I love this creamy warming soup for so many reasons, but especially for the heart healthy, cancer reducing leeks! Leeks contain a substance known as “kaempferol”, a flavonol that may help fight cancer and lower your risk of chronic diseases including heart disease. Now that is something to feel good about.
Cauliflower & Leek Soup (Vegan)
Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 50
min Serves 6
- 1 large head of cauliflower, cleaned, stem removed and cut into smallflorets
- 2 large leeks, root and tough dark green tops removed, cleaned and medium chopped
- 3 stalks celery, cleaned and mediumchopped
- 2 shallots finely chopped
- 3 tbsp extra virgin oliveoil
- 1 quart vegetable stock (or low sodium chicken stock)
- 3 cups purifiedwater
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tsp seasalt
- 1 tsp course blackpepper
Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat; add the leeks, celery, and 1 tsp salt and sauté until soft, about 5-6 minutes. Add the shallot, stir, and cook another minute until very fragrant. Add the stock, 2 cups water, 1 tsp sea salt, 1 tsp pepper and bring to a boil. Add the cauliflower florets and turn the heat to medium; simmer 30 minutes until the cauliflower is fork tender. Discard the bay leaf. Puree the soup with a hand blender, or in small batches in a blender or food processor. Add the pureed soup back to the pot and stir in vinegar and ½ – 1 cup purified water (depending on desired texture.)
This soup can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight glass container for up to 3 days. It also freezes well.
Add-ins: Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds or pine nuts for added crunch and added minerals!!