Creamy Cauliflower Soup

I am literally obsessed with this soup!  Any one of my friends who has joined me for an evening yoga classes may have been the lucky recipient of a warm bowl of this soup before heading home to bed.  Every time I make it I am so proud of myself and almost can’t believe how easy it is.  If you have people in your life that love cream based soups, make this for them and trust me they will think its full of cream and butter.  Personally, I think it’s way more fun to let them think its bad for them because they will never guess what the secret ingredient is that makes this soup so creamy and delicious.   They’ll be too busy asking for seconds and you’ll just be happy knowing that you’ve given your family or friends such a restorative and nutrient dense meal!  No one needs to know your secrets!

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Preparation Time: 45 Minutes / Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons Avocado Oil

2 garlic cloves, finely minced

2 cups leeks, thinly sliced, white parts only

1-teaspoon coarse sea salt

1 large head of cauliflower, roughly chopped

1 package Bonafide Provisions bone broth

4 cups of filtered water

¼ cup (35g) raw unsalted cashews

 Instructions:

1.    In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat and sauté the garlic, leeks and ¼ teaspoon of the salt for about 3 minutes

2.    Add the cauliflower and sauté for another minute

3.    Add the bone broth, increase the heat to high, and bring to a boil.  Reduce the head to medium and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender.

4.    Remove from the heat and allow the soup to cool slightly; stir in the nuts to soften them

5.    Pour the soup into your blender in batches and blast on high for about 1 minute until smooth and creamy

6.    Return the soup to the saucepan and warm it over low heat.  Stir in salt to taste

7.    To serve, ladle the soup into warm bowls and garnish with either chopped chives or grated nutmeg

Helpful Tips:

·      If you are a single cook you might find that this makes way too much for one person even with leftovers unless of course you don’t mind eating the same thing 4 days in a row.  To combat boredom I usually eat half and freeze the other half for another week when I might not have time to cook.

·      To make this a more substantial meal add 1/2 cup of cooked Quinoa, diced avocado or ¼ cup of crushed pistachios.  I’ve tried all three of them and they are all totally delicious and filling! 

·      This soup is awesome for dinner with girlfriends after an evening yoga class and I guarantee it won’t leave you too full and will help promote a restful nights sleep.

·      I use Bonafide Provisions bone broth instead of veggie stock because I really like the flavor it adds to the soup and it feels like a more hearty meal.  Plus its loaded with health benefits – Check out what the friendly people at Bonafide Provisions say about why you should include a healthy cup of broth every day!

·      Why is bone broth good for you? There’s a reason grandmothers across the world simmered soup on their stoves for their loved ones with ailments. An old South American proverb says, “good broth can resurrect the dead”. While that may be a bit of a stretch, bone broth does have incredible health properties.  With 85% of your immune system residing in your gut, it is the most logical place to start when healing the body. Bone Broth contains many amino acids, 2 notable ones being proline and glycine. Glycine supports detoxification in the body and helps the body assimilate collagen. Proline is essential to cell structures by strengthening their walls. This is beneficial for those looking to heal the gut from digestive disorders, those who seek skin & cardiovascular support as well as support for more superficial ailments – like cellulite and lack-luster skin. It’s also a great source of bio-available minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, silicon and sulfur. ***

Now your turn

Please let me know if you made this recipe! I would love to read your comments and if you where able to trick anyone of your friends or family members into eating something healthy and lovin it!

Your health Guru

XO Tracey

**Recipe adapted from Tess the blender girl www.healthyblenderrecipes.com **

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