Debbie has come up with another cauliflower recipe for you. It makes this Broccoli soup creamy without even a dash of cream. This is why we are loving the cauliflower lately.
If you have been following our blog you would have seen the other recipes where we have used a cauliflower sauce in place of a sauce made with dairy lately: Zoodles with Cauliflower Rosé Sauce and Farmer Sausage, Zucchini Ravioli with Chicken Prosciutto Filling and ‘Cauli-fredo’ Sauce (Paleo and Gluten Free!) and there will definitely be more to come. Not only does cauliflower make this sauce creamy without dairy, it also is so much healthier for your body than dairy. Its low calorie, low carb, packed with nutrition, and it tastes so good!
I used to think that cauliflower wasn’t really good for you. I had been taught that fruits and vegetables with deep vibrant colors had the most nutrients. Therefore, being white, cauliflower must not have any. WRONG! Cauliflower is actually so so good for you and Im sure I have said this before, but just to refresh your memory:
- It is a cancer fighter – it contains sulforaphane that has been shown to kill cancer stem cells and inhibit the growth of cancer cells in breast cancer and other cancers.
- It is great for your heart – the sulforaphane also helps make the walls of your arteries strong.
- Cauliflower has anti-inflammatory properties – inflammation is linked to cancer and hundreds of other ailments so this is important!
- It has tons of vitamins and minerals – vit C, vit K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vit B6, folate potassium, and manganese.
- Its good for your brain – it’s a good source of choline which has even been shown to increase brain activity of animals in utero, indicating that it will do the same thing for humans. It made even prevent memory loss and protect our brain from toxins.
- It helps our detoxification systems – it contains antioxidants that kill free radicals in our bodies, but it also activates other detoxification enzymes.
- Cauliflower is good for your digestive system – it contains fiber, but the sulforaphane (that also fights cancer) also helps prevent bacterial overgrowth in your stomach.
- It has tons and tons of antioxidants and phytonutrients.
And there you go.
The great thing about this soup is that not only does it have a whole head of cauliflower in it, it also has a bunch of broccoli which has very similar health benefits to cauliflower. Double nutrient whammy.
I have been desperately trying to loose 5 lbs for the last freeking 5 weeks! Its insane. I have been working out 5 or 6 days a week, eating healthier than usual and my scale HAS NOT MOVED! I have lost a tiny bit of inches, but I like to see that scale move… I know that it takes a while to start coming off, but Kevin and I are leaving on our vacation next week to Curacao (IM SO EXCITED) and I that will ruin any progress I have made at all. Ill be back to square one. I didn’t think that 5 lbs was too much to ask for, but apparently IT IS! Grrrrr.
I have to give myself a tiny bit of a break for one of those 5 weeks when we went to Kelowna to see Kevins step mom and his dad, we were in a hotel for 4 days and eating out every meal. That didn’t help.
Still, Im not giving up. I still have 7 days and Im going to make them count! That includes making nutrient rich, low calorie and low carb meals like this one. I would just take out most or all of the cheese (yes, it will still be good!) and eliminate the crutons. For now. I think I will throw some chicken in it too.
That’s the beauty of recipes like this. You can make them as is, or change them up a bit to suit your needs. Give it a try and if you make some changes of your own, let us know! We love to hear back!
Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 bunch broccoli , cut into small pieces
- 1 small head of cauliflower , cut into small pieces
- 1 onion , chopped
- 3-4 cloves of garlic , minced
- 2 - 950 mls box of chicken broth
- 1 tbsp herb de provence spice
- 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
- 1 cup swiss cheese grated
- 1 cup milk or coconut milk (optional)
- 3 tbsp cornstarch (optional) FOR THE CRUTONS
- 1 cup bite size bread cubes (any kind of bread)
- ½ tsp garlic power
- ½ tsp Italian spice
- ½ cup olive oil
- pinch of salt and pepper
- Heat the olive oil in a soup pot on medium heat.
- Chop the onion in med pieces and chop the garlic. Add to soup pot and saute for 2 mins.
- Then add the broccoli and cauliflower.
- Add 1 carton of the chicken broth to the pot. Cover and boil till broccoli and cauliflower is very soft.
- After the vegetables are very soft turn off the burner and take all the veggies out and place them in a blender and blend till smooth. Or use a hand held immersion blender and puree the vegetables.
- Add the puree vegetables back to the soup pot and add the other carton of chicken broth.
- Turn the burner on to medium and add the cheese.
- Add salt and pepper to taste and the herb de provence.
- Add the cornstarch to the one cup of milk and stir till dissolved. Then add to the soup to thicken. If you dont want to use milk or coconut milk, just mix the cornstarch with a little water and add to the soup. (you don't have to use cornstarch at all if you don't want. It will just make your soup thicker so it depends how you like your soup)
- Bring the soup to a boil and stir constantly so the soup doesn’t burn.
- The soup is ready when it has thickened to your liking.
- Garnish with homemade croutons.
FOR THE CRUTONS
- Mix the spices with the olive oil and toss with the bread crumbs.
- Put the bread cubes into a microwaveable pan (I use a corning ware dish)
- Microwave for 1 minute at a time for 3 minutes stirring between each minute
- You have to watch the croutons carefully because they will burn
- When the crouton start browning stop cooking.
- Or place the crutons on a baking tray and bake at 350 till browned. About 8 - 10 mins.
- Serve with the crutons on top of the soup and top it all off with a little cheese if you like. YUM!