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Broccoli soup with dollop of sour cream

Broccoli soup with dollop of sour cream

For those of you broccoli growers wondering what to do with those straggler broccoli spears after you’ve harvested the main stalk:
Make broccoli soup!   Here’s another “Lazies” recipe, though it’s recommended you use fresh chicken stock (add bouillon if desired) and make this ahead of time.  As with everything you make yourself, planning saves time and aggravation!

Take care not to overcook broccoli or you’ll lose valuable nutrients (esp. C, E & B vitamins).  From start to finish, this takes about 30 min., assuming your chicken stock is ready.  I use a whole chicken to make the stock the day before.

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 5 tblspns olive oil
  • 3 qts chicken stock
  • 6 cups broccoli, roughly diced in food processor
  • chicken bouillon, salt & pepper to taste
  • dollop sour cream (optional)

Heat oil, then add diced onions till golden.  Add chicken stock and bring to boil, then reduce to medium.  Season as desired.  Add diced broccoli, taking care not to overcook (maybe only 3 min.)  Remove from heat and stir in cream.  Add parsely, chives or thyme.  Serve in bowl.  Add dollop (or two) sour cream 🙂  Enjoy!

Healthy delicious broccoli soup!

Healthy delicious broccoli soup!

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Try adding a little flavored agave nectar mixed with maple syrup!

Try adding a little flavored agave nectar mixed with maple syrup!

This recipe dates back to my college years.  The women were girly girls and I had had enough with hairspray queen jibber jabber.  Surprisingly, I did more cooking with the guys.  One year I decided to hang out with geeks at the engineering school (didn’t date any though!).  One of them, actually a brilliant pre-med student, introduced his mom’s buttermilk pancake recipe to me:

Mix dry ingredients with a whisk:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tablespn sugar

Then add and stir with whisk till smooth, but don’t overbeat:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespns veg oil

Sometimes I’ll throw in about 1/2 cup of finely-chopped walnuts and mix that in with a spoon (not whisk).  Flax meal also give it a yummy nutty taste!

Highly recommend agave nectar mixed in with your maple syrup.  ENJOY!

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