Who would think of Broccoli Cheese Soup as healthy? Traditionally, this soup is laden with calories from cream and cheese. With a few substitutions, you can have the luxurious mouth feel of the creamy cheesy soup you crave while keeping it healthy!
Broccoli Cheese Soup with Soymilk
1 bunch of broccoli 6 cups chicken stock 2 cups soy milk - unsweetened 1 large onion - chopped 2 carrots - diced 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp black pepper 1/3 cup flour 8 ounces reduced fat cheddar cheese
Cut the broccoli top 3 inches from the top. Dice the stem part and chop the broccoli top to small enough pieces that will fit nicely on a soup spoon.
Spray a soup pot with an organic olive oil cooking spray. Heat the pot on medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, salt and pepper. Stir the ingredients to mix in the salt and pepper. The salt will help draw out the moisture in the onions. Saute for about 5 minutes until the onions become translucent. Add in 1/2 cup of the chicken stock. Stir. Sprinkle in the flour and stir. Cook and stir frequently until the flour has turned to a light golden color. Add the rest of the chicken stock. Simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes. Add the soy milk and cheddar cheese. Simmer for another 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
Food is so intriguing. I’ve always loved to cook whether it’s casual and simple or complicated and elegant. After living in the Midwestern United States all my life I find myself jumping between All-American foods and foods from other cultures. There is definitely a sense of comfort with cooking and enjoying food that I’ve grown up with.
I have a voracious curiosity to learn about all cultures, especially the Middle East/Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai foods. I’ve learned that a simple curry dish or an Asian dumpling can transform your mood and be just as much of a comfort food as the foods you’ve known you’re whole life.
It is fascinating to me how each culture has such a diversity of ingredients, and when used with different combinations and cooking techniques you can easily transform the same few ingredients into a multitude of dishes. The unfamiliar, the diverse ingredients and techniques, can be intimidating to many people. I’ve created this blog to chronicle and share my explorations in the kitchen so that hopefully you will want to start experimenting in your kitchen.