Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Chicken, Kale, Onions, & Carrots

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It is only my third week to join in with the fun at the Fiesta Friday party over at Angie’s blog, The Novice Gardener, and I already look forward to it every week! I love getting to see what everyone else is making…you all are SO creative and inspiring!

So what did I cook this week? Well, let me start by asking…

Have you ever come up with an idea, thinking it was going to be easy, soon finding out just how wrong you were? 🙂 That is what happened to me with this yummy soup I created. I knew I was cooking for a decent sized group of people and I thought to myself, “Soup! Easy!” Yep, not so much! 🙂 Okay, if I am honest with myself, it might have been easier if I wasn’t determined to create the recipe myself. Well, “might have” probably isn’t quite accurate enough. 🙂

Here was my task, taking into consideration the people I was cooking for and their dietary needs: create a soup recipe that was low-glycemic, paleo-friendly, gluten free, dairy-free, and nut free. (Okay, just a few restrictions. 🙂 )

3 1/2 hours later, 2 extra trips to the store that my hubby so graciously took for me, and much experimenting (adding more of this and that) and the soup was finally ready! As I taste tested it every step of the way, I honestly didn’t think it was going to turn out well and felt discouraged at times, but I am super relieved to say I was wrong! I really liked it!

I would have preferred to cook it with cheese, but since I couldn’t do that, I set some aside for anyone who wanted to put some in their own bowl. To my hubby and I, this was the perfect finishing touch! Yum!

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CREAM OF CAULIFLOWER SOUP WITH CHICKEN, KALE, ONIONS, & CARROTS

  • Servings: About 10 People
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*Created by Lori at Creating Beauty in the Kitchen

IngredientsFinal

  • 3 heads of cauliflower (cooked, mashed, and blended)
  • 4-5 fresh cloves of garlic
  • 4 sprigs of rosemary
  • 2 cans of coconut milk
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • Black pepper (I used quite a bit)
  • 4 carrots
  • 3-4 cups Kale
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cut up into small pieces
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Chives
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese

DirectionsFinal

  • Wash the cauliflower and break off the pieces in small chunks. Put in a stock pot with enough water to cover it all and boil for about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cut up the garlic, onion, rosemary, and kale. For the carrots, I used a peeler to get short, thin peels. I thought it would be fun to do it this way, instead of just cutting up chunks of carrots.
  • Wash and cut the chicken into small pieces.
  • When the cauliflower is done boiling, drain it and place it back in the pot. Use a masher to get it softened up even more. Add in the coconut milk, half the onions, and water. I then used an immersion blender to blend until smooth.
  • Now, put the rest of the onions, the garlic, rosemary, kale, black pepper, and carrot peels into the soup. Mix well and cook on medium heat.
  • While the soup is beginning to cook, pour the olive oil into a large skillet and add the chicken. Cook on medium heat.
  • When the chicken is finished cooking, add it into the soup.
  • When soup is ready, garnish each bowl with chives and (if you can eat dairy) Parmesan cheese.

Lori

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28 thoughts on “Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Chicken, Kale, Onions, & Carrots

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  2. You may have had a few dietary restrictions to deal with [okay… a lot of restrictions!], but it looks like you nailed it with this soup! Sounds like a hearty and delicious meal!

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    • Thanks for stopping by Laura, and thanks so much for following! Fun! I’m glad this soup looks good to you…I love cauliflower myself!
      P.S. I went over to your blog…looks great. I want to follow it. Can I only do it through email?

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    • You are so cute! And I am glad this sounds good to you….yay! If you can have the cheese, I would totally add it into the cooking process. 🙂

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  3. Oooo I love cauliflower soup, but haven’t made it in a while. You are going to have me making it again right away! I love that this is healthier than my normal recipe and fits the (same as yours) dietary restrictions of those I invite over. Thanks!
    Love the photos as well 🙂

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    • Wow, thank you so much! I do hope you make it and like it! I have always loved cauliflower soup as well! Yummy! Thanks for stopping by my blog….heading over to yours now! 🙂

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  4. I’m so impressed with this soup!! You made me chuckle, because I can’t tell you how many times I’ve set out in the kitchen to create something that I thought was going to be easy, but turned out to be so difficult!! And you had a big excuse! You had dietary restrictions to contend with, I just didn’t know what I was doing!! Lol..

    The soup is amazing!! You have it filled with so much flavor… crazy good!! I am saving this post so that I can try it. It’s going to be a big win with my family… they are true soup lovers!!

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    • Thank you so much Prudy! Now you are making me chuckle! 🙂 I do that all the time myself…I don’t know why I keep doing that to myself…LOL!
      Oh, I am so glad you like the sound of this soup and are going to make it at some point! Wow! Yay!

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  5. Oh Lori – you know this is my favorite type of soup. I have never had it like you have made it but I’m willing to try!!!!

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