Try this great, healthy soup from Cooking Light Magazine.


Yield: 12 servings.

1 whole garlic head
12 cups cauliflower florets (about 2 pounds)
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups thinly sliced onion
4 cups fat-free milk
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 fresh thyme sprigs
1 1/2 tablespoons roasted hazelnut oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1. Preheat oven to 425°.

2. Remove white papery skin from garlic head (do not peel or separate the cloves). Wrap in foil. Arrange cauliflower in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Add garlic to pan. Bake garlic and cauliflower at 425° for 35 minutes or until golden brown, turning cauliflower after 20 minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Separate garlic cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins.

3. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion to pan; saute 8 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add milk, broth, and thyme sprigs; bring to a simmer. Cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Discard thyme sprigs. Stir in reserved garlic pulp and cauliflower. Place half of milk mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining milk mixture. Stir in hazelnut oil, salt, and pepper. Ladle 1 cup soup into each of 12 bowls; top each serving with 2 teaspoons parsley.

Nutritional Information: Calories 87 per serving; Calories from fat 31 %; Fat 3g; Sat fat 0.3g; Mono fat 2.2g; Poly fat 0.4g; Protein 5.1g; Carbohydrate 11.1g; Fiber 2.4g; Cholesterol 1mg; Iron 0.6mg; Sodium 233mg; Calcium 113mg

Photo: Cooking Light (Joy Wilson)
Recipe: Cooking Light (Laura Zapalowski)