Do you want to know something funny? There are lots of foods I never thought of eating before knowing about my food sensitivities. Then, after I discovered I was limited in my food choices, I started expanding my menu. For instance, I never ate cream of broccoli soup back when I could eat dairy.
Truth be told, I never liked “cream of [insert ingredient]” soups when I ate dairy. But now that I’ve discovered what I can do with coconut milk, so many new things seem appealing. The good thing about coconut milk is that it contains the healthy kind of fats.
Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable, or what you may know as the cabbage family. The awesome thing about cruciferous vegetables is that they have a ton of health benefits. They have great anti-cancer benefits. Additionally, they help support the liver’s detoxification processes.
Broccoli is high in vitamin K, which helps with coagulation. It also contains lots of vitamin C, which is great for the immune system, and is an antioxidant. Additionally, it has all kinds of B vitamins, which provide you with energy, and help support the reproductive system, manage stress, and so many more benefits. And finally, I want to mention that it contains lots of chromium, which helps reduce sugar cravings.
Cream of Broccoli Soup (vegan, slowcooker option)
Large bunch broccoli, cut into florets
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 cups veggie broth
1 cup full fat coconut milk
Black pepper to taste
Slowcooker: place all the ingredients except for the coconut milk in a 6 qt slow cooker (or slightly smaller). Cook on low for 4 hours or on high for 2 hours. With a hand blender, blend the ingredients. Add the coconut milk and continue cooking for an additional half hour.
Stovetop: Bring all the ingredients except for the coconut milk to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer. When the broccoli is really soft, about half an hour, blend the ingredients and add the coconut milk. Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes.
Store extras in an airtight containers. Makes 4 servings.