Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower Detox Soup

by JJ Virgin on January 28, 2019

This cozy cauliflower soup is exactly the kind of meal I like to have handy when life is busy. Not only does it taste savory and satisfying, it’s fantastic for you – full of naturally detoxifying ingredients, including cauliflower, bone broth, and coconut milk.

Cauliflower is a detox superstar because it’s a cruciferous vegetable with a high level of cleansing sulphur. (That’s why leftovers can smell a little funny when you first take the lid of the pot – don’t worry, it doesn’t affect the taste!)

I also use bone broth when I make this soup. The collagen and other proteins in bone broth not only do great things for your joints, hair, skin, and nails, they’re also key to effective detox.

It’s protein that escorts toxins out of your cells, so no protein = no detoxification. Now you understand why protein-free “detox” juice cleanses are such a joke! This soup does the job much more effectively.

Then there’s full-fat coconut milk, with healthy fats including medium-chain triglycerides that can do wonderful things for your brain, gut, immune system… the list goes on! Find out more here: Five Ways Coconut Oil Makes You Look & Feel Great

And please don’t fear the potatoes in this recipe. I know they got a bad rap for several decades, but new research shows the resistant starch in potatoes can be very helpful with weight loss. Skip the potato chips and fries, but baby red potatoes can be part of a healthy diet. (Read all about it HERE.)

Feel free to customize this recipe to your taste. You can easily use rosemary in place of the thyme. Or use both – they’re a delicious duo with cauliflower! Vegetarians can also use vegetable stock in place of the bone broth.

No fresh cauliflower on hand? No problem! Substitute the same amount of frozen florets or riced cauliflower – just be sure to thaw, drain, and pat dry before roasting. Your cook time may vary depending on which option you choose, but watch for golden brown edges and tenderness regardless.

Can’t wait to hear what you think of this one! This soup was a big hit on one of my recent episodes of Dr. Oz, and I bet you’re going to love it too.

Roasted Cauliflower Detox Soup


January 28, 2019

Virgin Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3
Sugar Impact Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3

This creamy cauliflower and potato soup is simple, flavorful, and naturally detoxifying. It’s the perfect way to get your veggies, plus protein and healthy fats.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins


1 large head of cauliflower (about 1-1/4 lb), chopped into small florets

4 garlic cloves, peeled

1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped

3 small red potatoes, skins on, cut into 1/2” cubes

4 1/2 cups bone broth (or veggie stock if vegetarian)

1 (14 oz.) full-fat unsweetened coconut milk (about 2 cups)

3 tbsp olive oil

3/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp dried thyme

1/4 tsp cayenne (optional)


1Preheat oven to 450F.

2Drizzle a tablespoon of the olive oil over a large baking sheet, then add chopped or riced cauliflower, whole garlic cloves, and chopped onion to pan.

3Spread veggies in a single layer and drizzle with remaining olive oil.

4Season with 1/2 tsp of the sea salt, 1/4 tsp of the pepper, and the dried thyme.

5Roast for 30-35 minutes, stirring once halfway through; veggies are done when they are tender and golden brown and crispy on the edges.

6During the final 15 minutes of the veggies’ roasting time, put bone broth and remaining salt, pepper, and cayenne in a large pot.

7Add potato chunks and bring to a boil, then reduce to a quick simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes, until potatoes are tender.

8Add coconut milk to bone broth and potatoes and stir well to combine, then remove from heat.

9When veggies are finished roasting, pour them into your creamy bone broth and blend until completely smooth before serving. (This can be done with a handheld immersion blender or by pureeing in your food processor.)

10Serve piping hot; leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 4 weeks.

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Nutrition Facts

Sodium826 mg
Protein7 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sugar4 g
Total Fat18 g
Total Carbohydrates20 g
Dietary Fiber3 g

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