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For the last few months I’ve been feeling as if something has been missing from my life.  More specifically, my body has started to crave animal products once again.  For awhile I resisted the urge because I felt that I needed to be committed to the vegan path I started to follow around 8 months ago.  If you have read any of my previous posts, you will notice that I was not an extrememly strict vegan though.  Occassionally, I would have fish and cheese found its way into many of my recipes as well. 

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my own family background and doing some anthropological reading of the history of food and humans and seem to always come back to the fact that there are not many traditional vegan societies out there.  Even when it seems that there is, bugs and the like must come into contact with the veggies and grain and therefore must end up in the bellies of the vegetarian/vegan groups.  Of course, with modern technology and pesticides, I think that not many bugs get into our food supply, but there is really no way of knowing.

Since winter does not seem to want to go away from NY, I give you this soup.  I just threw it together with what I had on hand.   You could easily substitute leeks for onions and sweet potatoes/butternut squash for the potato.  The meatballs were very simply spiced and could be left out as well to make a hearty vegan soup as well.  I also don’t seem to be able to let go of my obsession with orange hued soups, I always come back to this sunny color for some reason. 

Carrot Potato Soup with Tiny Buffalo Meatballs

2 tblsp ev olive oil
1 lb carrots, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inche pieces
1 large onion, peeled and roughly chopped
1 potato, scrubbed and diced (I always leave the skin on mine)
3 garlic cloves, smashed
1 tblsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp salt
few grindings of pepper
5 c. homemade or low sodium veggie, chicken, or beef stock
salt and pepper to taste

In a large stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.  Add the carrots, onions, potato, and garlic.  Add the salt and pepper.  Saute for a few minutes and add the tomato paste and stir to coat.  Add the stock of your choice, bring to a boil, lower heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 35 minutes.  In two batches, blitz the soup until smooth and creamy (don’t fill the blender up completely and blend with a towel placed over the hole in the cover to keep from spattering all over your kitchen).  Return to stockpot and adjust for salt and pepper.

Buffalo Meatballs

1/2 lb groud buffalo (I use organic and try to get grass fed if I can)
1 handful of breadcrumbs
scant 1/4 c. finely grated parm. or romano cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 350F.  Mix the buffalo mixture together and form into little meatballs.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Put into the soup and serve.

I also chopped up some purple olives that my grocery sells and stirred them into the soup as I was serving it.  They deepened to color of the soup and gave a welcome tang to it.

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