10 Jan Trending: Cauliflower (And a Soup Recipe)
Move over kale, there’s a hot new vegetable in town – cauliflower. If you’ve read the flurry of top food trends for 2014, you’ll notice that cauliflower has taken centre stage on a few lists.
This cauliflower soup recipe is perfect if you’re still thawing out from the polar vortex. It’s adapted from the 2014 Milk Calendar and embraces a couple of trends predicted for this year: the importance of protein, reducing food waste, and full-fat dairy being ok. Eating protein-packed meals is the best way to curb your hunger and keep you feeling satisfied. Recent research shows that eating three protein-rich meals (with 25-30 grams each) helps your body build muscle.
This is important in helping your body burn more calories, and preventing age-related muscle breakdown. (Note: 25-30 grams protein = approx. 1/2 cup meat, fish, poultry)In reducing food waste, I tossed in leftover broccoli that was lingering in the fridge along with a small head of cauliflower.And what kind of cheese will you find in my fridge?
Full-fat varieties that deliver real taste. I scoff at reduced-fat cheeses that leave you feeling ripped off. In small portions, full-fat cheeses can elevate your foods to a new level, not to mention they pair well with vegetables. Cheese is also a prime source of vitamin K2, which helps with bone and heart health. I know, this is counter to what you may have read. Natural sources of calcium seem to be channeled to your bones, whereas calcium from supplements appear to be deposited in arteries and may be linked to arterial hardening.
Ok, enough with today’s nutrition lesson, and on to the heartwarming recipe.
Feel free to tweak the recipe to your liking. Swap in another cheese. What’s your favourite cauliflower soup recipe?