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Vegan-optional Broccoli Soup

By Rachael Richardson, RDN

Fall is finally here, and that means it's soup season! Besides the comfort and warmth soup brings, traditionally we used soup to bolster the immune system and promote healing. Bone broths contain immune nutrients such as the minerals zinc, magnesium, calcium, and omega 3 fatty acids. Additionally, broccoli, the star of this soup contains a nutrient called "DIM" which reverses the estrogen imbalance responsible for conditions including breast cancer, polycystic ovaries, fibroids, facial hair and more. Last but certainly not least, soups are a simple way to use the vegetables in your fridge, before they waste. Now we're talking. 

One of my personal favorite soups is this broccoli soup. My soup has a healthy twist because I've used coconut cream to give it a creamy consistency. Coconut cream or milk is an important staple to keep in your cupboard if you're trying to kick dairy out of your diet. Check out this simple, healthy and yet decadent tasting recipe.

Ingredients:

1 head of Broccoli, choppped

1/4 onion, diced

3 celery stalks, chopped

3 carrots, chopped

Chicken or vegetable broth (vegan), 4-6 cups

1 TBS butter or Coconut Oil (vegan)

1 TBS olive oil

1/2 cup cream, coconut or unflavored almond milk (vegan)

To Serve:

1 slice gluten free bread, diced into peices and sauted in olive oil

1 pinch of grated cheese (optional)

Cracked pepper

Cooking instructions:

Simply saute the onion, carrot and celery in olive oil until soft, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a blender or food processor. Then saute broccoli in butter or coconut oil until softened, about 7-10 minutes. Transfer broccoli to the blender, and add some or all of your chosen broth. Real chicken broth is preferred, though vegetable or packaged chicken broth works just fine too.

Now blend until pureed to your desired consistency. Once blended, add the whole mixture back to a large pot, along with any stock you did not add to the blender. Bring the whole mixture to a low boil, then turn off the heat, and add a milk of your choice, and stir. 

To serve, spoon soup into a bowl, add an ounce of grated cheese (optional), croutons if desired, and cracked pepper. And that's it! Now it's just time to enjoy your soup, and you can enjoy it even more knowing that you're preventing disease and balancing your hormones! Bon appetite :)

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