White Bean Broccoli Cauliflower Soup
This delicious soup can be eaten as an entrée or as a side dish. It is full of anti-inflammatory nutrients!
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 cup onions, chopped
- 1/2 cup carrots, chopped
- 1/2 cup celery, chopped
- 1/2 tbsp ginger, minced
- 1 tsp cumin, ground
- 1 tsp coriander, ground
- 1 tsp turmeric, ground
- 2 cups broccoli, chopped (florets and peeled stalks)
- 1 cup cauliflower, chopped (florets and stems)
- 4 cups vegetable broth, low-sodium
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 bunch fresh thyme, tied together with twine
- 1 can coconut milk or 2 cups milk of choice
- 1 can Navy beans
- 1/2 lemon, juice + zest
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- 1 bulb garlic
- Olive oil for roasting
- 2 tsp fresh basil, chopped for garnish
- In a soup pot, melt coconut oil on medium heat. Sauté the onions until translucent. Add carrots and celery and cook another 20-30 minutes. Add salt to bring out the liquid in the vegetables.
- Add the ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and pepper.
- Add *broccoli, *cauliflower, broth, bay leaves, and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove and discard the bay leaf and thyme.
- Add coconut milk and beans.
- Process the mixture in a food processor, with an immersion blender, or in batches in a blender until smooth.
- Return to saucepan and add lemon juice and zest and cook for 5 minutes or until heated through.
- Season with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with fresh basil, parsley or cilantro.
*Optional Cooking Method
- Cook as above but *roast the garlic, broccoli and cauliflower to give this soup a richer, deeper flavor.
- Cut the tips off the head of the garlic bulb and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap in tin foil and bake in oven for 1 hour at 400 degrees F (do at same time as roasting broccoli and cauliflower).
- In two separate bowls, add olive oil to broccoli and cauliflower florets. Place in single layers on foil-covered sheet pans and roast at 400 degrees F. Broccoli will take for 15-20 min while cauliflower will take 30-40 min. Flip veggies half way through cooking.
- Add the roasted garlic, broccoli and cauliflower to the soup pot when you add the coconut milk and beans. (Reserve some of the roasted broccoli and cauliflower to put into each bowl.
Photo by Farhad Ibrahimzade