Category Archives: Soups & Stews

Creamy Parsnip Kale Soup

It may still be summer but nothing beats this Creamy Parsnip and Kale Soup. It's a great way to sneak in deeply nourishing bone broth and leafy greens. | www.vibrantlifearmywife.com #paleo #glutenfree #AIP

You’re probably looking at this and thinking “seriously, Kiersten? Don’t you know it’s August and about a million degrees outside?” Well yes, I realize it’s hot out. I do live in Texas. But I also realize that soup is one of the easiest meals to make, it’s all made in one pot (meaning less dishes to clean), and it’s the best way to sneak in some amazing nutrition in the form of homemade bone broth and leafy green veggies.

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Creamy Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Creamy Chicken Pot Pie Soup, so good you won't even miss the crust | Vibrant Life Army Wife #paleo #glutenfree

Holy wow, it’s November. How the heck did that happen? Not that I’m complaining. This time of year is my absolute favorite time of year! You already know how much I love all things pumpkin, so I’m sure it’s no surprise that I love all the other fun aspects of fall like the leaves changing colors, the crisp cool air, getting to wear boots and scarves, and of course a delicious warm cider or hot chocolate at the end of a chilly day.

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Pumpkin and Pear Soup

Pumpkin Pear Soup, a simple and delicious recipe perfect for those cool fall nights | www.vibrantlifearmywife.com #paleo #vegan #glutenfree #AIP

I don’t know about how it is where you live, but here in Central Texas it does NOT feel like fall. Sure, it’s cooled off quite a bit and it’s no longer over 90 degrees during the day (as of like last week) and the mornings are getting a bit chilly. But, it’s still in the 80’s most days and there is no leaves changing colors action going on. Considering I grew up in Southern California where there really weren’t seasons at all I should be used to this but I think you still kind of develop that idea in your head about what fall should feel like regardless of what it has actually been like in your experience. Or maybe that’s just me.

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Creamy Spring Onion Soup

Creamy Spring Onion Soup | Vibrant Life Army Wife

During the week I usually end up eating my breakfast at work. I start work at 8:00 in the morning and I don’t feel like waking up 20 minutes early just so I can eat at home. I like my sleep, thank you! Almost every day while I’m sitting at my desk catching up on emails and eating my breakfast someone comes up to me and asks me what I’m eating. And it’s typically not in your typical friendly yet inquisitive tone. It’s more like a “what the hell is that” kind of tone but minus the hell to make it seem kind. You aren’t fooling me people!

But anyway, I get the weirdest looks/questions when I eat soup. For some reason people have a problem with soup for breakfast. Sugar filled cereal and microwavable franken-foods are okay, but my nutritious and delicious homemade soup isn’t? I don’t get it. Breakfast food is just food, am I right? Maybe I’m wrong and I’m just a big weirdo but I’m okay with that.

Creamy Spring Onion Soup | Vibrant Life Army Wife

In my opinion soup is the perfect breakfast. It allows me to get a bunch of veggies in early on in my day, as well as the super nutrient dense, gut healing, and digestion assisting bone broth that I discuss here. Add in some protein and a big pat of fat on top and you’re left with a super satisfying and nutrient filled breakfast that will prepare you to rock the rest of your day!

This particular soup was inspired by the large amount of spring onions I keep receiving in my CSA basket. Spring onions are more mature green onions (or scallions) and a less mature regular onion. The green tops can be used like you would use green onions and the bulb can be used in place of a regular white or sweet onion. This soup uses both the green tops and the bulb as well as a head of cauliflower. It may seem weird but when the cauliflower is cooked and then blended into the soup it lends a very creamy texture without any actual cream. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself!

Creamy Spring Onion Soup | Vibrant Life Army Wife

Creamy Spring Onion Soup
 
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grain free, gluten free, paleo friendly, dairy free, vegetarian, AIP, 21DSD, Whole 30
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2T ghee
  • 1 bunch spring onions, roots and green tips, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 small or 1 large head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 3 cups chicken stock (homemade is preferred)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper (omit for AIP)
Instructions
  1. In a large pot over medium heat melt ghee
  2. Add onions and garlic and cook until translucent
  3. Add cauliflower and chicken stock
  4. Bring to a boil, cover and cook for 15 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender
  5. Let cool slightly before blending (you may need to do this in batches)
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste]
  7. Makes about 5 cups

 

Whether you eat this for breakfast like I do, or for lunch or dinner like a “normal” person, I hope you enjoy it!

In vibrant health,

Kiersten