During busy periods, putting some time aside to cook something tasty can be quite difficult. It is during those times that I am thankful that I occasionally think ahead. I prepare freezer slowcooker bags to save myself some time. I simply chop all the ingredients for a given recipe that I freeze in a zipper bag. Then, when I’m too busy to cook a meal, I simply empty the content of the bag into my slowcooker. This is something that can easily be done with my curried cauliflower soup.
This soup is really simple if you have an immersion blender. If not, a potato masher will do. Or a rock, if you really have to. What I like the least about making this soup is the part where I cut the cauliflower and little pieces fall on the ground and get stuck to my feet. That’s why I often stop myself from buying cauliflower. But not for this soup.
You may have heard by now that it’s important to include a variety of vegetable colours in your diet to eat a variety of nutrients. However, for some reason, people tend to forget that white vegetables should also be eaten. Cauliflower is loaded with vitamin C, which helps support the immune system, and is an important antioxidant.
Curried Cauliflower Soup (vegan, slowcooker option)
1 medium cauliflower head, cut into florets
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp each: cumin, ground ginger, turmeric
1/2 tsp garam masala – or add 1/2 tsp more ground ginger instead
3 cups veggie broth
In the slowcooker: put all the ingredients in a 6-qt slow cooker or smaller. Cook on high for 4 hours (or 8 hours on low). Then, blend the soup using an immersion blender or potato masher.
On the stove: put all the ingredients in a soup pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 30 minutes, or until the cauliflower is really soft. Then, blend the soup using an immersion blender or potato masher.