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Creamy Vegan Spinach Potato Leek Soup

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Creamy Vegan Spinach Potato Leek Soup

Can we talk dreams for a moment? Not the stories in your head last night kind (though funny enough, I dreamed I birthed triplets — meaning, please?), but those soul yearning, deep in your heart dreams that run as inner monologue in the shower or when you’re driving. Hopefully, you have friends like we do who love nothing more than discussing our dreams: dreams to change lives, to make our city better, make our country better, our world better, with clinics that show people how to eat good food, documentaries about sustainable eating, small groups for people struggling with loss, Instagram feeds with words of truth in a lying world, children’s books about what it’s like to be a single parent, non-profits to fight human trafficking. Dreams are what keep us kicking in this crazy, broken world.

Do you have a dream, bubbling up from within? Or an urge to do something or start something but it feels nebulous, like a distant whisper? It’s uncomfortable, right? So possible in the imaginary space of your mind, yet such an uphill climb in the “real world”. But friends, let’s dream big. Because if it weren’t for dreams, where would we be?  

A few small things I’ve learned about dreams as of late: no dream is too big or too small. Even if your dream only affects a handful of people, it is uniquely yours. Touching just one person’s life is supremely valuable.

Another thing: it’s never too late for a dream. It’s easy to feel like we’ve been left behind, that everyone else has figured out their dreams or passions in their teens or early 20’s. I was a classical musician for much of my life  but became frustrated, quit and felt like it was too late to find my true calling. As I began to learn to cook in my mid-20’s, my inspiration was Julia Child, a woman who didn’t find her true passion until well into her 30’s, then launching an illustrious career that lasted until her 80s.

And while they can get in the way, fear and self-doubt can also propel us forward. Lately I’ve been reading the book The War of Art, and in it author Steven Pressfield says that:

Self-doubt can be an ally. This is because it serves as an indicator of aspiration. It reflects love, love of something we dream of doing, and desire, desire to do it. If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” chances are you are.

Can I get an amen? Alex and I have long dreamed to share the ways that learning to eat real, good food has touched our lives and inspire others about the power of food for our physical health, communities, and planet. Somehow this became A Couple Cooks, and the more it grows, the more we find ourselves asking those questions. Even writing a post about dreams makes those questions run rampant. Yet at the same time, the more we effort toward that dream the more we find ourselves invested.

So readers, what are your dreams? What is stirring in your hearts? Big or small, we’d love to hear what’s on your mind.

Lastly, this recipe came out of a dream (ha!) I had of creating a vegan / dairy-free creamy potato leek soup. I took my mother’s recipe for vichyssoise, added pureed white beans instead of cream, and spinach for some extra nutrients. It’s warm and cozy with with a bit more nutrients than the traditional potato leek soup, and vegan and dairy-free to boot. We hope you enjoy it!

And in the spirit of dreams…we’ve been again dreaming of refreshing our website! We now have a refreshed website with some branding and content tweaks. Look around and check it out!  

5.0 from 3 reviews
Creamy Vegan Spinach Potato Leek Soup
 
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Serves: 4 to 6
What You Need
  • 3 large leeks
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 can white beans
  • 6 to 8 cups spinach
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Chives, for garnish
What To Do
  1. Chop off the dark green stems of 3 leeks and the bottom root, then slice them in half lengthwise. Place each leek half cut-side down on the cutting board, then chop it into thin slices, resulting in half-moon shapes, then rinse them thoroughly in a colander. Dice the potatoes.
  2. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil and saute leeks 4 minutes until softened, then add the potatoes and saute for 2 minutes.
  3. Add broth, 1 ½ cups water, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and white beans. Bring to a boil, then simmer 15 minutes. In the last 2 minutes, stir in spinach, spices, and another 1 teaspoon salt. Heat until the spinach is wilted. Puree in a blender or using an immersion blender. If the soup is too thick, add a few more tablespoons of water until the desired consistency is achieved (this may also be necessary when reheating). Serve garnished with chopped chives.

 

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    February 22, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Love your branding and content tweaks! Makes it so easy to find recipes and articles. And thanks for opening up the discussion about the reality of dreams and what they can become. Especially appreciate you saying it’s never too late to dream.

    Lovely soup too. A simple blended green soup like this is one of my staples. Love the leeks and chives especially.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      February 23, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      Thank you so much about the website! Yes, it’s good to remember it’s not too late to dream! So many times it seems that there are already too many dreams in the world and that we’ve been left by the wayside. However, I’m encouraged knowing and seeing so many friends and colleagues who are making it happen in various seasons in life!

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    Sarah | Well and Full
    February 22, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Amen, girl!! I think self-doubt is a really good indicator of aspirations too. The thing I doubt the most – my blog – (will they like this recipe? what if no one has coconut flour? why would I even bother posting this recipe??) is what I dream the biggest about. I dream of having my own cookbook, my own vegan + organic snack line…. I have so many dreams!! And reading this post today was a great encouragement that I should keep dreaming :) :)

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      Sonja
      February 23, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      I love this — especially your inner monologue here! I think from the surface it’s hard to realize the amount of those types of doubts and fears go into posting things online, so thanks for calling that to light! These dreams are fantastic — I’d love to hear more about this vegan + organic snack line!

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    Puja Darshan
    February 22, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Great post Sonja!!!
    I strongly believe that if we really work hard to achieve, what we dream. We can make that happen.
    BTW this soup sounds healthy and delicious… :)

    • Reply
      Sonja
      February 23, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Thank you, Puja! I couldn’t agree more.

  • Reply
    Elyse H.
    February 22, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Boy oh boy, I needed to read this post this morning! I almost got emotional at my desk reading this because I have these thoughts all.the.time. and it can start to feel a little isolating. “It’s easy to feel like we’ve been left behind, that everyone else has figured out their dreams or passions in their teens or early 20’s.” <— Yes! This! All the time. There are two different paths I could see myself going down and I just don't know what the next right step is. That would be a great conversation with God. I think one of my biggest fears is that I'll never get to the point where I feel like I've finally found a career, and instead I'll just be plugging away at a job. Anyways, thanks for this post…so many feelings!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      February 23, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Oh this makes me glad to know that this hit a chord! I’d love to hear more about what paths you are looking at. Feel free to email me at acouplecooks@gmail.com — would love to connect over this.

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    Sasha @ Eat Love Eat
    February 22, 2016 at 10:56 am

    I needed to read this today. The self-doubt can be crippling, especially in this world of social media and constant comparison. That’s when I need to step back and remember that I AM ENOUGH. Just as I am. And I am fully capable.

    I love how truthful your posts always are – you’re a constant inspiration :)

  • Reply
    Rosie
    February 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you for this post; it’s so hard when everyone around me knows exactly what they want to do with their life and I just have no idea.
    As far as the recipe – my mum makes a similar soup, but she always puts broccoli in too and it’s delicious! I always think it’s such an underrated vegetable.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      February 23, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Yes! I agree! Any ideas on what you’d do if you could do ANYthing in the world, all day long? I’d love to hear more (I love geeking out on this stuff)!

      • Reply
        Rosie
        February 23, 2016 at 5:31 pm

        Ugh, I have no idea – that’s the whole problem! If I could do anything at all… I’m a total bookworm. But reading all day isn’t exactly a viable life decision :(

        • Reply
          Sonja
          February 23, 2016 at 5:57 pm

          I’m a strong believer that figuring out what we’re naturally drawn to can help us to find the right path! Not that it will lead us to the “perfect” life or a profession that is stress-free or problem-free, but toward a realistic good fit. Feel free to email me more at acouplecooks@gmail.com if you’d like to continue with a more in-depth conversation on this! :)

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          Elyse H.
          February 24, 2016 at 12:48 pm

          Rosie, have you ever seen the movie About Time? It’s my current favorite movie. Rachel McAdams’ character plays a girl named Mary and Mary’s job is to be a reader for a publishing house. I always thought that sounded like the coolest job :)

          • Sonja
            February 24, 2016 at 4:17 pm

            How fun, Elyse — I love that dream job idea for Rosie! PS Haven’t seen the movie, but putting it on the list :)

          • Rosie
            February 25, 2016 at 4:21 pm

            I haven’t seen the film either but definitely will – it sounds great. As for the job – that would be my absolute dream!

  • Reply
    Erica
    February 22, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Love this :) And that quote – totally got me emotional (in a good way) this morning on the way to work.
    And the site looks GORGEOUS.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      February 23, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Thank you so much, Erica! Glad to get those emotions going before a long day, haha! :) Have you read The War of Art? I think you’d enjoy it.

      • Reply
        Erica
        February 23, 2016 at 8:39 pm

        You literally read my mind – I bought the book this morning hahaha. I’ll let you know what I think, I’m excited to check it out!!

  • Reply
    Brooke
    February 23, 2016 at 11:41 am

    I love this post! And the site looks SO good!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      February 23, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      Thank you so much, Brooke!

  • Reply
    Kari
    February 23, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    What a great way to incorporate more veggies into a delicious soup!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  • Reply
    Allyson
    February 24, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    This looks delicious. As for dreams, mine right now is to use my restaurant training to teach people how to cook and eat better. We’ve had a lot of knowledge lost or specialized in the past few year, and for as trendy as food and cooking is becoming there’s still a lot of people who have never learned and want to. It’s a long term dream, I think, but I’m excited to see how it unfolds.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      February 24, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      LOVE this dream, Allyson! We have the same dream but with no restaurant training :) We’d love to hear more about how this dream progresses. Feel free to email acouplecooks@gmail.com with more deets!

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    tatite
    February 25, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Hey, love this! Would this recipe be freezer-friendly as well?
    Thank you!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      February 25, 2016 at 7:25 am

      Thank you! We have not tried to freeze this, but assume that it would work well. Let us know if you give it a try!

      • Reply
        tatite
        March 1, 2016 at 6:30 am

        Thanks for your reply! Freezing will be for another time… I ate it all :) It was very good! so unbelievably creamy! yum

  • Reply
    Sasha
    March 3, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Guys I really like what you do on your website in order to make your dreams come true. Just like you said about touching just one person, I think it is so important to make that initial goal, otherwise our dreams will fade away.

    This morning was my second day of reading The war of art book, I absolutely love the Pressfield’s theory about inner enemy blocking ourselves from living our dreams. Using his metaphor, we don’t enjoy eating bad food. It’s a Resistance distracting us from having a healthy eating habits:)

    We absolutely love traditional potato leek soup with lots of butter and cream. But you made me thinking about reducing the amount of fat in my recipe. Love the idea of replacing the cream with white beans.

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    Maaliyah the Young and Black Vegan
    May 29, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    I just made this recipe today, and I kind of “mangled” with it since I didn’t have some of the ingredients around my house and I couldn’t get my mom to take me to any grocery store (I’m 13 years old turning 14 on July 29), so, I ran out of olive oil when I started cooking and used a little bit of canola oil, and I replaced the spinach with kale, but it turned out delicious. My mom tried it and she says it’s really good (she’s not vegan, nor my dad).

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    Diezel
    July 15, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Tastes pretty good but mine came out with a nasty light brown color. Not sure how to get that deep green yours has.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      July 16, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      Hmm, that is very interesting! Thank you for sharing. All we can think of is the quantity of spinach — we’ve made it many times with good results! Did you pack your cups of spinach when you measured them? Did you use the 8 cups spinach (not the lower end of 6)? If you try it again and the color is off, you can always add more spinach (assuming you have it), then heat it until it wilts and puree again. Thank you for asking and let me know if you happen to try it again!

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