Sunday, 19 July 2015

Broccoli & Potato Soup

Vegan, Vegetarian, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Wheat-free, Yeast-free, Guilt-free
Broccoli, Kale & Potato Soup topped off with PineNuts and a swirl of Soya Yogurt

There is no doubt about it, Broccoli is a great Superfood. It is packed with essential Nutrients & Vitamins & it can also provide your body with special Cholesterol lowering Benefits.
I love Potatoes, in whatever form as they are one of the most Versatile Vegetables (eg- Grilled, Steamed, Baked, added in to Soups, Stews & Salads etc)
I don't know if you know but Potatoes help to keep your Immune System Fit & Healthy & they can also help reduce the risk of High Blood Pressure! They contain high Vitamin B6, C and D levels.
Potatoes are also a good source of Iron, Potassium & Magnesium. 

Soup is a great option, whatever the season(especially Autumn/Winter), so why not give this tasty 'bowl' a try!

-1 Large Broccoli Head (Cut into Florets, use Organic if you can)
-4 Baking Potatos (Peeled & Chopped)
-Large Handful of Kale 
-1 Large Garlic Clove or 2 small (chopped)
-6 Shallots (roughly chopped)
-1 Tablespoon of Oil for Frying Shallots(I used Light Olive oil)
-1/2 Teaspoon of Chilli Flakes
-Vegetable Stock (I used Kallo Gluten & Yeast-free( 2 pints-use 2 cubes)

Lets get cooking.....

Step 1- Get all of your Ingredients washed, chopped & prepared!

Step 2- Heat the oil in a Large Pan

Step 3- Add the Shallots and Garlic to the Oil, and fry on a low heat for around 4-5 minutes. Make sure the Shallots do not burn, so stir occasionally with a Wooden Spoon.

Step 4- Add the Chopped Potatoes into the pan and stir in well. Sprinkle in the Chilli Flakes for an added Kick.

Step 5- Put a lid onto the pan and leave for about 3-4 minutes whilst preparing the Vegetable stock.

Step 6- When the Stock is ready, pour it into the Pan and stir in.

Step 7- Bring the Potatoes to the Boil, then simmer for 5 minutes.

Step 8- Add the Washed & Chopped Kale & Broccoli to the Pan. Make sure the ingredients are covered, if not add some extra fresh,filtered Water.

Step 9- Bring back to the Boil, then simmer again for a further 8-10 minutes with the Lid on the pan, making sure to stir occasionally.
Make sure you watch the Broccoli, as you don't want to over cook it!

Step 10- Once you've let it simmer, were all done. All that left to do is pour the soup mixture into a Food Processor or Blender.

Blend until smooth & creamy. It should be a nice thick texture.

Step 11- Serve up with a light sprinkling of Chia Seeds or Pine Nuts and a nice swirl of Dairy-free Yogurt. I used Plain Alpro Soya as its creamy. Don't add to much Yogurt as it will overpower the taste of the Soup (always remember, less is more)

I decided to add pine nuts to my Soup, as i recently have been reading the Benifits of Pine Nuts to your body. They contain nutrients that help to boost energy. They also contain Anti-aging Antioxidants as they contain Vitamin A,B,C,D & E. Research has suggested Pine Nuts reduce the risk of Heat Disease. 
With all of these Facts, why not add them to your diet! :)

Chrusty Chiabatta or Gluten/Wheat-free Bread also goes down well with this Healthy, nutritious Soup.

If you like, give it a try yourself, and let me know how you get on, 
I hope you liked this recipe!
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Holly x

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