Soup is an excellent way to get a lot of antioxidant rich vegetables like sweet potato and broccoli into your family’s diet. The best thing about this extremely nutritious soup recipe is that it tastes so good anyone you make it for won’t even realize they are eating something very healthy.
You might be surprised at the amount of broccoli in this recipe but it blends in really well. I’ve served it up to people who say they don’t like broccoli before and had nothing but compliments. So here’s my sweet potato and broccoli soup, full of nutrients that lower your risk of cancer and guaranteed to warm you up on a cold night.
The recipe and method used for cooking broccoli will dramatically affect the health benefits that it yields. Before producing sulforaphane, there must be a reaction involving the enzyme myrosinase.
Yet, cooking methods like boiling or microwaving will destroy the myrosinase enzymes, inhibiting the reaction and reducing broccoli’s health value. The goal is to prepare broccoli in such a way that it retains all of its enzymes and nutrients.
Typically, when you make creamy broccoli soup, the myrosinase enzymes are lost during the simmering process. So this time, after lightly steaming broccoli for three to five minutes, set aside all of the leafy floret, and save it for the last step in the recipe – the leafy buds is where the myrosinase enzymes are held.
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This bright orange spice is extremely good for you and worth adding to any meal you think it might work in.
Alongside its powerful effects on cardiovascular function and cholesterol levels, it has been shown to have significant cancer preventing properties. The curcumin compound in turmeric can block cancer cells from forming and is considered one of the most likely reasons why people in India (a country that uses turmeric regularly in cooking) have much lower rates of many common cancers. Research has even shown that it works synergistically with certain chemotherapy drugs, enhancing the elimination of cancer cells.
Creamy Broccoli Soup Recipe
– 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
– 1 medium onion, finely chopped
– 2 medium stalks celery, finely chopped
– 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
– 4 cups organic broccoli, including stems, set aside florets after steaming
– 2 ½ cups chicken broth
– 1 cup unsweetened organic almond milk
– 2 teaspoons organic turmeric
– Salt and freshly ground black pepper
– ¼ cup feta cheese (optional)
Start by steaming your sweet potato slices in a large steamer saucepan with the lid on. Steaming retains much more nutrients than just about any other way of cooking your vegetables. Veggies taste much better when they’re steamed rather than boiled too.
After five minutes of steaming the sweet potato add the chopped broccoli to your steamer. Add chicken broth and almond milk, bring to a boil. Add turmeric, and salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for approximately twenty minutes. When simmered and vegetables tenderized, pour mixture into a blender and puree until smooth. Serve soup, and garnish each bowl with abundance of feta cheese and broccoli buds – enabling the reaction producing sulforaphane.
With all of these ingredients it really is more like an anti-cancer treatment than a delicious meal.