Paleo Soup for the Soul

soupcaulWith cooler weather comes soup season! That’s good news for anyone who’s hoping to heal the digestive system. Warm, homemade soups and stews are not only easy to digest, but are nutrient packed too.  Plus, every bite warms you up from your head to your toes, right? Soup is soul food. You certainly can’t rush to eat it, and eating slowly creates a more mindful, relaxing eating experience. Less stress = better digestion, too!

I know what you’re thinking, though. Who has time to make soup? My answer to that is if you plan ahead and have ingredients on hand, it can be surprisingly quick and easy.  Gigi of the Gigi Eats Celebrities blog reminded me of that last week, when she posted A Soup Even the Clueless Can Make!  It’s a vegan recipe, compliments of Alicia Silverstone, which I tweaked into a Paleo recipe.  For those of you who don’t mind a little saturated fat and animal protein (both of which are extremely gut healthy), this one’s for you!

The original recipe calls for leeks, cauliflower, garlic, olive oil, and boxed vegetable broth. I swapped out the veggie broth for homemade chicken stock, and I’ve also added a red onion, and a special, very flavorful, crumbly topping to add before you serve it. If you normally don’t like cauliflower, I can assure you that you barely can taste it!

Please note that broth made from beef, chicken, or fish bones is the healthiest choice for soothing your digestive system; but if you don’t have any on hand, you can use boxed organic kind, but not low sodium chicken broth that often contains the dreaded food additive, MSG.

Here’s the recipe:

Paleo Soup for the Soul

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 bowl

Gluten/Dairy Free Cauliflower Leek Soup, Paleo, Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), Gut & Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) friendly.


  • 3 Leeks
  • 1 Head of Cauliflower
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 3 T Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 4 Cups Homemade Chicken Stock (or boxed organic, like Imagine or Pacific brands)
  • 1/2 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
  • 8 slices of bacon, cooked ahead of time and crumbled (I prefer grass fed beef bacon)
  • Optional: 4T chopped basil or parsley
  • Optional: 1/2 c chopped kale, watercress, or spinach


  1. Chop onions, garlic, and cauliflower, and set aside.
  2. Cut green tops and roots off of leeks..
  3. Fill a medium sized bowl with water. Chop leeks and place in bowl. Swish around to clean, and then drain and rinse.
  4. Add coconut oil to a large pot and turn up heat to medium. When melted, add onions and leeks. Saute until soft. Add garlic and saute for one more minute.
  5. Add chicken broth, Celtic Sea Salt, cauliflower, and carrots (if applicable). Turn heat up to medium high and stir occasionally. When stock boils, reduce heat to medium.
  6. When cauliflower is soft, turn off heat and let cool for a few minutes.
  7. Ladle warm soup into blender or food processor, in small batches. Process until creamy and smooth.
  8. Add kale, watercress, or spinach (if you wish), and stir. Right before serving, put soup in bowls and add basil, parsley, and/or bacon to top.
  9. Enjoy!

Food for thought:

If you don't have or like leeks, you can sub in 4 medium carrots. Add them to the pot with the cauliflower and make sure they are soft before transferring to food processor. You might want to hold the bacon, in that case.

Did you know that carrots are a very healthy choice for liver and gallbladder detox? And that onions and leeks contain prebiotics that feed the good bacteria (which fights off the bad kind) in your large intestine?

Here’s a photo of the soup with carrots instead of leeks. It was equally delicious. Feel free to sub in any of your favorite vegetables.carrotsoup

I want to thank Gigi for reminding me not to take this food business so seriously all the time, as I tend to do. I truly believe that small steps can make a huge difference. I’ve gone through years of research, trial and error, in order to eat the way I do now. And still, I don’t always make perfect choices. No one does. No one can, at least not all the time!

Sure, the food industry is a mess, but there are so many great things happening with small farmers and forward thinking manufacturers too. You have to strike a balance with it all, and find a way to eat that nourishes your way to health and happiness, without completely stressing yourself out! My way isn’t your way. We are all different, and that’s okay.

So, if food is stressing you out, rather than making you feel nourished, replenished, and energized, then remind yourself to take a step back. Look at how far you’ve come. Take a few deep breaths and refocus your mind on the positive.

Think about your favorite bowl of soup, and how it made you feel. Hopefully, it’ll bring a smile to your face, or even some laughter into your world.  When it comes to sharing really good food with family and friends, a little humor can go a very long way.

In the end, dirty dishes are a drag; but if a bowl of soup can warm you from head to toe, then the sparkle emanating from your soul will be brighter than the shine bouncing off of your plate!

Sometimes, we just need to be reminded to see the cup half full. Mine literally IS half full right now, since I’ve been sipping carrot soup as I write.

Do you have a favorite soup that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Please spread the love and share the recipe!

Have a happy, gut healthy day.

Please note that this post has been shared with the Slightly Indulgent TuesdayGluten Free TuesdayAllergy Free WednesdayGluten Free Wednesday,  Real Food Wednesday, and  Party Wave Wednesday blog carnivals.

Update, 11/6/13:  This recipe was featured in the Allergy Free Wednesdays blog hop! I’d like to thank Tessa, The Domestic Diva, for selecting it.




About Dawn

As a Certified Health Coach, I provide motivated individuals with the resources, tools, support and encouragement they need to make the gradual changes in food and lifestyle that could completely transform their lives. Contact me.

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