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Negative Calorie Roasted Asparagus and Cauliflower Soup

 

Negative Calorie Roasted Asparagus and Cauliflower Soup

I heard this theory of negative calories foods about a year ago. And while this idea would be a dream come true, I’m not actually convinced of it’s validity.

The theory is that some food cost your body more energy in calories to consume and digest than the food actually contains.

Take celery for instance. A stock of celery is 5 calories, but between chewing, swallowing and digesting, it takes 15 calories to actually eat a  stalk of celery, for a net loss of 10 calories. Now, if celery could just taste better, and not like, well, celery, than we’d be all set. Clearly, this theory doesn’t apply to French fries.

On the list of "Negative Calorie Foods" are:

-Asparagus

-Beet Root

-Broccoli

-Cabbage

-Carrot

-Cauliflower

-Celery

-Chicory

-Hot Chili

-Cucumber

-Watercress

-Garlic

-Green Beans

-Lettuce

-Onion

-Radish

-Spinach

-Turnip

-Zucchini

-Apple

-Blueberries

-Cantaloupe

-Cranberry

-Grapefruit

-Honeydew

-Lemon/Lime

-Mango

-Orange

-Papaya

-Peach

-Pineapple

-Raspberry

-Strawberry

-Tomato

-Tangerine

-Turnip

-Watermelon

 

While this theory has been widely discredited, there is no arguing with the fact that this is an incredible list of foods. If more than half of your diet was pulled from the above list, and the rest of your diet was "sensible" you would never have to diet again and those skinny jeans would be yours.

I did a bit of a test of my own. I made a batch of this soup and ate it for lunch every day for a week.

I lost 2 lbs. Which is a lot for me, given that I have a BMI of 20.6.

That doesn’t really prove anything. Other than the fact that a low calorie vegan soup is a good route to take when looking to drop those holiday pounds. Believe the theory or not, this is still a fantastic list of healthy foods.

Even if this soup isn’t "Negative Calorie," it still only has 78 calories per serving.

 

Vegan Chipotle Stout Chili with IPA Cashew Cream

Ingredients

    For The Cashew Cream:
  • 2 cups raw cashwes,
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups almond milk
  • Additional 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbs IPA beer
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • For The Chili:
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup crimini mushrooms, finley diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 wt ounces Soyrizo
  • 2 cup stout
  • 2 cups veggie broth
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 (15 oz) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can stewed diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 or 2 large chipotle peppers in adoboe, minced
  • ½ cup quinoa
  • 1/3 cup bulgur wheat
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Garnishes:
  • ½ cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Avocado, sliced
  • Tortilla Chips

Directions

  1. Add the cashews to a bowl, pour almond milk over cashews until covered. Let stand for 4 hours.
  2. Drain cashews and add to a food processor with 1/3 cup almond milk, IPA, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and vinegar. Process until smooth, about 5 minutes, possibly longer. Add additional almond milk or beer for a thinner consistency.
  3. In a pot over medium high heat, add the olive oil, onions, red peppers and mushrooms. Cook until onions and peppers have softened and the mushrooms have darkened.
  4. Add the garlic and the soyrizo, stir, breaking up the soyrizo.
  5. Add the stout, broth, tomato paste, black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes and chipotle, allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  6. Add the quinoa, bulgur, cumin, smoked paprika, salt and garlic powder, simmer until the quinoa has cooked, about 15 minutes. The longer chili simmers, the thicker it will be.
  7. Plate on top of tortilla chips, if desired, top with cilantro, avocado, and cashew cream.
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Negative Calorie Roasted Asparagus and Cauliflower Soup

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Averie @ Averie Cooks January 15, 2013 um 2:26 am

I love asparagus and cauli.

I also love chocolate and browned butter and heavy cream. So the soup is a keeper!

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Jackie January 15, 2013 um 7:22 am

ME too! Its all about balance, right?

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ROR January 15, 2013 um 4:49 am

I fell in love with roasted cauliflower soup this winter, so I can’t wait to try yours! That’s a seriously impressive list of supposedly neg cal foods… I got kind of excited reading it. 🙂 I think I’ll try your soup for a week, I’m all about bringing lunches to work!

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Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche January 15, 2013 um 5:03 am

Looks delish! I love asparagus.

(btw you’ve missed the cauliflower off the ingredients list 🙂 )

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Jackie January 15, 2013 um 7:23 am

You’re the best! I cut and pasted from a word doc, I must not have grabbed the first line. Thanks! I fixed it 🙂

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chinmayie @ love food eat January 15, 2013 um 5:22 am

This theory is new to me. I am not a calorie counting person but almost every item in the list sounds delicious 🙂

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Gerry @ Foodness Gracious January 15, 2013 um 6:06 am

Interesting theories and experiments…ah who cares I just want the soup!!! 🙂

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claire @ the realistic nutritionist January 15, 2013 um 6:44 am

This soup looks amazing, but I’m with you, I’m not sure it’s negative calorie 🙂 haha! But yum anyway!

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Jen @ Savory Simple January 15, 2013 um 7:12 am

Your list includes my favorite veggies! I will definitely have to try this gorgeous soup. I could use some negative calories right now.

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Jackie January 15, 2013 um 7:24 am

Why can’t pizza and chocolate be on that list? And martinis and cheese and…

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Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies January 15, 2013 um 9:39 am

I totally need negative calorie soup. And negative calorie everything. Pinned this!

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 15, 2013 um 9:58 am

Wow! I knew about the celery but nothing about the rest. This soup looks like a comfort in a bowl! I love roasted veggies so I am sure this soups is amazing!

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Laura January 15, 2013 um 10:58 am

I’m down with this concept. Nothing beats good veggies. Especially roasted veggies, which just that that super-intensified flavor!

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Liz January 15, 2013 um 11:57 am

Even if this didn’t make me lose weight, I’d be happy to eat your yummy soup every day for lunch! It sounds amazing!!!

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Julie @ Table for Two January 15, 2013 um 6:42 pm

ummm I’m printing that list and eating a bunch of stuff off it. i would love to have negative calorie foods haha

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Cassie | Bake Your Day January 15, 2013 um 7:31 pm

That is quite the list of negative calorie foods. I love this soup too. I’ve been living on soup lately!

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Coreen January 15, 2013 um 8:23 pm

Reminds me of subtraction soup from The Phantom Tollbooth. I can’t wait to try it!

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Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. January 15, 2013 um 11:15 pm

I love the idea of negative calories! I would eat these foods all day long, lol. True or not, this soup looks delish!

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Lijf & Balans » nwe nieuwsbrief January 16, 2013 um 3:03 am

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Violet January 16, 2013 um 6:02 am

The calories burned by chewing is negligible. Calories burned by digestion might make some foods have "negative calories" when they’re raw and take more work to digest, but cooking and pureeing those veggies surely negatives that effect. Still, the soup sounds yummy!

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Jackie January 16, 2013 um 9:07 am

Don’t I WISH chewing burned a bunch of calories! I think overall, it’s an interesting theory and you’re right mostly applies to raw, ice cold food. But either way, it’s a great list of foods to keep front and center in your diet!

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Violet January 16, 2013 um 6:04 am

I recommend the book Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham if you’re interested in how modifying foods affects their calorie-availability!

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Jackie January 16, 2013 um 9:09 am

Thanks for the recommendation! I always find food history so interesting.

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Dina January 16, 2013 um 6:42 am

i’d like some of this soup. it looks healing!

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zosia January 16, 2013 um 1:06 pm

keep dreaming that there is such thing as negative calories haha

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betsy bowman January 16, 2013 um 5:37 pm

I’m still struggling to lose weight but I think i could eat more of those foods and itmight help. worth a try, they are all good.

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ashley – baker by nature January 16, 2013 um 6:26 pm

I made a few batches of vegan soup last week and have been doing the same thing – soup everyday for lunch – and while I haven’t weighed myself, I totally feel it slimming me up. Plus, it tastes great, so I don’t dread eating it. Totally bookmarking this one, Jackie! Can’t wait to try.

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious January 16, 2013 um 10:11 pm

I’m all for negative-calorie foods! Bring on the soup – I’ll have 2 bowls, please.

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brad January 17, 2013 um 6:06 pm

For a low calorie soup, not bad! will make again, but i’ll probably add cream, even though it would be vegan like you want

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Allison Day January 20, 2013 um 11:02 pm

This soup sounds tasty, healthy, and easy. It’s a triple-threat!

P.S. It’s totally a negative calorie dish. Just dance around the kitchen for the 20 minutes it takes the veggies to roast, and voila – you burn more calories making it than you gain from eating it! 😀

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Jeanne January 21, 2013 um 3:41 pm

Made this recipe and love it! It wasn’t getting blended enough with the immersion blender so I put it into the Blendtec and added some spinach leaves (uncooked) to my individual serving and blended it on the soup setting–absolutely delicious. I think if you added spinach to the whole thing it would end up turning brown, so did it for just the individual serving–so delicious. Thanks!

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Jackie January 21, 2013 um 4:09 pm

YAY! I’m glad you like it 🙂 I really liked it too, especially since it was under 80 calories, hard to beat that!

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anita menon January 22, 2013 um 5:23 am

hearty looking soup. Love the sound of baked cauliflower…

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K-bobo @ Gormandize with A-dizzle & K-bobo February 4, 2013 um 2:46 pm

This soup looks delicious! Although, I think that by cooking the vegetables and puréeing them into soup you have cancelled out any negative calorie potential – as you’re not chewing up or digesting raw vegetables you are really burning very little calories as you eat this. I think that the reason you lost weight is because this would be a very low calorie option with no carbs or sugar.

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Jackie February 4, 2013 um 2:57 pm

I agree! I’m not totally sold on the idea of negative calorie foods in the first place, but I think it’s biggest potential is with very cold raw foods. But no matter how you eat them, these are all really great foods 🙂

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Jen February 5, 2013 um 12:35 am

This information is completely incorrect. The energy required to digest a foodstuff Is calculated and factored into the calorific value that gets given to the food. Negative calorie foods don’t exist.

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Jackie February 5, 2013 um 7:09 am

Ladies and gentleman, this is what happens when you don’t read the entire post!

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a farmer in the dell February 7, 2013 um 9:45 am

this sounds absolutely divine and cleansing!

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Nicole March 9, 2013 um 5:13 pm

Has anyone actually tried to make this recipe yet? I just finished making it and I failed:( I followed all of the instructions but my final result is more like mush than the creamy velvetty soup that is pictured – any suggestions?

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Jackie March 9, 2013 um 5:23 pm

I’ve had several people make it and report good results. Do you think it could be your blender? Maybe try some more broth?

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Isabella July 26, 2013 um 1:11 pm

Hi Jackie,

do you think I can freeze the soup? I am the only one in the house that likes cauliflower, but I am not sure I will to have the same soup for a week. LOL

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[…] Negative Calorie Roasted Asparagus and Cauliflower Soup – The thought of a negative calorie meal is definitely inviting, since eating it would actually burn calories. Whether or not that’s the case here is moot because it tastes too good to care. The health benefits of asparagus and cauliflower are well-documented, and while the resulting color of the soup is not much to look at, you’ll likely return for the flavor it contains. […]

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Leslie January 20, 2015 um 2:41 pm

Made a similar soup without the asparagus, and I used the cauliflower water instead of vegetable broth and seasoned with above seasonings and a 1/4 tsp. of thyme. So delicious!!

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Donna February 12, 2015 um 6:32 am

I made this last night for dinner. I absolutely loved it and so did my husband. I have shared the recipe with some friends to try! This is a keeper.

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Laurgol August 27, 2017 um 11:44 am

Soup sound amazing. Can’t wait to try. You had me going on the negative calorie debate until the end of the list with all those sugary fruits. Lol

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