Cream of Celery Soup

I’m slowing moving all my recipes over from the old blog to here

Some of you may know that I’m not sure if I dig soups or not … I mean, yeah, I have quite a few awesome soup recipes but at the end of the day, do I crave soup? No.

I do know, however, that whenever I get that Whole30 bug and want to eat clean and healthy. And of course, trying to keep Mark has always been difficult when I go this route as he and Jamie are both firm believers that man needs carbs, processed carbs, which means bread and pasta … otherwise, they may just die.


So, are you following me on Instagram yet? I’m not normally all that active, but the Whole30 community has an overwhelming presence and of course, I’ve been stalking all the Whole30 ‘gramers out there and finding some pretty awesome bloggers with some pretty awesome recipes …

Just like this one!

This surprisingly easy and yummy recipe comes from Whole Fork … and I pretty much followed her recipe but made a few little tweeks, just because that’s the way I am ūüėČ

Here’s how I did it:

2 tbs ghee

pkg of celery, leaves and root removed, cleaned and chopped

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 white potato, peeled and chopped

4 cups of chicken broth

1 tsp lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

juice of half a lemon

dash of hot sauce or red pepper flakes

fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

bacon bits, for garnish

Melt the ghee in large pot. Not large, like soup pot large, just “large” We all know I’m notorious for going with a pot just a tad smaller than it should be.

Add the celery, onion, garlic and potato and saute til onions turn translucent. Add broth, 1 tsp lemon juice, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to low, cover and allow to simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, till veggies are soft, stir occasionally.

Once the veggies are soft and cooked, add the broth and veggies to a blender and puree in batches. Careful of the hot liquid in the blender. You may want to take off the center portion of lid to allow steam to escape. Toss a washcloth over the opening if it starts to splatter.


Add the juice of the half lemon and give it a quick whirl.

Dish up, add a dash of hot sauce, garnish with parsley and bacon and enjoy!!

NOTE: I had my first bowl as is, straight out of the blender. Yumm. BUT there were them little fibrous celery strings that I just knew would turn Mark off. So I grabbed my fine mesh strainer and an 8 cup glass measuring cup and proceeded to strain the soup.

That’s one BEAUTIFUL jar of soup, don’t you think??


Looking forward to sharing with some of these¬†GREAT Parties¬†… go check them out!

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Creamy Potato & Cauliflower Soup

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Some of you may have picked up that we have some stuff going on around here, such as upcoming cancer treatments for Mark … I was hesitant to share to much as I wanted to be sure he told those folks that are close to us what was going on.

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Esophageal Cancer.

Don’t google it. Seriously, just don’t. I know 50% of you will. It’s scary stuff on the internet.¬† Probably is in real life too but right now we are in the “this isn’t the end” mode. I’ll stay there as long as we can!

Currently, we are waiting for MD Anderson to give us a call for our second opinion appointment. After all, when you are told chemo treatments every two weeks for 3 days each time for the¬†rest of your life you really¬†should seek a 2nd opinion. And yes, we are really traveling to Houston for this. My first response was “we can’t afford to do this” but then I realized, we are in the fight for his life so we CAN afford to do this. By the way, the hospital has since told us the insurance company approved the evaluation.

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So. When Mark made his trip up north to finish up some business since we don’t know when the next time he will be able to head up there, I wanted to make sure he had something yummy to fill his tummy when he came home late Saturday. This is what I made.

It has cauliflower, greek yogurt, potatoes, half and half and chicken broth.


And he liked it.  So did Randi when they surprised us with a 24 hour visit (with baby Nolan!)

It’s easy, doesn’t take long so hey, you should really give this a try! Original recipe comes from The Skinnytaste Cookbook but I modified it quite a bit!

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1 bag of Trader Joe’s Riced Cauliflower (next time I’ll just use frozen florets)

2 large taters, about 1 1/2 pounds worth

1 carton chicken broth

2 cups half and half

1 cup milk

1 1/2 cups plain greek yogurt

Seasoning of choice. I used Mark’s Special Blend and that Trader Joe’s Onion Salt

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4 seasons

Peel those taters, cut them in quarters, toss in a microwave dish and microwave 5 minutes. Take them out, give them a quick stir and flip and nuke for another 3 minutes.

Grab a large pot. You can see mine was maybe a little on the small side. Story of my life. Toss in the cauliflower and saute for a few minutes. If using florets, add a little water to the pan and steam til soft.

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Cut up the taters in to smaller cubes. Careful, don’t burn yourself. I speak from experience.

Dump the taters, chicken broth, milk, half and half, and your seasoning of choice in to the pot with the cauliflower.  Give a quick stir and let them meet and greet over medium high heat. Allow to come to a  boil and let them bubble for about 10 minutes, giving a quick stir occasionally.

Reduce the heat, grab your nifty immersion blender and go to town blending til smooth. NOTE: Next time, I’ll scoop some stuff out so we have a little more texture. FYI … Mark’s mom had given us that same blender years ago for Christmas … one of my favorite kitchen wonder gadgets!

Stir in your greek yogurt and reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 more minutes.

Taste, add more seasoning if needed (I did) and then dish up!

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I topped ours with shredded cheese, bacon bits and green onions.

NOTE: The next day, when Mark and Randi had it for lunch, Mark added almost a whole carton of broth again as the soup became very thick. Again, I think if I hadn’t blended it all, it would have been fine. Either way, it was still delicious!

Looking forward to sharing with some of these¬†GREAT Parties¬†… go check them out!

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