Healthy Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

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Broccoli cheese soup always reminds me of when I was a kid!  My mom makes the best broccoli and cheese soup.  I was craving it the other day, so I went onto Pinterest, and I found the following recipe for it.

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This looked so good, so I decided to make some adjustments and turn this into a nice healthy recipe for broccoli cheese soup.  I’m so glad I did, because the result was amazing, and eating it is like eating comfort food!

CREAMY BROCCOLI CHEESE SOUP

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups chopped red onion
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1-16oz. package of frozen broccoli, rinsed
  • 1.5 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 3 cups chicken broth (or veggie broth)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 cups shredded cheese of your choice (I used medium cheddar)
  • 2 tsp. arrowroot powder

Directions

1.) Heat the olive oil in a large pot.  Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes.

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2.) Add the broccoli, garlic powder, thyme, sea salt, and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil, and boil for 10-15 minutes.

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3.) While the broccoli is boiling, shred your cheese and sprinkle it with the arrowroot powder.  Mix to coat the cheese.  Set aside.

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4.) Reduce heat to medium (a low simmer), and use a potato masher to mash the broccoli to your liking.  I left some pieces in tact, but mashed up most of it.

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5.) Add the almond milk and the cheese.  Cook for 12 minutes, stirring frequently.

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6.) Transfer to a bowl and season with sea salt to taste.  Top with some shredded cheese if desired.

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So creamy and yummy!  Enjoy! 🙂

Strawberry Banana Shake (With Two Full Servings of Veggies!)

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There is no way you would ever guess that this shake has anything healthy in it, let alone two full servings of veggies!  But, I can assure you, it does!  This is a simple shake, but the nutrition this thing contains is anything but simple!  With the three main ingredients being cauliflower, strawberries, and bananas, this should come as no surprise!  Let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of these three amigos!

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So there you have it, this thing is basically a cup full of health and wellness!  Now, you may be thinking that cauliflower is delicious, but in a shake?  Seriously though, you don’t taste it, and because it’s frozen, it actually gives the shake a nice creamy texture!  Just try it!  You won’t be disappointed!

STRAWBERRY BANANA CAULIFLOWER SHAKE

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 2 cups frozen cauliflower (bagged frozen or steamed then frozen)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla
  • stevia, to taste

Directions

Place the banana, cauliflower, vanilla, stevia, and 1 cup of almond milk in a blender.  Blend till smooth.  Add the strawberries and the remaining 1/2 cup almond milk.  Blend till smooth.

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Pour into cups to serve.

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YUM!  Enjoy! 🙂