Paleo Cauli Chowder

My budget friendly ‘who says paleo is pricey’ cauliflower chowder (gluten and dairy free)

I’ve not had nor made a ‘chowder’ before – purely because I didn’t know what that really meant. I remember hearing about clam chowder on a tv show many years ago and not having a clue as to what that was (yet I remember that little tidbit of useless information), until today! Yep, I’ve learnt that it’s a thick, chunky, creamy soup that’s usually made with veggies and seafood/meat. Woweeeee! Here’s to me being informed … Finally! Well it’s taken long enough 😛

Gluten free and dairy free chowder that’s also low carb? Of course, enter … the humble cauliflower (or rather, the powerhouse veggie of the paleo/low carb world!)

Anyway, back to the order of the day – cauli chowder that is both gluten and dairy free, plus low carb, plus delicious. Well, I think we nailed it. It’s full of flavour, hearty yet fresh, and even my non-paleo, carb-loving significant other thought it was fab – that’s a win for me!

Recipe for Paleo Cauliflower Chowder

Yield: 5-6 servings 

Prep time: 10-15 minutes

Cooking time: 25- 30 minutes

What you need

1 tblspn olive oil

1 tspn ghee (optional, but adds to the flavour)

1 onion

2 carrots (medium sized)

2 celery stalks

1 bay leaf

2 garlic cloves

1 head of cauliflower (medium sized)

4 cups chicken stock

2 heaped tblspns tapioca flour

1/2 cup Almond/homemade coconut milk (if you include dairy, full cream milk will do!)


Salt and pepper to taste

What you need to do

1. Heat oil in a pot, over medium heat. Add chopped onion, carrots, and celery. Add bay leaf and chopped garlic. Sweat these off for a few minutes until slightly softened.

2. Add cauliflower, give it all a good stir. Add ghee if using. Allow to cook for a few minutes (or until ghee had melted).

3. Add chicken stock, and mix well. In a cup, mix the tapioca flour with a bit of water. Add to the pot.

4. Season to taste. Turn the heat down to a low flame, cover, and cook for about 15 minutes or so (if the sauce thickens too much, add a touch of water).

5. Add milk of your choice, stir it all together, and cook for a further 5 minutes. Done!

So there you have it – a cheap, cheerful cauli chowder that is über delish! You can add some crispy bacon on top if you’d like but even as is, you’re good to go.

Gluten and dairy free cauliflower chowder



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