Broccoli & Almond Soup (Simple Soup Series – Recipe 1)

Hello Peeps, so I know I have been AWOL of late due to a combo of things (Life, work, travels etc) and have neglected this space, so please forgive me whilst I catch up!

Now that things have calmed down a bit, I plan on spending more time on here sharing with you all the things I hold dear – this has previously just been mostly plant based recipes, but I also plan on showing you what I have been up to lately. I have been able to travel quite a bit this year and I have seen some amazing places. I also plan on talking about my experiences of late with veganism, health, fitness and a few other topics so stay tuned!!!!

So, to kick off my return here is the very first recipe from my Simple Soup Series: Broccoli & Almond Soup (Vegan of course!)

Being a very busy person (as most people are!), I often struggle with veganism sometimes in that it is not always easy to eat healthy on the go. Many vegan options in supermarkets are ok if you are stuck, but I find that they are often laced with unnecessary additives such as excess oils, salt, stabilisers etc. I needed some recipes for lunch at work that I could throw together quickly in the morning if I didn’t have time the night before, but that was also very filling, nutritious and delicious.

These soups are my go to lunches, particularly on a cold day when I fancy something warm and hearty. Taking only 10 minutes to make (Including prep!), they can offer something far more filling and nutritious rather than grabbing a sandwich at my local deli.

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Broccoli & Almond Soup

Makes: 1 Bowl of Soup | Prep Time: 2 Minutes | Cook Time: 7 Minutes + 1 Minute Blend

Equipment Needed: Kettle, Saucepan, Strainer or Large Slotted Spoon, Blender (High Speed)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Head of Broccoli
  • 1 Vegetable Stock Cube (I use Kallo Organic Low Salt Stock Cube)*
  • Water
  • Small Handful of Blanched Almonds – About 20 (Or Ground Almonds)
  • Salt & Pepper

*If you double the recipe, you still only need one stock cube

Handy note: this is a very forgiving recipe – you can put it on to cook, go get ready for work or do the dishes and come back to it. It doesn’t matter really if the broccoli is barely tender or very tender – it all gets blended anyways!

Method:

  1. Boil Kettle of water.
  2. Chop Broccoli into florets (the smaller you cut them, the quicker they will cook). They don’t have to be perfect sizes as they will be blended anyway.
  3. Put the broccoli and almonds into a saucepan.
  4. Crumble the stock cube on top.
  5. Pour enough boiling water in to just barely cover the broccoli.
  6. Cook on medium to high heat for about 5 minutes or until the broccoli is tender.
  7. Strain out the broccoli & almonds, but hold onto the liquid you cooked them in.
  8. Put the broccoli and almonds into a high-speed blender (I use a Nutri bullet) and add a little of the liquid it was cooked in*. Blend for about 1 minute until smooth.
  9. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

* The amount of liquid you add to the blender depends on your desired consistency. For light soups add more liquid, if you want a thick and creamy soup, add less liquid.

Easy. Simple. Delicious!! Enjoy πŸ™‚

Feel free to comment below whether or not you like the recipe, what you did to make it your own etc. I would love to hear your variations! You can also tag me on Instagram @freefromthecherrytree

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