Monday, May 30, 2011

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Many people turn their noses up to Cauliflower, thinking that it is flavorless. However, this vegetable is highly versatile, low in fat, high in dietary fiber, folate, water and vitamin C, and an excellent source of carotenoids. With phytochemicals, indole-3-carbinol, cauliflower is known for aiding and blocking growth of cancer cells, and can actually prevent and slow the grown of cancer and tumors. Cauliflower also may assist the liver in detoxing carcinogenic substances. Feel free to play with this recipe, it can easily be made vegetarian, dairy free, and of course gluten free!

  • 1/2 stick Butter or olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 3/4 of a cup of Green onion, sliced and divided in half
  • 2 whole Carrot thinly sliced
  • 1 stalk Celery, well Diced
  • 1 whole Cauliflower Heads
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Or Dried Parsley
  • 32 ounces of organic Chicken Broth Or Stock or vegetable Broth
  • 2 cups Almond milk ( or milk)
  • 1 cup Half-and-half (optional)
  • Sprinkle of salt and Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 cup of Sour Cream (optional)
  • 4 slices of Turkey Bacon (Applegate) (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of red Bell Pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup of tomato diced

In a Dutch oven brown bacon.Remove, and then melt butter or add 1/4 of a cup of Olive oil.
Add minced Garlic, whites of onions, reserve the green Chives Saute for 2 minutes
Add carrots and celery and continue to saute for 5 minutes then add Cauliflower and cook for 10 more minutes.
Add Chicken or vegetable Broth, cook on medium heat for 20 minutes. Add 2 pieces of diced Bacon
salt and pepper. And 1/2 teaspoon of paprika.

Now you can either get your blender and Puree, or what I find easiest is to pour contents into a bowl and puree with my Smart Stick Blender. Once the soup is pureed, pour it back into the dutch oven and add Milk/ Cream, and sour cream, perhaps more pepper if desired or even better a pinch of RED Pepper! Stir well.

Spoon into bowls, and top with the remaining 2 pieces of diced Bacon, a tablespoon of red bell pepper, some chives and parsley. The tomato is optional.

This dish is pretty filling, and very delicious.

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