Cream of Broccoli Soup (without the cream)

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Non-dairy people rejoice!!!  This is a DELICIOUS cream of broccoli soup recipe WITHOUT THE CREAM…well in the traditional sense anyway.  I saw the following pin on Pinterest for a cream of broccoli soup recipe.

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Oh my goodness, did this look delicious!  I don’t avoid dairy per say, but I have a lot of friends that are sensitive to it, and it got me to thinking about those people. The recipe this pin links to has milk and butter in it, and if you are a non-dairy person, or just attempt to avoid dairy, that is a no-no.  So, I decided to get creative and figure out a way to have this delicious soup, without the cream, but still creamy…you get my drift?

Well, I ended up making a cashew “cream” that totally made this soup creamlessly creamy!  I think this soup can be described in one word…YUM!  So let’s get to it!

CREAM OF BROCCOLI SOUP (WITHOUT THE CREAM)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 – 1 cup cashews
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 chopped chopped carrots
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 7-8 cups broccoli
  • 4 cups water plus 1 cup water
  • sea salt, to taste

Directions

1.) Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil.  Add the cashews, remove from heat, and allow to soak for 15-30 minutes.

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2.) After the cashews have soaked for 15-30 minutes, drain the water, and place the cashews in a food processor with 1 cup of water.  Process on high until completely smooth with no lumps.  Set the cashew cream aside.

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3.) In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions, cook for 5 minutes. Add the celery and carrots.  Cook for another 5 minutes.  Add the broccoli and garlic granules.

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4.) Add 4 cups of water to the pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the vegetables are very tender.

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5.) Transfer the soup to a food processor.  You may have to do this in batches depending on the size of your processor.  Process on high until smooth.

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6.) Add in the cashew cream, leaving a little bit to stir into each individual serving for presentation.  Season with sea salt, to taste.

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7.) Transfer to bowls.  Add a bit of cashew cream to each bowl, and gently stir the cream in to give it a swirly look.

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You’re going to LOVE this stuff – even if you aren’t dairy free, this stuff is amazing!  Enjoy! 🙂

 

Anti-Bloat Smoothie

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It’s that time of year!  New Year’s day has passed, and we’ve all been there, when we feel like we’ve overindulged over the holidays, meaning we feel pudgy and bloated.  YUCK!  Well, I’ve got great news!  This smoothie doesn’t just taste awesome, it is also perfect for beating the bloat!  All of the ingredients in this gem of nutrition have anti-bloating properties!  From bananas helping to reduce bloat caused by consuming too much salt to celery, which acts as a natural diuretic.

  • Bananas: help to reduce bloating caused by too much salt intake.
  • Celery: acts as a natural diuretic.
  • Mixed leafy greens: loaded with fiber and helps ease water retention
  • Almond Milk: Adds a punch of protein helping to fill you up and keep you from overeating.
  • Plain greek yogurt: filled with good bacteria that aids in digestion and moves things through more smoothly.
  • Cucumbers: Hydrating and acts as a natural diuretic.
  • Ginger: The creme de la creme of solving gastrointestinal duress.

The following pin links to a site that lists 25 anti bloat foods, these ones included.

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Of course, another plus is that this is a smoothie, which makes it SO easy to make.  It’s basically just a matter of throwing everything in a blender and pushing blend! 🙂

ANTI-BLOAT SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 small chunk ginger
  • 1/3 cup greek plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 7-8 ice cubes (optional)

Directions

1.) Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth.

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2.) Transfer to a glass.

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Now get ready to beat that bloat!  Enjoy! 🙂

Magic Chicken Soup

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Winter is definitely in full swing!!!  For winter lovers like myself, this is fantastic news!  The only downfall is that the winter season also marks the beginning of cold and flu season.  YUCK!  Anyone that has suffered through a cold or the flu knows how miserable it can be.  I’ve got good news though!  One of the most natural and effective remedies for these ailments is good old chicken soup!  The following pin links to a site that explains the benefits of chicken soup in helping colds and flus.

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Studies have shown that an amino acid released from chicken during cooking chemically resembles the drug acetylcysteine.  This drug is used in the treatment of colds and bronchitis!  Also, common ingredients such as garlic and vegetables have bacteria and virus fighting properties that can aid in fighting a cold or flu.  On top of these things, the steam that we inhale while eating a nice hot bowl of chicken soup can help to clear up sinuses and just make us feel more comfortable in-between all our sniffling and sneezing!

I’m going to share my magic chicken soup recipe with you all.  Anytime I feel under the weather, I make a big batch of the chicken soup, and it always helps!  It’s an incredibly simple soup, but that’s one of the reasons that I like to make it when I’m not feeling well. It’s easy!  Nobody wants to be slaving away over the stove when they feel sick.  The taste is amazing, and it feels like a hot bowl of hug.  It’s that comforting!

MAGIC CHICKEN SOUP

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs. of boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups of celery, chopped
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1.5 cups of carrots, chopped
  • 4+ garlic cloves, minced (the more the better if you’re under the weather)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil

Directions

1.) Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add the chicken breasts and cook for 45 minutes.  When done, take the chicken breasts out of the water and set the water you used to cook the chicken in aside.  Once the chicken has cooled some, cut into small bite size pieces.

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2.) In another large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion, celery, and carrots.  Cook for about 10 minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften.

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3.) Add the chicken pieces, garlic powder, and sea salt.  Stir to combine.

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4.) Pour the water that you cooked the chicken in into the pot until it just covers the chicken and veggies.

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5.) Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and let simmer for 10 minutes.  Transfer to a bowl, and enjoy it’s healing powers!

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Ahhh, a big bowl of hug!  Enjoy! 🙂

Turkey Meatball Soup

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Anybody that follows my blog knows that I can never get enough soup!!!  And guess what!?!  I’ve got another recipe for you guys!  This soup is really delicious, and I was surprised at how filling it is!  Probably because of the punch of protein that the ground turkey provides, but regardless, it makes for a perfectly tasty and filling dinner!  I put the recipe together from overhauling the recipe that the following pin links to.

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I changed the recipe A LOT to make it gluten free, and I also made mine in a pot, not a slow cooker.  You are going to love this soup – SO tasty, loaded with protein and nutrition, and filling – AWESOME!

TURKEY MEATBALL SOUP

Ingredients

For the meatballs

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2oz. soft goat cheese
  • 1/3 cup gluten free oat bran
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • Olive oil for cooking

For the soup

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • shredded hard goat cheese and fresh parsley for garnish and serving

Directions

1.)  First, prepare the meatballs.  Stir together all the meatball ingredients. besides the oil. Mix until well combined, then form 1 inch meatballs with the mixture.

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2.) In a large pot, heat about 1 Tbsp. of olive oil over medium heat.  Add the meatballs in batches and cook till the sides of the meatballs are browned.  Transfer to a plate and set aside.

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3.) In the same pot that you cooked the meatballs in, heat another tablespoon of olive oil.  Add the onion, carrots, and celery, and cook for about 5 minutes.  Stir in the garlic powder and thyme and cook for an additional minute.  Add the chicken stock, water and bay leaves and bring to a boil.

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4.) Add the meatballs and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through.  Add the spinach and cook until completely wilted (about 2-3 minutes).

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5.) Transfer to bowls.

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6.) Season with sea salt and pepper.  Shred some hard goat cheese over the soup and garnish with fresh parsley.

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Doesn’t that look ridiculously good!  Well, it tastes just as good as it looks!  Enjoy! 🙂