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! 🙂

Cauliflower Rice Broccoli and Chicken Casserole

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So, I was looking around Pinterest to find a good dinner recipe, and I came across the following pin for a chicken, broccoli, and rice casserole.

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Man, this looks good!  However, it’s got ingredients that I don’t eat, so I gave it a major overhaul, to make it gluten free and super good for you!  I didn’t stop there!  I could have simply replaced the rice with brown rice, but I took it a step further and replaced the rice with cauliflower rice, making this casserole veggie-full and grain-free.  Ya know what?  It turned out great!  This dish will definitely be making future appearances on our dinner table!  Let’s get to the recipe!

CAULIFLOWER RICE BROCCOLI AND CHICKEN CASSEROLE

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs of boneless and skinless chicken breast
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil, divided
  • 1 large cauliflower head
  • 2 large heads of broccoli
  • 2 tsp. sea salt, divided
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 cups shredded goats milk mozzarella cheese, divided

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  In a 9 x 13 baking dish, cut the chicken breast in half, horizontally, coat with 1 Tbsp. of olive oil and season with 1/2 tsp. of sea salt (and pepper, if desired – I’m not a fan of pepper, but it would probably lend itself well to this dish).  Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, then take out to cool for 10 minutes.

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2. While the chicken is cooking and cooling, wash the cauliflower and cut into florets.  Add the florets to a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower has a rice like consistency.  Place the cauliflower rice in a large mixing bowl.

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3. Wash the broccoli and chop into very small florets.  Add the florets to the mixing bowl, stir to combine.  Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and 2 cups of shredded cheese to the bowl.  Stir to combine.

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4. Once the chicken has cooled a bit, leave it in the 9 x 13 casserole dish, and cut into bite size pieces.  Add the mixture in the mixing bowl to the casserole dish and stir to combine.

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5. Top with the remaining cup of cheese.  Bake in the oven for 50 minutes at 400 degrees.

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6. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool for 10 minutes.  Use a spatula to transfer servings to a plate.

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BOOM!  So yummy and so good for you!  You’ve got to give this stuff a try!  Enjoy! 🙂

Sweet Potato, Broccoli, and Chicken Bake

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Ready for a super duper healthy dinner that tastes amazing and is REALLY filling?  Yeah, I thought so!  This easy-to-make dinner is good in so many ways.  For starters, it’s delicious, and let’s face it, that’s the most important thing!  Secondly, the nutrition – oh my gosh, this stuff is good for you!  The two veggies in this dish provide all of the following health benefits shown in these pins.

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All those benefits and all that nutrition, and that’s only from two of the ingredients in this thing!  The chicken provides a great punch of protein, and every other ingredient in this dish is super good for you as well!

If you’re not sold already, then let me give you one more reason to try this stuff – it’s SO easy to make!  Just a little bit of chopping and then waiting while the oven does all the work and you’re good to go!  Let’s get to it!

SWEET POTATO, BROCCOLI, AND CHICKEN BAKE

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 large red onion, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  •  Soft crumbled goat cheese for topping (optional)

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 390 degrees.

2.) Add the broccoli florets, sweet potato, onion, raisins, walnuts, olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic granules, salt and pepper to a large bowl.  Toss to coat.

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3.) Drizzle the bottom of a large casserole dish with olive oil.  Place the chicken in the bottom of the dish and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.  Top with the vegetable mixture.

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4.) Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake in the oven at 390 degrees for 35 minutes.  Remove from the oven and take off the foil.

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5.) Place back in the oven, uncovered, for 15-20 more minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the sweet potatoes are soft.

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6.) Transfer to a plate to serve.  If desired, top with crumbled soft goat cheese.

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SO yummy, healthy, filling, and easy!  This may be the perfect dinner!  Enjoy! 🙂

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! 🙂

Cooked Vegetable Salad

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What is it about eating a salad that is warm that makes it feel like a big hearty meal?  This salad has TONS of nutrition being filled with healthy veggies like broccoli and cauliflower.  I made it for dinner the other night, and it was perfect – really filling, but doesn’t leave you feeling heavy.

There are four vegetables that make up this salad (broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, and peas), and they are powerhouses!  Below are some pins explaining the benefits of these gems!

BROCCOLI

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CAULIFLOWER

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PEAS

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SPINACH

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See why this salad is SO good for you!  The best part is that it tastes AMAZING too!  Let’s get to the recipe!

COOKED VEGETABLE SALAD

Ingredients – makes 1 serving

  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped into small florets
  • 1 cup cauliflower, chopped into small florets
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 chicken breast
  • garlic powder
  • sea salt
  • olive oil
  • lemon juice

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2.) Place chicken breast in an oven safe dish.  Drizzle with a bit of olive oil, and sprinkle with garlic powder and sea salt.  Flip and repeat.  Place the chicken in the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes till cooked completely through.

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3.) While the chicken is baking, prepare all your vegetables.  Cook the peas according to the package directions.  Set aside.  Drizzle olive oil into a large skillet or frying pan, and place on medium heat.  Add the broccoli and cauliflower and cook, stirring often, for 7 minutes.  Sprinkle with garlic powder and sea salt.

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4.) After 7 minutes, add the peas and 1-2 Tbsp. of lemon juice, and cook for an additional 3 minutes, continuing to stir often.

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5.) Add the spinach and cook till completely wilted (about 1 minute).

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6.) Transfer the vegetables to plate.

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7.) When the chicken is done, chop into small pieces, and top the salad with the chicken.  Serve warm.

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YUM!  Super healthy, delicious, and filling!  Enjoy! 🙂