Creamy Cauliflower Andouille Soup

One of my favorite soups ever is baked potato soup. However, it’s not Keto friendly and it’s not gluten free. So I don’t eat it anymore. Or so I thought! This weekend, I made a Keto soup that tasted VERY similar to baked potato soup. I’ve said before that the Keto Chorizo Chicken Soup Recipe was my favorite Keto soup. Now, I’m not so sure! This creamy cauliflower andouille soup is Keto approved AND it tastes very much like my old favorite potato soup recipe! Total win-win!

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Creamy Cauliflower Andouille Soup

Super delicious recipe for a creamy cauliflower andouille soup that tastes very similar to baked potato soup!

Course Main Course, Soup
Keyword cauliflower, keto
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 People
Calories 301 kcal

Ingredients

  • 13.5 Ounce Andouille Smoked Sausage
  • 4 Slices Thick Cut Bacon chopped
  • 1 Medium Head of Cauliflower cut into pieces
  • 1 Small Onion chopped
  • 6 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 1/2 Cup Baby Leaf Spinach
  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Salt, Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes to taste

Instructions

  1. Slice the andouille sausage into halves. Place in a frying pan and cook (or heat up, if fully cooked) until done. Remove from pan. 

  2. Add the chopped bacon in the pan. Fry until it is just about done and then add the onion and finish frying the bacon.

  3. Cut the head of cauliflower into small and large pieces. Place in a large stock pot with the cooked sausage, bacon, and onions. 

  4. Next add the chicken broth and water to the stock pot. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the temperature and cover. Simmer for about 10-12 minutes. 

  5. Add the baby spinach to the pot and simmer for about another 2 minutes or so. Next add the heavy whipping cream, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir well to completely mix. Simmer for about another 2 minutes.

  6. Serve with a little shredded cheddar cheese on top (or don't...it's good without it)!!

Recipe Notes

*Macros are NOT calculated with the shredded cheddar cheese. 

You guys!!!! I cannot tell you  how good this soup is! It smelled amazing while I was cooking it. Not once did I ever think that it would remind me of baked potato soup, but it totally does! If you’re thinking, “eww…cooked cauliflower smells so gross. I don’t think I can eat this”….stop thinking that! It is so good!

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Creamy Cauliflower Andouille Soup Tips

I will definitely be making this soup again. Next time I plan on doing the following things:

  • Adding MORE spinach
  • Changing up the type of meat in the soup
  • Adding a little bit of garlic powder

Tips aside, the soup, as is, was so good and tasted great reheated the next day. Be aware that it will separate some in the fridge. Simply stir and it will be just fine!

Keto Macros

As always, be sure to figure out your macros with the specific ingredients that you use. I’m sure there are different brands of andouille sausage at the store. The nutritional information may not be the same for them both. With the ingredients I used, these are the macros:

creamy cauliflower andouille soup

If you like this Keto recipe, you need to try a few others I have:

Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

Keto Creamed Spinach Recipe

Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf

Cheesy Jalapeno Stuffed Chicken

Spicy Sausage Egg Muffins

If you have any questions about the Keto diet, please don’t hesitate to ask. What I would hate for you to do is listen to all that nonsense and inaccurate information that Jillian Michaels is spewing about Keto. She has no clue what she is talking about.

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Oatmeal Banana Cinnamon Crunch Bread

My kids are notorious for leaving bananas on the counter so they get too ripe to eat, but are perfect for banana bread. I think…no…I know…they do it on purpose. In fact, just the other day my son asked me when I was planning on making banana bread. The bananas were NOT over-ripe just yet! He was planning ahead! Well, he’s in luck! Today I made a gluten free oatmeal banana cinnamon crunch bread. Not just one layer of crunch, but two yummy layers!

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Oatmeal Banana Cinnamon Crunch Bread

Delicious recipe for a gluten free oatmeal banana cinnamon crunch bread.

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword banana bread, bread, cinnamon, cinnamon crunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Cool 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Ripe Bananas
  • 1/3 Cup Vanilla Almond Milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil extra virgin
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2/3 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Gluten Free Oatmeal
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 Cup Gluten Free Flour

Cinnamon Crunch Topping

  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 TBSP Gluten Free Flour
  • 3 TBSP Butter softened

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° and prepare your loaf pan with cooking spray, butter or whatever method you prefer to grease the pan with.

  2. Prepare your cinnamon crunch topping in a small bowl and set aside. You will need this in a few minutes. 

  3. Mash your bananas. In the same bowl (why dirty another one?!?), add the vanilla almond milk, olive oil and eggs. Mix well. Next add in your sugar and mix well. 

  4. Next, add your remaining ingredients (gluten free oatmeal, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and gluten free flour) and be sure to mix well after each new addition. 

  5. Add half of your gluten free oatmeal banana cinnamon crunch bread mixture to your greased loaf pan. Top with half of the cinnamon crunch topping, making sure to cover the entire area. Add the remaining amount of batter and then top with the other half of the cinnamon crunch topping.

  6. Place in the oven and bake for 55-60 minutes. Allow the gluten free banana bread to cool for about 10 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack. 

Recipe Notes

*I used vanilla almond milk, but you can use whatever milk you have on hand.

Oatmeal Banana Cinnamon Crunch Bread: Thumbs up or down?

Doesn’t it look great?!? The second both kids got in the door, they immediately asked for a piece. While I don’t particularly care for cinnamon, this gluten free oatmeal banana cinnamon crunch bread smelled amazing while it was baking! The kids said it was their favorite out of all the different types of banana breads I’ve made! Like I mentioned in the recipe, if you want to make this with regular milk, go ahead! Also, feel free to use regular flour instead of gluten free flour! Don’t forget to scroll all the way down to find my favorite banana bread/muffin recipes!

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Other Banana Bread Recipes You Must Try

Like I said, my kids LOVE banana bread and banana muffins. Over the years, we have tried many different types of banana breads. Here are a few you must try:

Cranberry Banana Muffins Recipe

Banana Mini Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Banana Muffins with Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Gluten Free Strawberry Banana Bread

Orange Banana Muffins Recipe

The Best Banana Muffin Recipe

The gluten free strawberry banana bread is amazing! I made it for a picnic at the beach we had one summer with my husbands side of the family. Everyone devoured it! Any one of these recipes can be made with regular flour or gluten free flour. Same measurements.


Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe

One of my goals for 2019, is to cook more. With as busy as we are with the kids and their school and sport schedules, something has to give. Typically, it’s cooking. One of my biggest mom guilts is how many meals my kids eat that are quick and easy, convenient meals (a.k.a. meals cooked in the microwave). While I know I won’t be able to cook a meal every night, I am going to try and cook a few times a week. Last night, I made this cheddar cheese stuffed meatloaf recipe and it was amazing! Definitely something I will be making again!

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There are just some foods that do not photograph well. But don’t let that deter you away from this delicious cheddar cheese stuffed meatloaf recipe!

Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe

Delicious, Keto friendly recipe for cheddar cheese stuffed meatloaf!

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 People

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Beef 80/20
  • 1 lb Hot Chorizo
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 TBSP Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 TBSP Onion Powder
  • 1/2 TBSP Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 6 oz Cheddar Cheese (or cheese of choice)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°. Prepare your loaf pan with cooking spray.

  2. In a large bowl, add all of your ingredients except for the cheese. Using your hands (because lets face it, using a spoon never works), mix everything together thoroughly.

  3. Take half of your meatloaf mixture and press it into the bottom of your loaf pan. Make a well for the block of cheese and place the cheese in the center. Add the remaining meatloaf mixture on top of the cheese and press the sides together. As you can see from the picture, I needed to do better at pressing one of the sides together!

  4. Bake in the oven for about 50-55 minutes. Check the center of your meatloaf with a meat thermometer. Internal temperature should be 165° F.

  5. Slice into 8 servings and enjoy!

When I made this cheddar cheese stuffed meatloaf recipe, I used my perfect meatloaf pancheddar cheese stuffed meatloaf. This pan makes getting your meatloaf out a breeze! I think I will pick up a pan to make a bunch of mini meatloaves! They are perfect to freeze and take out as needed! I ate a piece of the cheddar cheese stuffed meatloaf for breakfast this morning and it was even better reheated!

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One thing I will try next time, differently than what I did this time, is that I won’t cut up the cheddar cheese first. I sliced the cheese and placed the slices in the center. Instead, I will place the entire block of cheddar cheese in the center. I think that will work out better than what I did. Shredded cheddar cheese is another good option. Just make sure to weigh in on your kitchen scale to make sure you get the appropriate amount!

How Was the Cheddar Cheese Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe?

In one word…amazing! Meatloaf is one of my favorite “comfort foods”. The addition of chorizo and cheddar cheese totally stepped this recipe up a notch. I plan on playing around with flavors in the future and using different meats and cheeses! Pair this with steamed green beans (like we did) or add my favorite Cauliflower Rice recipe and you have yourself a nice, Keto friendly meal!


Cinnamon Roll Bread Recipe

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You ready for this? Are you sure? OK…here it goes. I do not like cinnamon. At all. Well, except for the hint of cinnamon in my apple cider wax melts. However, like the rest of the world, my kids LOVE cinnamon. One of their favorite things are cinnamon rolls. Especially the kind you can buy at Ikea! So, today, I decided to use my gorgeous matte black KitchenAid stand mixercinnamon roll bread I got for Christmas and make cinnamon roll bread.

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Cinnamon Roll Bread Recipe

Delicious recipe for cinnamon roll bread.

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword bread, cinnamon roll
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cool 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil extra virgin
  • 1 Large Egg room temp.
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 TBSP Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 Cups Gluten Free Flour

Cinnamon Sugar Swirl

  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon

Vanilla Topping

  • 2 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 4 TBSP Butter softened
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 TBSP Milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease your loaf pan and set aside.

  2. In a mixing bowl or your stand mixer, add the sugar, oil, milk and egg. Mix well. 

  3. One at a time, add your salt, baking powder and flour. Mixing well in between each addition. 

  4. Add the cinnamon and sugar for the swirl in a small bowl. Mix lightly with a spoon until it is thoroughly incorporated.

  5. Place have of the batter in your greased loaf pan. Add some of the cinnamon sugar swirl mixture and slowly take a butter knife and gently cut that swirl mixture through the batter. 

  6. Add the rest of the batter into the loaf pan and put the rest of the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of that. Again, slowly cut that swirl mixture through the batter.

  7. Bake in the oven for 55-60 minutes. Remove and immediately place tip the bread onto a wire rack. While the bread is cooling, mix up your topping and pour over the loaf of bread. Enjoy!

Delicious Cinnamon Roll Bread

OK…so, like I said, I don’t like cinnamon, but this cinnamon roll bread smelled amazing while it was baking. You will have a little bit of the vanilla topping left over. Feel free to add more to the top of the bread. If I ate this cinnamon roll bread, I can tell you, I would want MORE frosting! However, the amount I have on there is what my husband and kids like. Also, I make everything gluten free (love this gluten free flourcinnamon roll bread), but you can totally use the same amount of regular flour.

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Each slice of this cinnamon roll bread has just the right amount of the cinnamon sugar swirl. I have a feeling the kids will be fighting to finish this bread off! They’ve already asked me if I will make this cinnamon roll bread again. I’m guessing it’s a keeper!

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Other delicious recipes you need to try

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips

Gluten Free Strawberry Banana Bread


Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cookies

This time of year, my absolute FAVORITE thing is anything and everything with peppermint. My Gluten Free Peppermint Bark Brownie Cheesecake was a huge hit a couple years ago. I think everyone loved it! This year, I decided to make something a little different. These Chocolate peppermint chip cookies are amazing. Super easy to make, quick to bake, and they are full of chocolatey goodness! If you are looking for a cookie recipe to impress this holiday season, this is it!

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Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cookies

Delicious chocolate peppermint chip cookies recipe that are perfect for the holidays.

Course Dessert
Keyword chocolate, cookies, peppermint
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Cooling on Cookie Sheet 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 19 minutes
Servings 4 Dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Cup Butter melted
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 TBSP Water
  • 3 Cups Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Peppermint Chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, cream together both sugars and butter together. Add your eggs, vanilla and water. Beat until you have those ingredients well blended.

  2. Add your dry ingredients one at a time, making sure to mix each ingredient in thoroughly before adding the next. 

  3. Fold in your white chocolate peppermint chips (I like these).

  4. Put your dough in the fridge for 1 hour. It will be very thick. That's OK!

  5. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your baking sheet with parchment paper or your silicone baking mats (these are a really good price!!).

  6. Using your cookie scoop (another amazing price), place the cookie dough on the cookie sheets and bake for 9-10 minutes. Do not over bake. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before placing them on a wire rack to cool.

Recipe Notes

**Be sure to store your cookies in an air tight container.

Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cookies

Don’t these cookies sound amazing? They are the perfect amount of chocolate and peppermint. My son would prefer MORE white chocolate peppermint chips, while my daughter would prefer less. One thing you could do is sprinkle extra chips on the cookies when they come out of the oven. However, it’s definitely not necessary (well…unless you are like my son)…the cookies are delicious just the way they are.

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Gluten Free or Not!

I made these chocolate peppermint chip cookies with Namaste Foods Gluten Free Fourchocolate peppermint chip cookies. However, if you don’t have to or want to make them gluten free, then don’t! Simply use the same amount of flour that is not gluten free! They turn out perfectly with either flour you choose to use!

You have plenty of time to make these for Christmas. If you are having a hard time finding the white chocolate peppermint chips, check your local grocery store. I found my at Kroger. If you have a Christmas celebration that is after Christmas (like I do), order them on Amazon!

Other Peppermint Recipes You MUST Try

Like I said, this time of year (or any time really), chocolate and peppermint are my favorite things. These are some other peppermint recipes you must try:

Peppermint Oreo Cupcakes

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

Double Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Peppermint Dessert Recipes

Christmas Cream Cheese Mints