Posts Tagged ‘Cauliflower’

Sunny California Blend Cheese Soup

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

When I saw the California blend of veggies (carrots, cauliflower and broccoli) sitting In the refrigerator, I knew it had to become a beautiful soup. I kept remembering a soup from my childhood called Normandy blend soup. I remember it having big chunks of the California blend of veggies, and a velvety cheesy base. I searched for a recipe but never found one, so I decided to give it a try without one.

I chopped up the veggies in nice bite size pieces, and finely chopped an onion and celery, they are necessary for flavor but not the stars of the show.

I decided to blanch the California blend prior to putting it in the soup. I wanted the veggies to still have some texture but not crunch and to keep them vibrant. To blanch them bring a pot of salted water (it should taste like ocean water, this is your chance to bring out the flavor of the veggies) to a boil. Start with the carrots, let them simmer for 6-8 minutes. Using a strainer place the carrots into an ice water bath to stop the cooking. Remove the carrots from water and place back in their bowl. Repeat with cauliflower blanch 4-5 minutes and the broccoli only 3-5 minutes.

Sauté onions and celery in the butter and oil til translucent 4-5 minutes.
Add about 1/4 cup of flour and stir, making sure all the oil has been absorbed, now allow this to cook a couple minutes. If you don’t the soup will taste of raw flour.

Now use a wire whisk and whisk the soup base while slowly adding the chicken stock. It will be very nice and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
Whisk in a cup of milk or half and half.

Allow this to come to a simmer. Stir in the shredded cheddar and stir until melted. Now carefully add the California blend of veggies. Allow to simmer 8-10 minutes, making sure the veggies are still al dente. At this point I also added 2 TBSP Dijon mustard to really finish the flavor and texture, as well as a Tbsp. Of Emerils essence seasoning to kick it up! (I use the salt free.) season with salt and pepper to taste.

Served with a couple warmed pretzel slider buns. Delicious.

Sunny California Blend Cheese Soup

Sunny California Blend Cheese Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into bite size florets
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into bite size florets
  • 1 pound of carrots scrubbed and cit into bite size coins
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 3 ribs celery finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk or half and half
  • 2 1/2 cups medium cheddar
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Emerils essence (salt free)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Prep veggies
  2. Bring large pot of water to a boil, add salt. Water should be salty like the ocean. Prepare a large bowl of ice water.
  3. Add carrots to boiling water, let simmer 8-10 minutes. Remove to ice bath with a spider or strainer. Allow to cool, using spider it strainer remove to bowl. Repeat with cauliflower, blanch 5-6 minutes followed by broccoli, blanch 3-5 minutes.
  4. In a soup pot or Dutch oven melt oil and butter. Add celery and onion and cook until translucent 4-5 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle flour over celery and onion and stir making sure all oil is absorbed. Allow to cook 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Now whisk in chicken stock followed by milk.
  7. Add the cheese and stir while it melts. Carefully add in the California blend and stir. Add in mustard and Emerils essence.
  8. Bring to a simmer, allow to simmer 8-10 minutes.
  9. Season to taste, serve.

 

Killer Cauliflower Soup

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Yes, I did just describe this cauliflower soup as killer. That isn’t just a dramatic attempt to convince you to check out this blog post, this recipe turned out SO scrumptious.

Here in Texas it is Hatch Chile time. Don’t get me wrong, we love all of our chiles as much as we love to complain about summer weather but a magical chile event happens in August. Grocery stores start to roll out roasters and haul in tons of hatch chiles from our friends in New Mexico. While they are plentiful, I buy up as many cases as I can (read that as too many). As a result of my hatch chile gluttony, I preserve them and put them in everything that I can dream up. This “killer” cauliflower recipe is one such creation. (more…)

Cream of _______ Soup Blueprint

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

It’s Friday night. You’re exhausted. You’ve made your contribution for a Bountiful Basket this week, but there is still a week-old (or two-week old, let’s be honest) head of broccoli (or bunch of asparagus, sack of potatoes, head of cauliflower, etc.) in the fridge staring you down, begging to be used. (more…)

California Blend Packs for the Freezer

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Cali Blend Freezer Packs

All I can say is that I am totally in love with the new California Blend pack that BBFC has been offering. If you haven’t seen one of these packs yet, you will be shocked and amazed and the size of the veggies in them! Holy Carrots Bugs Bunny, that cauliflower is as big as my head! Seriously, these packs are amazing and super easy to process to make into your own healthy blend packs for the freezer. I was blessed with a Food Saver this last Christmas but you don’t need one to make and freeze your own packs. (more…)

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

The other day I was really craving macaroni and cheese. I adore the cheesy, hearty flavor of macaroni – it is practically its own food group in my life. I began to wonder if I could pull it off using cauliflower in the sauce like I do in my “Alfredo sauce”. (more…)

Cauliflower “Alfredo” Sauce

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

I have serious doubts about any food that masquerades as something as rich and fattening as alfredo sauce. However this recipe was AMAZING.  It is seriously rich and delicious but cauliflower based so it cuts the fat tremendously.
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Goober Salad

Sunday, September 15th, 2013


When I got my basket and stew pack this week, I thought about how I could use these veggies and it hit me….make Goober Salad. This recipe is one of my family favorites. I decided to take this family favorite and change it up a bit to fit into MY plan of eating healthier. This recipe normally calls for the use of mayonnaise, milk and sour cream. I used Greek yogurt and some poppy seed dressing instead and it is STILL just as yummy!
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Egg Cauliflower Fried Rice

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

This is a wonderful way to hide cauliflower. My husband thought he hated cauliflower and would refuse to eat it. One day, I took the cauliflower and turned it into stir fried rice. I made it and popped it into our usual rice pan. When it was dinner time, I served it as though it was our regular rice. He ate every mouthful on his plate and said, “That’s great rice.” When I told him it was cauliflower, he was amazed! He now requests our special “cauliflower rice” instead of regular rice.
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JoAnn- Pizza and a Movie

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Pizza and a movie night is a fun tradition in my family. We have learned to get creative with crusts and toppings making each pizza night unique, healthy, and fun. Our new grain-free lifestyle could leave us empty handed on pizza night but instead, it has prompted me to try out the cauliflower crust recipes I have seen floating around. I have tried several. Some totally flopped, some partially flopped, and by combining several ideas and working out my own techniques I’ve hit on a recipe that is almost always a winner. So here are my tried-and-true secrets for a great cauliflower pizza crust.
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Camouflage and Cauliflower

Sunday, September 8th, 2013


In doing research for this blog post, I was not surprised to find that cauliflower is not America’s favorite vegetable*. And I can assure you that it wasn’t a big hit in my house while growing up either, only making the dinner table with other raw vegetables — carrot, celery, radishes, broccoli, etc. — alongside a bowl of Ranch Dip. Not the most appealing mealtime display.
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