White Beans and Cauliflower are a winning combination in this delicious soup. Mild and pleasing, this starter is high in protein, fiber, and taste. A perfect fit for the chilly fall season. I always like to try to take advantage of the local seasonal produce, and cauliflower is now available at all the farmer stands and CSA's. And of course this soup is vegan and naturally gluten free.
My daughter in law, Wendy, makes outstanding soup, and this is one of her personal recipes. I took the photo at her house with the small amount of soup that was left over from dinner.
We all know how important it is to include a large variety of vegetables in our family's diet, and soup is an easy and tasty way to do it. In addition to nutrients, white vegetables like cauliflower, onions, and leeks provide specific protective antioxidants that boost our immune systems. Antioxidants are known for their health benefits in the prevention of cancer, heart disease, and health in general. Leeks are in the same family as onions and garlic and add a delicate flavor to soups, while adding a powerful punch of antioxidants.
This is a true story:
A close friend of mine went to the doctor 5 months ago and found out she was borderline diabetic. In addition, some other numbers for cholesterol and blood pressure were high as well. My friend was 60 pounds overweight. She is in her mid 50's and didn't want to become one of the statistics living on medications that also have all kinds of side effects. She decided to change her eating habits and lifestyle.
She cut out sugar, white flour, and all processed foods. She went to Weight Watchers and learned portion control, and she started walking ( with me) an hour a day. 5 months later she is now 40 pounds lighter. She returned for a blood test and EVERYTHING was in normal range... She feels great and looks great! All with only a change in eating habits and daily walking. She now eats only real food as opposed to being a processed food eater. She does not need any medication. This is not the only person I know that has made this change for health reasons and has avoided medication.. The culprits seem to come back to : sugar, flour, and all processed foods.
Homemade soup is really easy to make and provides quality nutrition and taste for you family. In addition, homemade soup can be made low in fat, low in calories, and high in fiber. It's filling, and as I mentioned in previous posts, helps me keep my weight down. Since the weather is chilly and damp, why not treat your family to a bowl.
|Cut the cauliflower into bite size pieces|
4 cloves garlic, pressed
2 leeks, chopped ( or 1 large onion)
1 head of cauliflower ( broken into small flowerettes)
4 cups of vegetable broth
2 -3 cups of water
2 cups of white beans, cooked
1/4 cup fresh dill ( or a few generous shakes of dry dill)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil ( only use the fresh)
salt and cracked pepper to taste
Saute the garlic, leeks, and cauliflower in a little vegetable oil spray for about 10 minutes. Add the vegetable broth, water and white beans. Cook for about 15- 20 more minutes until the cauliflower is soft. Mash some of the cauliflower into smaller pieces.. Enjoy; it's that easy..
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