Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Skinny Broccoli Cheddar Soup

It's been cold here in Columbus, OH. Actually, not just cold, but walk-outside-and-you-turn-straight-into-a-popsicle cold. Ya...that type of bitter cold. I even know people who went outside with boiling water, threw it up in the air, and it turned straight to powder! Craziness I tell ya.
Note the windchill
Naturally in subzero temperatures I want need to warm up with something hot, something comforting, something delicious. Oh and I definitely do not want to fuss whatsoever over the meal, so the crockpot is called into action to report for duty!

What can be more comforting than broccoli cheddar soup to warm a person up on a frigid day?! As you have probably caught on, I love creating healthy recipes. So of course I am not about to make an exact replica of Panera's Cheesy Broccoli Soup which clocks in at 300 calories per small serving! Yet my scrumptious version only has 70 calories!

Panera's Broccoli Cheese Soup in a Sourdough Bread Bowl clocks in at a whopping 900 calories!

I found this recipe at Dashing Dish and decided to give it a whirl!

Skinny Broccoli Cheddar Soup
2 12oz packages frozen broccoli in cheddar sauce (I used the bags by Green Giant)
3 cups frozen broccoli
1 cup frozen chopped onion
1 14oz can reduced sodium chicken broth (use vegetable broth for vegetarian version)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground red pepper
Dash of salt
Optional: can use 1 packet of sweetener of choice to bring out natural sweetness of broccoli

-Line crockpot with slow cooker liner for easy cleanup and spritz with cooking spray.
-Place all ingredients in the crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. You may also place in a large sauce pan on medium-low heat on your stove for around 30-45 minutes, or until the broccoli is soft.
-Before serving, scoop out a little more than half of the broccoli florets along with a little bit of liquid and place it in a blender. This will give the soup a creamy texture.
-Puree broccoli in blender and pour back into crockpot. Stir until combined.
-Top with reduced fat cheddar cheese if desired!

Skinny Broccoli Cheddar Soup!

Question of the Day

What is your favorite soup?

I love Tuscan vegetable soup. Words cannot describe the amazing taste with all the various veggies let alone jam packed with vitamins and minerals!

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