October 2014

Broccoli Cheese Soup

broccoli-cheese-soup

You won’t find this recipe in Cooking Light. But I also don’t
think you’ll find it in ‘Fattest Recipes Monthly’ either, if that exists.  But it will make you a hero among friends and family. I don’t know
anyone that doesn’t like cheesy broccoli soup, and if you like broccoli, this
soup is loaded with it (this must significantly cut down the caloric
count).  It is also loaded with cheese,
and I had to use some half and half to give it a wonderful rich creamy flavor.  I did NOT use much butter, and I used more chicken
broth than cream…making this a really good balance – – delicious but won’t tip the scale. I don’t think (I guess I’ll find out).

If you want to be a drag go ahead and sub the half & half
for whole or 2% milk.  Up to you.
Recipe
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 5 tablespoons flour (or corn flour if GF)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ¼ cup half and half
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • About 3 small-medium crowns of broccoli florets, chopped (5-6 cups)
  • 1 cup carrots, slivered
  • 8 oz cubed cheddar (I did half sharp and half medium)
  • 2 pinches nutmeg (maybe ¼ teaspoon)
  • Pepper to taste
Start by cooking the onions in a large soup pot, about 10
minutes. Turn the heat to low, and whisk in the flour to create a roux.  Add the chicken broth, half & half,
and skim milk, whisking to remove clumps.  Let simmer on
low for about 10 minutes to thicken. Add in 2 crowns worth of the broccoli florets and the
carrots and simmer for 20 minutes or so, until tender.  Use an immersion blender to very lightly
puree the soup to turn it into a nice silky creamy pot of goodness (small
chunks of broccoli should remain). Alternatively, use a blender or a food
processor to break down the broccoli).
If you don’t have an immersion blender, it is PERFECT for soups like
this. It blends it to the perfect amount of creaminess, without totally
pureeing it into a liquid.  We love
broccoli in our house, so I steamed another 1-2 cups (crown #3) and threw them into the
soup to leave some nice big pieces.
Stir in the cheese, nutmeg, and pepper, and cook to
incorporate.  Popovers highly
recommended!!!

Hi blogging friends! I’ve been absent. Really absent. I
can’t help it.

I promise you I have some really delicious recipes coming
up, but in the meantime I want to tell you about what I’ve been doing to
counteract all of the cheese that I just incorporated into the best broccoli
cheese soup ever (will post soon!):  spinning.  I attended a media event last week that was hosted by the retail
store Six:02 at my favorite cycling studio Terlingo Cycle with my favorite
spinning instructor Jessica Watts; then we got to meet other bloggers/members
of the Dallas media community afterward and snack on things like organic jalapeno hummus
(yum) and cleansing juices made with things like kale (I tried it). 
The event was a huge success  and
allowed me to meet lots of other bloggers and form three conclusions: 1) I am very grateful that I enjoy
spinning so much with Jessica (or I should say my a$$ is), 2) I am obsessed with Six:02 and their beautiful workout clothes, and
3) I am never going to be the type of person that can do a juice cleanse. I struggled with myself for a few seconds, wondering why I don’t have that sort of dedication or more importantly why I can’t give up food for any period of time. Then I made peace with it.

Anyway.  Dallasites,
have you heard of Six:02?!? It’s where fashion meets fitness. Literally.  Can you think of a
more appropriate market than Dallas to launch this new retail concept?
I can’t. Fashion motivates the beautiful women of Dallas.  It motivates them to shop, to dine out, to
attend events, to save (and spend) money, to be seen, to be tagged, and of course, to WORK
OUT.  And who doesn’t need a little
additional motivation to work out? We all do!

Walk into a Six:02 store (located in Inwood Village and The
Galleria) and you’ll see what I mean. Amazingly cute women’s workout gear in
bright & fun colors, flattering fits, and extreme comfort technology
bursting out of every wall.  I made up
the part about extreme comfort technology, but based on my experience with
their products it must be true. They carry all the favorite brands – Nike,
Under Armour, Adidas, etc….but their picks are fun.  Really fun, and exactly what we want. Go
check out a store immediately, and try to walk out of there without your week’s
paycheck worth of gym fashion.
 And while I’m endorsing things (no I am not receiving any
kickbacks).  (but would gladly accept
them).  Try Terlingo Cycle if you’re into spinning. No kidding, best workout I
have come across in Dallas. Great cardio plus toning,
with the BEST music and BEST sweat. And you’ll want to show up in Six:02 gear
because this is where the fitness fashionistas work out.