This year we've made a game of being more health and finding fitness. Every year we say we are going to drop weight, work out and eat right - BUT this year we have a bet going with Jd's parents to see who will make the most progress by next December. We've even started a group chat to motivate each other and share recipes. I'll admit that we did eat a bit of fast food while driving 6 hours back to New York from Virginia, but we started the New Year off semi-right with my Broccoli Cheddar Soup recipe! I know it's not "healthy" but it's better than the alternative (pizza) and only 290 calories per serving! We're already doing better than we were this time last year so I am giving myself some bonus points. Follow along with us and please share any HEALTHY recipes you think we should try! We'll be sure to feature and give you credit on the blog.
BROCCOLI CHEDDAR SOUP RECIPE
2 Tbsp butter
1 yellow onion, diced
1 large carrot, diced
3 heads of broccoli, cut into florets
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp flour
2 cup low-sodium chicken stock
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
Salt + pepper to taste
Heat the butter in a large pot over medium heat then add the onion, carrot, broccoli, and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables as evenly as possible and stir until blended in. Add the chicken stock while stirring to keep the flour from clumping. If you have a hand blender, use it to blend together all the ingredients in the pot (we use the KitchenAid Hand Blander). If you don't have a hand blender, you can pour the soup into a countertop blender as well, either way blend until mostly smooth (it's okay if it's a bit chunky still, the bits of broccoli make it great).
Stir in the milk slowly then add the cheese in small batches so it melts thoroughly. Once the cheese is melted and mixed in, let the soup cool for a bit and then serve it up! You can top with a bit of cheddar (or swiss) if you have any remaining cheese leftover.
You can also add tiny slices of toasted baguette on top of your soup if you'd like too! Enjoy and let us know what you thought in the comments below.