the cauliflower bonzana: creamy soup + coconut rice

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You may have noticed that I’ve gotten a little cauliflower crazy around these parts. When gluten and dairy have been violently excised from your diet, one has to find alternatives. You should know that I lived a cauliflower-free life for the greater part of 37 years. It resembled a bleached-bone plant, and somehow I’d always associate the cruciferous vegetable with my mortal enemy, THE MUSHROOM.

KNOW NOW THAT I WILL NEVER CONSUME THE MUSHROOM. EVER.

But I digress. Lately, I’ve found a host of recipes that make inventive use of this veg, so much so that I uttered the phrase, You know you’re an addict when… after I found myself consuming cauliflower twice in one day.

For lunch, I hoovered this super-simple creamy soup. Don’t skimp on roasted cauliflower because it becomes tender and sweet, and melts beautifully when blitzed with coconut milk. My soup reminded me of mashed potatoes, but I’ll take it. Especially if I’m pairing it with homemade chicken tenders, which I dredged in almond meal and coconut flour. (SWOON!)

For dinner, I ran back with open arms to my beloved veggie burgers and paired them with blackened cauliflower rice, which is a fancy way of saying I burned the rice while answering emails. And naturally I played the part of a five-year-old, mashing up her veg burger and mixing it with the rice and getting all giddy and the like.

However, what’s on my mind, aside from the itch that has slightly abated, is the fact that I’ll be in SPAIN in less than a week! If you’ve been to Barcelona, Granada and Seville, please send all your tips.

On to the recipes!

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INGREDIENTS: Creamy Cauliflower Soup Recipe from The Paleo Kitchen, modified slightly
1 large head of cauliflower (2 1/4 lbs) cut into florets
1/4 cup melted coconut oil, divided
1/4 tsp of coarse salt, plus more for taste
1 large yellow onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, diced
2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup water
1 can full-fat coconut milk
freshly-ground black pepper, for taste
1/4 halved pecans + 1 tsp olive oil, for garnish

Note: I halved this recipe, since I only had a pound of cauliflower, and it worked beautifully!

DIRECTIONS
Pre-heat the oven to 450F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Add the cauliflower to a large bowl, drizzle with two tablespoons of coconut oil, and sprinkle in salt. Toss to coat. Arrange the cauliflower in a single layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 40 minutes, or until tender and brown, stirring once after the 25-minute mark.

Heat the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add the onion + garlic and saute for five minutes until the onions are translucent. Add the cauliflower, broth, and water, and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and add the coconut milk, salt and pepper to taste. Blitz to smooth using an immersion blender or a standard blender. Serve in soup bowls with garnish + if you’re up for it, some chicken tenders (dredged in coconut flour + almond meal, flash-fried in a plan for color and finished off in the oven).

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INGREDIENTS: Cauliflower Rice Recipe from The Paleo Kitchen
1 large head of cauliflower (2 1/4 lbs) cut into florets
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/3 cup vegetable broth
Coarse sea salt + black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS
Since I’ve no idea how to use the shredding attachment on my food processor, I used a box grater to mince the florets into rice-sized pieces. It took forever. Note to self: learn how to use the attachments for the food processor.

Heat the coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the cauliflower rice to the pan and stir for 10 seconds, then add the broth and stir until combined. Cover and cook for 5-8 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, mix well, uncovered, for 5 more minutes, stirring every minute or so to prevent the rice from sticking to the pan.

When done, serve with my FAVORITE VEGGIE BURGERS.

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14 thoughts on “the cauliflower bonzana: creamy soup + coconut rice

  1. Lol blackened does sound a lot better than burnt, doesn’t it?
    I’ve been eating more cauliflower this year than ever before. Cauliflower rice is such a great option for a healthy side. You’ve reminded me though that I really should figure out that shredder attachment myself.

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  2. Between this and the tomato soup I am bowing down at the altar of Felicia! I LOVE cauliflower. If only my husband did because I would make us consume it on the daily. I tried convincing him that mashed cauliflower was an acceptable substitute for mashed potatoes. He’s not buying in on that. In fact, I think it’s better.

    Also, I’m dying to know where your hatred of mushrooms comes from. I just know there’s some story behind it that you would tell wonderfully.

    Have fun on your trip- that should be amazing! 🙂

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    1. YAY! So tickled that you’re inspired. I’m falling in love with cauliflower.

      I can’t really explain my mushroom hate, only to say that the idea of eating it feels like eating mold. And I guess you can make the same argument for cheese, but I hate the taste, texture, look, feel, everything, when it comes to the WRETCHED MUSHROOM.

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  3. Here is my favorite cauliflower recipe. You will die for the simplicity!

    http://food52.com/recipes/15247-paul-bertolli-s-cauliflower-soup

    Mashed cauliflower is one of my staples. However, I have never successfully prepared (or stomached) the riced version.

    Whilst I am thinking of it, there is a zucchini soup recipe I love via theclothesmakethegirl blog. So many paleo ideas there too! She also has done amazing things with cauliflower.

    http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/

    Enjoy!

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  4. I visited Granada many years ago but didn’t pay much mind to the restaurants. I leaned towards the little places, with homemade dishes and fresh fish every day. What stuck with me, and I’m sure with anyone that has visited Granada is the Alhambra. There is a saying in Spain that you have not yet lived if you have not visited the Alhambra. It is amazing – go, enjoy and eat eat eat! Love your travel entries.

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  5. Damn, that looks delicious. I love reading about new recipes and seeing people’s inventiveness! I am planning to be more inventive in the future after going through some basic skills learning. You’re welcome to stop by my blog any time to see how things go 🙂 Cecilie xx

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