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Recipe: Cauliflower Soup with Pancetta Hash

Cauliflower Soup with Pancetta Hash

I created this soup the other day and I am quite proud of it. It's also very good with a sprinkle of parmessan cheese. Let me know what you think. Enjoy!

What you'll need:

1 head of Cauliflower, cut in florets
5 medium White Potatoes, peeled and diced
3 medium stalks celery, chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
1 medium cooking onion, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp fresh thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 Bay leave
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried chili pepper (if you like a bite!)
3 ½ cups of chicken or vegetable stock
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 litre water

Pancetta Hash
1/2 cup Pancetta, diced
3 medium potatoes, diced (peel on)
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon Paprika
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 tbsp Olive Oil


1. In a 5 to 6-quart saucepot, heat oil on medium until hot.
2. Add celery, carrot and onion, and cook 10 minutes or until tender.
3. Add cauliflower and potatoes and cook for approx. 5 minutes.
4. Stir in chili, thyme, oregano, bay leave, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; cook 30 seconds, stirring.
5. Add broth and water to saucepot; cover and heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 2-3 hours (the longer, the better!)
6. In batches, ladle mixture into blender (remember to remove the bay leave). With center part of blender cover removed to allow steam to escape, blend mixture until pureed (you can also use a hand blender - but be careful as the mixture is hot!). Return all soup to saucepot and heat through.
7. Garnish each serving with a heaping tablespoon of Pancetta Hash (see below)

Makes approx 8 1/2 cups. 

Pancetta Hash
1. In a small saucepot bring 3 cups of water to a boil.
2. Add diced potatoes and cook until tender.
3. In a frying pan, heat oil on medium until hot.
4. Add pancetta and garlic, and cook until garlic is golden brown.
5. Add potatoes and seasoning, and cook until potatoes are crisp. 
6. Remove garlic.
7. Garnish each serving of soup with a heaping tablespoon.

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New Year, New You: Baby Steps

So you've started your New Year's health resolution. How's that going for you?  Many people I have spoken to have already fallen off the wagon and it's only 6 days into the new year. Why is that? I think it's because their goals were unrealistic. If you are one of those people who've already said good-bye to their resolution to eat better or to go to the gym everyday, perhaps you should read my post: New Year, New You: Tips on Setting Goals 

After ready New Year, New You: Tips on Setting Goals I encourage you to re-write your New Year's health resolution using my tips.

Now that you have your new New Year's health resolutions I want you to start each resolution at a pace you can keep up with. Think of this before you start. A baby doesn't learn how to walk overnight. He takes a serious of steps to get to the end result, walking.

Step 1- Holding his head up.
Step 2 - Sitting up on his own.
Step 3 - Pulling himself up.
Step 4 - Assisted walking.
Step 5 (End Result) - Walking on his own.

If your New Year's health resolution is to Eat Better  here are a few baby steps that apply to most people who are currently eating an average North American diet.

Step 1 - Avoid congesting foods (fatty meats, bad fats, refined flours, refined sugar, dairy)
Step 2 - Eat a diet rich in non-glutenous whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh pressed juice, fresh spring water, raw nuts and seeds.
Step 3 - Replace animal products at dinner at least 2 times per week with alternative protein sources such as legumes, grains, greens, sprouts, nuts and seeds.
Step 4 - Eliminate or at least cut down on caffeine, alcohol, recreational drugs and tobacco.
Step 5 - Eat in a calm and relaxed state, chew food thoroughly, keep meals simple and avoid overeating.

It’s inevitable that you will have a minor or major setback along your journey. A baby doesn't walk perfectly without have a few tumbles. They may cry but they always get up and start where they left off. You can learn a lot from them. After all we were once in their shoes, weren't we and we are doing just fine now walking on our own. A couple of chocolate cookies in the big scheme of things won’t ruin your entire weight loss goal. It may set you back a bit and you’ll probably feel guilty about it, but that’s it. Relax. My advice to my clients: Take a deep breath, brush it off your shoulder and move on. Learn from each lapse and come up with a strategy to work around it next time.

You may also find these articles I wrote helpful:

New Year, New You: Tips on Setting Goals
The Un-Diet: Say NO to Dieting in 2014

The information presented here is not intended to replace professional medical care when needed. Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner for disease diagnosis, therapy choice, medicine selection and dosage.