After being hit by all the cold snowy weather from Winter Storm Jonas, a bowl of this hearty, comforting Cauliflower Soup is the perfect thing to warm us up (especially after the hours Mark spent shoveling snow…). Not only does this soup hit the spot, but like all the other recipes we love to share it’s packed with amazing nutritional benefits.
The 411 on this Cauliflower Soup
Did you know that one serving of cauliflower contains 77 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. It’s also a good source of vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese. In fact, if you missed my recent webinar: 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Detoxing, I talk about the importance of having cruciferous vegetables in your diet. Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous (or brassica or cabbage) family, which is important for detoxification support and anti-cancer protection due to many special constituents, e.g. sulfuring compounds.
You may notice that it’s also made with white potatoes. Over the past decade white potatoes (with or without skins) have become demonized in cooking – but we disagree. They have beneficial nutrients including a high level of Vitamin V. Just avoid the baking potatoes. So contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need avoid white potatoes even if you’re trying to lose weight. What you should avoid is loading them with butter, sour cream, cheese, and the like. White potatoes have many nutrients, including Vitamin C and are a staple in many cultures, but they are left unpeeled and they are cooked in water or steamed – it is important how you handle them. Baking skyrockets their glycemic impact and should be avoided. Eating them cold vastly decreases the effect on blood glucose. Picking organic white or red potatoes, keeping the skins on, and cooking them properly make a big difference. The only time I restrict nightshade family (which white potato is a member of) is in inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis because of the alkaloids that can implant in joints or during our detox program. However, if you’re simply not a fan of white potato you can substitute for sweet potato in the soup. Just make sure you peel the sweet potatoes first.
This cauliflower soup is a wonderful comfort food and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Don’t forget to top it off with some of those amazing little superfoods, like green onions and parsley. Not only will it add extra flavor but will punch up the color if you’re serving it to guests! The last tip for this soup: when already in the serving bowl: drizzle with quality olive oil!
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