Thick and Creamy Dairy-Free Chowder

Cauliflower Dairy-Free Chowder

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Nevertheless, that’s how this amazingly creamy dairy-free and vegan chowder came to be. This is a vegan adaptation of the cauliflower and cod chowder in my cookbook, Anti-Inflammatory in 21, which happened to be inspired by the creamy sauce in this recipe for stuffed shells.

In all of its iterations, this dairy-free and vegan sauce is lick-the-last-drop-off-the-spoon delicious. When you add warming root veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes and red-skinned potatoes, you end up with a bowlful of comfort you can’t wait to share with others.

As usual, feel free to swap in your favourite veggies here – parsnips, winter squash, celery root, mushrooms, peas, greens of all kinds. Anything goes, so create your own inspiration!

Thick and Creamy Dairy-Free Chowder
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Serves: 4-6 servings
For the cream:
  • Half a head of cauliflower, broken into florets (about 2½ cups)
  • ½ cup cashews, soaked
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ tsp salt
For the chowder:
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 small red potatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 large sweet potato, roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • water, to cover the veggies
  • Chopped parsley and greens to serve, optional
  1. Steam the cauliflower until soft. Drain and rinse the cashews Add the cauli, cashews, water (I used the soaking water) and salt into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. To a large pot, add the carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, salt and thyme. Add enough water to just cover the veggies. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Fold in the cauliflower-cashew cream and stir. Add more water if needed. Taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  4. Add in the parsley and greens if using, and let them wilt.

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One Response to Thick and Creamy Dairy-Free Chowder

  1. Lisa Peloquin March 21, 2016 at 11:07 am #

    What a warming delicious chowder for a cool, wet Spring day :)