Healthy Roasted Garlic & Cauliflower Soup

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It's raining, it's pouring... time for soup! This creamy, delicious soup is packed with flavour and health-boosting antioxidants. It’s one of those recipes that’s just as perfect at a dinner party as it is for slurping at lunch.

What could be healthier, cheaper, easier, and more soul-satisfying than a hot bowl of homemade soup? Soup is the stuff of which childhood memories are made, and every mama needs a few go-to soup recipes up her sleeve. Our mothers made soup when there were veggies left in the fridge that no one would dream of eating raw.

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Cauliflower tends to be one of those veggies that languishes in my veggie drawer, and one recent head met its fate as the primary ingredient in this super yummy roasted garlic and cauliflower soup. That week I believe I made three different types of soup. I finally stopped when I heard "soup again, huh?" one time too many.

Ready to get your soup on this winter? Try this kid-friendly spiced squash soup or our protein-packed sausage & chickpea soup!

For a healthy packed lunch, you cannot beat soup. Soup can quell your appetite faster than most foods, for fewer calories, because of its high liquid content. Throw a half sandwich or a quick salad with hard boiled eggs on the side and you’ve got a hearty lunch that’s packed with good stuff.

This creamy cauliflower soup is a great make-ahead recipe for a Sunday afternoon, to provide you with nourishing lunches all week. It's also easy to make-ahead and serve as a rich but not too filling appetizer for a dinner party. A garnish of finely chopped crispy bacon & parsely would put it over the top. Or channel your inner barista and drizzle olive oil or cream in a pretty shape.

Spoons up!

Healthy Roasted Garlic & Cauliflower Soup

Simple and delicious, perfect for a cold weather dinner!

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 head garlic

  • 4 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil (bacon fat is marvellous if you have any laying around)

  • 1 head cauliflower, washed and cut into florets

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 3 stalks celery, chopped

  • 2 cups no-sodium chicken stock

  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup half-and-half or table cream to garnish (optional) **

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Cut the top off the head of garlic but leave the head together and top with 1 T oil. Place garlic, oil side up, in a baking dish and bake 30 minutes.

  3. Remove baking dish from oven and add cauliflower florets and 2 T oil, toss and return to oven for 30 more minutes (stir partway through to avoid burning/drying out cauliflower).

  4. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 T oil in a large pot over medium heat; saute onion and celery until softened, about 10 minutes.

  5. Once garlic has cooled, combine everything in the pot and simmer together on low heat for 5-10 minutes.

  6. Use immersion blender to puree.

  7. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with a drizzle of cream, a few small florets of cauliflower (reserved after roasting), crumbled bacon, or fresh chives or parsley.

Note:

** I used half-and-half to make the soup more appetizing for my little ones as well as to cool down the soup so I could serve it immediately. You may add the cream to the bowls individually and keep it out of the communal pot if some diners prefer dairy-free or lighter fare.

Cauliflower all the things! Mix it up with these garlic cauliflower "mashed potatoes" & this scrumptious carrot, parsnip & cauliflower puree

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