Chickpeas can soothe irritability and boost your mood!
This is one of my most-requested soup recipes (especially from my daughter — it’s her favorite). I first published this cauliflower chickpea soup recipe many years ago when I first started blogging. In fact, this soup is one of the reasons I started blogging — so many people wanted this recipe, that I figured I would post it on-line… and the rest is history.
Now, years later, my daughter came to visit this week and it still put a big smile on her face when she called me on her way here and said she was hungry and I was able to tell her that this soup was waiting for her. You just gotta love a kid who can be made happy by the little things in life… It makes me especially happy that she loves food and I love to cook!
The creaminess of this soup is unparalleled. Yet, there’s no cream — it’s completely vegan. There’s not even any non-dairy milk in it. The base of this soup is entirely made from cauliflower, onion, and garlic. It gets whizzed up in the blender and the result is like a bowl of chowder that tastes like it’s made with heavy cream.
This cauliflower chick pea soup recipe can be whipped up on a busy week night. It’s also impressive enough to serve when you are entertaining.
I can’t say enough good things about this soup.
It’s really creamy and decadent tasting.
It’s really easy to make.
It works perfectly as leftovers — so, if you make a big pot and put it in the fridge, you will be able to eat healthy all week long.
It really is perfection in its simplicity.
If you want another great recipe with mood-lifting chickpeas, try my recipe for Vegetable Hummus Dip.
This soup is simple, but it has great healing ingredients:
Chickpeas actually help calm the spirit. They relieve anxiety and soothe irritability… it kind of makes you realize why hummus is so popular…
I use cauliflower for breads, crusts, rice… everything. It can be used in so many forms… and, it’s really good for you. In Chinese medicine we use it to aid in digestion and help with constipation. One of the things I find most amazing about this cruciferous vegetable is it’s ability to help with age-related memory loss (My menopausal friends will appreciate this benefit!). It contains a healthy amount of Vitamin B, Vitamin K and Omega-3 fatty acids and can help fight cancer and cardiovascular disease. Cauliflower also helps the body with detoxification and with reducing inflammation. So, as far as I’m concerned, the more the merrier. And, as in this soup, it makes an awesome substitute for cream!
Garlic is amazing in its antiviral and antibacterial capabilities. Garlic is actually a Chinese herb (Da Suan). It’s used to kill toxins and parasites and also to reduce swelling in the body. It’s what I call a great “A” herb: anesthetic, antibacterial, anti fungal, antioxidant, antiviral, etc….
Onions are great for your immune system; they are a natural antihistamine. In the winter, I eat lots and lots of onions… I guess I should feel sorry for the people close to me! Recently, I recommended that a patient with bronchitis put sliced raw onions in her socks when she went to sleep… she woke up so much better; they actually can rid the body of bacteria. (I know I’ve told you this before, but it really is awesome!) Onion is a superhero in the food world!
- 2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 med yellow onion, roughly chopped
- 1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 1 tsp hot red pepper flakes, or to taste
- 5 garlic cloves, smashed
- 2 16-oz cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- white truffle oil, to drizzle on soup when serving
- Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
- Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring, about 3 minutes.
- Add cauliflower, red pepper flakes, about 2 tsp salt (or to taste), and about 20 grinds of black pepper.
- Pour in 6 cups of water.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover partially, and simmer for 40 minutes.
- Pour the soup, in 3 batches, into the blender and whiz it up until completely creamy and smooth. (I used my Vitamix and it worked great.) *NOTE: when pureeing hot liquid in blender, cover the top tightly with a clean dish towel so that the steam can release and you can stay safe!
- As the batches are pureed, pour them into a large bowl. When all are done, transfer the soup back into the pot and add the chickpeas to the soup in the pot, and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Ladle into bowls and drizzle a little bit of white truffle oil on top of each bowl.