By: Esther Vasa
Brassica Vegetables or Cruciferous Vegetables like broccoli are known for their valuable nutrition. These vegetables have cancer fighting phytonutrients called sulfuraphane and indoles. It is believed that these cut down your risk of cancer by half. Why not feast on a few of these veggies everyday? What better way to enjoy them than in the form of a soup? Sulfuraphane increases the body’s ability to detoxify carcinogenic substances (agents that cause cancer). Indoles suppress the growth of tumors and inhibit cancer cell metastasis (the movement of cancer cells from one part of the body to another). Many nutritionists say that steaming cruciferous vegetables increases their nutritional value.
Broccoli Heads - 2
Spinach - 2 cups (tightly packed)
Rightly Ripe Avocado - 1
Crushed Ginger - 1 tsp or equivalent ginger powder
Almond Milk - 2 cups (or a combo of coconut and almond milk)
Vegetable Stock or Water - 1.5 cup (or more depending on the desired consistency)
Himalayan Salt and Black Pepper to taste
|Cream of Broccoli Soup|
- In a soup pot, mix in milk and stock or water, salt, ginger and pepper. Bring it to a boil. Switch off the stove.
- Chop off the very tough chewy stems of the broccoli. Juice the chewy stems or you could use them in stir fries.
- Separate the broccoli florets and roughly cut the stems if at all you plan on using them in the soup.
- Broccoli is ready to be steamed now. Boil enough water in another heavy bottomed steel pot. Place broccoli on a wire meshed strainer and steam it covered for 5-8 minutes or until nice and tender. Add spinach leaves to the steaming broccoli and steam them together for 45 seconds to a minute.
- Blend the steamed broccoli with a cup of the milk-stock mixture from step 1. Transfer the blended mixture to the soup pot that still has another 2.5 cups of the milk-stock mixture. Stir well and allow this to boil for about 5-10 minutes.
- While the soup is boiling, cut up an avocado and process in a food processor or mash up with a masher till you see avocado mashed up to a paste.
- Transfer the avocado paste into the soup pot. Mix the avocado paste and soup until well combined. Adjust salt and pepper as needed.
- This is a rich, creamy and green soup filled with the nutrients that our bodies need. Children also will love this creamy soup!
You can do the same with asparagus or carrots instead of broccoli. All these soups taste equally good!