I happened to come across another delicious Valentine's Day dish from the "Healthy.Happy.Life." Blog and thought I'd share. All of the recipe and photo credits goes to this wonderful site! This beautiful dish is Pink Cauliflower and Potato Soup. It's OK if you can't find purple cauliflower - you can blend in 1-2 small beets for the same color effect.
Ingredients: 1 head purple cauliflower, remove tough stem/leaves, break into pieces 1 medium russet potato, peeled and chopped 1 cup water from boiling veggies 1 cup plain soy creamer 1-2 tsp maple syrup (optional) 1 medium shallot, sliced 2 tsp olive oil for sauté 2-3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
Spices: 3 dashes cayenne (If you're making this for someone who is sensitive to spice, feel free to leave this one out and add a dash to your own later!) pinch paprika 1/4 tsp lemon pepper spice 1/2 tsp pink salt (to taste)
1. Saute the sliced shallots in the olive oil for 2-3 minutes until caramelized. Set aside. 2. Boil a pot of salted water. Add the cauliflower in pieces - and add the peeled/chopped potato. Cook until tender. Do not over cook! Drain water - reserve at least 1 cup. (Yes, the water will be blue) 3. Add the cauliflower, potato, shallots (and oil from shallots), soy creamer, spices, maple and salt. Do not add the vinegar yet. Blend on medium in a Vitamix or food processor until smooth. 4. Add in the vinegar. You will watch the color intensify to a pinkish tone. Blend on low. Do a taste test and add in more pink salt if needed. 5. Your soup will be warm enough to serve right away. Or store in fridge and reheat.
It is so important to eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables in order to get all of the vitamins, anti-oxidents, fiber and other nutrients your body needs. Try to regularly add in different colored foods into your recipes to get the healthiest and nutritious meals. Don't be afraid to try something new - You may be surprised to find out that potatoes come in blue and carrots in white and purple! There is way more variety out there than you might think. A Farmer's Market is a great place to start your journey for intriguing new color-veggie combinations. Have fun with it!