from pin to post: crock pot cauliflower sweet potato bisque.

by Janetha on January 7, 2013

in recipes

just like the rest of the world, i love pinterest!

i love browsing and repinning everything from household tips to recipes to outfit ideas. i always have good intentions to actually put those pins to use in real life. that’s the whole point of having a virtual pinboard, right? so, i have been trying to make more of an effort to put those pins of mine into action.

to keep track of “keeper” pins, i created a board called “pinterest successes” and when i try something i saw on pinterest and it works out well, i move it from whatever board it was on to the success board. oh–and for those pins i try and they are a huge flop? they get deleted. although i should start sending things in to the blog pinterest fail.. it’s so funny to read about those failed attempts to recreate something seen on pinterest!

i thought it would be fun to share some of my pinterest successes as they happen. with that in mind, i’d like to introduce my new series: from pin to post!

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my first pin to post is a recipe that had been on my savory eats board for months.


i originally saw this recipe for crock pot sweet potato bisque on katie’s blog last september and pinned it immediately. i bought the ingredients a few times, too, but never got around to making the bisque! i don’t know why i didn’t make it sooner.. this recipe is really so simple and SO good. we had it for dinner last night and i immediately moved the pin onto my pinterest successes board–it’s a keeper!

i did make a few modifications to the recipe which i have listed below.

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crock pot chicken, cauliflower, and sweet potato bisque

adapted from yes, i want cake
active time: 20 minutes, cook time: 3 hours
yield: 6 servings


  • 20 oz frozen cauliflower florets
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 24 oz vegetable broth
  • 1 TB jarred minced garlic
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 8 oz nondairy milk
  • 4 oz nondairy cream cheese
  • 2 TB earth balance or other nondairy butter sub
  • 1 TB trader joe’s 21 seasoning salute or other seasoning blend
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded (or 12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts cooked and shredded)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • garnishes: crumbled goat cheese, chopped green onion, and more salt & pepper


  1. combine cauliflower, sweet potatoes, yellow onion, broth, garlic, thyme, and red pepper flakes in a crock pot.
  2. cook on high until sweet potatoes are soft, about three hours.
  3. add milk, cream cheese, earth balance, and seasoning blend.
  4. use an immersion blender (or transfer to a food processor or blender) and blend until smooth.
  5. fold in chicken and season with salt and pepper.
  6. serve with goat cheese, green onion, and more salt & pepper to taste.
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a few notes on my modifications..

*i tweaked the amount of cauliflower, potato, and broth mainly because the frozen cauliflower i had came in 10 oz bags.. so i used two bags.. which then made me up the amount of potato and broth.

*i can’t do dairy, so i subbed out the evaporated milk and cream cheese.

*i have found i can handle small amounts of goat cheese, though, which really upped the creamy factor of the bisque.

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*i wanted to add a protein element so that’s where the chicken came in.

*i have a heavy hand with seasonings, so i added quite a bit of my very favorite seasoning.

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i plugged my version into my nutrition label generator and was pleased with the stats!

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a super creamy, dreamy bisque with that nutritional profile cannot be beat.

thanks for the amazing recipe, katie!


1. how often do you put your pinterest pins into action?

2. any pinterest fails or successes to share with the class?

xo. janetha g.

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April January 7, 2013 at 7:46 pm

I am pinning this recipe; oh yes, I am.

I try really, really hard to only pin things that I will feasibly make. As pretty as that triple decker peanut butter cake/cheesecake/pie thing is, there is no reason I need to make it. Luckily, I have been able to see ingredients and remember recipes I pinned or even see individual pieces of clothing and make it into an outfit. I consider that pinning extravaganza on a Saturday night a little less of a waste of time if something comes from it!

Brooke @ Being Vivacious January 7, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Holy Moley that soup looks delicious!!!

Lee January 7, 2013 at 8:09 pm

I have a pinboard of recipes that I’ve tried and liked. The others I just delete if I don’t like them. It is here:

Wendy B. January 7, 2013 at 8:29 pm

What nutrition label generator program do you use?

Janetha January 7, 2013 at 8:45 pm :)

Annette@FitnessPerks January 7, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Oooh this looks awesome! I’ve only done a few pinterest things & they all turned out great (so far).

jennifer January 7, 2013 at 9:04 pm

How much is 1 serving? Looks Delish I will definitely be making this thanks!

Janetha January 7, 2013 at 9:07 pm

It’s roughly 1.5-2 cups.. I didn’t measure, I just portioned it evenly into 6 bowls/tupperware containers!

Bonnie January 7, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Great idea for a new series! In general, pinterest for me is used for motivation and ideas – I don’t always follow through with it all. ;) But I’d say I do use it for crock pot recipes most – we just got one (finally!) at Christmas and we’re loving it! :D No real successes or failures, but now I know I’ll be referencing this series for some successes!

Erica January 7, 2013 at 9:39 pm

I made a variation of this soup and thought it was deliciousness! Goat cheese crumbles? I need to pick those up. I honestly have never really been on pinterest (minus a couple times to look at links people have sent me).

Danielle @ Truffles n' Treadmills January 7, 2013 at 10:18 pm

almost everything I have ever made via pinterest has been a success! it hasn’t let me down yet

Audrey's Mamma January 8, 2013 at 12:26 am

I generally just pin and don’t look back unless it is a holiday and I need ideas for fun cookies. But I seriously just lost 30 minutes on Pinterest Fail! How evil of you to link to it! Really it was more like 10 minutes and my husband made me stop looking at all the food fails. He said even some of the fails look good because he is hungry.

Sarah @ The Healthy Diva January 8, 2013 at 1:02 am

I’m actually currently making a recipe I just pinned!!! The house smells amazing so fingers crossed it takes just as good :) Love this new series and can’t wait to see the next one.

P.S. what kind of nondairy milk and cream cheese did you use?

Janetha January 8, 2013 at 5:45 am

Almond and the one from trader joes for the cc :)

Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife January 8, 2013 at 3:42 am

love this idea! I make pinterest meals all the time! I actually have a checklist done board that I put everything I like in that I make! (:

Ellen M. Gregg January 8, 2013 at 4:44 am

This is so close to being Vegan! Just a few tweaks, and it will be there. Adding this to my to-make-ASAP list. :-)

Debbie January 8, 2013 at 5:00 am

OOH YUM! Can’t wait to try. My favorites! Thanks.

Healthy Running Mom January 8, 2013 at 5:02 am

I use something I’ve pinned several times/week. LOVE pinning. It’s an obsession!

betty January 8, 2013 at 5:09 am

i could spend days on pinterest! i have a board of food i’ve made && loved and pin anything i make.. and well.. love on there. haha anything i dont like get deleted. i havent really had any major flops yet. i love all the diy and housework stuff, helps with being a new homeowner :)

lindsay January 8, 2013 at 5:42 am

did you see my facebook status last night and post this recipe just for me? I’m gonna say yes, even though i know i am wrong. ;-)

Madison January 8, 2013 at 5:54 am

I hardly use my pinterest recipes–but you have inspired me to do so! And that recipe looks delicious!

Lauren January 8, 2013 at 6:07 am

Amen for Pinterst! I think it will slowly become as necessary as Google. :)

Heather (Where's the Beach) January 8, 2013 at 6:27 am

Oh yay – love it. I bet you could easily make that vegetarian too. Looks so warm and cozy. I finally made a recipe that I pinned for a High Protein Pumpkin Bread.

Jessica January 8, 2013 at 6:48 am

I LOVE soup and this looks so good, off to pin it!
I love so much when you do recipe posts.

Heather (Heather's Dish) January 8, 2013 at 7:21 am

Literally started drooling at the title…and crock pot anything wins for me!

Calee (@chimes) — life + running January 8, 2013 at 9:43 am

I was wondering about goat products because they advertise those as being “okay” for people who can’t do dairy. They make an awesome goat ice cream …

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life January 8, 2013 at 10:29 am

YUMMM!!! This looks amazing!! I am definitely going to have to try this sometime soon! And I love making recipes off of pinterest. So far I’ve had a few fails, but mostly successes! It’s a great resource when I’m at a loss as to what to make for dinner.

cathy January 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Did it taste like cauliflower or did all the other flavors mask it? It sounds good I just really don’t like cauliflower.

Janetha January 8, 2013 at 12:10 pm

The sweet potato was the main flavor, I didn’t taste the cauliflower much at all! January 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I’ve pinned a whole bunch of recipes and crafts but the only pins I have tried out all involve cleaning. I have a whole board for natural cleaning and so far everything I have tried has worked – that’s pretty good!
I wonder if as you move your things to your “success board” that it will be harder to find? Just a thought…
Soup looks great!

Sierra January 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I have had your protein cheesecake pinned forever! I finally got the muffin pan liners and graham crackers, so now I have no excuse. I am hoping for this week….

Biz January 8, 2013 at 3:00 pm

I love pinterest too – when my daughter lived with me we would search it for hours together. Now my husband doesn’t want to hear about the fabulous shoe racks I’ve discovered – ha!

I need to get that 21 salute seasoning, it’s like the tenth time I’ve seen it so I take that as a sign to get it!

BroccoliHut January 8, 2013 at 6:38 pm

I was really into making Pinterest recipes last spring–I was making a couple per week! These days I find myself putting the crafts/organization tips into action more often.
Since this is sort of a foodie forum, I’ll share a recipe success though–search for “Green Goddess Grilled Cheese.” It’s amazing.

Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome January 8, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Pinning that one, yum! I used to make more of the things that I pinned but now I’m not that good at doing so.
What nutrition label generator do you use? I like it!

Gracie January 9, 2013 at 7:05 am

That looks SO good!
One of my goals for the year is actually to start making the (hundreds) of recipes I’ve pinned. The idea of creating recipes from scratch stresses me out, haha

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