Paleo Recipes - Green Curry Broccoli Soup

Green Curry Broccoli Soup

Saturday night is not usually a big cooking night for me but this week has been off. WAY OFF. Snow days and sick days and other unexpected events left me with a few items in the fridge that had to be cooked tonight or tossed. In my ongoing quest to use whatever I can whenever I can, I decided to put a soup on before I started cooking dinner.

Inspiration? In the midst of the chaos of the week I had more than one opportunity to try a new Asian Fusion restaurant that just opened down the street from us in Glastonbury. I have tried three of their curries, each pretty tasty, and was inspired to pull out some of my curry spices to see what I could come up with.

Let’s just say I tasted this after it was pureed, had a few more bites, that led to a bowl and by the time dinner came around…. well, I was full!

Green Curry Broccoli Soup
Recipe type: Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine: Soup
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A delicious bowl of soup that will warm the heart and keep you fighting fit throughout the year.
Ingredients
  • 2 Medium Heads Broccoli – Chopped Including Stems
  • Green Chili Peppers – Optional If You Want Your Soup Hot
  • 3 Kaffir Lime Leaves – Optional
  • 1 Large Onion – Chopped
  • 5 Garlic Cloves – Crushed or Diced
  • 8-10 Inches (20.32 to 25.40 cm) Lemongrass
  • 1-2 Tablespoons (15 to 30 g) Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 g) Curry Paste
  • 1 Litre (4 ¼ Cups) Chicken Stock
  • 1 Can (400 ml or 1⅔ Cup) Coconut Milk
  • 3-4 Teaspoons (15-25 ml) Fish Sauce
  • 2-3 Teaspoons (10-15 ml) Lemon Juice
  • ¾ Teaspoon (4 g) Salt
  • Dollop of Whipped Cream – Optional
Instructions
  1. • Place a pot over medium heat. Sauté onions, garlic, and salt in coconut oil. Stir and cook onions until they are translucent.
  2. • Add in the curry paste and chicken broth to the sautéed onions and garlic. Stir the ingredients until the paste is dispersed.
  3. • Add the broccoli, lemongrass and kaffir leaves. Add the chilies if you choose to have some in your soup. Increase the heat to high until the mixture is boiling.
  4. • Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes or until the stems of the broccoli have softened.
  5. • Remove the pan from heat and let it cool for a little. Remove the lemongrass.
  6. • Using an immersion blender, blend the ingredients until a creamy soup develops. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a regular one. Just make sure you let the ingredients cool a little more.
  7. • When you have a creamy soup, add the coconut milk, fish sauce, and lemon juice. Test the flavor of the soup, making sure the flavors are not overpowering it.
  8. • You can either add in some more veggies to the soup or a dollop of whipped cream or serve as it is!
This soup is not just delicious, it is also very healthy because of its main ingredient: broccoli. This vegetable is dreaded by kids and some adults. But this vegetable is something that many people should appreciate more. This vegetable offers several benefits that we can enjoy, whatever age a person is. Here are a few of the most important health benefits that we can enjoy when we add broccoli in our diet:

Broccoli Can Help Prevent Cancer

When you have a concentrated amount of antioxidants, you know you have a food that can help prevent cancer. Broccoli is filled with Vitamin C, a natural and powerful antioxidant that helps maintain the body’s immune system at its best as well as get rid of free radicals and toxins that may affect the body. Because your body’s defenses are up and you get to reduce the toxins that may promote cancer cells, you are assured that you have less to zero risks of having cancer.

Broccoli Keeps The Bones Healthy

If you want to have a vegetable filled with calcium, then broccoli is the answer. Not only is broccoli a wonderful source of calcium, it also contains minerals that help the body absorb calcium better, such as zinc, magnesium and phosphorous. If you are pregnant, suffering from bone deficiency like osteoporosis or lactating mother, then snacking on some steamed broccoli can provide you the calcium and minerals you need.

Broccoli Can Reduce Inflammation

If you are suffering from inflammation or allergic reaction, munch on broccoli! Broccoli is rich in kaempferol and isothiocyanates, two natural anti-inflammatory phyto nutrients. These phyto nutrients can reduce swelling or any impact from allergy or inflammations your body is going through.

Broccoli Promotes Heart Health

Broccoli can help the body in preventing or even repairing damage in the blood vessel linings. The sulforaphane in broccoli is an anti-inflammatory substance that helps blood vessel linings, particularly from damages brought by chronic blood sugar issues. Broccoli also contains a high amount of Vitamin B-complex that regulates amino acid build-up. The decrease in amino acid homocysteine build up can increase risks of having coronary heart disease.

Broccoli Can Prevent Anemia

Broccoli also helps the body prevent the risks of having anemia because of its nutrient content, particularly iron. Iron is known to help the blood be healthier with the right balance or red and white blood cells. Broccoli also helps the blood stay rich in oxygen which affects all the body’s organs positively.

Broccoli Can Help Maintain Your Weight

Broccoli is rich in fiber and good carbohydrates that help you feel full easier and still provide the right amount of energy throughout the day. The dietary fiber helps remove toxins and excess fats and reduce the cholesterol that our body may get from other foods.

So before you put away the broccoli, think of these benefits and you’ll definitely enjoy it. If you have kids who are hard to get to eat broccoli, then making this curry broccoli recipe can be a great help in getting their dose of broccoli goodness and benefits. This soup can complement any other foods on your table and can even become one of your comfort foods for those cold, winter or rainy days!

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