Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bacon-Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder + Weekly Dinner Menu.

This is a awesome, healthier alternative to potato soup and I promise it tastes great! 

Bacon-Cheddar Cauliflower Cheddar
Recipe from Iowa Girl Eats

8 slices center-cut bacon, chopped (half used for garnish)
1/2 small onion, chopped OR 1 teaspoon onion powder
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt & pepper
4 cups shredded or grated cauliflower (1/2 large head)
2 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons flour
2 cups chicken broth, divided
2 cups 2% milk
3-4 dashes hot sauce (or more or less)
2-1/2 cups (12oz) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided (half used for garnish)
2 green onions, chopped (optional)

Whisk together flour and 1/4 cup chicken broth in a small bowl then set aside.

Saute bacon in a large soup pot over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate then remove all but 1 Tablespoon drippings from the pot. Add chopped onion (if using,) celery, and garlic to the pot then season with salt and pepper and saute until vegetables are tender, about 4-5 minutes.

Add cauliflower and onion powder (if using) to the pot then stir to combine. Add water then place a lid on top and steam cauliflower until tender, stirring a couple times, about 5-7 minutes. Add remaining chicken broth and milk then turn up heat and bring to a boil.

Slowly whisk in flour/chicken broth mixture while stirring, then turn down heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes, or until chowder has thickened. Turn off heat then stir in 2 cups cheddar cheese until smooth, then stir in half the cooked bacon. Taste and adjust salt, pepper, and/or hot sauce if necessary. Serve topped with remaining shredded cheese, cooked bacon, and green onions, if desired.


Monday - Easy Chicken Parmesan with Caesar salad for David & Emily

Wednesday Ginger glazed mahi with glazed carrots

Thursday -  Date night

Friday - Valentine's Day / Megan working until 9pm :(

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  1. um Bacon Cheddar Cauliflower Chowder??!? Sounds like the best thing ever, and I love a good healthy alternative. I honestly think I am going to run out and get the ingredients so I can make it today or tomorrow!!

  2. Yum that soup sounds so good!! That mahi sounds good too, I wish I knew what the heck I was doing when cooking fish!

  3. i am in love w/ your plate ware. table ware? wtc do you call it? wow i need to be engaged with a registry immediately

  4. Those brussels sprouts, YUM! I will definitely be making that!

  5. MMM I love Brussels *and* I love that you also love Rachel Schultz's blog - her food is SO good!!!

  6. These all sound great! Especially the cauliflower alternative!

  7. omg those brussels srouts look amazing! xo

  8. I'm glad you posted that soup recipe, it looked awesome on instagram! Have you made the brussel sprouts before?? I make them just roasted on the stove, but never with the gorgonzola or cranberries and that looks fabbbb!

  9. Yum, that soup looks good!! I may just have to attempt that tonight.

  10. this looks amazing and Brussels sprouts are my new weird obsession

  11. Thank you for sharing this as I so want to try it!

  12. I was looking up that soup last night! Glad to hear its yummy!!

  13. I LOVE baked potato soup, so I'll have to try this healthier alternative.

  14. all of this sounds insanely amazing. i need to get to cooking ;) Xx.

  15. This sounds great! Thanks for the recipe!