Broccoli Spinach Soup

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This might be one of the healthiest soups ever!  Not to mention, it is so so yummy!!!  And let’s face it, that’s what we’re looking for!  I was trying to figure out what to make for lunch yesterday, so I looked in the refrigerator and found some onions, broccoli, and spinach.  Can you say super foods?!?  Check out these pins that contain some of the health benefits of each of these super-good-for-you  veggies!

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WOW!  That’s a TON of health benefits in just three simple vegetables!  Considering these are the three main ingredients of this soup, you can see how good it is for you!  I beefed it up a bit with some goat cheese, garlic, and sea salt to create a delicious and filling lunch!  It was perfect!

BROCCOLI AND SPINACH SOUP

Ingredients

  • 1/2 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 5 cups broccoli florets
  • 3-4 cups baby spinach
  • 2-3 oz. soft goat cheese, plus some for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt, plus more to taste
  • parsley for garnish

Directions

1.) Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large pot.  Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes.  Add the broccoli.  Stir, and then fill the pot with enough water to cover the broccoli.

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2.) Bring the pot to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until the broccoli is tender/soft (about 15 minutes.  Add the spinach and allow to wilt completely.

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3.) Remove from heat, and measure out 1 cup of the water you cooked the vegetables in.  Set aside.  Drain the vegetables using a strainer.

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4.) In a food processor, add the drained vegetables, goat cheese, garlic granules, sea salt, and the cup of water you set aside.  Process on high until completely smooth.

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5.) Transfer to bowls, and garnish with some parsley and crumbled goat cheese.

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Delicious and so so so nutritious!  Enjoy! 🙂

SIMPLE BROCCOLI SOUP

broccolisoup7Today was grocery shopping day, so I had to make room in the fridge for all the new groceries (I LOVE Monday’s for this reason!).  I had 4 heads of broccoli and some baby carrots that I needed to use up.  For the baby carrots, I made my coconut carrot fries.  For the broccoli, I went on Pinterest for some ideas, and I came across this pin:

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It was like someone looked in my fridge and said, “hmmmm, what do we have to work with here”.  Perfect!  This is super simple, easy and SO SO healthy!  With broccoli as the main ingredient, this soup provides a healthy punch of vitamins A, C, K, and B9 (folate), along with phytochemicals, fiber, sulfur, chromium, beta-caroten, calcium, zinc, magnesium and phosphorus, and many more.  All of these excellent vitamins and minerals can supply the following health benefits:

  • cancer prevention
  • healthy skin
  • detoxification
  • healthy digestion
  • heart health
  • healthy eyes
  • boosts immune system
  • bone health
  • lowers blood pressure
  • helps with anemia
  • great for pregnancy

The list goes on and on, and it’s obvious to see that broccoli can easily be termed as one of the healthiest foods out there.  This soup provides a great way to get a lot of broccoli in your diet.  That, along with the fact that it’s delicious makes this soup pretty much perfect!

The recipe from the pin is only for two servings, so I made a much bigger batch (I will have no problem heating this up and eating it again tomorrow – leftovers are SO easy – love them!)

SIMPLE BROCCOLI SOUP

Ingredients:

  • 4 heads broccoli (florets only)
  • water to cook the broccoli
  • sea salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, plus a little more for garnishing
  • 1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
  •  goat cheese

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Directions:

  1. Wash the broccoli and cut the florets from the stem while bringing a large pot of water to a boil. Add the broccoli to the pot of boiling water and cook till it just starts to get tender (5 minutes should do the job).          broccolisoup2
  2. Lift the broccoli into a food processor or blender using a slotted spoon. Add about 2 cups of the water you cooked the broccoli in (or start with less to be safe…if the soup is too thick, you can add water at anytime, but if it’s to thin, you’re stuck), 1/2 cup walnuts, and 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Blend until very smooth.broccolisoup3 broccolisoup4
  3. Add desired amount of sea salt and pepper. Taste the soup and adjust water, sea salt, and pepper to desired taste and consistency.
  4. Serve the soup garnished with crumbled goat cheese and more walnut pieces.

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Enjoy! 🙂

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