Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Another Recipe Inducted Into Lynn's Food Hall of Fame

I about went crazy this morning trying to find the recipe for Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Cheese that I fell in love with when I made it for the first time a few weeks ago. I paged through my recipe binder marked SOUP at least five times before digging out the other recipe binders thinking maybe I’d filed it incorrectly. It was quite possible I’d been so delirious from eating such yumminess that I put the card in the DESSERTS folder.

I was convinced I’d printed it from some website and when it didn’t show up in any of my binders, I went online to see if I could find a copy. I started at Weight Watchers, but it wasn’t there. I searched Taste of Home, AllRecipes, Cooks.com, About.com, Vegetarian Times…you name it. No luck.

I went back to Weight Watchers because I’d plugged the main parts of the recipe into the Recipe Builder. However, when I put in my recipes, I never include spices or directions since I’m only interested in using the Recipe Builder for determining Points values. Ergo, I had no idea what else went into this delectable soup or even how to make it. I could probably fake it, but I wanted to eat the EXACT same soup I made a few weeks ago! *foot stomp*

You know how when you lose your keys and you look all over and finally, when you just let your mind settle and you retrace your steps, you remember where you put them? I returned to the kitchen and just stood there. Where is that recipe? Think, Lynn, think! Then like a 2x4 to the head, I remembered: it was a recipe from my trusty 1,001 Low-Fat Vegetarian Recipes cookbook! Thank god! I have more brain farts the older I get and when I have a successful “ah ha!” moment, it’s almost better than having sex or eating chocolate. Almost.

I try new recipes and foods all the time. Some are good, some not so good and some, and this doesn’t happen very often, are so fabulous that they immediately make their way into Lynn’s Food Hall of Fame, right alongside lefse, BigAss Salad, feta/spinach omelets, spicy roasted potatoes, Fage yogurt, PB2, and Trader Joe’s creamy mint chocolate rounds.

Same thing happens with workout music. Songs come and go, they get rotated in and out every few months, but there are three songs that are always in my iPod: “Pump It Up” by Elvis Costello, “Pump It” by the Black Eyed Peas, and “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That” by Robert Randolph and The Family Band. Like the cauliflower soup, the new song by Def Leppard, “C’mon C’mon,” is quickly becoming an all-time favorite as well and will most likely enjoy a long life in my Nano.

Anyway, back to the soup. You know I wouldn’t go on and on about some darned soup without sharing the recipe with you. So here you go, the orgasmicallygood soup that I hope will make you even a little bit as happy as it’s made me:

Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Cheese
Makes 4 or 6 servings (Points explained below)

½ C chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T flour
3 ½ C vegetable broth
12 oz cauliflower, cut into florets
1 C potato, peeled and cubed
¼ to ½ C fat-free half-and-half or fat-free milk*
3 oz reduced-fat Cheddar cheese**
Salt and pepper to taste
Ground mace (nutmeg) as garnish

Sauté onion and garlic in lightly greased saucepan until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in flour; cook about 1 minute longer. Slowly add stock and whisk with the flour mixture until smooth. Add cauliflower and potato and heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 10-15 minutes. Remove about half the vegetables from the soup with a slotted spoon and reserve. Puree remaining soup in food processor or blender until smooth.

Return soup to saucepan; stir in reserved vegetables, milk and cheese. Cook over low heat, stirring, until cheese is melted. Season to taste. Sprinkle each serving with mace, if desired.

* I use light plain soy milk
** I use Cabot 75% Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese

Points values:

Either 4 or 6 servings using ¼ regular or fat-free half-and-half is 2 points
6 servings with ½ C of regular or fat-free half-and-half is 2 points
4 servings with ½ C of regular or fat-free half-and-half is 3 points

Either 4 or 6 servings using ½ C light soy milk is 2 points

Have I thoroughly confused you? I’m nothing if not thorough…lol.

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Tuesday, April 21: Ecstatic Days (Guest Post)
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Thursday, April 23: The Wonderful World of Wieners (Review & Interview)
Friday, April 24: Cranky Fitness (Guest Post)

13 comments:

  1. That does sound good...now if I were to make it with skim milk, do you have an approximation of what the calories would be?

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  2. Yummy, yummy! I have a bag of frozen cauliflower, might make some of this tomorrow!

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  3. Hey, Shelley and Lori! Shelley, the skim milk won't make a difference in points. Same thing applies.

    Lori, feel free to use chicken broth if you're a meat-lover. It might make a difference in the taste. Use veggie broth only if you're in love with the broth you use. I just want you to have a good cauliflower soup experience! LOL

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  4. Geez. . . orgasmically good soup? I guess I'll have to try what your having!

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  5. This sounds soo... good!! I love mashed cauliflower too. Is the serving size a 1 cup serving??

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  6. i do have lots of cauliflower i think i do this tomorrow... Yummy.!!!!1

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  7. When can i taste that food. i think my mother can cook that but the problem is the ingredients.

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  8. That does sound yummy. I have a head of cauliflower in the fridge I may have to turn into soup!

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  9. Hmmp, that seems so delicious!!! hope, in the near future i can taste that using my taste buds... hehehehehe!!!

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  10. Hmmp, that seems so delicious!!! hope, in the near future i can taste that using my taste buds... hehehehehe!!!

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  11. It's my first time to hear that kind of food. But I love cheese.

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  12. I just enjoyed a bowl of your soup. It was wonderful. I pureed almost all of the veggies as I'm not a fan of potato and was in the mood for a creamier soup. This is excellent and will be a regular meal for me. I only had one can of vegetable broth and made up the difference with chicken and it was yummy. Thanks for doing what you do, I always come here when I'm in need of a little inspiration.

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