Rich & Savoury Broccoli Cauliflower Vegan Soup – Good Raw or Cooked!

by diana on May 29, 2014

in Raw & Vegetarian Recipes

This one of the BEST quick blended soups I have ever made!! (At least I love it) Soups do not have to take long and this one does not.

This soup is rich, thick, savoury and delicious – and it is GOOD FOR YOU!

(If you have problems eating healthy consistently – scroll down to an article and an exercise that might help you)

Soups are another great way to get more veggies into your day. Most broccoli or cauliflower soups have heavy cream and a whole lot of cheese. I love cheese but my belly and skin do not. Also it is acidic and I prefer to eat a high alkaline diet (keeps immune system strong, skin glowing and boosts energy levels).

I have made a raw broccoli soup (with almonds too) many times before but today I wanted to make a warm soup and I had a lot of broccoli and cauliflower in my fridge so needed to use it up.

I was thinking after that some cooked yam may also be good in this and you could also use just broccoli or just cauliflower too.

I am all for using up left over veggies and soup and juices are great for that.

NOW….check out the video and get the recipe!

BROCCOLI & CAULIFLOWER SOUP (can make raw or cooked)

  • 1/2 C almonds (soak for 4 hours or longer, drain and rinse)
  •                   You can take the skins off after soaking if you wish
  • 1 1/3 C water
  • 2 C broccoli
  • 2 C cauliflower
  • 1/4 or more clove of garlic (depends on how you like garlic)
  • 1/4 veggie boullion cube (optional, if you don’t use may need extra spices or salt)
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • Dash of paprika
  • Dash of cinnamon (didn’t show in video and optional)
  • Dash of cayenne
  • 2 tsp Tamari or coconut aminos
  • 2 tsp lemon juice, lime juice or apple cider vinegar

Chop broccoli and cauliflower and cook by steaming until tender. Once cooked drain and set aside. If making raw version – just leave these raw.

Add water and almonds to blender. Blend until smooth. If you do not have a high speed blender, you can take skins off almonds and also once blended strain through a wire mesh strainer. Then put the “milk” (from almonds & water) back into blender.

Add all the ingredients to the blender (with the almond mix) and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust spices and water to taste and texture.

Add mixture to pot and heat on stove (medium heat) while stirring often until it reaches the temperature you want it.

NOW SOME IMPORTANT FOOD FOR THOUGHT…..

I was talking to a wonderful lady this morning who I will be doing a video interview with. She specializes in NLP and EFT. She will be sharing tips and information of what you can do if you are someone who is an on and off again healthy eating. Eats well for a while, then binges on bad. Or if you just cannot stick to doing something consistently, you keep giving up and falling into old patterns and behaviours. I will be interviewing her soon so stay tuned!

Anyway what she mentioned (and I totally agree) that when someone says they “don’t have time” to eat healthy, make a healthy meal, make a smoothie in the morning – it is because they believe it will cause more pain than pleasure. Sounds weird but keep reading…

You are either motivated by pain or pleasure.

If something appears to cause you more pain then pleasure you will avoid it. So if you look at making a healthy meal as – time consuming, hard, takes too much energy, can’t find the recipe, don’t like to cook, what if I don’t like it then what?, I just want to order pizza – then you will probably avoid making the healthy meal because it brings up anxiety, gets you overwhelmed and makes you frustrated.

You see what I mean? For me – making healthy meals makes me feel powerful, good about myself, like I am taking positive action, taking care of myself, keeping my body healthy, helping me feel good, improving my skin and hair, making my skin glow and look more youthful, letting me continue to live an independent life, helping me age better, ensuring that I can continue to do all the things I enjoy in life, fuels and feeds my body and brain so it functions better……I could go on and on.

See the difference?

It is a reframing of the way you think about food and preparing it. I have always thought that way so didn’t quite understand how people would give up eating healthy. For me it is something that is either #1 or #2 in life. I used to be late for work because I was making my smoothie and healthy lunch in the morning (because I never got up early enough that day).

We all have the same amount of time in our day – it is what you choose to do with the minutes and hours in your day that makes ALL the difference.

And really - it is up to you to CHOOSE. If you say that other people control your time and you have no choice – then it is time to talk to them, time to make some changes and time to take control of your life again.

It comes down to what you VALUE. If you really value health (which you should), then you would put taking care of your body as a top priority in your life. If you are not – then you have to ask yourself why? Do you not value yourself enough?

HERE IS AN EXERCISE FOR YOU:

  1. Write out your top 3 values
  2. Write out what consumes most of your time during the day (each day)
  3. Write out what you feel you are missing or not doing that you now realize is important – eg. could be making healthy food, prepping veggies, going for walk, exercising, learning something, being creative, time with your kids (quality time), quality time with your spouse, etc

Take a good hard, honest look at this. Then….

MAKE SOME CHANGES…

Even if you start with baby steps…..doing 1 little thing a day (from your “need to do” #3) list.

Did this help you? What are your top 3 values?

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LIVE HAPPY & HEALTHY!

 


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