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The most Cleansing soup: Broccoli & “Cheddar”

The most Cleansing soup: Broccoli & “Cheddar”

This is the perfect soup to make yourself when you feel like you have been over-indulging. Broccoli is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory constituents, such as isothiocyanates, which actually helps suppress our bodies inflammatory response (which can be caused by excessive sugar/processed food consumption or alcohol). What’s more, these same isothiocyanates (made from the glucosinolates in broccoli) are effective at supporting both Phase I and Phase II of liver detoxification. The beneficial combination and concentration of glucosinolates is unique to broccoli and not found in other foods. As for the rest of the ingredients, I am sure you all know about the immune-boosting, antibacterial, antiviral properties of garlic and onion, but do you know what makes this soup a head above the rest? Nutritional yeast! My BFF!! It is a power-food – containing a full spectrum of B vitamins (note, try find a brand that fortifies with B12 as naturally, this is the one B it does not contain), for healthy hair, fat-burning, brain function and energy production, as well as a balanced amino-acid profile and high amounts of protein (approx 3-4.5 grams of protein in just 1 tbsp!). What’s more, it also contains a significant amount of fibre – actually, this entire soup does, given it is made entirely of plant-foods! And that my friends, is what will help you eliminate toxins and excesses from your system. So, as you can see, this soup is amazing, and better still, truly delicious. Try it for yourself! And feel free to top with some chickpeas, quinoa, or pumpkin seeds/walnuts 🙂

Ingredients

For: 2 - 4 serves
  • 2 large heads broccoli
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2.5 cups filtered water or vegetable stock
  • 1 brown onion sliced and roasted
  • 2 cloves garlic roasted
  • 1 tbsp herbamare
  • cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. Mince your garlic and allow it to sit in a pan, with no heat, to activate beneficial constituents.
  2. Allow some water to boil in a medium pot on the stove.
  3. Meanwhile, trim your broccoli stalk slightly, but ensure you don't waste too much of the stem, then chop it up to fit into your steamer.
  4. Throw the broccoli in the steamer, place it on top of the pot with the lid on. Steam for at least 10-12 minutes.
  5. Next, add the sliced onion to the pan with the garlic and saute with a splash of water or a little coconut oil for 3-5 mins. Set aside.
  6. Once the broccoli is well-cooked, add it to a high-speed blender with 2.5 cups liquid, nutritional yeast, Herbamare, cracked black pepper and the onion garlic mix.
  7. Blend until smooth and creamy. You may need to do this in parts, depending on the size of your blender. If you prefer a thinner soup, feel free to add the other 1/2 cup of liquid, until it is your desired consistency.
  8. Pour your soup into bowls to serve immediately, or keep it on the stove in a pot over low heat until ready to consume. Top with herbs, walnuts or my crispy chickpeas (recipe on blog!).

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