetest Kim! I’m sorry I’ve been so MIA. Life has just been pure madness lately. Know that I’m thinking of you and the boys xoxo

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    Miss Polkadot
    November 4, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Whatever happened I’m sending you the biggest hug and am keeping you in my thoughts.
    As cheesy and classic as it is, yes, my family is ny biggest blessing in life. We argue, we get upset with and annoyed by each other – but in the end we deeply love each other.
    Though it feels odd to even add a note on that with the sadness you’re likely going through right now: the soup looks perfect. Simple, creamy, wonderful.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 6, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      I feel the same way about mine…but you already know that 😉 Thank you for the virtual hug, love!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    November 4, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Thanking of you girl! Hope everything is okay. <3
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    Lauren
    November 4, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Davida:

    Sorry for your loss. I made the soup this afternoon. It’s AMAZING!!!

    Tastes so rich and creamy with just a 1/2 cup of cashews.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Lauren

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Lauren! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! Totally made my week 🙂

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    Luv What You Do
    November 4, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I like mushroom soup but don’t like the cream…this looks GREAT!
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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      So basically I’ve solved all of your problems 😉

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    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance
    November 5, 2014 at 8:16 am

    YUM! This looks so creamy and rich!
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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    November 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that your last minute trip to MN wasn’t a happy, spontaneous kind of one. Hoping that everything is okay, and sending you lots of love!
    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness recently posted…Arugula Pesto Linguine with Tomato & Zucchini

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    November 5, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Wishing you and your loved ones many blessings and warm hugs during this time, girl ♥ I am grateful for YOU. And warm soup these days 🙂
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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Thank you, love! You are the sweetest. I’m so sorry I’ve been MIA. Life has been kicking my butt, lately. Hoping to catch up on your life soon, college girl!!!

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    Cassie
    November 8, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I’m grateful for youuuu. Seriously, over the past 3 months you have talked me off the ledge so much. Also I’m grateful I remembered you posted this because I was going to buy mushroom soup then said “NO, MAKE DAVIDA’S.”

    xoxo
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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm

      MAKE IT. And I AM so damn grateful for you. I’ve been raving about you to Arman all day. Seriously, I won’t shut up about you <3

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    Pamela Strick
    December 21, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I made this tonight. It was fantastic. I adjusted the directions to blend it in my Vitamix and added some sliced mushrooms to the finished soup. Adding to my frequently used recipes. Easy, healthy and delicious!

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    Rachael
    December 22, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Any suggestions for replacing the cashews?
    Im allergic to all nuts except for almonds and pistachios.

    Thank you 🙂

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