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Creamy Cauliflower Soup Recipe to Die For!

Creamy Cauliflower Soup Recipe to Die For!

I’m never eating cauliflower in any other form from now on. Only in this soup recipe. It’s too good to waste cauliflower on anything else. If you’ve been looking for a delicious cauliflower soup recipe you’ve come to the right place. How is it that cauliflower can be made to taste so good?

I seriously had to put this soup away as soon as it cooled, because I kept slurping it from the ladle as I passed by. That’s when you know you’ve made a great soup. It’s luxurious and silky. This coconut-creamed cauliflower soup is infused with spices like cardamom, cumin, coriander, and turmeric. So good, it’s the only cauliflower soup you’ll ever want to make.

  • 1 Tbsp. olive or coconut oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, diced
  • 1 bay leaf (don’t forget to pull it out before you blend the soup)
  • 1 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric (take turmeric everyday)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
  • dash of ground black pepper
  • sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 large head of cauliflower, roughly chopped to the same size
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • fresh dill (for garnish – optional)

In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium-low. Add the onion and the spices, except for the garlic. Saute, stirring occasionally until the onions become translucent, about 10 minutes. Then, add the garlic and saute another few minutes.

Add the vegetable broth and cauliflower and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and allow to cook for about 15 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender.

Remove from heat and transfer carefully to your Vitamix. Blend on high (allowing steam to vent) for a few minutes, until silky and smooth.

Transfer back to the soup pot and stir in the coconut milk and vinegar. Bring back to heat over low, ensuring it doesn’t boil.

Serve hot and topped with fresh dill and ground black pepper, if you like.

Why Low Carb Diets Don’t Work for Most People

Why Low Carb Diets Don’t Work for Most People

Have you been trying to follow a low carb diet for years?  The truth is that low carb diets just don’t work in the long run.  Most people crave carbohydrates, and if you remove them from your diet altogether, it will make you want them even more.  Here are a few reasons why low carb diets do not work for everyone.

They make you stressed out and sad

If you find yourself having a short temper and yelling at the kids and your husband it might because you are depriving yourself of carbs.  People who eat carbs are calmer, happier and more focused than those who are carb-deprived.  In fact, those who don’t eat carbs are routinely stressed out.  Your stress is caused because carbs boost mood-regulating chemicals that reduce stress in the brain and foods that are fatty and high in protein can deplete them.

Low carb diets can make you fatter

Low carb dieters feel lots of stress and depression, and this can derail their weight loss efforts.  Your efforts may fail because stress causes the production of higher levels of hormones including cortisol that will effectively increase your appetite and cause you to go on a major binge.

It is not possible to sustain a low carb diet!

You may be able to do a low carb diet for six weeks or a few months, but if you try to do it for a lifetime, it is much harder to follow.  Only about 75% of people who use a low carb plant can stay on that diet for the long term.

Low Carb Diets Cause Belly Bloat

Belly bloat is a major symptom of constipation that is a side effect of following a low carb diet.  For those who are trying to follow a low carb diet, the constant constipation is a problem while about 30% of the non-dieting population or 35% of dieters who eat more carbs are also constipated.

A Low Carb Diet Can make you feel Deprived

Most low carb diets fail because a person ends up craving carbs.  When you stop eating carbs, it is impossible to avoid the pitfall of a binge when you let your guard down.  If you are on a diet, the first place you will see, metabolic changes is in the gastrointestinal tract.  Metabolic changes can cause constipation because you are no longer eating as much fiber as you once did with high carb foods including bread and pasta.  Dropping fiber intake will increase constipation.

If you follow a low carb diet the right way, you are replacing starchy foods with high fiber vegetables that help to reverse constipation by providing increased fiber.  It is important to eat as many as five servings of low-carb vegetables every day including lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower to keep bowels healthy while not interfering with the progress of the weight loss.

A low carb diet helps you to lose weight because it ignites fat burning processes that are called “dietary ketosis.”  The keytones are also believed to provide an appetite suppressant effect.  Low carb dieters also face fast dehydration, so it is important to consume a lot of extra water every day.   It is important to drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated, and this can help to alleviate constipation.  The other main low carb diet issue is bad breath.  Ketones produced can produce a fruity odor or chemical odor.  The smell is coming from metabolic changes so is not dental-related, meaning that no amount of brushing or flossing is going to help with the bad breath issue.  Drinking more water can also handle this problem.

Some people can handle a low carb diet well while others fail miserably.  What you must remember is that dietary changes are generally for life, not just for the short term, so you need to decide what you can tolerate for lifelong changes in your diet.

Easy & Delicious Mashed Cauliflower Recipe!

Easy & Delicious Mashed Cauliflower Recipe!

I can barely type I’m so excited about this recipe for Cauliflower Mash!! My Mother in Law sent me a recipe for a cauliflower mash last week and it inspired me to try to make my own. I have always been skeptical that any veggie can taste like mashed potatoes but I have been proven wrong. This is better than mashed potatoes!!!! You seriously cant believe how creamy it tastes.

This is a side dish which will be a major staple for us now. Besides being delicious, cauliflower has many health benefits. It contains a large amount of Vitamin C, folate, and Vitamin K. Not to mention it is very low in calories so you can eat a lot of it.

I served the cauliflower mash with sliders that were out of this world! I will share that recipe soon. The cauliflower mash is so important it needed its own recipe post. We have leftover mash that I am going to reheat with chicken this evening. You could really change this mash recipe by adding any herbs you desire or even a little prosciutto for crunch and of course there’s always room for cheese!

Ingredients:
1 head of cauliflower
2 cups of chicken stock
4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
5 cloves of fresh garlic

Directions:
Cut the leaves of the cauliflower and discard (they taste bitter)
Place cauliflower in dutch oven or crock pot with 5 cloves of smashed garlic and rosemary leaves.
Cover with chicken broth and bring to a boil for 15 mins (check it halfway through so it doesn’t burn). Depending on your heat setting cook for as little as 10 mins. or as many as 20 mins.
Remove the cauliflower from the broth and place the cauliflower into the Vitamix or food processor. The rosemary and garlic will be chopped/ground thoroughly in the blender. Do not add the broth to the mash as it would make the mashed cauliflower too wet.
Mash the cauliflower on low until creamy smooth. Make sure to spoon down the sides so the larger chunks of cauliflower get mashed too.

Tips:
I made mine earlier in the day so I just put it into a baking dish and reheated before dinner. Tastes great reheated. Also can be prepared the night before for Thanksgiving dinner.