I’ve been watching everyone around me drop like flies. Tired, feverish, flies. Yeah, its flu season and, man….is it bad this year.
I’m sure most of you know exactly what I am talking about. I think most of the country has been hacking, sneezing and miserably camping out in their beds for days at a time while the wretched flu makes them missing feeling healthy enough to face the simple things in life like rush hour traffic and doing the dishes (okay, I may be going a bit far there).
I, myself, dropped like a fly not too long ago. Maybe not as hard and as bad as some of the people around me *knocks on wood*, but I definitely wanted to be BFFs with my pillow and a box of tissues for about a week. During that time, I fantasized about soup the way I used to dream about Hanson showing up at my door as a kid.
I would eat all the soup I could find all while thinking about the next bowl of soup that I wanted to eat. It was quite silly now that I think back on it, but I also think it was my body telling very clearly what it wanted: lots of fluids chock full of nutrient dense veggies.
Our bodies are smart like that. If we stop long enough, it’ll tell you exactly how it feels about the food choices you are tossing in it.
“That carrot made me feel awesome!”
“That beer makes me want to eat all the salt foods in the city. “
“That banana makes me feel like I can run 20 miles.”
You get the idea.
So, I chalk up my soup daydreams to my body speaking loud and clear on a megaphone about what it needed to kick the germs invading my body to the curb and heal.
This “Cheesy” Broccoli Soup was one of my fantisies.
Traditional cheese and broccoli soup is kind of an American staple. However, all of the dairy that it is loaded with is so not ideal for a healing body, especially if you are coughing and sneezing. While milk and other dairy products do not cause your body to produce more phlegm, it makes it feel much thicker and heavier….making it that much more difficult for you body to get ride of. (source)
So, while I wanted cheese and broccoli soup, I wanted something that would actually help my body instead of working against it. Which is why I made THIS version of the classic, beloved soup.
Oh-so veggie-loaded, creamy and thick and with a flavor that is totally on point, “Cheesy” Broccoli Soup is exactly what your body needs to heal when those annoying germs decide to move in or will warm you up, body and soul, when the winter chill gets the best of you.
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- 3 tablespoons coconut or avocado oil
- 1 small yellow onion, peeled and diced
- 4 cups butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cubed
- 2 cups sweet potato, peeled and cubed
- 6 cups stock or broth
- 1/2 cup gluten-free nutritional yeast
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 4-5 cups broccoli florets, chopped (depending how much broccoli flavor you want to come through)
- black pepper, to taste
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6-8 servings