Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Paleo Cream of Broccoli & Chicken Soup

Nothing says 'comfort' like soup on a cold & rainy day!
I have to admit, I have NEVER made cream of broccoli soup in my life, and I never thought I would, let alone a Paleo version! I would also like to say... this was DELICIOUS! The kids had their own opinion on how it looked... (some colorful descriptions that I do not care to repeat). But I thought it looked good! It's BROCCOLI soup... It's going to be GREEN!
I was very happy with how it turned out, and it was pretty easy to make, too. I would definitely put this on the menu again! Hope you give it a try! :-)

Recipe:
about 1 lb. skinless boneless chicken breasts, I used a package of chicken tenders that I accidently bought
16oz broccoli florets, or about 8 cups
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 T olive oil
1/4 C chicken broth (organic, low sodium)
1 14oz can Light Coconut Milk (Trader Joe's)
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. celtic grey sea salt (optional)
3 1/2 C chicken broth

In your crock pot or stock pot, pour in the 3 1/2 C's chicken broth and add chicken pieces.
Cook on high for about 1 hour. While that's cooking... in a large pan, saute garlic, onion, celery in olive oil. When the onions are translucent, add broccoli. Saute some more and add the 1/4 C chicken broth. Steam for about 10 minutes. Cool slightly and add to a blender or food processor. Puree all the ingredients together, and add to the crock pot. Season with the salt and pepper, and cook on high for about another hour. Turn down to low for the last 2 hours of cooking time. Add the coconut milk during the last hour of cooking.
We served this with a side salad, and decorated the top of the soup with a few broccoli florets (my daughter's idea)!
Enjoy!

*Don't forget!!! Paleo-Zone Challenge Take II sign ups.... THIS Sunday at 12:30!
We had SO much success the first time around. Physical appearances as well as HUGE performance improvements! This is a great opportunity to get the most out of your CrossFit while building healthier dietary habits!!! Come join us on Sunday! :-)

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