Hi fellow Slimming World followers,
You may be familiar with my latest recipe upload on my YouTube channel featuring my 2 Syn Cauliflower Cheese recipe using my Morphy Richards Soup Maker and thought I’d like to tell you some info I felt I had to edit out to make the vid short and snappy. Besides, not everyone has the Soup Maker.
Firstly, I adore my soup maker and admittedly only just remembered its versatility: it blends fruit into Smoothies.
I have sort of let myself off for this a little bit as most Slimmming World folk will know that blending fruit breaks it down into sugar and therefore must be synned. I’ve never got my head around how many syns this would be as the size of fruit all varies, so thought it was best to be left well alone.
However, after watching many smoothie recipes on my friend’s youtube channel, cozycomfycouch1, I couldn’t help but feel I was missing out on the properties and benefits of fruit – afterall, when I go to the supermarket almost daily, I am always ignoring heavily reduced fruit due to its quick sell-by-date.
Anyway, enough about smoothies as that is only one of the many benefits of the soup maker
I tried Slimming World’s cheese and cauliflower soup last year from The Little Book of Soups after someone in my local meet-up weigh in group had recommended it saying it was tasty and thought I would give it a go and she was right. And more recently, sporting a nasty cold, I had got the soup maker out and focused a bit more time on it again since it is Winter and on my next shop, I would buy the cheese triangles in preparation.
So when reaching my cookbook shelf, my little book was not to be found (we have moved house since I last saw it and undergoing huge renovations) so I had to google the recipe.
When I eventually found it, I realised I didn’t have enough triangle cheeses – the recipe called for 10, meaning I needed to buy 2 packs instead of 1 for a 4 person’s soup.
I couldn’t help feel that buying two packs was excessive and that most extra light/lighter than light are not normally stocked in small village shops, and so I adapted it to how I usually like my soups – adding a potato, omitting the two cheeses and converting the stock into cubes to help others.
In turn, the soup was still delicious, a fraction cheaper, less syns and so an all rounder I thought.
What I also love about this recipe is that it fits in the soup maker. If you don’t own one, I have struggled to find SW recipes that fit in it, eg speed soup. The quantities must meet the 1300-1600ml line – below or above, it will not turn on (very frustrating and has happened all too often) and you should never take a peek midst-cooking… the timer resets, but once you’ve mastered this, it is a really good friend.
Pop your ingredients in and it cooks and blends for you in 21 minutes (smooth), less time if you prefer chunky. I usually prefer chunky – psychology chunky soups feel more filling.
But my cauliflower cheese soup can be cooked using a regular pan, providing you have some sort of mixing or processing appliance.
Here is my recipe if you want to give it a go (or follow it on my YouTube channel):
You will need:
-400g cauliflower or a small cauliflower
-A largish potato (I used approx 200g) chopped to cook quicker
-1 chopped onion
-8 Extra Light Laughing Cow Cheese Triangles (could be used part as a healthy extra instead of synning)
-3 vegetable stock cubes
-extra paprika to season at end
-salt & pepper to season
Directions in not using the Soup Maker:
-First gently fry the onions and half tsp of paprika in frylight until softened.
-Then pour in the 800ml water, stock cubes, cauliflower, potatoes into a pan and simmer until everything is tender.
-Whiz in a blender (hand blender would work fine too) or a processor in batches
-add salt & pepper and the 8 cheese triangles and whiz for the final time.
-Pour into bowls and sprinkle with paprika
Unfortunately as I write this, my cold is getting the better of me and today, we have finished the soup off and sadly I have lost all sense of taste & smell, but it was great with a sore throat.
I can also confirm that both my fiancé and Border Collie, Hans loved it who licked the bowls clean – so everyone is happy.
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