When it comes to nutrition broccoli is an ALL STAR FOOD and also considered a pregnancy super food (bonus!)

Here are some health facts about this amazing super food you may not know….

  •  A cup of cooked broccoli offers as much vitamin C as an orange
  • Broccoli is very rich in beta-carotene
  • High in vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 iron, magnesium, potassium, folate and zinc too.
  • High in fiber
  • Low in calories.
  • Studies suggest that a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables may reduce the risk of some cancers.

 Broccoli is a great veggie choice during pregnancy but lately I am tired of steamed broccoli, its just boring. I have tried sprucing up the flavor with olive oil and sea salt, garlic infused olive oil, even melted cheese but I have begun to just dread eating it. So what I have been doing instead is making soup, yes broccoli soup! Not only is it loaded with broccoli but also homemade bone broth (another pregnancy super food). I have been warming up a cup almost daily. Here is the recipe I use from Dr. Mercola at www.nograindiets.com , its pretty basic yet savory, and creamy! Enjoy!

TIP- I use a hand emersion blender and it works great to puree.IMG_4312-225x300 Yummy Warm Winter Broccoli Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1½ pounds organic broccoli *cut into small florets
  • 1 large yellow onion coarsely chopped
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  • 2 medium organic potatoes cut into 2-inch pieces ( I only used 1 and it was still good)
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock ( I use homemade bone broth)
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup basil chopped
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  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup raw grass-fed cream
  • 1 fresh lemon for garnish (optional)

Procedure:

  1. In a large pot, combine the broccoli or cauliflower, onion, potatoes, stock, wine, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Decrease the heat to low, and simmer covered until the vegetables are tender, about 25 minutes.
  2. Remove the soup from the heat and add the cream. Using a high-speed blender, blend the ingredients, wrapping a towel around the top of the blender to prevent spillage. You will probably have to do it in 2 or 3 rounds as you do not want to fill the blender to the top. Add half the basil and blend until smooth (This is where I used the hand emersion blender and blended right in the pot).
  3. Serve in bowls garnished with lemon slices and basil leaves.IMG_4313-225x300 Yummy Warm Winter Broccoli Soup

 This recipe makes 6 servings.

*You can also use cauliflower for this recipe.

Stay warm, be well,

Susie R. 🙂

 

 

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