Cozy + Comfy Cauliflower Soup

Tried this for the first time last week + Patrick and I are totally hooked. I wasn’t sure Patrick would be quite as much of a fan as I was – so I actually made him another dinner as well but he WANTED the soup [4 nights in a row until it was gone]!! That is what you call success my friends! Perfect for this change from fall to winter – curl up in a ball and enjoy this super simple soup!


  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 5 carrots [or more! we used the whole package], chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 diced jalapeno peppers
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon or 1 vegetable bouillon cube [we used low sodium]
  • 2 tablespoons butter [we used vital farms]
  • 3 tablespoons whole wheat flour [or gluten free flour of your choice]
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese [we left this out]


  1. In a large pot, combine cauliflower, jalapeno carrot, celery, water and bouillon.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until vegetables are tender [do not drain]
  4. In a large saucepan, melt butter.
  5. Stir in the flour and pepper until it is mixed well.
  6. Gradually add almond milk.
  7. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. Stir in the cheese [if desired] until melted. Stir  into the cauliflower mixture.

Hope you enjoy

-The Neilan Family-

Autumn Glow Smoothie [pumpkin, sweet potato + cauliflower]

pumpkin-oatmeal-smoothie-h1_largeI know it’s winter, but we have this smoothie year round because it is oh- so-yummy + full of all kinds of fiber, antioxidant goodness! Like we mentioned in the Matcha smoothie recipe, feel free to turn it into a smoothie bowl + top with granola/oats/seeds/pecans/honey/ +/or chia seeds!


  • 1 cup frozen sweet potatoes* OR 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter (omit depending on appetite- when we’re hungry enough, we’ll add the almond or peanut butter)
  • 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder (optional- again, depends on hunger)
  • 2 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Ice to taste

*For the sweet potatoes, I keep diced + peeled sweet potatoes in our freezer for easy smoothie use!

Photo: LL Balanced 

P.S. One of my favorite things to add to smoothies (usually when I’m turning them into a meal) is rolled oats! SOO yummy and thickens it right up! If you decide to add oats, start with 1/4 C.

-The Neilan Family-