Broccoli is a fantastic vegetable to include in your healthy diet. It belongs in the same group (cruciferous vegetables) as kale, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy & cabbage. Broccoli, & other veg in this group are most famous for their possible ability to prevent cancer, especially that of the stomach & intestines. Why? Broccoli is packed with not just one, but THREE cancer fighting phytochemicals.
In addition, it contains nutrients; fibre, vitamin A and C, potassium, magnesium & iron. Broccoli may also help reduce blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
So what better way of eating lots of broccoli but in a soup.
To oomph up its nutritional content, I have also added kale & used milled chia seeds to help thicken the soup, along with a potato.
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves
1 Celery stick
1 large potato, peeled & diced
8 cups of broccoli (about 550g), cut into small florets
1 leek, sliced
3 tbp ground chia seeds
2 cups milk (plant-based milk works fine)
500ml Vegetable stock
Pinch of nutmeg
Parmesan to serve
Preparation: 15 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
Melt coconut oil in a deep bottomed pan & brown the onions, leek, celery and garlic. Approximately 5-10 mins.
Add the stock & bring to the boil.
Add the potato and boil for 10 mins before adding the broccoli & kale. Boil for another 10 mins.
Whizz til smooth using a blender.
Stir in ground chia seeds. Spinkle in nutmeg.
Season with salt & pepper.
I love serving mine with freshly grated parmesan & with beetroot tapenade (recipe also available) on rye bread-the sweet earthiness of the beetroot dip compliments the herbaceous flavour of the soup.
To add an extra nutrient boost, sprinkle ground flaxseeds on top.
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