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! 🙂

Slow Cooker Chicken and Veggie Casserole

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Yay!  A slow cooker recipe!  I know I’ve mentioned it (or gabbed on and on about it), but I love my slow cooker!  It makes things so easy…and yummy!  I made this chicken and veggie casserole in my slow cooker, and I couldn’t be happier with the result!  As usual, this is a healthy dish.  The ingredients in this casserole provide great health benefits, some of which are the following.

  • Great for eye health
  • Cancer prevention
  • Immune boosting
  • Heart Healthy
  • Good source of folate
  • Good for digestion

These are just to name a few!  I love when I can make something that is so good for me, and it’s easy and yummy!  So, let’s get to the recipe!

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN AND VEGGIE CASSEROLE

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 cups frozen french style green beans
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped leeks
  • 1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp. brown rice flour
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 10 oz. plain greek yogurt
  • crackers of your choice: I used organic brown rice snaps shown in the following picture

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Directions:

1.) Place your chicken breasts in the slow cooker pot.  Top with the peas and green beans.

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2.) In a frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the carrots, leeks, garlic, basil, and sea salt. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

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3.) Add the flour and stir to coat.

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4.) Add the chicken broth to the pan, and stir until it thickens.

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5.) Add this mixture to the slow cooker.

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6.) Cook on low for 5 hours.  Then open the lid, and use two forks to shred the chicken.  Add the yogurt, and stir to combine.

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7.) Ladle into bowls, then crumble the crackers over the top, then serve.

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Enjoy! 🙂

Super Healthy Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Healthy spaghetti and meatballs???  Yup!  I am so excited about this recipe!  It tastes amazing, and I don’t know how I could fit anymore vegetables in it!  This makes for a perfectly filling dinner, and you can feel so good about eating it!  I was perusing Pinterest, and I kept coming across recipes for spaghetti and meatballs, but they were all made with ingredients that were less than desirable, so I decided to come up with something myself.  This dish has tons of vegetables – seriously!  It has green peppers, tomato, onion, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, and kale!  Wow!  Needless to say, this stuff is REALLY good for you!

I used gluten free buckwheat noodles, but you can use any noodle of your choice.  You could even make zucchini noodles if you wanted.  Regardless of the noodles you use, you will LOVE how this stuff tastes – delicious!

HEALTHY SPAGHETTI AND MEATBALLS

Ingredients:

  • Noodles of your choice (I used gluten free buckwheat noodles for mine)
  • Optional: Cheese of your choice for topping (I used Goat’s milk cheddar)

For the Sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 yellow squash, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 zucchini, chopped into small pieces
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 6-8 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • 2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • pinch of stevia
  • Sea Salt, to taste

For the Meatballs:

  • 1.5 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped into very small pieces
  • 2 cups of Kale, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • sea salt

Directions:

1.) Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Brush olive oil over the baking sheet.  Prepare your meatballs by adding all the ingredients for the meatballs to a bowl and mixing well.  Form into balls and place on the prepared baking sheet.  Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes till the meatballs are cooked through.  Set aside.

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2.) Chop all your vegetables for the sauce.

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3.) In a large sauce pan, heat 1 Tbsp. of olive oil over medium heat.  Add your onions, green peppers, carrots, zucchini, and yellow squash.  Cook for 5 minutes.

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4.) Add your tomatoes, vinegar, stevia, sea salt, garlic, oregano, and basil.  Increase the heat and bring to a boil.  Let cook for 20-30 minutes until the tomatoes have cooked down.

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5.) Transfer the contents of the saucepan to a food processor.  Process on high until desired consistency is obtained.

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6.) Prepare your noodles as directed on the package.  In a saucepan, add the noodles, sauce, and meatballs.  Heat to desired temperature, stirring often.

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7.) Transfer to a plate and top with cheese if desired.  Season with sea salt and pepper, to taste.

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YES!  Healthy spaghetti and meatballs – you’ve gotta try this stuff!  Enjoy! 🙂