What a crazy batch of weather we had over the weekend. The cold rain and the high winds, not to mention the unbelievable high tides and flooding kept things interesting. We heeded the warnings and hunkered down at home but our neighborhood was hit hard. Downed trees and powerlines, flooded basements and demolished fences were the norm. We were fortunate to escape with just the loss of power and heat and little other damage. I had never been so thankful to have a pot of hot soup on the stove. Between the cauliflower leek soup and the roaring fire in the fireplace we were able to stay warm.
Leeks are a late winter/early spring harvest so they always make their appearance before many of the other spring veggies. Leeks offer not only great flavor to many recipes, but tons of nutrition as well. Leeks contain good amounts of Vitamin K, manganese, Vitamin B6, cooper, iron, folate and antioxidants. They are known to support cardiovascular health and reduce inflammation. Like many allium veggies (garlic, onions), it’s good to cut leeks at least 10 minutes before you’re ready to use them in cooking to break down their cell walls and activate their enzymes.
I have been making potato leek soup for years. I love the flavor and the creaminess, but I knew I could easily increase the nutrient density with a few swaps. Cauliflower is the perfect substitute for those potatoes. When pureed into the soup, it provides the same texture as the potatoes, yet fewer calories and an abundance of vitamins, minerals and health benefits.
I made a batch of this cauliflower leek soup last week to take to a neighbor who just had a baby. Easily digestible and loaded with nutrition and flavor, I knew it would be just what she needed. Truthfully, we all could use a bowl of this soup. Anytime. All the time.
I hear another storm is brewing for mid-week….a sign that winter isn’t yet over and a reminder to make another pot of soup. Cauliflower leek soup is an ideal solution to the fact that winter seems to be lingering, while spring veggies are starting to turn up at the store.