Low Histamine Creamy Cauliflower Veggie Soup
I love this soup for cold days! It is really satisfying and filling. It makes a great substitute for potato soup, and is much healthier! The onions have natural quercetin, a mast cell stabilizer. The garlic is a great immune support. The celery provides minerals. Cauliflower is one of the most nutrient dense foods you can eat! Cauliflower, garlic, asparagus, and kale are good sources of sulfur. Mast cells use sulfur to make heparin sulfate – this is the mast cell stabilizing molecule. It helps the mast cells from going out of control. The parsley and rosemary also have great histamine lowering properties.
Here is a garlic tip for you. When you press garlic and then let it sit for at least 10 minutes, it creates a compound called allicin. This is one of the most potent health boosting properties in garlic. So make sure you crush or chop your garlic before you get started. Be sure to let it sit a full 10 minutes.
Another tip regarding carrots – the Vitamin A in carrots is much better absorbed when carrots are cooked. I steam my carrots whole, and then chop them after they are cooked. According to Jo Robinson, author of Eating on the Wild Side*, steaming carrots whole is the best cooking method to maintain all those great nutrients. She also found in her research that purple carrots are the most nutritious. So get those if they are available. Always buy the carrots with the tops on, if possible. You’ll be able to see how fresh they are, which means they are lower histamine. Bagged carrots and baby carrots are often higher histamine because they are typically older.
- 3 cloves organic garlic
1 T ghee, grass fed*
- 1 organic yellow onion, diced
- 4 stalks organic celery
- 6 cups filtered water
- 3 heads cauliflower (organic or conventional ok)
- 2 tsp salt
- Small handful fresh organic parsley, chopped.
- 2 T fresh organic rosemary chopped
- Fresh cracked pepper to taste
- 1 bunch of organic carrots
- 1 bunch of asparagus (organic or conventional ok)
- 2 cups chopped organic arugula or Lacinato (dinosaur) Kale, stems removed
- 2 cups shredded Low Histamine Roasted Chicken
- Use a garlic press to press the garlic. Set aside for 10 minutes.
- Dice onion.
- Melt ghee in a large stock pot on medium low heat. Don’t let it smoke. Sauté onion in ghee.
- Chop celery and add to pot. Stir for 2-3 minutes
- Once onion starts to turn translucent, add the garlic. Stir for another 2-3 minutes.
- Add water, cauliflower, salt, pepper, parsley, and rosemary to the pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20-30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, separately steam the carrots and asparagus.
- Once the cauliflower is very soft, use an immersion blender* to puree the soup. Or transfer to a blender and blend. Be very careful! It will be really hot.
- Taste your soup and adjust flavors if needed.
- Once the carrots and asparagus are tender, slice into bite size pieces.
- Add the carrots, asparagus, kale, and chicken to the pot.
- Stir and cover. Turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes until the kale is wilted.
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