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HI!

I'm Kristin.  I am a wife, aspiring designer, Christian and for now a SAHM.  My husband and I are parents to two darling little boys named Dylan Archer and Kyler Jude.  I created this space to document my family's adventures and lessons I've learned along the way.  The Mom Jungle is a modern interpretation of both the family newsletter and scrapbook.  

CAULIFLOWER CHOWDER

CAULIFLOWER CHOWDER

Winter + soups were made for each other.  This Cauliflower Chowder is a lightened version of the traditional heavy chowder.  The hubby didn't even miss the cream and potatoes... probably because it still had bacon!  This is the perfect pick-me-up meal in the dead of winter.


CAULIFLOWER CHOWDER

PREP TIME:  20 MIN    |    TOTAL TIME: 1 HR

INGREDIENTS (serves 6)

  • 2 TB butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 cup flour 
  • dash of herbes de provence*
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 pieces of bacon

DIRECTIONS

  • Melt butter in large dutch oven
  • Sauté diced onions, garlic + carrots + celery until tender- about 3 or 4 minutes
  • Add cauliflower and sauté for another 3 or 4 minutes
  • Add 1/2 cup flour and cook for a minute or so until it slightly browns
  • Add broth + milk and bring to boil 
  • Reduce to simmer to allow soup to thicken + add bay leaf and dash of herb de provence, stir occasionally
  • Simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are soft.  Thicken with more flour, or thin with milk as needed
  • At the same time, fry up bacon and chop into small pieces
  • Serve soup warm and sprinkle with bacon to garnish.  Add fresh parsley to add greenery to the soup (I admit that I forgot this step as I was in too much of a hurry to dig in hehe)
  • Enjoy!

* Herbe de provence is a spice blend (savoury, marjoram, fennel, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and lavendar).  I couldn't find it at our grocery store, but Cosco sells a large jar of it (basically a lifetime supply) for $5.  It's my secret ingredient- just use sparingly as a little goes a long way. 

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