One of my favorite places to grab a quick and healthy bite to eat is a cute little restaurant called The Juice Room. It's a very simple menu of made to order items, including juices, smoothies, soups, and sandwiches. It's fantastic! There are many restaurants offering meals on the go, but few of them offer healthy, vegan-friendly options. I love The Juice Room because I can order a soup and a smoothie and feel completely satisfied while knowing my meal was 100% nutritious.
I few months ago, a friend of mine stopped by there and had the most amazing soup. Her soup eating experience was documented in a series of text messages to me, most of which were about fifty "licking-the-lips" emojis combined with "OMG THIS SOUP!". I knew I had to get over there and try it. I stopped over the very next day, and sure enough, OMG THIS SOUP! It really was incredible. Creamy, yet made without dairy. Delicious in a way that you might describe Thanksgiving dinner. And filling, so damn filling! Chickpeas, rice, and vegetables -- oh my!
My friend immediately took to the internet and searched for a recipe that most closely resembled what we ate. She sent me a recipe from Isa Chandra, and we both went home to cook. It's just as good, if not better, than the soup we ate at The Juice Room. I've since adapted the recipe by including a few additional ingredients and also making it in a crock pot instead of on the stove. I found that when made in a crock pot, the soup becomes even creamier and more delicious.
Happy cooking! :)