5 stars for taste ... DELICIOUS (keep in mind I made mods due to my special-needs-diet)!! 4 for presentation (it's not very pretty). I changed it to make it SND friendly, as I am gluten-allergic & I eat paleo (keep your thyroid healthy, kids, if you don't want to end up like me). Hubby loved it, too! He came home tired & this quickly made his world a better place.
1st mod: grapeseed oil over olive for its higher smoke point and lighter taste.
2nd mod: no flour. It's not a bisque; it doesn't need to be thick.
3rd mod: sub one can regular (NOT LITE) coconut milk instead of half/half. Coconut fat is super-healthy and easy to digest. Keep it in
4th mod: deglaze the pan with a generous pour of dry white wine after sauteeing vegetables & before adding the other liquid, because YUM! Cheap is fine (I use pinot at sprouts for 3/$10 & use about 1/3 bottle. Let the veggies soften in the wine at a simmer for a few mins)
5th mod: thinly sliced 2 white mushrooms & added to veggies when I added the wine
6th mod: Omitted bay leaf. Tossed thyme and parsley in loose and removed stems later.
7th mod: Poured soup over rice (hubby eats rice, I don't). Made regular jasmine rice in rice cooker. We have greyhounds who eat rice nightly, so we always have rice in the cooker.
Fine-sliced green onion, grated carrot and fresh parsley for garnish improves the look. Paleo is no-dairy, but I believe in sauteeing onion and garlic in butter. Keep the butter. Defat leftovers before reheating. YUM
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5 stars for taste ... DELICIOUS (keep in mind I made mods due to my special-needs-diet)!! 4...