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?