Fitness Crazed Foodie
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After a week of indulging for the holidays and vacation, I was motivated to cook new healthy recipes for this week. Sometimes getting a little off track can be a good thing!
I was thinking of different ways to incorporate veggies into my meals, instead of just steaming, roasting, sautéing, etc. I perused Pinterest for a while and found many recipes on creamy vegetable soups, so I decided to make my own cleaner version of these. And since I grew up eating an abundance of broccoli cheddar soup every week from Panera (that was the only way you could get me to eat broccoli by the way...) I decided to go in that direction of flavor.
This recipe makes 4-6 servings, so make it on Sunday and enjoy all week long.
2-3 cups of chopped broccoli
2-3 cups of halved brussel sprouts
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large white onion
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
2-3 cups raw spinach
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
Kosher salt, garlic salt, black pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 425F. Line large baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Place the broccoli and brussel sprouts on the pan and drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil on top. Top with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until there is a slight char.
While these are baking, Heat up 1 tbsp olive oil in a large sauce pan. Roughly chop the white onion and sauté until translucent (5-7 mins). Add the chicken broth, spinach, garlic salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Put a handful of broccoli and brussel sprouts to the side, as you will use these as a topping to the prepared soup. Add the rest of the roasted veggies to the saute pan with the broth and let them soak for 2 minutes. Transfer all this to a blender, add nutritional yeast (for a cheesy flavoring) and blend until mostly smooth.
Pour into bowls to serve immediately and add a few of the roasted vegetables on top. Or, store in the fridge for up to a week.
This soup compliments really well with chicken or pork entrees, or a colorful fall salad. Enjoy!!
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