Thursday, May 6, 2010

Soup for Breakfast: Creamy Broccoli and Kale

You are probably thinking this is for Dan, but you would be wrong. This is what I made myself for breakfast after he left for work. We have a lot of fresh produce in the house since he hasn’t been eating much of it and I want to make room for a trip to the farmers’ market on Sunday. So ….. I will be making a lot of very veggie intensive dishes between now and Saturday night. Knowing I wanted to use some kale that was the start of this soup. It is more of a method than a recipe. I have given approximate measurements for what I did this morning. Here is the recipe:

Creamy Broccoli and Kale Soup
Serves 1


2 leaves kale, stem removed
1 ½ cups broccoli, cut into rough chunks
¼ cup raw cashews, pre soaked ** (see note in recipe)
Water necessary to blend soup (approx ½ cup)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, or to taste
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Finely cut green onions, for garnish


Combine the kale, broccoli, raw cashews and water in your high speed blender and process until smooth and warm. I stop processing at warm since this is high in vitamin C, which is heat sensitive. Add seasonings to taste, I used Dijon, lemon juice and pepper. Garnish with finely sliced green onions.

** I now keep soaked cashews and almonds in the refrigerator.  It makes it easier to prepare soups, sauces or smoothies without needing to wait for the soaking period.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 202.73
Calories From Fat (47%) - 96.02

Total Fat - 11.49g
Saturated Fat - 1.98g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 297.63mg
Potassium - 828.97mg
Total Carbohydrates - 21.17g
Fiber - 2.33g
Sugar - 1.77g
Protein - 10.01g


This is not what I call a standard breakfast. But it was good and uber healthy. It feels good to start the day on such a nutrition high note. This soup is rich and creamy from the cashews. I like the touch of lemon juice which I think brightens the flavor.  The dijon gives the flavor dimension.

However my favorite part is the nutrition. This recipe contains approximately 13,500IU of vitamin A, 185mg of vitamin C, 160mg of calcium, 100mcg of folate, 550mcg of vitamin K, 250mg of phosphorus, 120mg of magnesium, and 8mcg of selenium. Not too shabby for tossing a few things in the blender.  This is one reason I love my Vitamix.

Unrelated note:

Sorry I didn’t come back yesterday with a dinner post. Dan came home last night wanting lasagna again for dinner, he really loves it. Needless to say that is what I gave him. He wants the same thing tonight so I will be making another small pan of lasagna this afternoon. My dinner was a simple quinoa bowl with spinach and salsa so it wasn’t worth posting. ;-)

Today is day two of cleaning. Yay? But I need to do it before the cat hair dust bunnies carry us away. I am planning on making caponata this afternoon. I should have time to get that posted tonight. I hope you are all having a great day. Talk to you again soon.


  1. That soup looks and sounds great. Good call on keeping the cashews soaking.

  2. Heather,

    Thanks. :-) I just starting keeping the soaked nuts in the refrigerator. It does take that waiting time out of the process.

    talk to you later,

  3. This looks so yummy, I am out of kale, but I am trying this as soon as I restock!

  4. Janet,

    It is a shame you don't live closer. I had too much kale this morning. But it all gone now so that I can hopefully pick some more up this weekend at the farmers' market. ;-)


  5. I love the vitamin k count in this meal!
    Not many people even know about it, but it is so important!!!
    I really nedd to get a vitamix, they seem amazing. This year at the fair I am getting one!

  6. Brandi,

    I try to make sure we get enough vitamin K. I read something not long ago that most Americans are deficient. Parsely is another good source of it.

    I adore my Vitamix. A friend of mine ordered a refurbished one from the vitamix website. She said the price was great and it came with a warranty. Hers has been going great for over a year you may want to check that out. We bought ours at Costco.

    talk to you later,


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