Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Recipe for a tasty Broccoli and Cashew Nut Soup - Health Benefits included

Hey guys,

First we talk a bit about the reasons why we should eat the used ingredients and then I provide you with a recipe to combine them to a delicious soup. Broccoli is literally a superfood worth to be eaten more often than most of us do. It's widely known for it's healthy benefits, e.g. its help to prevent different kinds of cancer (lung, stomach, prostate, liver, bladder, skin etc.) and it contains immense amounts of vitamins and minerals. Broccoli also helps your body to kill viruses and bad bacterias and it supports the reparation of your muscle cells after hard workouts. Another benefit is that it's high in natural fibres that could help your digestion. Cashew nuts also contain lots of antioxidants and healthy fatty acids. The nuts and the soy cream add vegetable proteins. To get all this nice benefits, one possibility is to combine everything to a delicious soup which could be used as an appetizer or as a main dish as well.  

Ingredients:


- 18 oz. (approx. 500g) broccoli
- 1 red onion
- 1 handful cashew nuts
- 6.5 fl.oz. (approx.200ml) soy cream (optional)
- 20 fl.oz. (approx. 600ml) heated vegetable stock (prepare it with hot water)
- 1 small piece of butter
- 1.5 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- nutmeg powder, salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:
Chop the onion and braise it lightly in a saucepan with heated butter. Cut the broccoli florets to pieces. Peel the stems and cut them to pieces as well. Now put the broccoli pieces (all of them) and the cashew nuts into the saucepan and pour in the hot vegetable stock. Let the whole stuff boil for approx. 5 minutes. After 5 minutes of boiling the broccoli has already lost around 20 % of its anti-carcinogenic content, so don't boil it much longer (the anti-carcinogenic compounds react very sensitive to heat)! Purée the content of the saucepan and add soy cream, balsamic vinegar, nutmeg powder, salt and pepper. Stir it well and pour it into bowls.



Now you can enjoy a very healthy and tasty dish!

Cheers,
Andi