My instructor was talking just the other day about how she defines foods in two separate categories: “noisy” (inflammatory, irritating, disruptive) and “quiet” (peaceful, nourishing, easy to digest). I love that concept. When life is crazy (often) , I am drawn to the quiet foods. The foods that nourish and give, and hardly ask for anything back. The foods that are easy on my gut, and make my soul feel good.
If that’s what you need today, then this recipe is for you. This Cauliflower Apple Soup is earthy, smooth, and mellow. It also requires very little work to throw together, perfect for those low-energy days.
- 1 Large Head of Cauliflower, cut into like-size pieces
- 1 Apple, diced (I leave the skin on)
- 1 Yellow Onion, diced
- 3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 TBSP organic coconut oil
- 1/4 TSP turmeric
- 1 container organic chicken broth
- 1/2 TSP himilayan salt
- Sour Coconut Cream – plain coconut yogurt mixed with a squeeze of lemon
Warm a large pot on medium-low heat and melt coconut oil. Add onion and stir occasionally as they soften. Once they begin to turn translucent, add garlic and stir for about two minutes. Then add the apple, cauliflower, coconut milk, and chicken broth. Mix in the 1/4 tsp of turmeric and 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt. Allow all the ingredients to slowly simmer as long as you can, ideally an hour or more. When you just cant wait any longer, blend all the ingredients using a hand blender. Top with an easy sour coconut cream (see above) or chives. Green onion or chickpea croutons would also work well.
This recipe is great for a couple reasons – one being that your stomach doesn’t have to work too hard to mechanically break it down. The coconut milk supports increased mucus lining in the stomach, and given the stars of the show (cauliflower and apple) there is a generous serving of fiber here as well. From a more mind-body-soul aspect, a hot soup has a way of forcing you to slow down and eat more mindfully. Warm, soft food is especially comforting when you feel the need to be nurtured, or vulnerable.
Have a great weekend everyone.