It’s that time again, veggie of the month. It is none other than broccoli! This happens to be one of my family’s favorite vegetables, but I know how hard it can be to get the little ones to come on board. Broccoli is a crazy little thing, as it tastes completely different raw and cooked. I have noticed my kids don’t really like it raw, but cook it and it’s on!
Broccoli can do wonders for both the kiddos and their parents. According to World’s Healthiest Foods, “It’s no coincidence that more than 300 research studies on broccoli have converged in one unique area of health science—the development of cancer—and its relationship to three metabolic problems in the body. Those three problems are (1) chronic inflammation (2) oxidative stress, and (3) inadequate detoxification. While these types of problems have yet to become part of the public health spotlight, they are essential to understanding broccoli’s unique health benefits. Over the past 5 years, research has made it clear that our risk of cancer in several different organ systems is related to the combination of these three problems.”
With studies that show that broccoli can greatly improve our health, why not add it to the weekly meal plan? That being sad, how do we get kids to like it? A great way to introduce raw broccoli is to pair it with dips. Ranch, hummus, and yogurt are great ways for the kids to enjoy the peppery flavor of raw broccoli. In my family adding cheese to anything never fails. Including a little cheese in your recipe will guarantee their little tummies eat it up. The following recipe is our favorite and healthy too! It is so easy; you can get the kids to help in the kitchen which increases the likelihood they will eat it…
Healthier Cheddar Broccoli Soup
PREP TIME: 5 MIN COOK TIME: 20 MIN TOTAL TIME: 25 MINUTES
UNITS: US | METRICS
2 tsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
20 oz. frozen broccoli florets
5 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup canned evaporated nonfat milk
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper
Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes until tender.
Add the broccoli and broth. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes until broccoli is tender.
Turn off the heat and stir in the milk and cheese. Stir continuously until cheese melts. Blend half of the soup and add it back to the pot. This creates a creamier consistency.
Season with salt and pepper.