I have been feeling a bit under the weather the past few days. My mom thinks it has to do with my non-stop schedule…hmmm Anyways, I took 2 days off work to “relax” and it was really difficult!! It harder than it sounds..at least for me.. when I have a 100 things I want/need to do.

I managed to snuggle up with Freddy and my Kindle to finish reading Me before you! We’re having a book club meeting next Wednesday so I better catch up quick.

Back to the topic… SOUP!! We had 3 days of soup: chicken noodle, tomato basil and, yesterday I made Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup…with parsnips for added flavor.unnamed (1)

I made a separate batch for Freddy w/o the onions or added spices – he got parsley though- really good for dogs! (nerd fact: Parsley freshens your pooches breath and provides phytochemicals. It also has Vitamin C, Vitamin K, carotenoids, B vitamins, iron and limonene)

Here is the recipe. Serve with some crusty bread- I made Guy Fieri’s Vegan garlic bread to go with.

Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 medium head cauliflower, broken in florets
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 1-2 parsnips, chopped
  4. 4 cups water
  5. 1.5 chicken bouillon cube
  6. 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  7. 2 tbsp olive oil
  8. 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  9. 1 tbsp. sour cream
  10. 1 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  11. Chopped fresh parsley (to garnish)
  12. Coarse salt and ground pepper, to taste
  13. Crumbled organic bacon, bake it
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, melt butter over medium. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 8 minutes. Add cauliflower (& parsnips, if using) and cook until just beginning to brown, 12 minutes. Add water and bouillon cube; bring to a boil over high. Reduce heat and simmer until cauliflower is very tender, 20 minutes. Add rosemary.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk sour cream with flour and take with a tbsp. of the hot broth. Wish really well and then blend into soup. This will add a nice cream color to the soup and also thicken it up.
  3. I use a potato masher to mash everything up right in the same pot - you can also use a blender to get a smoother consistency- but why add another dish to the wash?
  4. Heat over medium until warmed through; add cheese and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with parsley and bacon, if desired. (I made a couple strips of bacon in the oven with the bread and crumbled it on top)
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Enjoy!