Gingered Tofu Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower Soup

After a joyous few weeks of holiday festivities, it’s officially time to get back on track. I always try to start the new year with a healthy diet (the operative word being try), but this year, it’s going to be a healthy diet with loads of protein. As you may or may not know, both JulieB and I have registered for a half-marathon this April! Yayy!! (Yah, …we’re kinda freaking out). So in order to have a great race, prevent injuries, and avoid potential faint spells (which I have been known for in the past), it’s important to fuel your body with the appropriate nutrients. As a vegetarian, I’m going to have to pay extra attention to the foods i’m eating. An english muffin in the morning with butter will no longer suffice, sigh.

So we’ll start the new year with a cauliflower soup, with tofu hidden inside. Did you know, in half a cup of tofu: there is 20 grams of protein. (To give you a comparison: one chicken thigh has about 10 grams of protein). Um, high five tofu!! And we can’t forget, tofu has a lot of iron as well. (Ladies, i’m talking to you).

So here’s a healthy creamy soup, without using cream or milk, with a light spice from the fresh ginger, and enough power to get you through the afternoon. Enjoy!

Ginger Tofu Cauliflower Soup

Serves: many many peoples.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 head cauliflower (chopped)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 or 2 cups of water (your own preference for consistency)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger (minced)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill
  • ~5 Tbsp of silken soft tofu
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • dash of nutmeg

Directions:

In a large saucepan on low heat, add olive oil and onion for 5 minutes, tossing. Then add celery and ginger for another 3-4 minutes. (If at anytime the ingredients are sticking to the pan, add a splash of water or broth). Add garlic, tofu, cumin, nutmeg, salt, and loads of pepper: let cook for another minute or so. Now add the cauliflower, and toss with all the ingredients. Add the broth and 1 or 2 cups of water. (Start with 1 cup and if it’s too thick for you, add another cup at the end). Bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat to low or simmer. Cook for 20 minutes. Add fresh dill right before transferring mixture to blender (or blend in saucepan using a hand mixer directly). Add more salt and pepper as you see fit.

JulieC

There’s something about this song that screams new year to me. I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays! Here we go 2013 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Gingered Tofu Cauliflower Soup

  1. Happy New Year!
    This soup is incredible and with tofu. What a great way to sneak some tofu in there and blend flavors around it. I love it! Best wishes on the road to the half marathon in April!!

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