I scream, you scream, we all scream for….Broccoli? Really?

If you don’t scream for broccoli, you should!. I know it’s hard to get behind this superfood. After all, it’s green. I can’t think of one dessert that’s green……thinking……thinking…..no, really, I can’t.

Wait, remember that crazy lime, jello thing? OK, that is definitely green.

Who doesn’t remember choking down broccoli as a kid? So sad, because it is one of the top ten superfoods.  Broccoli is high in Vitamins C, K, A and fiber. Broccoli is a great source of indole-3-carbinol, which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells.

It’s amazing; go into any grocery store, any time of the year and find gorgeous bunches of broccoli, so readily available. Such an inexpensive food, rich in essential vitamins and nutrients and yet…..how to make it taste good?

As an adult, it’s easy to convince yourself to eat broccoli, raw with dip or steamed with a little butter, salt and pepper because you know the health benefits. But, how do you convince your kids to eat broccoli? Some kids will eat broccoli and love it but for those who don’t, it’s worth trying to get them to eat it since it’s such a great food for health; anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer activity. All for a few bucks.

My kids don’t love green foods. I’m sure some day they will, but in the mean time, I feel a strong NEED for them to eat broccoli. One way I have found to make it more tolerable is to make a soup from fresh broccoli. It sounds like a lot of work, but it’s SO quick. If you are introducing your kids to this, make small amounts and give them some Ritz-like crackers or Oyster crackers to dip and over time, they will learn to like it. As usual, one of my kids asks for more and the other asks how many bites do I have to eat?

A problem with broccoli is that when it’s overcooked much of the nutritive value is lost. Eating raw broccoli would appear to be the best, but steaming is a good second choice. The nice thing about this soup is that you can make it with any amount of broccoli and it only takes about 20 minutes. This recipe uses a regular bunch of broccoli from the market, but if you have more or less, adjust the other ingredients accordingly. Trust yourself and it will be fine.

If you want to make this soup during the week when you will be pressed for time, clean the broccoli over the weekend and put it in the fridge. Whenever you want to eat broccoli, most of the time spent preparing it is for cleaning. If you clean it ahead, the cooking part is EASY! Most of these ingredients will already be in your cupboard.

Easy Broccoli Soup by Jodie Pelinsky

  • 1 bunch broccoli, cleaned and trimmed
  • 8 baby carrots
  • 1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup milk (I use 1%)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • a few shakes of tumeric powder
  • a few shakes of ground yellow mustard
  • a few shakes of garlic powder
  • 4 ounces of shredded mild cheddar cheese

Place the cleaned, trimmed broccoli, baby carrots and onion in a steamer. Steam for about 10 minutes, or until very tender. Do not discard the steaming water.

Place broccoli, carrots and onion into a blender container. Add two cups of the steaming water into the blender container. Add the chicken stock and blend. You might need to stop the blender and push the broccoli around a couple of times.

Once the broccoli is pureed, return blender mixture to pan. Add milk and rest of spices. Add cheese and cook over medium-low heat until cheese is melted. If the soup is too thick, add a little more stock Adjust salt and pepper to your taste and enjoy!

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