Ah…it’s almost Friday, phew! We made it through another week. And as we get closer to the holidays we begin to get busier, which often means less time to think about cooking. So I present you with another Casual Friday Menu.

A couple of people have asked me to explain the difference is between my ‘Fifteen Minute Meals’ and my ‘Casual Friday Meals’. Fifteen minute meals are just that, meals that take fifteen minutes or less from start to finish, usually one course with few ingredients. ‘Casual Friday’ meals are actually more of an attitude than a time limit. Casual meals, usually taking 30 minutes or less, but involving more courses than a fifteen minute meal. Got it? Great.

Today our menu is Creamy Cauliflower Soup and an amazing Spinach Salad with White Balsamic! So comforting, filling and delicious. (Dishes from Anthropologie)

Roasted Cauliflower Soup and Spinach Salad ~ Casual Friday Menu

Cauliflower is high in folate, fiber, Vitamin C, and contains many phtyochemicals common in plants that are members the cabbage family. Cauliflower is also high in sulforaphane, a nutrient known to have anti-cancer benefits. All this and almost no carbs! So indulge with absolutely no guilt!

Roasted Cauliflower Soup and Spinach Salad ~ Casual Friday Menu

We begin our soup by roasting cauliflower, shallots and garlic…

Roasted Cauliflower Soup and Spinach Salad ~ Casual Friday Menu

 And then blend it with bone broth.

Beef Stock

 Homemade broth will make your soup more flavorful and savory, but store bought works fine too. After blending we place the soup in a pot, add almond milk or cream.

The Recipe: Creamy Cauliflower Soup (Dairy and Dairy Free Verisons)

You will need: a rimmed cookie sheet, a stock pot, and a blender. I use a Blendtec Blender and love it. 

 

 

Roasted Cauliflower Soup (Dairy Free Option)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
A nourishing savory soup with a dairy free option. Variation: serve in a bread bowl.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: comfort food, dairy-free recipe, easy dinner recipe
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 12 cups cauliflower florets (approx 3 heads)
  • 4 shallots peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 4 Tablespoons clarified butter ghee, butter or coconut oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cups broth divided (chicken, beef or veggie)
  • 2 cups plain almond milk or milk or cream
  • Bread bowls optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 and place rack in upper third of oven.
  2. Cut cauliflower into florets and slice shallots.
  3. Place florets, shallots and garlic gloves on parchment paper, drizzle with melted ghee, butter or olive oil, toss.
  4. Generously sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Toss.
  5. Place in oven and roast for 30 minutes (or until golden), turning with spatula every ten minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, reserve two cups of cauliflower for later, place the remaining cauliflower, garlic and shallots into a blender.
  7. Add 3 cups of broth to blender (reserving one cup for later) You may need to do this in parts if your blender is small.
  8. Blend till smooth. Pour into a stock pot and place on medium heat.
  9. Add almond milk (or milk or cream) and stir.
  10. Add the cauliflower florets that you set aside to soup. Stir.
  11. If needed, thin with remaining broth and add more sea salt or pepper if needed.
  12. Serve.

 

Serve with this Spinach Salad and your casual Friday menu is complete!

Roasted Cauliflower Soup and Spinach Salad ~ Casual Friday Menu

 I hope you are enjoying these casual Friday menus! 

Roasted Cauliflower Soup and Spinach Salad ~ Casual Friday Menu

 

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