Monday, 13 May 2013

FEED ME MONDAY - The Warm and Green Edition

Happy Monday e'rrybody! I hope your weekend was filled with as much love, laughter and cuddles as mine was! Filling my house with such beautiful souls left a buzzing, heart warming vibe around the place and now it feels all happy and snuggly. Best.snuggy.fuzzies.ever.

I know how you like your Mondays, short and sweet, so that's how I'll keep it today and jump straight to the feeding part of Feed Me Monday.

It ain't no secret that Winter is just about upon us. Just ask all the scantily dressed young ladies that frequented a festival down south this weekend, come nightfall they were freezing their underage toocus's off! So, being an advocate for food as thy medicine, what is my prescription for beating the winter blues? Belly warming dishes of course! And after everyone disappeared on Sunday morning, so too did my motivation for cooking/cleaning and all other exciting domestic duties that now make up my daily agenda. But come 6pm the tummy was grumbling and I was freezing. I looked in my seemingly empty fridge and came across two broccoli that I had picked up during the week, with a sudden burst of inspiration I set off to make dinner and today's Feed Me recipe - Soup-er Broccoli Soup.

But, before we delve into eating broccoli, I have quick few facts on the incredible benefits of this delectable vege:

+ Rich in calcium and vitamin K for bone growth
+ Oodles of potassium for muscle repair
+ Beta-carotene for immunity
+ High in fibre for improved digestion
+ Contains glucoraphanin, a cancer kickin' compound
+ Boasts plenty of vit C
+ This is literally just to name a few - broccoli is a miracle vegetable. Ka-pow!

Soup-er Broccoli Soup

2 Brocolli (cut into florets and stalks cut into small 1cm pieces)
1.5 - 2 Litres of good quality vegetable stock
2 Tbspns olive oil or coconut oil
1/2 onion (or a whole one if you're an onion lover, I just ain't)
1 clove garlic (finely minced)
Salt, pepper and nutritional yeast to taste

This recipe could not be easier if it tried. Seriously. Heat oil in a large saucepan on med-high heat. Saute onion and garlic til onion becomes translucent and aromatic. Add the stock and broccoli  stirring to mix all ingredients. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer. Leave on stove until broccoli is cooked through (tender stalk and easily mooshed). Remove from heat and using a stick mix blended or a fancy new blender (if you too were lucky enough to be spoilt with one as a pressie this weekend from your beautiful friends) and blend until soup is deliciously lump free and velvety. Season with salt and pepper (as needed) and top with nutritional yeast or parmeson for a beautiful rich flavour kick to this already amazing dish!

Blessings from my green stained smile and the whirrings of my amazing new blender x

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