Cauliflower, Leek and Potato Soup

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The other day I read that cauliflower is the new Brussels sprouts on the restaurant scene.
Although I hate to see the Brussels sprout trend go away…
I’m SUPER EXCITED about the replacement vegetable!
I have been a fan of this veggie since I was little, I can eat an entire head at one sitting.
I stopped eating meat in the 6th grade and ever since this has been a staple in my diet.
I like it raw, I like it steamed and I love it as the base for my pizza.
But…I have never used it as a base for a creamy soup.

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I eat healthy, my husband eats things that taste good.
After he tried this soup, he almost ate the whole pot.
He had no idea that it was not my usual potato and leek soup.
I was shocked…
A creamy, healthy veggie filled soup that tastes rich.
I’m telling y’all…
MAKE THIS SOUP

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Cauliflower, Leek and Potato Soup
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Ingredients
  • 2 tsp EVOO
  • 1 cup water
  • 1½ cup thinly sliced leeks, white and light green parts only
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup low-fat milk (heavy cream would be awesome too)
  • 1 large Yukon Gold potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 large head cauliflower florets (I used half regular and half orange)
  • ⅛ cup Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Toppings:
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • scallions
  • turkey bacon or regular bacon bits
Instructions
  1. In a large pan, heat oil on medium-low.
  2. Add leeks and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and white wine and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  4. Add potato, cauliflower, chicken broth, 1 cupr water and increase heat to boil.
  5. When boiling, decrease heat to low, cover and simmer until potatoes and cauliflower are very tender, 20 minutes.
  6. Add milk or cream.
  7. Using an immersion blender or regular blender, blend until smooth.
  8. Cook bacon, chop and set aside.
  9. Stir in ¼ cup cheese until melted.
  10. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. Ladle soup into bowls and top with cheese, bacon and scallions.

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What’s Your Favorite Veggie?

#BESTFOOT- TRAIN HARD, HUSTLE AND AIMING HIGH

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Race #1 is in exactly 12 days in Houston.

WOW

How did time fly by this fast?!?
It seems like only January when I set my goal and started training.
As I enter into Week 13, I’m a mix of excitement and nerves.
I’ve never trained for speed, per say, but this year, I decided to train for speed in my 10k.
It’s been really hard, balancing the intensity and cross training with how my foot feels.
So Far, So Good
It always lets me know when I’ve pushed it too hard.

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I originally set a goal of 51 min for my 10k.
The truth is…that was a pretty crazy goal.
My current PR for a 10k pre-injury was 55:54.
Aim HIGH right?
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I decided to run my 3 mile easy run hard last night.
Just to see how I felt…
It was incredibly difficult to hold a speed under a 8:20 mile for more than a bit.
I ‘m OK with whatever happens though.
I know I’ve worked super hard, increased my cross training and mileage and have been stretching a ton.
In other words, I’m proud of my efforts and will race and enjoy the moment.
How could I not be proud when I see this on my Daily Mile this morning…

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I ran a marathon last week….WOW.
I guess I didn’t notice, that’s pretty cool.
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Another reason I love these #BESTFOOT posts…
It’s a time to reflect and say “Good Job Me!”

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I am constantly inspired by my awesome running friends and their dedication.
Christina PR’d her 10k by 4 minutes on Saturday.
Bari ran a spontaneous half marathon on Sunday.
My friend Klara ran her 1st 10k since injuring her back.

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This week is going to be fun!
The hubby has Thursday thru Monday off, so I might plan a fun adventure run somewhere new!
I do have 1 question…
My SMARTCOACH PLUS training has increased my training from 4 days to 5 for this week and next.
I’ve never seen that happen…but I’ve never trained for speed before either.

ANYONE EVER SEEEN THAT BEFORE?

Giving Thanks – The Simple Things

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We were blessed with an amazing sunset last night.
I will miss this view and those sunsets when we move…
Today is Sunday, Palm Sunday to be exact and that means it’s time to Give Thanks.
I’ve doing doing these Giving Thanks posts for almost 3 years now, every Sunday.
They are my favorite posts because it forces me to sit down & think about all the good things of the week.
While starting this post, I was able to catch Joel Osteen and I’m so glad I did.
It was a powerful reminder of 3 basic ideas, that sometimes are too easily forgotten.

BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT YOU HAVE

These posts remind me to be grateful, no matter what kind of week I’ve had…
The past couple of weeks have been a bit trying…
Moving halfway across the world puts heaps of stress into the day-to-day mix.

BE CONTENT IN EVERY SEASON

While living overseas is exciting and fun and definitely a blessing…
The actual deciding where to move, packing and the move itself is challenging.
Remembering to be content when times are difficult, is an important lesson that I need to work on.

THE REAL JOY IN LIFE LIES IN THE SIMPLE THINGS

Today this post is all about the little things…
Because it’s all those things that fill our life with love and joy and happiness.
xoxo

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This week I am thankful for…

…delicious home-cooked Sunday morning breakfasts.

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…recipe creations that go right.  I’ll be posting this fabulous/healthy/flavorful soup recipe on Tuesday, stay tuned!

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…photos that make me smile.  I look forward to these naptime photos everyday!

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…taco nights with yummy skinny margaritas.

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…cute Springtime inspired outfits.

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…spontaneous merry-go-round rides.

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…chocolate covered strawberries.

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What Are You Thankful For This Week?