|Creamy Broccoli No Cheddar Soup|
Happy New Year dear friends!
I'm excited about this recipe. This recipe was an opportunity.
I was given cart blanche by Families Connect to create a January post-holidays recipe. Typically, this kind of recipe would manifest in the form of a green juice, a raw salad with a teaspoon of vinaigrette, or perhaps a twenty-ingredient malorodous tea. And if you trust me, as I hope you do, you'd make said recipe, grimace it down and expect to negate your holiday indulgences.
But it doesn't, and really shouldn't, work like that. Going on a juice cleanse in the coldest month of the year might pump some nutrients into your body, but it won't undo three months of poor choices. What it will do is leave you shivering during the day and tip-toeing to the pantry at midnight.
In my humble opinion, the best kind of post-holiday recipe is nutritious, of course, but also delicious and warming and something you're excited to eat. Something sustainable. Because the long-term goal isn't to need a post-holidays "cleanse". The goal is to learn to make good choices most of the time so there's always welcome room for indulgences. The goal is to enjoy a holiday party, check out the spread and say "what do I want here, why, and is it worth it?" and make a selection accordingly. This takes time and practice, but you can get there.
Honoring this new concept of a post-holiday recipe, I give you Creamy Broccoli No Cheddar Soup. It is luscious, rich in flavor but overall simple and comforting. It houses the free-radical fighting compounds found in broccoli and onions, as well as a host of nutrients from an entire "hidden" bag of spinach. And it has fat—yes, good ole fat—in the high quality forms of coconut milk, butter and olive oil. So you're actually full after eating this.
If you want to turn this amazing soup into a meal, throw in some chickpeas, pulled chicken or sausage or some seared cubed tempeh. Enjoy!