Creamy Broccoli Soup

creamy broccoli soupThere’s nothing like a bowl of creamy broccoli soup! Made this last night as a quick addition to my dinner, and is was pretty good if I do say so myself. I’ve tweaked this recipe a little to my liking by adding more milk then chicken stock, and it added a lot of creamy goodness! You can whip is up in a snap, and have it on your dinner table in under an hour. I used frozen broccoli florets in my recipe, but you may use fresh broccoli too. Here is how you can make this delicious creamy broccoli soup…

Ingredients You’ll Need

1 pound of broccoli, fresh or frozen

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

2 garlic cloves

1 small onion

1-2 tablespoons of flour

2 cups milk, any type

1/4 cup half and half

2 cups chicken stock, low sodium is what I used

salt and pepper to taste

nutmeg, just a dash

parmesan cheese for topping

bread sticks, sesame crackers, croutons, or whatever you like to dip into your soup.

In a large pot add your olive oil, butter, garlic, and onion. Let them soften a couple of minutes. Next add flour, this makes your soup thicken, stir well. Then add your chicken stock, milk, half and half, nutmeg, and of course broccoli. Let your soup cook on medium heat until broccoli is soft enough to puree in your blender. Mine took 30 minutes since my broccoli was frozen. Next puree your soup in batches in a blender, and add back to your initial pot. Taste your soup, this is where you add salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. You may serve your soup in a bread bowl, yum, or have some crackers or croutons on the side. This recipe can serve 4-6 people depending how much you fill your bowls! Enjoy!

Stovetop Mixed Vegetables

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You can’t eat too many vegetables, try this tonight, it only takes minutes to make!”

Here’s how I turned bland into pretty darn good! I will tell you for this I  used frozen vegetables. Being a pretty new mom, for me keeping some frozen veggies on hand helps for a quick addition to rice, pasta, soups, or even eaten all by themselves! Here’s how I made it.

What you’ll need:

A bag of frozen veggies. I used cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, yellow squash, and green beans. You can use whatever blend you like.

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 clove of garlic

salt and pepper to taste

onion powder to taste

parmesan cheese, 1-2 tablespoons, but make it as cheesy as you like!

In a medium sized pan, add you olive oil, and garlic. Let saute for a minute or so. Add in your frozen veggies. You may thaw them out first, but I have found that it’s not necessary. Stir to coat vegetables. Add in your salt, pepper, onion powder, and parmesan cheese when your veggies are slightly tender. Let the veggies cook until they are soft. You may then add more seasonings, or cheese to your liking. At times I have added more olive oil as well. You can really make this easy recipe al your own, and don’t worry about my amounts. Enjoy with a side of brown rice, and grilled chicken, beef or fish!