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Broccoli Cheese Soup

I know it doesn’t look like it much, but I really do try to cook and eat healthily! Lately though, I’ve just been feeling a little indulgent. I’ve had too many sweets, way too much cheese, carb overloads. Ahh, well…. I guess after the new year I may get back to being good. But for my last recipe of 2010 lets make it a great one! A delicious creamy, cheesy soup! My favorite soup, actually.

  • 1 bag frozen broccoli or 1 lg head of broccoli cut
  • 2 carrots grated
  • 2c water or veg broth
  • 2Tbs butter
  • 5 shallots or 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 TBS dijon or whole grain mustard
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp hot sauce or chili paste
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • salt to taste
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1c  shredded cheese (this time I used sharp cheddar, gruyere, and raclette- a french cheese I had never seen before, so I had to buy it! I recommend to include sharp cheddar – you can also use only cheddar and not a blend)
  • dash of seasoned rice vinegar (optional)

Cook the broccoli and grated carrot in the water or veg broth. I just this year discovered Imagine “no chicken” vegetable broth and I think its really good. Before that I would use water, and sometimes to flavor the water more, boil along onions and garlic and some dried herbs, its your choice. Cool and blend together lightly, but not too much. I like to still have some cute little flowerettes in the soup.

Heat butter and sautee the garlic and onion till translucent. Sprinkle flour over it, while stirring, trying not to form lumps. You may need to use a whisk. Let the flour cook for a few minutes while stirring, so it does not taste raw. Stir in the milk slowly, while stirring constantly. Then add the broccoli. Bring to a simmer and add the mustard, turmeric, chili powder, hot sauce/chili paste, pepper, salt, pinch of freshly grated nutmeg.  Once it thickens (you may need to add extra milk or broth if its too thick) turn off the heat and stir in the cheese until fully melted. Lastly add a dash of rice vinegar to perk it up (optional).  Measurements are approximate, because I didn’t really measure and you may like more or less. Its nice with a garnish of shredded cheddar or chopped spring onions and a couple slices of crusty bread (italian or sourdough for example).

Enjoy! I made this a week ago, and wish I had a bowl of it right now!

Sending this to “Only Greens” event  by Sara and Pari

Roasted Broccoli

OK, ignore that ONE stem of broccoli with the apparent “dandruff” problem. That was supposed to be the parmesan. What was I thinking? Have I grossed you out? Still here? Good…

Anyways, I really like broccoli a lot. But I tend to have it with pasta or in an omelette.  I saw this very simple and different recipe and decided to try it out. Surprisingly, it tasted similar to kale chips. The flavor is concentrated and it has some crisp edges… no soggy broccoli here!

Here’s what I did:

  • 1 head broccoli- washed, dried, cut into long thin stalks
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic sliced thin
  • ev olive oil
  • red chili powder/cayenne
  • salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • lemon juice
  • 1/4c toasted almonds, chopped (original called for pine nuts)
  • lemon zest- optional
  • parmesan cheese (optional- I preferred it without)

Preheat oven to 425.

Try to wash the broccoli ahead of time so it can dry. If it is still wet it will not roast properly (will stay soft) and maybe the oil (flavors) wont adhere to it. Mix together all the ingredients up to lemon juice. Spread in one layer on a baking sheet. Try not to crowd them. Leave space so they don’t steam each other when they release the moisture. We wouldn’t want that, right? No, we want caramelisation and roastiness!

Bake for around 20 minutes. Don’t let it get too dark or it will taste burnty. (making up new words is fun!)

Then sprinkle on the lemon juice, zest. almonds and parmesan. And start eating because these are best while still hot!

Little Billie ran outside for a jaunt in the snow before getting his picture taken.

I looked around a little and found lots of bloggers loving this. Check them out too.

Shootfirsteatlater, amateurgourmet, purplefoodie, ezrapoundcake.

I’m submitting this to Healing Foods Event – Broccoli hosted by Sayali and Siri.

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