Creamy wintry soup can have a lot of calories, but reader JuicyNoelle slashes the fat by using cauliflower puree instead of cream in her recipe for Swiss chard soup, which she posted in our Healthy Recipe group.
I love thick and creamy vegetable soups. But I don’t always love the calories. So this week I decided to substitute heavy cream with a smooth cauliflower puree instead. If you are looking for a healthy lunch or dinner meal, give this simple soup a try.
Get the recipe after the break.
Creamy Swiss Chard Soup With Vegetables
Serving Size: 6 (about 200 calories)
1/2 bunch Swiss chard, stems removed, sliced into thin ribbons
1 head of cauliflower, core removed, cut into florets
2 tablespoons organic butter
1 medium sweet potato, peeled, roughly chopped
1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
1/2 small yellow onion, peeled, diced
2 sprigs fresh thyme, stems removed
1 cup broccoli, roughly chopped
2 quarts vegetable broth
1/4 cup water
Sea salt and pepper
Toasty bread, optional (I recommend a whole wheat or sprouted grain bread)
Freshly grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese, optional
Learn more about the better-for-you ingredients in this recipe:
*Swiss chard — Swiss chard, thanks to its dark green color, is über-rich in chlorophyll, a natural detox agent.
*Cauliflower – cleansing beauties embrace cauliflower for its high sulfur and antioxidant content, which is believed to help boost your body’s detoxification work.