January is a lovely time to give your digestion a rest from heavy foods. Pureed soups and bisques are the answer! They allow you to feel warm and nourished without feeling like a lead weight in your tummy. This is a nice recipe because it includes cauliflower, one of the shining stars of the cruciferous vegetable family. It's a gentle detoxifier, is packed with antioxidants, and is anti-inflammatory. Sooooo, eat it. A lot.
Cheers to a happy belly and a happy body!
1 Head cauliflower, chopped into florets 1-2 Apples, (I like honeycrisps or pink ladies) cored and sliced 1 Onion, de-skinned and chopped into eighths 2-ish cloves garlic, peeled Salt and ground pepper to taste 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4-6 cups chicken or vegetable stock 1-2 drops doTERRA ginger essential oil Sprinkle of ground nutmeg to garnish *Optional: truffle oil or sour cream (NOT BOTH!) to garnish
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place cauliflower, apples, ginger, and garlic in roasting pan and toss with salt, pepper, and oil, and toss to coat.
Roast for 30-40 minutes, tossing the vegetables about half way through, until the cauliflower is lightly browned and the onion is tender.
Transfer the veggies to a blender and add the stock. Add the ginger oil. Blend until creamy.
Transfer contents of the blender to a soup pan (or stock pot) to gently reheat the puree.
Add a little salt and pepper to taste and serve with a touch of ground nutmeg.
Apples: My, what balanced phytonutrients you have, oh beloved apple. Apples contain a wide array of polyphenols which help regulate our blood sugar. They're also a great source of Vitamin C and other antioxidants, and fiber. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Cauliflower: Holy antioxidants! Need a gentle cleanse, this is your veggie. Cauliflower, a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, is full of cancer-fighting antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese, as well as phytonutrients such as beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, and quercetin (think cell detox and protection!). See here for more nutritional information and health benefits.
Garlic: Garlic has long been touted as a health promoting food. It is high in sulfur (and while that might make us a little, ahem, stinky, this may be an important part of a our otherwise sulfur-deficient diets. Garlic is also rich with manganese and is a very good source of vitamins B6 and C, as well as selenium. This "stinky rose" also protects our blood vessels from inflammatory and oxidative stress, but its other health benefits abound. See here for nutritional info. Please note: due to its rajastic nature, garlic and onions are NOT part of the traditional Saatvic diet.
Ginger Essential Oil: Ginger is a powerful analgesic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-nauseant, and stumulant. It provides tremendous benefits to the digestive system, and can also be used as an expectorant and decongestant. Ginger can also help provide relief from coughs and sore throats. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.
*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTERRA because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.
*NOTE: All doTERRA Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per batch. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!
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