Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Cauliflower & Red Pepper Soup - 21 Day Fix
Have you ever tried the Roasted Red Pepper Soup from Trader Joe's? If so, this is even better AND easier on your fitness and your wallet. (I LOVE Trader's Joe's, but for me -- the less ingredients in my meals, the better.)
I love soup and could eat it every day. Give this one a try and let me know what you think. What a great way to get those vegetables/greens in -- especially on a cold winter day!
(Hello? TWO GREENS in one serving of soup? I'll take it!)
Cauliflower & Red Pepper Soup (21 Day Fix compliant)
4 medium-sized red bell peppers
1 small head of cauliflower, cut into florets
1.5 Tbsp. oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 garlic cloves
4 cups organic, low-salt chicken stock (+ more, if needed)
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. red cayenne peper
Salt and pepper, to taste
Cut the red bell peppers in half, scoop out the seeds and lay face-down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil. Broil in the oven on high until the skin has become black. Remove from oven and place into a sealed container. This allows the peppers to steam, and cool down. This also makes it easier to remove the skin.
Broil the cauliflower florets on high until they are tender and crisp - about 20-25 minutes. Turn them over halfway through.
Place the oil in a large pot, add in the diced onion and garlic cloves. Sauté over low to medium heat until the onions are tender and caramelized. Add the chicken stock and spices. Mix and allow the mixture to simmer over medium heat.
Remove the skins from the peppers, dice and add them to the pot. Do the same with the cauliflower.
Allow the soup to simmer for an additional 20 minutes over medium heat.
Add the soup to a blender 2 cups at a time, and blend until the mixture is smooth. OR blend with an immersion blender. You MAY need to add more chicken broth to the mixture -- I did.
Return the pureed soup to the same pot, and allow it to simmer on low-heat until ready to serve.
(21 Day Fixers, this makes 6 servings. Each serving = 2 greens + 1 tsp.)
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If you give this recipe a try, please let me know! I would love to hear how it went!
ALL THE BEST,