Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic Soup

So now that we are back in the saddle, so to speak, I have a bit more time to spend in the kitchen. Summer seems to always keep us so busy that the last thing I think about on daily basis is cooking or baking.

Faith has started her 5th year of homeschooling, and is now in 6th grade. Grace is off to high school, which means early mornings and late nights. She is so busy with various activities that I am not sure what she is doing or where she is half the time. I just drive her there.

For the longest time, I have wanted to try broccoli soups and also cauliflower soups, but I have had the huge fear of failing. That they won’t taste good or look pretty, not that looking pretty matters, but it does! Presentation is everything when it comes to food. I mean people have to want to eat it and if it looks bad then they won’t even want to try it, no mater how wonderful it tastes. Especially, when it comes to soups that you have never made before for your family, who is really picky about what they are eating. So I have learned over the years that if I make it look really pretty for my family then they will at least try it because it looks delicious.

My first attempt at these two soups was a few weeks ago. School had started back up and I had purchased my emulsion blender, and really wanted to try it! I mean really wanted to try it, so much so that I am cooking soup when it’s 99 degrees outside and the humidity is like 89%. I mean really who wants to eat soup when it’s that hot outside, but I didn’t care. At least I knew I would eat it. Long story short, I made a successful broccoli and cheddar soup that day! Sorry, all I didn’t know how well it would turn out so I didn’t do pictures that day, but I promise, soon I will post the recipe for the broccoli and cheddar soup, because I loved it. Even though it was 99 degrees outside. I sat at my bar and enjoyed every bite of my broccoli and cheddar soup that day.

Now that I felt successful in making the broccoli soup I decided to tackle the cauliflower soup. First of all, I am not a cauliflower fan. I have tried to eat it over the years and I just don’t love it! I will eat it, but I don’t love it or choose it as a side dish! So we don’t eat a lot of cauliflower around  here. When I came home with 2 heads of cauliflower everyone looked at me like I was insane and probably a bit scared and worried about what I was going to make them eat.

Anyway, yesterday was the day…the big day of making my cauliflower soup. Here it is….I hope y’all like it.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • olive oil
  • 5-6 garlic cloves (some for the sheet pan and a few for the pot)
  • 1/4 of a chopped onion (optional)
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 carton (32oz) chicken stock or broth
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • a sprinkle of red pepper flakes (totally optional)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Monterey jack cheese, shredded

I decided to roast my cauliflower along with some garlic cloves. I love garlic! I took my cauliflower florets off the stalk and threw as much of the stalks away. I’m sure I missed some! I coated a sheet pan with olive oil and spread the small pieces of cauliflower and garlic cloves all over. I broke open the garlic cloves and left them whole on the pan to infuse the cauliflower a bit and the olive oil.

Set the oven 425 degrees and throw the cauliflower and garlic into the oven for about 20-30 minutes, until the cauliflower is roasted just a bit, browned around the edges. While the oven was roasting the cauliflower I put together everything in the pot.

Add a little bit of olive oil to the bottom of the pot and throw in finely chopped garlic (about 2 cloves here) and onion. Let those sauté for about 4-5 minutes. Add in thyme.  Turn the heat down to low and just let simmer. Once the cauliflower and garlic are done roasting in the oven, pull that out and simply dump into the pot on the stove with the onion, garlic, and thyme. Let it soak in all those flavors and mix it all together.

Turn the heat up, add in chicken stock; bring to a boil. Once the soup has boiled, use an emulsion blender and blend it up. I left a few chunks of cauliflower, but not much. If you don’t have an emulsion blender, simply take a few ladles at a time and add to a blend and blend. Be careful, it will be hot. Once you get a consistency that you like, add in your half and half. Turn the heat to low and let simmer for about an hour. Right before you serve this wonderful, delicious soup, add in about 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar and 1/2 cup monetary jack cheese. Stir until melted and serve!!

Reserve some of your shredded cheese for the top of the soup. I like to serve mine with bacon bits, either from fresh cooked bacon or just some in a bag. I also served mine with some cooked sausage on top!

Another great variation, depending on if you like spicy, would be to add a few sliced jalapeños.

I have to be honest, the whole time I was spooning this into the bowl I was quietly saying to myself, “Please let this be good, please let this be good!” It was so yummy! Totally hit the spot yesterday. Oh, and by the way, it was only 70 degrees here yesterday. Rainy and overcast! Perfect day for Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic soup! Well obviously I thought so!

Have a great day and enjoy!!

 


Gluten Free Fathead Bagels

Summer has officially started and things have been incredibly busy here. I have been trying to find time to cook, make recipes and post them for you all! Between swim team practices for Faith and horse shows for Grace I haven’t had much time in the kitchen let alone time to sit down at my computer and just say hello to anyone!

We have also been working on a few home improvement projects since the weather has been nice. We now have a new roof along with new metal trim. Now it’s time to paint this old house, which is something we have been wanting to do for several years now. Currently the house is a peachy color, which I have never really liked. Soon it will be navy blue with the red brick along the bottom, white trim, and black roof. I am super excited! Can’t wait for it to all be done! So in my spare time I have been looking/experimenting in the kitchen.

I have been searching for a great gluten-free/low carb bagel recipe for a long time now. Faith is highly allergic to not only gluten but yeast also. So we have a hard time finding breads for her, especially something like bagels.

So I have been experimenting with a few different types of recipes and adjusting some that I have found scouring the internet. Here’s what I’ve come up with and really enjoyed the most. I love this recipe not only is it simple but you could easily make some small adjustments and have garlic bread sticks. Simply add a bit of garlic salt or powder to your dough mixture and make bread stick. Also, this would make a good pretzel dough too.

Also, mix up the toppings. You could easily add a bit of garlic butter to the bread sticks, some sesame seeds to the bagels, parmesan cheese…….anything really!

I made these and took them with me to the last horse show that we went too and were perfect for breakfast and snacks throughout the day!

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Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas

Everyone in my house loves Mexican food, I mean really who doesn’t enjoy Mexican food; tacos, enchiladas, nachos, fajitas, the list can go on and on. My kids love the rice and guacamole too.

So I decided to take my instant pot and try to do up some chicken carnitas, basically chicken tacos with all the works on them. The only thing I didn’t make with these was guacamole. I kind of threw this together last night and for it being an instant pot meal, it took me a bit longer to fix than I thought it would, but it was totally worth it.

Get out your Instant Pot because you are going to want to fix this ASAP! Theses are super easy to make that you will want to try all kinds of variations of them. This would make a great port recipe for pork carnitas. Play with it, make it your recipe and see how it works for you. I know that we will be having numerous variations of this a lot in my house. Once I find a recipe that works easy I am constantly changing it up try new meats with the seasonings or just whatever!  Read More


Peanut Butter Balls

So who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter??? Seriously this is one of the best combinations ever!

Every year we have peanut butter balls at Christmas time. My aunt use to make them and I can remember how I would look forward to Christmas so I could eat her peanut butter balls. I can honestly say, that my peanut butter balls are delicious, but I don’t think they beat hers!!!

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Instant Pot Success

Recently I received an Instant Pot, like just a few days ago, I was super excite! I have researched them for a while and decided to go ahead and try one out. Now we have still been on the go constantly, and haven’t seemed to slow down at all. So my nights in the kitchen have been few and far between. So I am hoping this Instant Pot can help me with that a bit.

I truly enjoy cooking and honestly, I don’t mind the time that it takes. There are meals which require a great deal of preparation and time to prep and make. I really don’t mind spending a few hours fixing a meal, but I also know that I can’t do this every night.

So I literally receive this on Wednesday and Thursday night I decided to try out chili in the Instant Pot. I was skeptical at first, but let me tell you, it turned out great.  Read More


Late Night Dinners and Christmas Decor

Lately, things have been incredibly busy. My kids seem to have something going on every night, and I have totally failed in planning ahead on dinner making!

I have had a hard time lately keeping up with laundry, cleaning, and everything else, including sleep. So my dinner planning has gone out the door. I believe the girls are tired of my saying “You can eat whatever you can find and put together yourself!”

I am hoping though things will slow down and get back to normal. The Christmas decorations are up, somewhat. I say somewhat because I feel like I am lacking in decor this year. I don’t know if I’m tired of the Christmas decor I have or what, but I am feeling the need to visit my favorite antique store and see what they might have to spruce up the place a bit. I love antiques and I love visiting my favorite antique store!!! So I am thinking of popping in there this week and seeing what I can find!  Read More


Gluten Free Cheesecake

Finally!! I had a few days off and have been busy that it doesn’t seem as though I’ve had a few days off. We had a horse show and Thanksgiving all within a few days of each other. I actually am feeling like myself today.

So I really wanted to share this cheesecake recipe with you all that I made for Thanksgiving! By the time I actually had a chance to snap a few pictures of it, half of the cheesecake was devoured! I was amazed at how well this turned out and how wonderful it tasted!  Read More


Thanksgiving…Day 3 of 4

Oh my! So last night smelled like Thanksgiving in my kitchen! I had dinner going, gluten-free pizza, the gluten free stuffing, and an apple pie. Let me tell you it was intoxicating. Of course, gluten free pizza isn’t on the menu for Thanksgiving Day, but it was wonderful last night! I had to feed the tribe and that was quick and easy for me to make so I could keep on making all the Thanksgiving goodies.  Read More


Gluten Free Rustic Apple Galette

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a week away. This is a perfect desert for your Thanksgiving table. It’s appearance is beautiful once it’s all baked and sitting on your table, and the smell is of this apple galette is intoxicating.

Usually it’s apple pie for desert around here in the fall, and especially for Thanksgiving, but I decided to try the galette. I really enjoy fall and making fall deserts. Apple pie is one of my favorites to make. So I was really excited to try the new desert.

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Breakfast for Dinner

The first half of the week can be incredibly busy for us. It seems as though every night one of the girls has something going. Which usually means we are not eating dinner until after 8pm. Last night was no different. So I decided to whip up something quick and easy that is a favorite around here. Pancakes, and not just regular pancakes, we had blueberry and chocolate.  Read More