Every Sunday I make a big batch of soup and portion it in the freezer for my lunches for the week. I love soup since you can fit so many fruits & veggies into them, they fill you up, and they are warm and comforting. You can imagine how excited I was when I found The Soup Chick website. This site houses a collection of the best soups and stews found on the web - fantastic! I have been copying out recipes daily and tweaking them to my liking; I can't wait to try them all. For this one, the apple lends a slight sweetness to the soup but isn't overpowering, so don't be turned off by the ingredients. I have the original recipe below, as well as I what I did to change it. Enjoy!
Broccoli & Apple Soup
1 T EVOO
1 T butter (I left this out)
1 onion chopped (I did 2 red onions, it's all I had on hand)
2 apples chopped (I used Royal Gala)
1 medium bunch of broccoli, ends of stems removed & remainder chopped (I used 4 small bunches)
1 quart chicken or veg stock (I used homemade stock...see notes below)
zest of 1 lemon (I left this out but I bet it would have been fantastic)
1/2 tsp each salt & pepper
sliced almonds (I left these out)
I also added chipotle powder, onion powder, garlic powder and a pinch of cayenne. I like heat, and the chipotle powder gave it a great smoky flavor
Heat oil and butter over medium heat & add onion. Cook 1-2 minutes. Stir in apples and broccoli and cook 1 minute. Add stock and bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer 20 minutes (I didn't lower the heat because I had used so much broccoli and wanted to be sure they got very soft). Stir in zest, salt & pepper. Remove from heat and set aside 5 minutes. Toast almonds in a dry pan. Puree soup with immersion blender and top with almonds to serve.
For the BEST stocks EVER.....
Call me crazy but I'm a pretty frugal person and I love love love finding ways to save in the kitchen. I always have homemade stock in the freezer and you can too, by using your scraps! Every time I cut or peel a fruit or veggie, I throw the scraps in an accumulating large ziploc bag and keep it in the freezer. The same thing goes for meat bones & carcasses. When the bag gets full, I throw it all into a soup pot, peels and all, and boil it for about an hour. I than strain it off, and voila! What's left is a nutrient-dense homemade stock made from everything you would have thrown out anyways. I use the stock to boil my cauliflower for my infamous mashed cauliflower, I used it to saute veggies, to flavor rice water...you can use it in so many places to sub in for fat when cooking, the possibilities are endless! I usually keep my bones/meat scraps separate from veggies in case I want to make a strictly vegetarian stock, but feel free to mix them up in your own home. You will never waste your money buying pre-made, sodium-filled stock again, promise!