More Time for Misbehaving

January 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm 10 comments

Growing up, my sister and I loved helping my mom out in the kitchen. We loved mixing, chatting, and wearing fun aprons. My personal favorite: a red cloth apron emblazoned with white letters proclaiming, “Got more time for misbehavin’, since I started microwavin’!” We still have that apron, and I still wear it when I am at home. Personally, my microwave is my least utilized kitchen tool. I reheat leftovers in it, but that is about it. I can’t seem to microwave oatmeal without it exploding, I make air popped popcorn, and rarely find other uses for this kitchen staple. That was true until I made this soup!


I blame the craving I had for Broccoli Cheddar Soup that came over me on two circumstances: the rainy day and my afternoon of studying spent in Panera. I used to love this soup in a bread bowl from Panera, but haven’t had it in a long time since it is not vegetarian (made with chicken broth). I searched for some vegan recipes online, but didn’t want to spend a lot of time making a whole pot of soup since I needed to finish up some studying before going out for the night. I decided to experiment, try my luck with the microwave, and hope for the best! The resulting soup was so much better than I could have even hoped for – perfectly salty, broccoli laden, and a little creamy. Reminiscent of my favorite Panera soup, but with a much better nutrition profile. So easy that it requires about 10 minutes total prep and cooking time, and clean up is a breeze since you only use one dish. My picture for proof of this is somehow corrupted, but at least these few survived! I made my own mini-bread bowl for a few bites of soup by hollowing out a sourdough roll – craving fulfilled. This will definitely be a soup I will make often! No matter what your skill level is in the kitchen, give this a try – it is foolproof!


Microwavable Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Inspired by Novel Eats, serves 1

1/4 small onion, chopped

1 tsp vegan butter

1/2 white potato, peeled and diced

1 cup vegetable broth

1/2 small crown of broccoli, sliced into small florets

2 tbsp almond milk

3 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 tsp Dijon mustard

pinch kosher salt

In a large microwave safe bowl, combine onion and butter. Microwave for 2 minutes so that onions soften. Add the diced potato and vegetable broth. Microwave on high for 2 minutes; stir, then microwave for 2 more minutes. Add the broccoli florets and cook for 1 more minute. Remove from microwave. Stir together the almond milk, nutritional yeast, Dijon mustard, and salt; then mix into soup. Enjoy with a side of bread.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Matt @ FaveDiets  |  January 31, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I love soup in a bread bowl, and this recipe looks especially delicious. I was just curious if you had any recommendations on your favorite vegan butter brands.

    • 2. homemadeadventure  |  January 31, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      I really like Earth Balance (they make spread and sticks), but not all grocery stores carry it. Smart Balance light is also vegan and is what my parents have used for the past month

  • […] I was ravenous! Good thing I could make 5-minute microwave soup… all from scratch! Check out Monday’s post about my vegan broccoli cheddar soup, which I made and enjoyed again after my long […]

  • 4. Kimberly @ Badger Girl Learns to Cook  |  February 1, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I love this! Pinned it and will be trying it soon. :)

    • 5. homemadeadventure  |  February 1, 2012 at 11:37 am

      Thanks, Let me know what you think! I love simple meals for busy weeknights :)

  • 6. Professor Vegetable  |  February 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    I love it and I’m going to try it!!!

    • 7. homemadeadventure  |  February 1, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks for checking it out! Hope you enjoy the soup and simple clean up as much as I did!

  • 8. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide  |  February 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Oh I missed this one! Looks like a great meal for one!

  • 9. kate greenaway  |  January 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Hi, I really want that apron, would you be able to tell me the brand and where you got it?


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