Ducks 'n a Row: Can Soup Help You Break Through "The Broccoli Barrier"?

24 February 2012

Can Soup Help You Break Through "The Broccoli Barrier"?

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Question: What tastes better than a hot cup of soup on a cold winter's day? Answer: A hot cup of soup and freshly baked bread, of course! Here is a great soup recipe for you to make at home that may prove to be a secret weapon! Stealth Soup!

Having a hard time getting your family to eat broccoli? 
The resistance can be so great--I call it the "The Broccoli Barrier"--why do we even try? 
  • Maybe it's the challenge? No, it's not the challenge. 
  • A need for power? No, can't be that. We keep losing the broccoli battle. 
  • It must be that we really believe it is power-packed with health benefits. 
Yes, that's it!  Broccoli can lower cholesterol, adds fiber and fills us with vitamins & minerals including Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, calcium and on and on. Health Benefits of Broccoli and More Health Benefits of Broccoli

So, since raw broccoli tends to taste bitter and steamed broccoli, well, it looks like TREES--- disguise it
Broccoli looks like TREES!
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Make them homemade Cream of Broccoli Soup but DO NOT CALL IT THAT! This recipe has cheese in it so I would call it "Cheesy Creamy Soup".  See if you can slip it by them. And do NOT make it while they're looking, either. Remember, this is stealth soup. Stop back and let me know how it goes.

Best Cream of Broccoli Soup Recipe
By Barb Getz on
Photo by Simon Howden on
2 tablespoons butter 
1 onion chopped
1 clove of garlic chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 (14 ½ ounce) can of chicken broth
4 cups fresh broccoli
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk (or 1 1/2 cups milk and 1/2 cup evaporated milk)
Ground pepper
½ to 1 cup Velveeta Cheese

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in medium sized pot, and sauté onion, garlic and celery until tender.
Add broccoli and broth; cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
Purée soup  in a blender or mash with potato masher.
Return to heat.
In small saucepan, over medium heat melt 3 tablespoons butter, stir in flour and add milk. (roux)
Stir until thick and bubbly, add to soup.
Add cheese; stir until melted.
Season with pepper and serve.
Question of the Day: Why do creamy soup recipes taste so good? The secret is in the "roux"! 
Back to the broccoli challenge. 
Lots of moms almost gave up when the first President Bush openly admitted that he didn't like broccoli. How could you tell your little ones "eat your broccoli and you could be President someday" when he let the cat out of the bag?  Who knows, if they'd tried Cream of Broccoli Soup on him maybe he would have liked it! Click here for  NY Times President Hates Broccoli story.

Have you had a broccoli breakthrough in your home? Tell us about it!

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