Servings: 6 people
Carbohydrate Serves: 1 per person
(1 carbohydrate serve = 15 grams of total carbohydrate)
Are you one to shun brocoli’s pale cousin? Maybe you just need a delicious gestational diabetes friendly recipe like this to help you fall in love with the humble cauliflower. Make a double batch of this and freeze half. I think you’ll like it. (Main carbohydrate containing ingredients are listed in bold.)
- 2 tablespoons light olive oil
- 1 ½ leeks trimmed and sliced
- 1 large fennel bulb, trimmed and sliced (keep the feathery leaves for garnish)
- 1 small head of cauliflower, broken into individual florets (little trees)
- 400g/ 1 pound of potatoes, peeled, diced
- 4 cups salt reduced vegetable stock
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 sprigs of fresh tarragon (or 1 teaspoon of dried tarragon)
- 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
- Garlic chives or chives to serve
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a low heat. Add leek and fennel. Stir well, cover and cook on a low heat for about 10 minutes until all ingredients have softened. (I won’t lie to you. Cooking leeks with this amount of oil can be a challenge. Keep the heat low and put the lid on to retain moisture if leek is getting browning.)
Add cauliflower florets and potato to the pan and cook for another 5 minutes.
Pour in the stock and add bay leaves, tarragon and caraway seeds and bring to the boil. Partially cover and simmer for around 15 minutes or until the cauliflower and potato is soft. Remove from heat and take out bay leaves and sprigs of tarragon.
Remove about a cup and a half of the liquid and set aside. Let the vegetables cool slightly then blend in a food processor or with a hand-held blender until smooth and creamy. Add small amounts of the stock back in if your soup is too thick.
Season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with chopped chives, tarragon or fennel leaves.
Tip: This soup could be either a 1 carbohydrate serve snack or serve with some toasted wholegrain bread or a low GI roll to increase the carbs.
Variations: Stir in some low fat milk or thickened cream.