Happy Wednesday! I know the day is almost over… but better late than never, right? Instead of a whole day’s worth of grub, I’ve just got a recipe for you today! Whoops. Thanks as always to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting WIAW! 🙂
I’ve mentioned this before, but the only thing that helps me survive the bitter cold of the South (dramatic much?) is soup. Lots and lots of soup. It’s warm, filling, and comforting.
Comfort. I love that word and what it implies. For me, a lot of my memories dealing with comfort also include my Memaw. She cooks for us every Sunday, cared for me as a child (okay, she still does), and is one of the sweetest women you could ever meet.
One of the most comforting meals she cooks is potato soup. It’s such a simple soup, but it’s the first one that pops into my head when I just want to get cozy, hop on the couch, and slurp up some goodness. Unfortunately, potato soup is also one of the most calorie packed things she cooks. Calories aren’t bad, I know. Calories are fuel. But do you keep filling your car up after think tank is full. I think not. Your belly works the same way, y’all!
I don’t know about you, but when I’m eating comfort food, I want a lot of it. My Memaw’s potato soup is pretty daggum heavy, and I don’t want to walk around the rest of the day feeling like I just ate a sack of potatoes washed down with heavy cream. I typically limit myself to one small bowl. See the problem here? One small bowl of soup just makes me sad. It’s like a weak hug. Nobody wants that.
Don’t worry, I wouldn’t be sharing this tale of woe without offering up a solution. I decided to create my own version of her soup. Somehow something crazy happened while making this soup. I created a version that’s lighter, healthier, and somehow richer tasting than before. Yeah, I know. It’s insane. I also know that if you ever tell my Memaw about this, we can’t be friends anymore. Got it? Good.
Light Loaded Potato Soup
- 2 cups chopped cauliflower florets
- 2 cups chopped gold potatoes
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 2 cups Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Original
- ½ cup reduced fat sour cream
- ½ cup reduced fat cheddar cheese
- ¼ cup chopped green onions
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Place two cups chopped cauliflower florets, one cup chopped gold potatoes, and minced garlic into a steamer basket in a large pot.
- Steam for about ten minutes or until the potatoes and cauliflower florets are tender.
- Remove the steamed potatoes and cauliflower florets from the steamer basket and place them in a large food processor. Puree until very smooth.
- After removing the steamer basket and water from the pot, pour in two cups Silk, pureed potato and cauliflower mixture, and remaining one up of uncooked chopped potatoes.
- Cover and cook over medium-low heat for fifteen to twenty minutes, or until potatoes are very tender.
- Stir in sour cream, cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, pepper, salt, and cayenne pepper.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
Optional toppings: a sprinkling of cheese, bacon, and green onions, although these are totally unnecessary flavor-wise! I don’t even eat bacon. Blech. That was all for Ryne’s eating pleasure. Vegan? Switch the sour cream and cheese with your favorite non-dairy substitutes. You could even just omit them and add a splash of vegetable broth for some extra flavor.
The best part about this soup is the fact that I can eat a couple bowls without feeling like rolling over and taking a nap for the next twenty-five years. It’s also got some extra veggies thrown in there because of the cauliflower. I could have gone with skim milk to lighten this soup up, but Silk was definitely a better option! Using Silk in the place of skim milk in this soup saves you 50 calories right off the bat. One cup of Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Original has 30 calories, absolutely no GMOs, 50 percent more calcium than dairy milk, and no saturated fat or cholesterol. Can’t beat that!
Nutritional Information (per serving): Calories- 173, Fat– 8g, Saturated Fat- 4g, Cholesterol- 21 mg Sodium- 450 mg, Carbs- 19g, Fiber- 4g, Protein- 8g
Seriously, though, don’t tell my Memaw. 😉 And while you aren’t telling her about this soup, go ahead and say another prayer for her. She is still recovering after an incident on Christmas Eve. I love her to the moon and back!