This creamy broccoli basil soup tastes like springtime in a bowl, and is made with just a few simple ingredients that support your body’s overall health.

Benefits

Broccoli: Broccoli is full of Vitamin C and fiber, and supports the liver’s natural detoxification processes.

Ginger: Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory that also aids in digestion and supports a healthy immune system.

Cannellini Beans: This fiber-rich legume aids in elimination, balances blood sugar, may help lower cholesterol, and is loaded with minerals, including iron, which may boost energy levels.

Basil: This fragrant herb offers anti-inflammatory benefits.

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Here’s the recipe:

Broccoli Basil Soup

(serves 3)

Ingredients:

5 cups broccoli florets (about 2 heads)

1 tbs. coconut oil or olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

2-3 tsp. fresh ginger, minced

1 can cannelini beans (about 15 oz)

1 cup fresh basil leaves

3 cups vegetable broth

 

Instructions:

  1. Lightly steam* broccoli for about 5 minutes, or until it turns bright green.
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate pan, heat the coconut oil over medium low. Add the garlic, ginger, and beans. Saute about 3-4 minutes. Add the steamed broccoli, cook for another minute or two, and then lastly add the fresh basil and stir until completely wilted, which will be 30 seconds to a minute. Remove from heat.
  3. Next, transfer broccoli bean mixture to a Vitamix or high speed blender. Add the vegetable broth.
  4. Process on high for about a minute, until a creamy and uniform consistency is formed.
  5. Pour into bowls and serve immediately (it will still be warm, so no need to reheat).
  6. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.

 

Notes:

*If you don’t have a steamer, simply pour about 1/4-1/2 inch water in the bottom of a large pot, place broccoli in, cover, and let steam for 3-4 minutes. Drain.

 

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