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Lemon Broccoli Soup

There are some many benefits to eating magnesium-rich foods, and broccoli and spinach are good dietary sources.

If you have members of the family that aren’t keen on munching down on a large chunk of “little trees,” or broccoli, then this soup might tempt them to eat more than they would as a humble steamed vegetable.

Broccoli Soup Recipe

  • 500 g broccoli (diced stalks and sprigs)
  • 1 small potato, finely diced
  • Several large spinach leaves, chopped roughly (or silverbeet or rainbow chard)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • Several celery stalks, sliced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup cream, (for cream of broccoli soup)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup frozen or fresh peas
  • pepper and salt to taste
  • Lemon slices  as garnish
  • Variation: 1 small chicken breast, cooked and finely sliced
  1. Saute the onion and celery in a pan until the onion turns transparent.
  2. Add potato and stir
  3. Wash broccoli and cut into sprigs and add broccoli, chopped spinach, chicken stock and onion/ celery mix to a large saucepan.
  4. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Add fresh or frozen peas and simmer til broccoli and peas are cooked.

If wanting to make cream of broccoli soup, mash or process using a hand blender or victimizer-blender till smooth. Add cream and return to saucepan heating through whilst adding seasoning and lemon juice.

Or/ gently blend or stir til broccoli breaks up into small sprigs then add seasonings and lemon juice.

Garnish and serve.

Variation:

Adding cooked slivers of chicken breast cooked bolster the protein content of this dish and turn it into a meal.

A nice accompaniment to Broccoli and Spinach soup would be  almond or walnut bread.

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