Craving Something Hot and Spicy?

May 19, 2010 by Kristi Rimkus

Uh, oh – craving!

Cravings are instantaneous. They won’t allow you to think of anything else until you’ve satisfied that need for whatever your brain says your taste buds desire. A creamy piece of sinfully dark chocolate could be what it takes to move on with your day, or maybe salt and crunch will be the ticket.

Today I had an appetite for something hot and spicy, and the hotter – the better. The dish of choice is a mouth-watering curry.

A large head of cauliflower, a jar of red curry, and a can of low-fat coconut milk sounded like the makings of a soup to me. I was well on my way to satisfaction as I chopped up my cauliflower and added it to the pan with a little onion, celery and vegetable broth.

Aromatic red curry paste provided the heat I was looking for. I was ready to puree that tender cauliflower mixture into a velvety soup and take it over the top with a little light coconut milk.

Now I had a soup that met my expectations, and then some!

Velvety Cauliflower Curry Soup

1 small onion, chopped
1 cup celery, tops chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ large cauliflower, chopped into large pieces
2 cups water
32 ounces vegetable broth
2 tsp red chili paste
½ lime, juiced
8 ounces light coconut milk

Servings: Makes 8 – 1 cup servings.

Directions:

  1. Spray a large saucepan with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add onion and celery. Cook for 5 minutes until softened, adding vegetable broth as needed to keep from burning.
  2. Add garlic, water, vegetable broth, and cauliflower and let simmer for 30 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  3. Add the lime juice and curry paste a little at a time and taste test until it reaches the heat you desire.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool for a few minutes before you add it to the blender.
  5. Pour the soup into the blender in batches and puree until smooth.
  6. Add the soup back to the pan and add coconut milk. Heat over medium low until soup is warmed through.

What’s good for me in this dish?

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that has help prevent cancer. It is especially helpful for lung, colon, breast, ovarian and bladder cancers. Cauliflower also has sulfur containing phytonutrients that help the liver detoxify.

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 70, Total Fat: 5.73g, Cholesterol: 0, Sodium: 282mg, Total Carbs: 4.37g, Dietary Fiber: 0.61g, Sugars: 1.77g, Protein: 0.95g, Weight Watchers Points 2

Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com.

Currently, Kristi Rimkus authors her own blog over at Mother Rimmy’s Cooking Light Done Right.

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