Cozy, Creamy Cauliflower Soup!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Lately, evenings here in Tampa have been a bit on the cooler side so I find myself looking for warmer and more comforting options - sweaters, scarves, big ol' pots of name it!

A couple of nights ago, the hubby was in D.C. so that meant I got to eat/cook whatever my heart desired! And sometimes you just want a light, easy dinner without all the fuss (and dishes) - am I right ladies? ;)

My cauliflower soup recipe was something I rediscovered and it really was the best thing ever!  The first time I made this was back in Okinawa when the moment called for a little taste of home and clean eating. I was also a bit limited to what I could actually do in the kitchen since we didn't have an oven :)

Since I had access to other ingredients (and appliances), I decided to tweak my original recipe and add nutritional yeast. This actually gave it that underlying cheesy flavor without all the fat, dairy and calories, while giving it an extra dose of healthy goodness. Now I don't consider myself a vegan, but I do find myself enjoying tasty vegan recipes! I swear this soup will leave you feeling full and 100% satisfied so cozy up and get ready!

{Cozy} Creamy Cauliflower Soup

1 large head of Cauliflower
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 medium Onion, diced
2 medium Carrots, diced
2 Celery sticks, diced
2 cloves of Garlic, smashed
2 cups of Vegetable Stock/Broth
1 cup of Water
1 teaspoon of Salt
1/2 teaspoon of Pepper
1/2 cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast
pinch of Cayenne Pepper for serving (optional, but so good!)

Vitamix (optional)

1. Wash and core cauliflower then chop it up into smaller pieces and set aside (enough so they submerge into the broth - you'll puree everything at the end).
2. Heat a large pot at medium heat and add olive oil, onion, carrots, celery and garlic - cook until veggies are soft, about 5 minutes
3. Add chopped cauliflower and cook for another 5 minutes
4. Add the stock and water and bring pot to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer, cover and cook the soup until all the veggies are tender - about 30 minutes.
4. Add almond milk, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper (adjust amount if needed!)
5. Spoon soup into Vitamix or your blender of choice and puree until desired consistency. You could also serve up the soup as is if you'd like!
6. Serve and enjoy with a pinch of cayenne pepper :)

Tonight is Matthew's work holiday party in downtown Tampa! I have a couple of dress options, but won't decide until the very last minute. Hopefully I'll be able to take a few pics and give you guys a little #OOTN action ;)

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  1. Looks so good! And sounds easy too, I like that :) I've never used nutritional yeast... Does it act as a thickener? I'm not a big cheese fan so I'm glad to see no cheese in this soup!

    Have fun at the holiday party! Tonight is the Sector St. Pete holiday party too, but we're not going... We're hoping to go out with another USCG couple instead.

  2. your photos always look so good! this looks so warming and appetising! id love it if youd comment back xx

  3. Thanks so much Amy! This soup was very warming and comforting! :)

  4. Yay thanks Carissa! I can't believe the SSP holiday party is an ugly sweater affair! Don't they have rules about these things? So silly! But I'm glad you and the hubby decided on a different option with friends - that sounds like a great time to me! Hope you enjoy yourselves and I can't wait to hear all about it!

    And the soup was so easy to make! A great one if it's just you and the dog lol :)

  5. Oops forgot to mention that the nutritional yeast doesn't so much act as a thickener, but I find it gives the soup a little bulk. You can also sprinkle it on other types of foods to give it a little extra flavor!

  6. You would think the Coast Guard could throw together a nice evening out for the holidays. But I'm guessing Sector St. Pete just doesn't have much of a budget for that. Oh well. We went and looked at Christmas lights instead :) And good to know about the nutritional yeast. Maybe I'll give it a try!

  7. Yum yum, this looks delicious. I'm a big cauliflower, broccoli and squash soup(s) fan so you can bet I'm going to try this. Hopefully Uncle Michael will like it too - he's a big meat eater. I hope you and Matthew have a wonderful Christmas. How did it creep up on us so quick?! Although I'm actually in better shape than in most years. With Sam and Will coming 2 weeks ago, we celebrated with them already. So here's a big *HUG* from both of us to both of you. :) Love you!

  8. Happy New Year Aunt Kim! And hope you had a Merry Christmas! We're giving you hugs from Tampa! Love you so much! Let me know how the soup turns out :) MISS YOU xoxo


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