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Monday, 15 February 2016

Creamy Broccoli and Leek Soup : A Low Carb Winter Winner


In many parts temperatures are still quite cool, so soups can be just great - including this creamy broccoli with leek one. It is " a super-easy low-carb soup that can be varied infinitely. It can be had as an entree, lunch or a light dinner with delicious sides like cheese chips or our egg muffins."

Ingredients:
4 servings

1 big leek
10 oz. (300 g) broccoli
8 oz. (225 g) cream cheese
3 cups (750 ml) water
3 oz. (85 g) butter or olive oil
1 handful fresh basil
½ garlic clove
Salt and pepper

For method, and more info on egg muffins, please use this link to Anne Aobadia at Diet Doctor

You may also wish to read more about broccoli and leeks, they are two great vegetables!

All the best Jan

16 comments:

Jo said...

We got up to a smattering of snow this morning so soup is just the thing to warm us up at lunch time. I've never tried broccoli and leek soup but it looks lovely.

Galina L. said...

I just want to add that it is better to sautee broccoly for soup 20 minutes first with added salt and 1/2 tsp of baking soda- it makes mild, nutty tasting broccoly.

Lowcarb team member said...

Jo
Snow!!!
It was in the forecast though ... so keeping warm with soup is a great idea.

Hope the week goes well for you.

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Galina
Many thanks for the tip ...
I love broccoli and leek, I think it's a very good combination.

Take care and enjoy your day.

All the best Jan

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the soup would be wonderful on this cold winter day! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Lowcarb team member said...

Eileen
I think many of us do turn to a warming bowl, or mug of soup, when the weather turns cool.
Keep warm ... and all good wishes for the new week

All the best Jan

Anonymous said...

Soup looks delish.
Like the look of those cheese thins too.

Sue

Galina L. said...

Sure, Jan, leek is grate with broccoly. My remark is only about preparing broccoly for any soup. I believe in cooking vegetables till they are not crunchy.

Lowcarb team member said...

Sue
Soups are so good in the colder months ...
If you do make these cheese thins be sure to use grease-proof ( parchment ) paper.
You may also wish to try these low carb seed crackers
http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/low-carb-seed-crackers.html

Hope you are managing to keep warm!

All the best Jan

Lowcarb team member said...

Galina
My dear mum always used to cook her vegetables well too ... and use the water they had cooked in to make her gravy / stock or soup ...
I think the way Anne has suggested this recipe the vegetables would be more crunchy, but that is the joy of recipe's, they can always be amended to suit. I think it is always good to exchange views, ideas, tips ...

All the best Jan

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

This is so good! And perfect during this cold weather we are experiencing the past few days.

Lowcarb team member said...

Martha
Yes, soups like this are just great for the colder weather.
Keep warm!

All the best Jan

Dewena said...

My favorite soup is cream of broccoli! I've never tried cream cheese in it but imagine that would give a lovely creamy texture to it. I'm making cream of asparagus soup for supper!

Lowcarb team member said...

Dewena
Cream of Asparagus sounds good to me ... we also enjoy a creamy mushroom soup.
I think soups are so versatile, something that we can all enjoy ... especially in cooler weather.

Many thanks for your comment

All the best Jan

Galina L. said...

I also want to add that soups are wonderful way to use a bone broth. I don't like the taste of it, but my frugal upbringing prevents me from discarding any bones . So, I put bones in a pressure-cooker first, than use the broth for soup with something what tastes strong , and broccoly is quite good in producing a dominant taste. It is a good idea to cook soups in large quantities and to keep what is left as a base for a quick meal. I am still in Moscow, but my family eat various soups I put in a freezer in small containers.

Lowcarb team member said...

Galina
Yes bone broths are perhaps not to all our tastes but they can be great for using up any bones, vegetables etc. Just pile them into the broth. I remember our friend Tess talking about bone broth a while ago, which prompted me to put this post on the blog
http://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/have-some-more-broth-it-is-good-for-you.html

I think it can also help to freeze soups for use at a later date, sometimes it is almost easier to make a large batch and freeze some!

Hope all is well with you ...

All the best Jan