No Cream of Broccoli Fall Detox Soup

by Heather Ferber on October 22, 2017

The cooler fall weather is moving in and it’s time to have those favorite soup recipes ready to go!

Growing up in the land of cheese and cream, often times, the cooler weather comfort soups call for cream.  But these soups can be loaded with calories which contribute to unwanted, extra winter weight.  Too much dairy can also wreak havoc on digestive health leaving you feeling bloated and gassy.

It’s simple to make creamy soups without the cream and extra calories.  Sharing one of my favorites today!

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NO CREAM BROCCOLI SOUP

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 small sweet onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

pinch of salt to taste

2 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, cooked and chopped

1 small head of broccoli, chopped

2 cups coconut water

1 cup water

1 small bunch cilantro, chopped

**avocado – optional**

**Optional toppings – sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, scallions, nutritional yeast, herbamare, red pepper flakes, paprika, sea salt, or pepper.

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and a pinch of sea salt. Sauté until light brown – about 5-7 minutes. Add in garlic and cook another 2 minutes.   Add the chopped broccoli and coconut water. Put on lid and cook over medium heat until broccoli is softened.

Carefully, transfer hot ingredients to a blender. Add in the already cooked potatoes and the fresh cilantro. Blend well until thick soupy texture is achieved. Use the additional cup of water to thin the soup if needed.

You can add an avocado for even more creaminess and it blends in nicely with the green broccoli.

When serving, top with desired toppings such as sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, scallions, nutritional yeast, herbamare, red pepper flakes, paprika, sea salt, and pepper.

Benefits:

The onions are loaded with phytochemical and vitamin C to help boost immune.  The garlic aids digestion and in fighting those nasty fall colds and coughs.  Yukon Gold potatoes give this soup a beautiful creaminess and are also high in vitamin C.  Then there’s the beautiful broccoli!  Loaded with more vitamin C, folate, potassium and fiber.  The coconut water is low calorie, helps balance electrolytes and also has much needed magnesium which plays a role in hundreds of bodily reactions.  Finally, cilantro is an excellent detoxifying herb that supports immune and metabolism with both vitamins A and K.

Creamy Broccoli Soup – without the cream!

 

 

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