Healthier Broccoli Cheese Soup

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Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheese soup used to be a WEEKLY obsession of mine…now that I’m trying to eat a little healthier and have realized Dairy doesn’t mix well with thyroid issues, I’ve been on the hunt for a healthier version that still tastes good! (Sounds impossible right?!)

I took several recipes and combine them into one, and I have to say even dairy fans seem to appreciate this soup! Plus you can pack a ton of hidden veggies in here, and adjust things based on your family’s tastes. The key is using Nutritional Yeast to get that cheesy-flavor, I like Bragg’s brand and get it from Amazon.com.

And this soup freezes much better than regular cheese soups that end to get all gloppy when thawed out (is gloppy a word?!)  So make extra for a busy day!

DAIRY FREE BROCCOLI CHEESE SOUP
Serves 6 (approx. 2 cups each)

INGREDIENTS:
4 cups of veggies cut into bite sized pieces (cauliflower, zucchini, carrots, onions, or a combo of these)
1 box low sodium organic chicken broth/stock
4 cups (about 1 head) broccoli cut into bite sized pieces
1 can chickpeas or northern white beans
3/4 cups plain almond or cashew milk, divided
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp. thyme or poultry seasoning
Salt & pepper to taste

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large pot cook 1/2 the carton of broth and the 4 cups of veggies until tender.
  2. While veggies are cooking, chop the broccoli.
  3. Once veggies are tender, blend together in a large blender (be careful with hot liquids!)  
  4. Back into your pot, add the veggie puree, remaining broth, broccoli, garlic & onion powder, thyme or poultry seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir and cook covered for 7-10 mins, or until broccoli is tender.
  5. While soup is cooking, rinse and drain beans. Blend with 1/2 cup non-dairy milk.  Add more liquid if needed to achieve smooth texture.
  6. Add beans and additional 1/4 cup non-dairy milk to the soup once the broccoli is tender.
  7. Add 1/2 cup nutritional yeast and stir to combine.

21 Day Fix Equivalent: 1 green veggie, ½ yellow carb

What kind of soups do you crave as the weather gets colder? Is anyone in your house eating dairy free right now too? 

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

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This soup is one of my favorites, because it’s fairly simple to make but has SUCH amazing flavor! Plus Bone Broth is SO nourishing, it’s great for energy, digestion and metabolism. If you want an easy Crock Pot recipe to make it from scratch, here’s the recipe I use. Or you can buy it prepackaged if you’re short on time!

I like to make a big double or triple batch of this Chicken Soup and freeze the extra for a busy day (just leave out the noodles and add them later after thawing it out)! We gotta save time wherever we can right? #busymomlife You can also sub rice for the noodles, or leave make it lower in carbs by leaving them both out and it’s still delish. (If you’re looking for more recipes, here is another one of our family’s fav soups)

EASY CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
Yield: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS:
2 large low-sodium Chicken Broths (32 oz each) OR 64 oz of Homemade Bone Broth
3 chicken breasts
3 medium carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tbsp natural chicken bouillon powder
3 cups cooked whole wheat or brown rice/quinoa pasta
salt/pepper to taste
1 tbsp olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

  1.  Add the onion, carrots, parsley, chicken, celery, garlic, olive oil, chicken broth, salt, pepper, chicken bouillon and italian seasoning to your crockpot. Cook on low for 7 hours or 4 hours on high.
  2. Remove chicken and either cut into pieces or shred with a fork. Add chicken back to the crockpot and cook for another 30 mins.
  3. Stir in cooked noodles and serve! (Adapted from: mistynana.com)

*When you’re in a rush, you can boil the chicken in water on the stove while you bring the remaining ingredients to a boil, then simmer. Shred the cooked, chicken then add to the rest of the soup and simmer for another 20-30 mins!

What’s your favorite comfort food, when it’s cold outside or you’re feeling under the weather? 

 

Stuffed Pepper Soup

YUMMY Clean Eating Stuffed Pepper SoupI used to think I didn’t like Stuffed Pepper Soup….what was I thinking?!?! This seriously tastes like Spaghetti Sauce but it’s a full complete meal. It’s a great way to get a ton of extra veggies without realizing it, and you can use quinoa OR brown rice!

I’m a little crazy, I will eat soup ANY time of year! Anyone else like that? PS this recipe makes a TON, so freeze extra for a busy day!

STUFFED PEPPER SOUP
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes Serves: 10, about 2 cups each

INGREDIENTS:
2 lbs lean ground beef or turkey
3 bell peppers, chopped
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 29 oz. can tomato sauce
1 29 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 cups beef broth OR 2 cubes beef bouillon with 2 cups water
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
3 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cups cooked brown rice or quinoa

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a Dutch oven, brown beef over medium high heat. Drain off any fat.
  2. Add peppers, onion and garlic to the browned meat and sauté for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with juice, beef broth or bouillon/water, honey, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  5. Stir in rice and Italian seasoning,
  6. Gets better as it sits, freezes really well!

Adapted from http://www.allrecipes.com
21 Day Fix Container Equivalent: 1 red, 1 green, 1/2 yellow