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Broccoli Basil Cream Soup

Posted Jan 26 2013 5:58pm

Its day 3 of our healing whole foods detox cleanse! I’m so excited to share our detox cleanse with all of you and I hope that doing it will help you start on the path to vibrant health and wellness! Broccoli Basil Cream Soup is a day 3 recipe for our 5 day healing whole foods detox cleanse that you will eat for both your lunch and dinner meal. This creamy vegan soup uses walnuts in place of cream to create a delectable soup designed to cleanse, nourish, and rebuild your body.

 

I made the cleanse simple for you to implement by having you enjoy the same soup for both lunch and dinner. If you want more variety, you can try some of the other soups which I have on this site or on our Pinterest boards. This easy recipe comes together quickly and combines a variety of healing foods that are fantastic for detoxing. Broccoli, zucchini, white onion, garlic, lemon, walnuts, basil, and vegetable broth come together for a rich and luscious soup that is deeply comforting and cleansing.

 

Broccoli

Broccoli is a superstar cruciferous vegetable that is packed with nutrients that enhance detoxification and healing. Broccoli has specific phytochemicals which support every phase of the detox process. Broccoli is rich in antioxidants including lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene that protect us from free radicals, toxins, and degenerative diseases like cancer. Broccoli also contains important flavonoids like kaempferol which fight chronic inflammation. Other important nutrients in broccoli include vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids (ALA), sulforaphane, and fiber which all work together to detox, cleanse, and rebuild our body and keep it strong and healthy. If you really want to up the detox power of this soup, top with nutrient-dense broccoli sprouts which are even richer in sulforaphane than broccoli florets.

 

Garlic

Garlic is an amazing vegetable that is a member of the Allium family that includes onions, shallots, and leeks. Garlic is a must have in many of my recipes because I love its pungent flavor and fabulous health benefits. Crushing, mincing, or grating garlic before eating it activates many of its key phytochemicals. Garlic’s high amount of sulfur and the compound allicin are two of the reasons why garlic has so many important health benefits. Garlic is a natural antibiotic, with anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties that make it a strong immune system booster.

 

Zucchini

Zucchini is a squash with a mild flavor that blends well with other vegetables. Zucchini contains good amounts of carotenoids including alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin which offers excellent protection against oxidative stress caused by environmental toxins. Zucchini also contains high amounts of vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium and fiber. To get the full benefits of the antioxidants contained in zucchini squash, buy organic so you can eat the skin, seeds, and flesh.

 

Basil

Basil is one of my absolute favorite herbs to use in recipes! It has a wonderful herbaceous flavor that adds delicious flavor to any recipe you add it to. Basil has many health benefits including being a fantastic anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial food due to the presence of flavonoids especially estragole and eugenol.

Basil contains high amounts of beta-carotene, pro-vitamin A, iron, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, potassium, and magnesium which are key nutrients for maintaining vibrant health.

 

What’s your favorite soup blend? Are you doing this detox cleanse? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment below.

 

Share this detox cleanse with family and friends and let’s all get healthy and radiant together!

 

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Broccoli Basil Cream Soup

Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free

Makes 2-4 servings

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or virgin coconut oil

½ cup diced white onion

1 cup diced organic zucchini squash (leave skin on)

Unrefined sea salt-to taste

4 cups steamed organic broccoli florets

4 cups organic vegetable broth or stock

2 cloves grated garlic

Fresh ground black pepper-to taste

⅓ cup raw walnuts (soak for 3 hours in filtered water, rinsed well, and drained)

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

6-8 fresh basil leaves

½ cup broccoli sprouts-optional but are potent detoxifiers

 

 

1. Place olive oil or coconut oil in a medium-size pot with a lid and heat over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add diced onions and cubed zucchini and sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Cook zucchini and onions until tender, around 7-8 minutes.

2. Placed cooked vegetables into a high speed blender with steamed broccoli, ½ cup vegetable broth, grated garlic, black pepper to taste, and drained walnuts. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.

3. Pour vegetable-walnut mixture into the pot you cooked the zucchini in and add remaining vegetable broth and sea salt to taste. Stir to blend together and cover pot with lid.

4. Cook Broccoli Basil Cream Soup over low heat until hot but not boiling. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed and pour into serving bowl. Sprinkle hot soup with fresh basil leaves, lemon juice, and broccoli sprouts if you decide to use them.

5. Place leftover soup into a heatproof container with a lid and cool slightly before placing in the refrigerator. Reheat remaining soup over low heat for dinner meal.

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