1/4 cup dairy-free spreadable margarine
2 teaspoons minced fresh chives
2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large rutabagas, peeled and cubed (about 9 cups)
1 large celery root, peeled and cubed (about 3 cups)
3 medium leeks (white portion only), chopped (about 2 cups)
1 large carrot, cubed (about 2/3 cup)
3 garlic cloves, minced
7 cups vegetable stock
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
2 cups almond milk
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
1. Mix first 4 ingredients. Using a melon baller or 1-teaspoon measuring spoon, shape mixture into 12 balls. Freeze on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet until firm. Transfer to a freezer container; freeze up to 2 months.
2. In a 6-qt. stock pot, heat oil over medium heat; saute rutabagas, celery root, leeks and carrot for 8 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in stock, herbs, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender, 30 to 35 minutes.
3. Puree soup using an immersion blender. Or cool slightly and puree in batches in a blender; return to pan. Stir in milk; heat through. Removed herbed margarine from freezer 15 minutes before serving. Top servings with chives and margarine.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 50 min.
YIELD: 12 servings (3 quarts).
1 cup: 146 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 672mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.