Published with permission from “Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry Obsessed!”

Makes 6 servings

This soup is SO creamy, which is quite a coup, given its lean and clean ingredients! And it’s amazing with my Cauliflower Power Biscuit Bakes.

You’ll need: large pot, meat mallet, large skillet, nonstick spray, strainer, blender or food processor

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

4 cups roughly chopped cauliflower

10 ounces raw boneless, skinless chicken breast

¾ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

2 cups fat-free milk

½ cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

1 cup chopped onion

2 cups frozen petite mixed vegetables

1 cup chicken broth

1½ tablespoons chopped garlic

1/8 teaspoon ground thyme

Dash ground sage

Optional seasonings: additional salt and black pepper

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook cauliflower until very tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, pound chicken to a ½-inch thickness. Season with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Cook chicken for about 4 minutes per side, until cooked through.
  3. Transfer cauliflower to a strainer to drain.
  4. Chop chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  5. Place drained cauliflower in a blender or food processor. Add milk and cheese, and puree until mostly smooth and uniform.
  6. Spray the (empty) pot with nonstick spray, and bring to medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion until mostly softened, about 4 minutes.
  7. Add cauliflower puree, chopped chicken and remaining ingredients, including the remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook and stir until frozen veggies have thawed and soup is hot and well mixed, about 5 minutes.

1/6 of recipe (about 1 cup): 172 calories, 3.5 grams total fat (1.5 grams saturated fat), 597 milligrams sodium, 16 grams carbs, 3 grams fiber, 8.5 grams sugars, 18.5 grams protein

Chew on this: Back in the days of the Roman Empire, chicken pot pies were sometimes served with LIVE birds under the shell that would burst out when served. Talk about a show!