From humble vegetables, a great soup can come with no stress or heavy lifting!
Most cooks favor dishes and meals that take little time because cooking is just one more thing busy people have to do. Well, today we offer you a simple meal that will satisfy your time AND your nutritional requirements.
SIMPLE BROCCOLI SOUP
1 head fresh broccoli or 4 cups of frozen chopped broccoli *If you use fresh, cut the head into pieces, wash and chop into smaller pieces.
1/2 onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Sour cream *optional
Cover the broccoli with a cup of water and bring to a boil. As soon as the water boils, lower the heat, add the onion and seasonings and cook til tender. Watch the water lever; you do not want the pot to boil dry.
When the broccoli is tender, put the undrained vegetables and the liquid into the food processor. *No processor? No worries; just work in batches and use a blender. No blender either? Not to fuss; just mash the veg with a potato masher.
The finished product should be bright green, lump-free and smooth, like velvet. This will be a very thick soup. When it goes into the bowls, a dollop of sour cream will top it off nicely.
By using cauliflower in place of broccoli, you can make a thick white soup. A very interesting, highly nutritious soup could come from using BOTH broccoli and cauliflower.
If you insist that soup should be thinner, feel free to add chicken broth to make the consistency you prefer
This method of making soup really appealed to me because my own mother leaned on canned soups as I was growing up. That was, no doubt, because my dad either worked in the grocery biz or owned a grocery store and that was the quickest and easiest way for her to put a meal on the table. I wonder if she would have prepared this…I fancy she would because it is so easy, so simple and takes almost no time.
While my own potful of soup simmered I put together a salad of lettuce, celery, onion, peas and carrot pieces. I dressed it with a dab of mayo/sugar/milk to make a thin dressing.
We were pretty sure we were eating like royalty. But the best part is that we were way too full to look for after dinner snacks!
These soup ideas might work well for YOU if you find yourself living on a dime, procuring goods from a food pantry or food bank. If you use food commodities we hope this gives you some ideas for your dietary needs. Maybe you are thrifty by nature and enjoy managing your food budget or you have an EBT card from SNAP or WIC.
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