Le Pain Red Quinoa Salad

Happy Vegan Blogger LPQ Lunch

Today I had the pleasure of meeting Gena, Valerie, and few lovely blog readers for lunch at Le Pain Quotidien Dupont. I’ve been reading about blogger meetups for a while now (usually with a twinge of jealousy), but this was my very first one. I have to say it was fab. Though it did feel at first a bit like a blind date! Lunch was great, but not just because the food was good (it was) or because I admire both Choosing Raw and City Life Eats for their intelligent and always enjoyable blogs, but also because the conversation over lunch reminded me not to get bogged down with doubt.

Le Pain Lunch Avocado Side

Healthy Eaters Really Love Avocados

I’m new to the blogging thing, though I’ve been a voracious food blog reader ever since I went vegan and discovered the wonderful blogging community. My newbie status is quite evident: I don’t yet have a blogroll (coming soon! who wants in?). My borrowed (thanks, speedy!) point-and-shoot camera is a sad, sad thing next to Gena’s beauty. I’m still unsure whether anyone (other than my parents) gets a kick out of reading this. Hi, Mom! Hi, Dad! And I’m often plagued with doubt. Will my food ever look as appetizing and taste as delicious as Ashley’s or Mama Pea’s? Am I good enough? Am I funny enough? Am I pretty enough? Don’t ask why that’s relevant to the blogging world, but it is. Wonder why I’ve yet to post a photo of myself?

This Hummus is Prettier than Me!

As a writer, I’m often plagued with feelings of inferiority, feelings that are often so crippling I avoid writing at all. I’m sure my MFAers know what I’m talking about.

Yet after lunch, on my leisurely walk back to the metro, I realized that it doesn’t really matter how I compare with others, whether it’s in person or in the virtual blogging world. I started this blog as an outlet for me, a place for me document my many, many opinions about food and cooking and the vegan life I love so much. When I write outside of this blog — either for pay or for passion, both of which I’ve been lucky to do lately — I’ve gotten so I don’t, and can’t, care about what might come of it. And that, it seems, is the key to writing a blog that someone will want to read.

I hope.

Someday my photos will be prettier, my hair will be less frizzy, and there will be more places in D.C. to have blogger meetups besides LPQ. Until then I’ll keep at it. With a little help from my new friends.

And now for the Soup of the Week. Broccoli may resemble little trees, but I have to say it’s not the prettiest nor the most appealing of foods. Plus, many broccoli soups are a vegan’s worst nightmare — full of cheese, dairy etc.

When I was in a rush the other night, starving but feeling super lazy, I remembered this blog and without worrying what anyone might think, whipped up a little broccoli soup. This soup isn’t complicated, it’s definitely not the prettiest, but I think it tastes pretty darn good.

Broccoli Soup

Simple Broccoli Soup for Nights When You Just Don’t Care



(serves 4-6)

  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 cups unsweetened cashew milk (almond or any other non-dairy milk would be great)
  • 3 cups veggie broth
  • 8 cups of broccoli, chopped (make sure to chop off the tough ends)
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t nama shoyu (or any soy sauce of your choice)

1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onions. Don’t worry about the size of the veggies; everything will get blended later. Heat veggies until soft. About 3-4 minutes.

Broccoli Soup with Onions

2. Add broccoli, cashew milk, veggie broth, salt and soy sauce. If necessary, add a little more liquid to just cover the broccoli. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Broccoli Soup Step 2

3. Add nutritional yeast. Blend with your immersion blender or transfer to a blender. Blend until combined. Taste! Add salt and/or soy sauce as needed.

Broccoli Soup with Spoon

I have no doubts you’ll enjoy it, but then again…


26 Responses to “Without a Doubt: Blogger Meetup and Simple Broccoli Soup”

  1. This soup is the best!!! I will eat it over pasta any day. Now you just need to figure out how to make a vegan sour-dough bread bowl.

  2. Your sister hereby volunteers her photography services for your food when I move there in t-minus two months. (I also have a feeling that I’ll be doing a lot of hot yoga and vegan eating very soon…and I’m looking forward to it!)

    • YES! YES! YES! I was literally just talking about that. See? You can be my “assistant!”

      • To Mom & Dad reading- that digital SLR would make a great graduation gift! So I can go into a career of being Katie’s assistant.

    • Yayaya, sisters in the city! Come on Em, you know you want to ;)

      • Emily, you’re gunna have to rep the sisters in the city for me. It’ll have to be a -1 sheedy sister event. If only I could work from home everyday…that would make moving easier!

  3. Beauty,

    You know, I could say all sorts of profound things about self-confidence, self-acceptance, and on the importance of never comparing oneself to others.

    Instead, I’ll say: you dare talk about frizzy hair after seeing my bird’s nest today???

    Love ya!

    • Your hair was most certainly not frizzy, my dear! Just you wait until you see me during a hellish, humid DC summer. I take bird’s next to a whole new level. <3

  4. Birds nests rock! I’m proud to say I have one on my head too :) This soup also kicks some booty. I highly recommend it to my 30-day Vegan Challenge sister who is formerly known as a fan of broccoli and cheddar soup! You may even catch yourself licking this bowl!

    Also, happiest of happy birthdays to my QuickCookRice! Thanks Mom and Dad QuickCook A-R for birthing this beautiful mess of a human! xoxo

    • mmm, so true, i immediately thought of how delish i find broccoli cheddar soup!

      the ease of this recipe is music to my ears! (or eyes, since i’m reading this…) after my week 1 shopping trip, i have a lot of the ingredients, too! this one is on my list for next week!

  5. A whole onion? Are we coming around to onion town, Ms. QCR? What’s next? Raisins?

  6. I love this post. I have read it like 3 times since I emailed you Tuesday and 3 times have not managed to finish leaving a comment. And yum on the soup.

    • Thanks, Valerie! And I have read your email a buch of times and keep meaning to write back! It’s on my to-do list today, I swear.

  7. Love love love this! Yes! those silly fears are really the biggest ones that we all face everyday. They are so ridiculous! Share on! Who cares! It doesn’t matter. Say what you want and what you feel. xoxo happy that I found you via Gena.

    • Thanks, Tricia! So happy you found me too. “Say what you want and what you feel” is pretty much my life motto.

  8. [...] And there was a delicious broccoli soup, which was not at all similar to last week’s SOW: [...]

  9. [...] of my favorite new bloggers, Katie, recently wrote a post in which she talked about self-doubt and self-comparison as a blogger. It’s easy to do: we’re a small community of very passionate writers who talk [...]

  10. I’ve recently “relaunched” my blog, and I have the same worries as you do too! It is very hard, but it’s also comforting to know that seemingly every new blogger feels the same way!

    • Hey, Emma! Yep, it’s nice to know we’re all in the same boat. Looking forward to checking out your new-ish blog!

  11. I found you via Gena and have to say, I’ve felt a lot of the same in the last 4 months! I started seriously blogging last November and haven’t stopped yet. I adore it and the way it pushes me to be the best person I can be, but I’m also quite intimidated by what I “should” be posting, doing, eating, exercising, looking like, etc. I know that my blog is only MINE but I also want others to enjoy it and be able to share information, so I want to do what keeps people coming back! It’s a tough mix, between blogging for myself and blogging for a community, both of which I love to do.

    I’m going to add your blog to Reader so I can follow along. Good to know others feel the same as I do :)

  12. This post made me smile! I actually grumbled to my sister that “every blogger and her sister has straight shiny hair”. Makes me laugh sometimes! Where are all the frizz-heads? Lord knows we’re in the world…so there must be more of us somewhere! It’s hard not to compare ourselves to others, isn’t it?

  13. Great post, and thank you for saying what we all feel sometimes! I love Gena and Valerie both, and to be perfectly honest, my biggest fears are when it comes to meeting people in person! It’s so easy to write, but to go out there and talk to people in the same way? Totally intimidates me!

    • Thanks, Iris! I completely agree. Writers aren’t usually known for their social skills, and I’m significantly more confident when I’m behind my computer. Something to work on for sure.

  14. holy moly, that sounds delicious! i’m not vegan, but i really do NOT enjoy thick, creamy broccoli soups. this sounds so light and flavorful… i’m going to have to try it asap! thanks for sharing. :)

  15. Just popped over from Choosing Raw – and I love what I read so far!!! You’re “keeping it REAL” which is something I totally appreciate when it comes to reading blogs :) The soup sounds just delish too.

  16. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Is it OK to freeze this soup? Also, has anyone made it without yeast? I don’t keep that in the pantry.


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