{Recipe} Cream of Broccoli Soup

Cream of Broccoli Soup Recipe

Veggies cooking in the pot

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 huge scallions, chopped (or 3-4 smaller ones) – you could probably use a leek instead if you want
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or chopped fresh garlic)
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped
  • 4 cups chopped [purple] cabbage (1/2 a large head)
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 cups whole milk (you could use skim – it wouldn’t be as rich)
  • 1 cup water + 1 serving bouillon (powder or paste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • pinch of allspice
  • 3 Tablespoons parmesan cheese + extra

Method

  1. Heat the butter in a large saute pan or pot. Toss in the scallions and garlic powder; cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the broccoli, cabbage, and basil. Saute for about 8 minutes.
  3. Add the milk, water, boullion, pepper, allspice, and cheese. Bring to a boil and then let it simmer for ~20 minutes (covered).
  4. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Puree with your Vitamix or other blender.
  5. Garnish with more parmesan. Add salt+pepper, to taste.

I actually based this on a vegan recipe – but mine is most certainly not vegan! I am hoping to do a soup round-up sometime soon, so if you want me to feature one of your soup recipes just drop a comment below.

What is your favorite kind of soup?

I have two: clam chowder and corn and chicken chowder.

Easy Peasy Crunchy Asian Coleslaw Recipe

This past weekend we were in NJ meeting with the person who is semi-officiating our wedding (it’s a Quaker wedding, so the ceremony is a bit… different). He is such a cool guy; I’ve known him since I was a teeny little kid. His son is almost my age. Anyway, we went over to his house to chat about what we want, and they happened to be having a BBQ. His wife Karen had made the best coleslaw I’ve ever had, so I had to try to recreate it. So that’s what I did just now (and accidentally ate it all, but that’s okay: I have more cabbage and will make it again as soon as I finish typing this).

Maggie’s/Karen’s Crunchy Asian Coleslaw Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4-5 cups of shredded cabbage (I used a mandoline – so much easier/faster than a grater!)
  • 3-4 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette (not vinegar, vinaigrette! you can make it yourself with oil and balsamic vinegar, or you can use your favorite bottled version – I used Wishbone’s – and please do not use the fat free version)
  • 1/2 package of ramen noodles, crumbled finely (not quite crushed completely, but broken down a lot)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of soy sauce (or to taste)

Method

  1. Mix everything together. Add more dressing or soy sauce if you so desire.
  2. Serve! (These plates are biodegradable reusable palm leaf plates that are completely earth friendly – they get the leaves off the ground so they don’t even hurt the trees. I can’t remember what brand mine are, but here is an example of some palm leaf plates.)

It’s great for a snack, with lunch or dinner, and hey – even breakfast (if you like veggies at breakfast). It has an Asian feel to it because of the ramen so I figured soy sauce would be a good accent. It’s really yum!

Exercise of the day: Today I walked over to Central Park and walked up 5th Avenue (the east side of Central Park) for about 20 blocks. Then I walked back. I also walked home from work (a little over a mile). Total: exactly 4.0 miles (according to Google Maps).

I can’t get over the fact that I am getting married in a little over 3 weeks. 3 weeks! And then I’m going to Hawaii.

Is anyone interested in doing a guest post about something related to marriage / wedding / food / relationship / health / traveling / etc? I’m going to be gone for 2 weeks so I definitely need some help to keep the blog updated while I’m away. Please email me or leave a comment below!

Menu Plan Monday: when things don’t go as planned!

I started doing Menu Plan Monday (MPM) again last week in an effort to get myself cooking regularly again. I ended up making a few new dishes (Vietnamese Shrimp Salad, Summer Rolls).

I realized though that I can’t decide on Sunday what I’m going to eat on Wednesday or Thursday or even the very next day (Monday). I usually don’t know what I want until 10 seconds before it’s time to eat… Unless I plan a salad, because I’m always in the mood for a salad.

Last week I made 2 noodle dishes that were really yummy (will post soon). I brought them for lunch, but I don’t like having noodles for lunch. I like having a salad from downstairs, or oatmeal, or some other weird Maggie food that probably smells funny.

Anyhow, I did find a new breakfast favorite. I have been eating eggs cooked in butter again after listening to these podcasts (Dishing Up Nutrition). Along with my eggs I have veggies – cabbage sauteed in some butter is simple and delicious. I tried a few other veggies but none were as good as the cabbage and butter.

Source.

I told my dad he should try eggs with butter for breakfast and he looked at me like I was nuts. But I really do believe that healthy fats are so important and my skin is agreeing with me. So are my energy levels and my mood.

I won’t be doing an MPM this week, but I will be eating my usuals – lots of eggs and veggies for breakfast; salads, sushis, oatmeals , and whatever else I want for lunch; and probably salads and veggieful meals like these ones for dinner. I also plan on lots of Whole Foods hot/cold bars for lunches and dinners (which happened a lot this past week).

I had a really great weekend in New Jersey (we got back last night) and I do have a few pictures and adventures to share, but I want to go enjoy the last moments of the weekend so I’m going to save that for later. I have also been walking with my new iPod (built in pedometer) while listening to those podcasts I mentioned earlier, and I still love the step count way more than measuring my walks in miles. I like walking and steps are a great way to measure my walks.

One more thing I want to mention is yoga – I haven’t talked about yoga recently because I haven’t really been doing it, but I have snuck in a few 20-minute yogadownload sessions and they have been great. I want to start doing these a few times a week. Just have to get in the habit of doing them after work or after dinner.

What are your favorite standard eats?