Halloween was such a good reminder of why we eat Paleo the majority of the time and only have processed sweets very sparingly. In my last post I talked about how on the night of Halloween I let the kids have what they want that night and get rid of the rest. Well, lets just say there is an obvious difference in my kids when they consume a lot of sugar! They were crazy little beasts. We put our son to bed around 8 and the hubs and I were chatting downstairs. All of a sudden this wild animal came from behind us, scampering on all fours, and growling straight into our living room! I screamed! I seriously thought a cat was in our house. Our neighbor lady feeds A LOT of stray cats, so this was a legitimate concern. But it was just our little guy, still hopped up on sugar! He was a jaguar he said growling. This is not unusual….pretending to be animals at least. Sometimes it’s cute and sometimes it drives me crazy! Like when he’s climbing on the table and I ask him to get down, and he responds with “but I’m just a cat!” So our little jaguar was having trouble sleeping….I couldn’t imagine why. We took him upstairs two more times, only to have him come back down. So we just let him snuggle with us on the couch until he got sleepy, which was around 10! The snuggles were nice, but I like my adult time too! This is motivation to have treats very, very sparingly!
It’s time to get back to having real food! Yay! Food that makes you feel good and tastes delicious. Like this warm and creamy Paleo loaded potato soup! I’m a soup lover! Loaded potato soup was one of my old faves, so I thought it was time to create a Paleo version. I’m so happy with how it turned out. It’s sooooo good and filling!
Loaded potato soup normally contains cheese which is of course not Paleo. I’ve been wanting to try this cheese sauce from Paleo Mama, but haven’t yet. I thought I could modify it though to create a firmer, more spreadable cheese. It worked! I scooped a little on top and then mixed it completely into the soup. Now don’t expect it to be like shredded cheese, because it’s not, but it sure is delicious!
- I head of cauliflower
- 1 cup of water
- 2 sweet potatoes
- 4 and1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 bunch of green onions
- 4-6 pieces of bacon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- For the cheese (optional)
- 2 Tbs coconut oil
- 2 Tbs arrowroot flour
- 1 Tbs tahini
- 2 Tbs nutritional yeast
- Salt to taste
- In a large stockpot at the cup of water and turn the heat to high.
- Chop the cauliflower adding it to the water. Once the water starts to boil, turn the heat to medium and cover and cook 10-12 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft.
- Get out a small skillet to make the cheese (optional).
- Put the coconut oil in the skillet and heat on medium-low until it's melted. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well, heating for 2-3 minutes.
- Place the cheese into a small bowl and place in the freezer to help it firm um quicker.
- Peel and dice the sweet potatoes.
- Once the cauliflower is soft, add the broth and blend. I use an immersion blender, but you can also use a regular blender. You will want to keep blending until you get a really smooth and creamy texture.
- Once your cauliflower soup is smooth add the sweet potatoes, salt, and pepper and cook on medium for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork.
- While that is cooking, cook the bacon and chop the green onions.
- Once the bacon is done, add the grease to the soup to add a bit more flavor.
- Ladle the soup into your bowl, and top with bacon, green onions, and a scoop of Paleo cheese.
If you like this soup, I’ll bet you’ll like chicken and dumplings!