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Recipe: Cream of Mushroom Soup in Seven Minutes

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LA rain in October? And not just sprinkling, but heavy with chilly temps that make you want to stay indoors or recoup your system with a bowl of hot soup!

When you do, please don't reach for a can. Campbell’s, Progresso or any other brands are no comparison to the recipe on this page, except for convenience. If you look at the amounts of salt and fat in a can of soup (they add a fair bit of cream plus ample salt to preserve its shelf life), you may be amazed. And not in a good way. In fact, let's not even call it soup! Let's call it "Salt/Fat In A Can."

When you see how easy it is to make this recipe, it'll be tough to go back to that unhealthy, blandish flavor from the can. It can also be made in less than seven minutes. The success of this dish depends on the quality of the mushrooms and other fresh ingredients so make sure you buy the best. Honestly, the cost of this dish is LOW.

Portobello mushrooms are always wonderful, but Criminis are the best for this recipe (and cheaper). Minimal chopping, just dump every ingredient right in the food processor/blender. And with the addition of Bragg's (read my other article to see what the fuss and goodness is about), you cut your salt intake considerably.

This dairy-free version will make this dish a non-guilty indulgence. Freeze it for a month, and all you have to do is pop it in the microwave for a warm bowl of homemade, savory, healthy mushroom soup.

The best way to eat this soup is while sitting on a plush couch, wrapped in a blanket (I even own a Snuggie) with your remote in hand. I've tested this out already just for you, this entire recommendation is the best way to beat a rainy/chilly day.

Mona's "Cream" of Mushroom Soup

1 1/2 cups Crimini mushrooms (no need to cut them)

2 tablespoons of raw almond butter (best price is at Trader Joe's)

3 green onions

3 clove garlic

2 squirts Bragg's Liquid Aminos (bought at Whole Foods/Organic grocers. Or just use low sodium soy sauce)

Extra mushrooms for garnish, diced

There's no need to chop anything, except removing skin from the garlic and ends of the green onions. Put everything (except the garnish) into a food processor or blender until all ingredients are PULVERIZED! The color will appear light brown. Place in saucepan over low-medium heat for 5 minutes. Seriously. That's IT.

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