I hope you had a spectacular Thanksgiving! It has been a whirlwind of a weekend around here. Birthdays, Thanksgiving, and even a parade, oh my! 🙂 We cooked and relaxed on Thanksgiving morning, and then headed over to my in-laws for an early family dinner that evening. Friday morning we bundled up and headed to the Santa Claus Parade with my parents. The boys loved seeing the fire trucks and police cars. After a full hour of watching the parade, Santa finally made his appearance. We were all FROZEN, but the boys were so excited to see him, that it made it all worth it. (Note to self for next year, if it’s that cold again, go late! ;))
Another highlight of our weekend was William’s 5th birthday party. His actual birthday is on Tuesday, but we’re celebrating a bit early this year. I can’t believe that my first baby is (almost) FIVE! Where did the time go? William and his buddies had such a blast today! Dinosaurs, ornament making, cupcakes and friends, what could be better? William loved his party and we are all so thankful for wonderful friends and family. James was fascinated with the older kids and joined right in on the action, and Charlie was content just hanging out. What a perfect afternoon!
Here are a few pictures from our weekend, and William’s birthday party.
Who knew that rich and healthy could be found in the same bowl?! If you’re feeling like the Thanksgiving weekend has set you back a bit, replenish your system with a giant bowl of this nutritious Creamy Cauliflower Soup!
I created this soup right before having Charlie, as one of our many freezer meals to enjoy after his arrival. I remember looking at Andrew one night in the kitchen, probably around 9:00, and asking him if we had enough food for after the new baby. (Let’s be honest, with BOTH of our freezers packed with over 60 meals that I had already made, of course we had enough food ;)). However, as I looked at him, and remembered the two huge heads of cauliflower that were sitting in the fridge, I somehow talked us both into the idea that we could always use a few more meals.
It might have been late, but that didn’t stop me from whipping up a new kitchen creation. There was just something about cauliflower soup that sounded so yummy. Cauliflower, onions, garlic, broth, wine, and spices, how could you go wrong? Once I got the flavors just where I wanted them, I went to work on the texture. At first, I didn’t want to mess around with having to wash out our blender (I guess I was just being lazy), so I tried to mush up some of the veggies with a potato masher. After a few minutes of hardcore smashing, I just wasn’t loving the consistency that I was getting. Soooo…. ladle soup into blender, turn on for 20 seconds, and voila! Creamy, velvety goodness! I decided to reserve a bit of the cauliflower mixture, because as much as I wanted a pureed soup, it still needed to have some texture. This Creamy Cauliflower Soup comes together in no time, and is the perfect light addition to any meal. Serve it as a vegetarian entree with extra cheese and a side salad, or enjoy it before your meal as the perfect appetizer. This soup is tasty, filling, and super good for you! If you’re craving something a little more on the hearty side, you can always add a touch of cream. Otherwise, enjoy it without, for a little “post-Thanksgiving rejuvenation”. I love it both ways! However you cook it up, you will love diving into a huge bowl of this Creamy Cauliflower Soup goodness.
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 large onions, diced
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 large heads cauliflower, chopped
- 2 quarts low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)
- In a large stock pot, heat oil over medium heat until hot. Add onion and 1 teaspoon salt, and stir. Cook for about 7-8 minutes until onions are tenders, stirring occasionally. Stir in garlic and cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
- Add cauliflower, broth, wine and parsley, and stir. Then cover and cook for about 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower is soft.
- Reserve 2 cups of the cooked cauliflower mixture in a small bowl and set aside. Carefully ladle remaining cauliflower mixture into a blender or Vitamix, and puree until smooth. (Working in two batches if needed). Return soup to stock pot, add reserved 2 cups cauliflower mixture to the soup, and 1/2 cup cream (if using), and stir. Heat soup over medium heat until hot. Do not boil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Spoon into bowls and serve with parmesan cheese on top.
This soup is delicious with or without the cream. For a richer soup, add the heavy cream, and for a lighter soup, omit. If freezing this soup, make sure to add the cream after it has been frozen, when reheating.
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