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Cauliflower Comfort Soup

I have a new favorite comfort food that’s 100% guilt-free (seems like an oxymoron, doesn’t it?)… and better yet, it can be made in a large batch, frozen in individual servings and easily reheated whenever my mood swings in “that” direction.

This soup is basically a slightly tweaked version of the one that appears in 1001 Low-Carb Recipes by Dana Carpender. If you’re looking for lots of great low-carb recipes that use fairly common ingredients and are easy to prepare, check out her books. I’ve turned to this cookbook several times in the past couple months as I’ve overhauled my own eating habits.

My biggest problem with this recipe is not eating the whole pot at once so that I have some to freeze for later!! If you try it, I’d love to hear what you think…

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Cauliflower Comfort Soup

  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth (or 4 cups water + 4 tsp chicken powdered chicken bouillion)
  • dash salt
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 tbsp minced green onion (optional)
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked, drained & broken into small pieces (optional)

Combine cauliflower, onion, celery, carrot, broth, salt and vinegar in a large saucepan. Stir, then bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Stir in half-and-half; then whisk in the cheese a bit at a time, allowing it to melt before adding more. Serve, sprinkling green onion and/or bacon on individual servings to taste.

Freeze for later by dishing into individual serving containers, leaving at least an inch or so at the top to allow for expansion. Sprinkle green onion and/or bacon on top of each serving, add covers and freeze. To reheat from frozen, place individual serving in microwave for 4-5 minutes, stir, then continue heating to preferred temperature (about another minute or so).

Makes about 5 1-cup servings.

Nutritional Breakdown (per serving, without optional ingredients): 19.4 g fat (12.4 sat fat); 10.9 g carbohydrates (2.7 g fiber, net carbs: 8.2 g); protein 12.9 g; 264 calories.

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