Cauliflower and Jerusalem Artichoke Soup for the 5-2 Diet
This is one of my favourite winter soups. And, although jerusalem artichokes are quite expensive, it is worth adding one or two to the dish because they give a lovely nutty flavour and add just enough texture to make this soup thick and comforting. And, DO use the ‘good’ cauliflower leaves. They add a bit more fibre than florettes and improve the taste too – as well as being something you might otherwise throw in the bin!
You can of course, garnish with something other than creme fraiche – I quite like caramelised shallots and I love a little bit of truffle oil in this dish. But, I was a bit short of time, and the creme fraiche works very well too.
As a 5-2 diet recipe, this is a particularly low calorie soup. 100 grams of jerusalem artichokes add the most calories – about 80. But, even if you eat a bowl and a half of the soup and add in the creme fraiche, you are looking at about 70 calories a serving, which should leave you enough for a reasonable evening meal.
It’s important with this soup recipe to add in the main vegetables so that they only get cooked for the minimum time necessary. If you overcook, then you lose vital nutrients. Now, next week I am going to try to find some 5-2 diet recipes for lunch that are NOT home made soup! But for now, enjoy this one!