The perfect dinner for the Spring season, creamy, healthy, and easy to prepare: The Creamy Broccoli Soup
The spring season can be one of the most beautiful of the year, with the first flowers and the colorful spring-summer harvest kick-off. Still, it can be a bit tricky to gauge what to wear. Will it be cold? Or is it going to be hot? And the same thing happens in the kitchen, what should I prepare? Something hot? Or would it be better something cold?
Today’s creamy broccoli soup is perfect for solving all these doubts. This soup is perfect when prepared in advance and warmed at the time of serving or served cold straight from the refrigerator, depending on the temperature. My trick is to make a good amount in one batch. That way, I have a couple of dinners or lunches solved for that week! So I can get more out of my time outdoors, which is what we all feel like doing right now, right?
The main ingredient in this creamy soup is broccoli, a seasonal product that we have already begun to find in the Farmer’s Markets during March and that we will continue to have this coming month of April.
This vegetable from the cruciferous family has earned the reputation of being a very healthy vegetable that we should all include in our diet, so let’s see its benefits in a little more detail.
Broccoli contains powerful antioxidants that offer protective health effects. As we already know, antioxidants are molecules that inhibit or neutralize cell damage caused by free radicals, which can cause a reduction in inflammation and a protective effect on health in general.
Broccoli has high glucoraphanin levels, a compound that turns into a powerful antioxidant called sulforaphane during digestion.
Studies indicate that sulforaphane may offer multiple health benefits, including reduced blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, oxidative stress, and the development of chronic diseases.
Broccoli contains several bioactive compounds that have been shown to reduce inflammation in your body tissues.
Including this crunch in the diet can contribute to better blood sugar control in people with diabetes. Although the exact mechanism is unknown, it may be related to the antioxidant content of broccoli.
Broccoli is also a good source of fiber. Some research indicates that higher dietary fiber intake is associated with lower blood sugar and better diabetes control.
With these data, it is expected that broccoli is one of the most consumed vegetables in recent years. It is also very simple to include it in the diet, either in a salad, in a juice, or a deliciously creamy soup, so let’s go for the recipe of the Creamy Broccoli Soup!
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- high-speed blender
- 1 broccoli head large, cut into small florets
- 2 carrots diced
- 1 red onion diced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 cup fresh cilantro chopped
- 2 celery stalks chopped
- 3 cup vegetable broth
- 3 tbsp unsweetened coconut yogurt
- 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
- 1 pinch black pepper freshly grounded
- 1/2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- Put a medium pot over medium-high fire. When heated add the oil and the onion. Gently sauteé for a couple of minutes.
- Add the carrots, the garlic, and the celery and suateé for a couple more minutes.
- Add the broth and bring to boil over medium heat, then simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
- Place the broccoli on the pot and let it simmer for one more minute.
- Take the pot out of the heat and add the nutritional yeast and cilantro, season with salt and pepper.
- Pour very carefully into a high-speed blender and blend everything until very creamy. Adjust the liquid with extra vegetable stock if needed.
- Add the yogurt and process to incorporate
- Divide into serving bowls and serve warm or cold.