Cauliflower Tahini Soup – High Vitamin C & Anti-Inflammatory

160% RDA Vit C & 40% RDA Vit K but only 100-150 calories per serving! 

Histamine induced inflammation is a huge problem for me. I have persistent tinnitus in my head/ears as a result of it and a constant buzzing feeling in my extremities. It’s very different to the histamine itch that drives me insane, but it’s just as annoying.


When my ears/head goes quiet, it’s usually because the inflammation has moved from there to my stomach. It suddenly swells up, leaving me 6 months pregnant in a heartbeat. That cascades into a number of more unpleasant UTI-like symptoms as the inflammation radiates to neighboring areas. My gyno, having tested my CA-125 (ovarian tumour marker), found it high, but told me that rather than being a result of cancer, it was likely to be localised inflammation. This was a few years ago, before I knew anything about histamine. Luckily I was used to the cancer scares by that point.

With that in mind, today I whipped up a specifically Vitamin K rich anti-inflammatory soup. Here’s a great study outlining the anti-inflammatory benefits of Vitamin K and Vitamin D. Cauliflower is definitely not my favourite, but the swirl of tahini imparts a creaminess reminiscent of dairy. This soup contains the following amounts of your RDA for:

160% Vitamin C

40% Vitamin K

30% Copper

20% Vitamin B6

Anti-inflammatory Cauliflower Tahini Soup


2 cups cauliflower, chopped

2 tbsp tahini

1 onion (preferably red for the quercetin content)

1 cup home made stock or water

2 tbsp oil, preferably olive

coriander or thyme to garnish


In a medium pot, fry the onion in a little oil (or water). Add in the cauliflower, sauté for about 5 mins.

Add the stock. Simmer for 2 or 3 minutes.

Add enough water to cover the the cauliflower and bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 20 mins. Remove from heat, stir in the tahini.

Garnish with herbs and serve.
You’ll find more recipes like this in my books Anti-Recipes and The Anti-Cookbook


5 Responses

  1. I made this soup yesterday and it was delicious 🙂
    I have a few questions..
    How many people is the recipe for ?
    I don’t understand how you would remove from heat and stir in tahini without blending it first ?
    I blended mine, then added the tahini..otherwise it would of been a lumpy soup with blobs of tahini..
    One last issue I have…
    I don’t understand the use of ‘cups’ for measuring various solid and liquid ingredients ..
    It is bizarre when each ingredient has it’s own density and therefore will measure differently..
    So 2 cups of chopped cauliflower had me baffled..
    Finely chopped. chopped into florets, cubes or roughly chopped make varying quantities in a cup..!
    Added to not knowing how many portions it made, I hazarded ( is that even a ) a guess at quantities for 2 people by sight, which turned out ok except I couldn’t guage the tahini and it was a tad sickly so will know better next time 😉
    I really want to purchase your paleo cookbook but if it uses cup measurements I would have to pass it by because the extra time it takes to find the equivalent weight ratio for each ingredient online kinda takes the joy out of it..
    I have cups for measuring but I don’t understand any recipes that use them as they are so do you measure a cup of butter, or a cup of set honey ?
    Am I missing something here…
    Aren’t you abiding in the uk now…in fact just down the coast from me 😉 we brits don’t do cups… it confuses us…help..!!

  2. Hi there! That’s very kind of you to say thank you. It’s for 1-2 people. Either or works with the tahini. You can just blob it in and then blend. It’s going to get blended one way or the other! The cups thing is because honestly it really doesn’t matter. I’m not in this to fret over a few mg here and there, it’s about the nutrients, and honestly, taste is just so, well subjective, that I can’t tell you how to make your own food. The idea behind my books is to inspire you. To show people that food isn’t to be feared, it’s out partner in healing. A few extra blobs of tahini here and there aren’t a biggie. I’m not American at all – I’m European, but to me cups stand for something: the idea that we’re not running a cordon bleu operation but rather a kitchen geared to healing. If 10 bunches of coriander is what’s going to do it to kill the inflammation – then go for it! Who am I to dictate how many leaves go into the salad? For me, the more the better. I jam as many healing foods as possible. I’m trying to take the stress out of eating – one day I’ll come out with a gourmet book, but for now it’s about getting out of the kitchen as quickly and as stress free as possible so that we can spend time doing something else. I know many brits who do cups! And many americans who measure 🙂

  3. Thank you for your reply.. and apologies if I implied you were american.. I know how annoying it is when people make incorrect ‘assumptions’..
    Now you have explained more…I completely get where you’re coming from… It’s pretty much my way of cooking too 😉
    Don’t really do recipes much at all normally…It’s more like…what’s in the fridge..does that go with that..and of course..does it suit my nutritional requirements..
    So that makes it a whole lot simpler.
    Yay.. I’m all for spending minimal time in the kitchen and more time on other pursuits… like you I have spent much time studying food/nutrition/diet etc. In pursuit of an answer to my ever changing ailments.. and It’s got to the point where it’s taken all the joy out of food…and I love food…and cooking..!
    Oh and my beef with cups has come about from my frustration with trying to bake with coconut flour..!! I have purchased a couple of ebooks and both my partner and I have failed to make one recipe work..and it’s costing me a bit in ingredients..unfortunately when baking with coconut flour if anyone of the ingredients are slightly out it buggers the whole thing up…whatever we made, whether biscuits or cakes they all ended up as a flat sheet…lol.. which I would add a filling and make a roly-poly pudding 😉 Anyway…I’m off to purchase your ebook as I need to be inspired 🙂
    Take care….

  4. I don’t understand this – I thought that tahini and stock were high histamine foods to avoid?

  5. Hello, Can’t wait to try this. What about the thyme though. It seems to be on every list of high histamine. Many thanks, love the site.

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