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Low Carb Watercress and Cauliflower Soup

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This tasty and super healthy watercress and cauliflower soup can be enjoyed by everyone as a low carb appetizer or lunch dish.Low Carb Watercress and Cauliflower Soup - a healthy appetizer or lunch recipe

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Are you a fan of watercress? I think it is more popular in the UK (where I am from) than in the US – where it is also called cress. Cress in the UK is also known as Garden Cress, and the two are related, but not the same. And, as Wikipedia so helpfully informs me, watercress is also related to mustard, radish, and wasabi. These vegetables work really well in our family, because I like spicy food but my husband doesn't like hot peppers. But he *does* like mustard-style heat.

So it was a bit of a surprise to discover that this was the first *mention* of watercress on the blog! I particularly love it as a tangy salad ingredient, used in a similar way to arugula. It's made up of 95% water, and is super low in carbs (yay!) – 1 cup of chopped watercress (about 34g) contains only 0.2g net carbs!!

By adding it to a soup with cauliflower, it helps keeps the carbs down but provides a lot of goodness (particularly vitamin K) and a little bit of peppery heat.

You might also like my watercress salad!

How to Make Low Carb Watercress and Cauliflower Soup

To make this delicious soup, add a bag of frozen cauliflower, vegetable stock, and fresh watercress to large saucepan. Bring everything to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer. Cover and continue at a simmer for 15 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.

Carefully transfer everything to a blender (I love my Ninja!!) and blitz until smooth. Pour the soup back into the saucepan and taste for seasoning – add salt and pepper as necessary (I usually find that I need quite a bit with a homemade veggie soup, but a lot depends on the vegetable stock that is used).

Serve, garnished with a little extra watercress, if you like. This watercress and cauliflower soup serves four as a healthy appetizer. As a lunch dish it serves 2-3.

Low Carb Watercress and Cauliflower Soup - a healthy appetizer or lunch recipe

Low Carb Watercress and Cauliflower Soup

Low Carb Watercress and Cauliflower Soup

Yield: 4 Servings
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This tasty and super healthy watercress and cauliflower soup can be enjoyed by everyone as a low carb appetizer or lunch dish.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz frozen cauliflower
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 oz fresh watercress
  • salt and pepper
  • extra watercress, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add the cauliflower, vegetable stock, and fresh watercress to a large saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  2. Reduce it to a simmer, then cover and continue at a simmer for 15 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.
  3. Carefully transfer everything to a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour the soup back into the saucepan and taste for seasoning - add salt and pepper as necessary.
  4. Serve, garnished with a little extra watercress.

Notes

7g net carbs per serving (quarter of the recipe)

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size Quarter of the soup
Amount Per Serving Calories 43Total Fat 0gSodium 985mgCarbohydrates 9gNet Carbohydrates 7gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 2g
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Patricia

Tuesday 6th of August 2019

Beautiful combinaciĆ³n of ingredients, I added 2 tablespoons of cream cheese for fatty addition and yumminess. Thanks, we enjoyed very much

Deborah Sanderson

Wednesday 8th of September 2021

@Georgina, Can it be frozen? I've made it twice now. Its delicious

Georgina

Wednesday 7th of August 2019

Sounds delicious!

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