You were supposed to shop today but instead you'll do the groceries tomorrow. You open your fridge to find... not much.
Dammit! Don't you hate that?
I've often muttered to myself: "I swear I had more food." Sounds familiar? Your fridge (like mine) has probably been raided and all you have left are vegetables. Well don't order take-out just yet. Luckily you have some half eaten veggies and some pantry items that combined will magically make this AMAZING soup. The entire family will love it! And surprise-it's full of health! Yay!
Also, dumplings. In one bowl. Because I don't have time to make homemade bread; I just realized I have no food in my house! You think I planned to let something rise for three hours? Pfff.
Empty out your fridge and look at the contents. Look like this? Awesome. You have stuff to make a really satisfying soup.
Please keep in mind, this is what I had in my fridge. Whatever you have in your fridge will work, as long as you have cauliflower to make this soup "creamy." It may seem like a lot of ingredients, but I got all of it out of one crisper and my cupboard.
3 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 head cauliflower
2 ribs celery
1 carrot, grated
1/2 zucchini, grated
1 white onion
1/2 red onion
2 cloves garlic
3 green onions
1/2 head broccoli, chopped into small pieces
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed (You can use any bean)
2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder, divided
salt and pepper to taste
5-6 cups broth
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 -1/2 cup milk
Heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
Roughly chop the white and red onion, celery, garlic, pepper and cauliflower and throw in the pot. Cook until cauliflower starts to brown.
Add half the broth, oregano, 1 tsp garlic powder, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Lower to simmer and cook until cauliflower is tender. About 10 minutes.
Blend with an immersion blender until everything is super creamy.
Add your grated carrot, grated zucchini, chickpeas, broccoli and remaining broth. Simmer on low for five minutes.
In the meantime, make your dumplings. Combine flour, baking powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder and salt in a bowl. Add 1 tbsp oil, milk and green onions. Mix until dough-like.
Take a tbsp of dough out of the bowl at a time and flatten in your palm. Throw a few of these on top of your soup and put the lid on. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until dumplings are cooked through.
Scoop a generous helping into a bowl with 3-4 dumplings per serving. If you have a lemon lying around, squeeze some on top and enjoy!
Makes 6-8 generous belly-warming helpings.