Fall…Perfect Time For Steamy Soups
Before we get to the cauliflower soup recipe, we’d like to elaborate why cauliflower is so good for us.
There’s no person in the world who doesn’t like a warm and comforting bowl of soup when cold days arrive.
It has some kind of “magical” powers upon our health that we must admit – really works. Chicken soup has always been the first choice to our moms when healing us from flu or cold, still, cauliflower soup can compete with this choice as well.
As already known, there are also many desirable veggies just waiting to make soup out of them, and Cauliflower is one of those too.
Health Benefits Of Cauliflower
As all other veggies, cauliflower has also tremendous benefits for our health, and it is really wise to use it in its season peak.
Whether you steam it, roast it or make creamy cauliflower soup, you’ll still get all the benefits there are.
Cauliflower is a member of the cancer-fighting cruciferous family of vegetables, being rich with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, having the ability to boost your health – especially brain health.
It is packed with loads of vitamin C, vitamin K, beta-carotene, and much more ingredients, giving full support to healthy digestion and body detoxification.
What health benefits its has?
Cauliflower contains sulforaphane which is a sulfur compound, that has also shown the ability to kill cancer stem cells, by slowing tumor growth.
There are researches proving that combining cauliflower with turmeric is an ideal combo for cancer fighting, especially prostate cancer.
2.Heart Health Keeper
It has been found that Sulforaphane in cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables, significantly improve blood pressure and kidney function.
Its compounds improves blood flow, reduces conditions as atherosclerosis and keeps heart heath in good condition.
It is recommend to consume 3/4 cup of cruciferous vegetables on a daily basis. This amount is equivalent to approximately 5 cups per week.
A more optimal intake amount would be 1-1/2 cups per day, or about 10 cups per week according to WHFoods.
3. Anti-inflammatory Capabilities
If your immune system occasionally triggers an inflammatory response to a threat, it can lead to significant inflammation-related damage to the body, and conditions linked to cancer and other diseases.
Cauliflower appears to be a pure wealth of anti-inflammatory nutrients, to help keep inflammation processes always in check.
4. Richness In Vitamins And Minerals
Eating cauliflower on a regular basis is a simple way to get these much-needed nutrients into your body. For instance, one serving of cauliflower contains 77 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C.
It’s also a good source of vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, and manganese.
5. Brain Health Keeper
Cauliflower is also a good source of choline, a B vitamin known for its role in brain development, boosting cognitive function, improve learning and memory.
It may even diminish age-related memory decline and brain’s vulnerability to toxins during childhood, as well as offering protection later in life.
6. Great Detox Help
Cauliflower also helps to detoxify our body toxins in multiple ways. It contains antioxidants that support detoxification along with sulfur-containing nutrients important for second phase of the detox process.
The glucosinolates present in cauliflower, activate detoxification enzymes which are important in the process of cleaning our body from toxins.
7. Supports Good Digestion
Cauliflower is an important source of dietary fiber for having good digestive health. According to the World’s Healthiest Foods:
“Researchers have determined that the sulforaphane made from a glucosinolate in cauliflower (glucoraphanin) can help protect the lining of your stomach.
Sulforaphane provides you with this health benefit by preventing bacterial overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori in your stomach or too much clinging by this bacterium to your stomach wall”.
8. Antioxidant and Phytonutrient “Bomb”
Eating cauliflower is like winning the health lottery. It’s packed with vitamin C, beta-carotene, kaempferol, quercetin, rutin, cinnamic acid, and much more.
As long as you consume these important micro-nutrients, your body will be able to resist aging, caused by everyday exposure to variety of pollutants, chronic stress, and more.
If you don’t have an adequate supply of antioxidants to help squelch free radicals, then you can be at risk of oxidative stress, which leads to accelerated tissue and organ damage developing tumors and cancer.
Cauliflower Cooking Directions
It’s important not to overcook Cauliflower, but to cook it just until tender. It’s almost never a good idea to boil Cauliflower because it will ruin all its flavor and texture.
This method preserves the most nutrients and it is really easy. Put Cauliflower into an inch of water in a microwave-safe dish.
You just need to cover it tightly and microwave for about 5-7 minutes (depending on the microwave you have).
It is by far the best cook method to do Cauliflower, as steaming preserves flavor, texture and all nutrition there is.
How to do it?
- Bring 7-10 cm of water to a boil in a pot
- Arrange florets evenly in a steamer basket, and make sure the water does not seep into the bottom of the basket
- Cover and steam
- Do it for about 5 minutes, but it all depends on your steaming setup – the heat
- Just make sure you don’t steam too long, as the florets will get too soft and mushy
You can also stir-fry Cauliflower by cutting the head into bite-sized florets.
Heat 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil in large skillet or wok, add florets and stir-fry over medium-high heat until just crisp-tender, about 3 to 5 minutes.
And now finally the recipe.
Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Soup
Cauliflower soup is a perfect choice for dealing with cold weather. It with sooth your soul and you’ll wanna grab a second round for sure.
How to make it?
- 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
- 1 tablespoon of sea salt or Himalayan salt
- 1/2 cup of nutritional yeast
- 1/2 cup of olive oil
- 1 diced onion
- 1 tbsp vegan bouillon cube
- 2 garlic bulbs(not cloves)
- 1 1/2 cup of cashews
- Preheat oven at 180 C
- Place the garlic in foil (individually) and roast for about 40 minutes until soften
- Take a large pot
- Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and cook the onion until it becomes soft
- Add vegan bouillon cube and 2 quarts of water
- Bring to a boil and add cauliflower florets
- Continue to cook for about 10 minutes until cauliflower is soft, but not mushy
- In a blender, place cashews and 2 cups of water
- Purée this at high speed for couple of minutes
- Add the cleaned roasted garlic, salt, and nutritional yeast, and wait for cauliflower to be cooked
- Once cauliflower is almost cooked, purée it with the cashew base in a blender until smoothen
- Do not strain because soup should be smooth and creamy looking
- Taste and if needed – season it additionally with salt
And finally – serve it with some croutons, chopped parsley, fresh-cracked black pepper, drizzled olive oil, few roasted florets or some lemon zest if preferable.
As you can see, you don’t need to have a great culinary experience to prepare this amazing, soul soothing creamy vegan cauliflower soup.
You just need to follow the steps – and you are done.
And of course, you can always share your experience of making this cauliflower soup in the comments part.
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