Golden Cauliflower Soup is as healthy as it is delicious! You'll be happy to know that this quick and easy yet highly nourishing vegan soup is very low calories as well as low in carbs! In fact just like my zero points plus spinach soup, this soup is also counted as zero points on Weight Watchers. Don't you love a guilt free soup that can be eaten as a healthy snack or starter for lunch and or dinner that won't pack on the pounds?
This Youtube Video explains why I need to make zero points plus soups! ( just for fun!)
If you are trying to add more vegetables into your weekly menus, this is the way to do it! Homemade soup provides valuable nutrients and fiber. And my quick homemade soups are easy and quick to make! There is nothing more important to your health than building a strong immune system. Healthy vegetables and spices are key to giving your immune system a boost.
I've been reading lately how a strong immune system is paramount to not just fighting flu viruses, but also important for degenerative disease like Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer etc. Let's not kid ourselves, even health food store packaged or prepared foods are still high in salt, sugar, and some additives.
You will only find "real food"( as opposed to processed food) gluten free recipes that taste good and can be made quickly on my blog. With this hearty soup, you simply sauté the cut up vegetables in a saucepan and then add water and broth and cook for about 15 minutes until the cauliflower is tender. Puree with an immersion blender, top with some almond milk, or (coconut milk or cream for low carbers) and enjoy!
What gives this soup it's golden color? Turmeric!
What is turmeric and why is it so healthy?
Turmeric is a spice that is worth adding to your diet. If you are not familiar with it, it looks like fresh ginger when it grows ( sold in Whole Foods Mkt) , except that the inside is bright orange/yellow. It is most commonly ground into a powder and sold in the spice isle of most supermarkets and Asian Indian ethnic stores. Turmeric is the spice that gives mustard it's bright yellow color. It has a mild bitter taste that seems to disappear in soups and other hot liquids. It is felt to have anti-inflammatory effects on the body which again is important for health. Many studies suggest that inflammation contributes to diseases including Alzheimer disease. In villages in India where they use turmeric daily in their food, Alzheimer and dementia is non existent. So, if you have inflammation and want to add turmeric to your diet, try this soup!
Author: Judee Algazi from Gluten Free A-Z Blog
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Soup: Gluten Free, Vegan, Fast and Easy
1 medium- large cauliflower, washed and cut into flowerettes
8 stalks of celery, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
3 cloves ( not bulbs) garlic, diced
1 teaspoon of turmeric
6 cups water
2 cups of full flavored vegetable broth
Pink Himalayan salt ( provides minerals)
Black cracked pepper to taste ( helps the turmeric work better)
Olive oil cooking spray ( or if low carb- use olive oil or coconut oil)
Optional: Top with chopped red onion
Optional but good: Add almond milk, coconut milk, or half and half to your bowl before eating.
Spray a wide deep saucepan with cooking spray. Add the garlic, onions, and celery and saute for a few minutes, then add the cauliflower, the turmeric, ( salt optional) , black pepper and continue to saute, stirring until everything is coated. Add 6 cups of water, (2 cups more if you used a really big cauliflower) bring to a boil, turn heat down somewhat but more than a simmer and allow to cook covered for 5 minutes . Remove the cover and allow to cook another 5 minutes uncovered. Add vegetable ( or chicken broth if you desire) and cook uncovered at a medium heat for 5 more minutes until the cauliflower is very tender and beginning to fall apart. Using an immersion blender, puree . Serve with some low calorie unsweetened almond milk ( or coconut milk or half and half for low carb)
|The cauliflower is tossed with the turmeric in this photo|
|This soup and the cauliflower has already cooked down before I added the broth|
It can be made in 2 stages if time is a pressing issue ( you have twin babies, a new baby and other children, work too many hours, are exhausted, burned out, etc). I suggest cutting up your vegetables ( onion, garlic, celery, cauliflower) the night before. It should only take about 10-15 minutes to prep the veggies ( depending on your experience) then you can just assemble the soup the next day and allow it to cook for about 15 minutes. A bowl of fresh, nutrient dense, hot soup will nourish you, relax you, and help you feel better.
My Notes: I think that adding some low calorie almond milk adds a nice flavor to the soup and coconut milk or cream ( if you eat low carb) is amazing! In addition, I added a few shakes of Trader Joe's 21 Salute ( a salt free herbal seasoning) to the soup. All of my recipes are gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan. ** you can substitute 2 small fingers of fresh turmeric for the teaspoon of powdered turmeric in this recipe HOWEVER, which ever one you choose to use, I must warn you that the any kind of turmeric stains! Don't get it on your clothes or plastic items. It stained my immersion blender. Yup , the head is now yellow!!
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