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::::rustling noises, ambient meeting sounds::::

meeting leader: Okay, everyone~let’s grab our seats. I want to welcome you to Soup-Addicts Anonymous. Do we have any new people with us today?

:::shyly standing up, looking down, shoving hands in my pockets:::

Me: Hi, my name is Sue. And I’m a Soup-Addict.

Everyone (enthusiastically): Hi, Sue!

:::clapping sounds, the meeting goes on:::

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What can I say? Soup has always been my downfall. I’m not talking about the broth-y thin soups, although some of those ARE pretty tasty~I’m talking about thick, rich, meals in a bowl. Soups with great mouth-feel, smooth textures or great chunks of vegetables that convince my husband that he’s not really “just eating soup,” but he’s having a MEAL and it’s a “stew.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

YUMMY!

So all week long, we’ve looked forward to the weather turning colder, and yesterday was not a disappointment. The day started out chilly at 49F and topped out at a slightly-drizzly 54F. Delightful soup-weather! One of Brendan’s favourite soups is “Easy Cheesy Vegetable Soup,” which used to have the name “Cheesy Cauliflower Soup,” but that just didn’t do it justice.

Some people are cauliflower haters, for whatever reason. Some people are against it just because it’s a vegetable, but others are just haters in general. I will fully admit that the sulfur-smell that comes off when it’s overcooked is less-than-appealing, but we try not to overcook it. And if we do, we try to hide it with thyme. And that’s pretty darned good for hiding the scent of overcooking cauliflower.

But this soup, despite its base being cauliflower, really doesn’t hold much (any) cauliflower taste at all. It’s a rich, thick soup of pureed cauliflower, carrots, and celery, with chicken broth, and then has healthy doses of cheese tossed in. It serves up hearty and delicious, and for low-carb fans, it’s very low carb by design.

So back to my admission: I’m an addict. I polished off two bowls last night and ate a bit past ‘full,’ which isn’t really the goal in my life. But as I restrained myself from licking the bowl clean (slurp!), I thought, “Why would *anyone* want sweet stuff when they could eat this savoury, cheesy stuff and *really* live? ๐Ÿ˜‰

:::Urp::: A few hours later, I realized that I’d better learn restraint with this soup, but I distinctly remember doing the same thing last year around this time–we don’t eat it at all when it’s hotter, but the first pot is always so good that it’s hard to stop. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

That said, the cauliflower does NOT retain any of its legendary “vapor-inducing” qualities in this soup, and the celery is also cooked and pureed to the point where there is no evidence of “strings” in the soup as you’re slurping it down. It’s low-carb enough that if you desired a thick crust of French bread with it (and you probably WILL want that), you can justify it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So on to the recipe, which you can find it under a post by the same name (“easy cheesy vegetable soup”). Just be sure to eat it in moderation.

:::urp:::

It’s worth it. ๐Ÿ˜‰.

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