Spring Cauliflower & Leek Soup

Spring Cauliflower & Leek Soup

It’s spring, and in the Ayurvedic world we call this time of year Kapha season.   It’s the wet season for those of us living in the northern hemisphere and with this wetness comes allergies and upper respiratory problems (aka lots of mucus).

Nature has our back though, it’s provided us with an abundance of bitter & astringent foods that help to dry all this mucus right up.  Just look around you, dandelions and other greens are everywhere!

In order to reduce any mucus built-up or allergy flare-up, start by butting back on the dairy and gluten as they are mucus producing.  Cut back on sugar and starchy carbs, and instead dd more bitter greens and lighter veggies into your die.  Spring is all about lightening up, physically and mentally.

Below is a delicious soup that is perfect this time of year; I’ve replaced a starchier, high glycemic veggie, the potato, for cauliflower – which give you a lighter yet still creamy and satisfying soup.  You can garnish your soup with some roasted chickpeas for an Indian, crunchier taste.

Here’s the recipe (makes 2 servings)….

  • 1 – 2 tbsp sunflower or olive oil
  • 1 small, organic head cauliflower, diced
  • 1-2 leeks, chopped into 1 inch strips (white part)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Warm the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and add the chopped leek in the oil for 5 minutes; cook until soft.  Add cauliflower, broth, and salt to the saucepan and simmer, covered, for approximately 20 minutes or until cauliflower is soft.

Remove from heat and puree the soup right in the saucepan with an immersion hand blender; or pour the soup in batches into your blender and blend until smooth.

Serve, garnish with  roasted chickpeas and enjoy!

Recipe adapted by The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook

This delicious recipe is just how delicious my Spring Rejuvenation Detox is.  The Detox begins April 27th.  

Join me if you want want to shed those extra 5 pounds from winter, a flatter belly, smoother skin, less inflammation, more energy, & better sleep:  https://chandraayurveda.com/cleanse/spring2016/

 

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