Bacon Roasted Chicken & Cauliflower Soup
Last week I was sitting with Steve in the Orange County airport craving this cauliflower soup. Or a salad. Or even a piece of fresh fruit.
We spent last weekend attending the Natural Products Expo (Expo West) in Anaheim, CA, and used this as an excuse to have a kid-free vacation. The SECOND kid-free vacation we’ve had since we had kids. Long overdue, right?
We spent a day at Universal Studios (Harry Potter World! Amazing!) and a day and a half at the Expo which was such a crazy place. There were over 2000 exhibitors and over 70,000 attendees at this thing. Mind blowing, right? Add the fact that everyone gave you a sample or a pamphlet or a bite to eat at almost every booth and…. that extra suitcase came in handy.
I tried to highlight some of the great products I found in my Instagram stories, but I’ll have more later to show you.
After a day and a half of eating samples at the Expo, I was still craving fresh food because all of it was pre-packaged, yet relatively healthy energy bars, nuts, trail mixes, gluten/grain-free crackers, grass-fed jerky, yogurt, and cheese, protein shakes, vinegar drinks, oxigenated water, naturally-sweetened chocolate, oils, dips…. and all I’ve been able to think about was a giant salad bar. Or a bowl of soup.
Maybe even this soup.
A while back I did a tutorial post for Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen Blog for Bacon-Stuffed Roasted Chicken Cauliflower. This is still one of the most divine-smelling dishes I have ever made — bacon + roast chicken + caramelized vegetables. It’s intoxicating.
I took the bones of that recipe and made my own little twists — using chicken thighs and baking it all on a sheet pan. When you take this sheet pan of roasted heaven out of your oven and you want to eat it as-is — GO AHEAD. It’ll be one of your favorite sheet pan meals, I promise.
I decided to take this one step further by blending up the roasted vegetable and garlic and adding some chicken stock to make a cozy soup. The roasted chicken and bacon pieces are then added on top to create some meatiness and texture.
And as an extra bonus — this soup is gluten-free, paleo-friendly, and Whole30 compliant (if you’ve got compliant bacon).